The kitchen is one of the key spaces in your home that sees plenty of activity. Whether it is the creation of dinner masterpieces or perhaps some of those cooking mistakes that we would rather forget, it can soon get messy and cluttered with so many utensils and appliances! A cluttered kitchen can very quickly become frustrating, as lack of space, not able to find things with ease and of course no room to prepare food all can have an impact on how you feel about the room. A new kitchen is a blessing, a chance to start over and create a space that you can enjoy, socialise and of course cook but how can you better organise your existing kitchen space?
Hang it up
One kitchen organisation mistake that is made is to only see cupboards and drawers as places to store items away in. Clever storage involves looking at all areas of the room as a place to hide, or in this case hang up those pesky items taking up space. Aprons, utensils and tea towels can be popped on hooks on the wall so that they are easy to grab when you need them but out of the way when you don’t.
Think about how often you use things
The key to organising a kitchen well is to recognise how often you use everything and place it accordingly. Those plates that are brought out every day should be easy to reach and put away whilst the most expensive dining set that only makes an appearance at Christmas can be hidden away on the top shelf. The same could be said for food items, with those much loved herbs and spices at the front ready to be added to your dinner and the once a month baking items popped that little bit further back.
File things by size
Tupperware tubs which can quickly become messy and disorganised. One of the best ways to keep on top of these is to pop them away in size order within each other with the largest ones at the bottom and then each smaller sized one within it. The lids can then be placed in a bag, basket or another tub together ready for you to dig out when you have the corresponding pot. The same approach can also work for baking trays and roasting tins, which can be placed within each other to maximise space.
A case for a basket
Cupboards that contain jars, pots and tins can quickly become cluttered and unmanageable. One way to ensure that everything has its own place is to use baskets within the cupboards. Baskets also work well for non-food items such as cutlery, cleaning items and even things such as batteries which will often find a way into your kitchen drawers!
Give books their own space
Often cookbooks are hidden away in a cupboard taking up space that could be used for food or cookware. Instead, why not make them a decoration in their own right by organising them on a shelf instead. It is best to have this away from the cooker or sink to minimise the risk of damage, but close enough that you can grab one when you have forgotten how to make the perfect Yorkshire pudding! When it comes to kitchen organisation the possibilities really are endless, so if you are thinking about installing a new, fresh and perfect organised kitchen or perhaps just giving your old one a bit of an overhaul then the some of the ideas we have shared will help you keep it clutter free.
Have a great weekend.
Clinton and Fiona