If your kitchen is becoming a space you would rather avoid, then it’s definitely time for a change and to make it the heart of your home once more. However, not all of us are lucky enough to have a huge farmhouse kitchen, so clever organizational techniques are a must to give you a firm handle on your space. Here are 5 helpful tips to get your kitchen organized.
“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.” – Louis Parrish
Hidden space can be achieved with a roll-out
It’s amazing how much space can be found in a small kitchen with some innovative design. A roll-out can be used in a variety of spaces, from roll-out draws for all your pots, to roll-out trays in your cupboard, and through to a roll-out pantry that slots neatly into a tight space. However, a roll-out shelf is not only useful as a means of organizing a small space. They also help to keep your kitchenware neat and tidy. Plus, it makes finding your casserole dish or jar of peppers that much easier!
Fortunately, installing roll-out draws in your kitchen cupboard isn’t as hard as you might think. They can frequently be fitted in your existing space and whether you’d rather get a professional in to do it or would prefer to have a go at some DIY you will soon be enjoying the benefits of your newly organized kitchen if you have these installed. If you do fancy having a go at installing these yourself, check out this tutorial.
Make the most of your wall space
A frustrating aspect of many kitchens is that the limited surface space is taken up by kitchen equipment. Fortunately, this is where your wall space can come in handy. Installing a hanging rail above your oven and range is a neat trick when it comes to handling your kitchen utensils. Not only will your spatula, ladle, and skillet be on hand whenever you need them, you’ll now also be able to remove that overflowing jar of utensils from your worktop.
Another helpful tip for organizing your kitchen is to install more shelves on your walls and in your cupboards. This can make your kitchen items more accessible and create some extra space for any plants or cookery books you might want to add. With some additional shelves in your kitchen, you can relieve the pressure on your cupboards and free up some additional workspace.
Choose an island that has shelf space
If you’ve got space for an island in your kitchen, then make sure you choose one that is hollow to ensure you maximize on storage space. Whether there are shelves at either end or hidden from view at the back, this is a great space to keep books, crockery, pots and pans, mugs, glasses, or whatever you fancy. As this is the space where you’re most likely to be chopping and preparing food, it is a good idea to keep your essential equipment close to hand to make cooking a breeze (and you can pat yourself on the back for your superb organizational skills).
If you have an existing island that isn’t hollow and you’re not in the market for a new one, you can make the most of it by adding some helpful hooks to either side. These can be used for various items such as dish towels, chopping boards, colanders or any other item that you’re struggling to find the right space for.
Utilize the space above your cupboards
An oft forgotten space in the kitchen is the area above your cupboards. Make sure you use this space well by investing in some sturdy baskets that can easily be grabbed from the top shelf. This will help to keep the area uncluttered and help you to have a handle on what’s up there. This is a good place to keep kitchen equipment that you don’t use so often (such as a blender or toastie maker) but can also be used for food and drink items that you’ve bought in bulk and have a long shelf life (just make sure you don’t forget about them!).
In utilizing the space above your cupboards you will de-clutter the space inside making them more organized and user-friendly. It might even spur you on to get rid of any items that you’ve not used in a long time. Just make sure you have a step to give you a hand reaching up to those hard to reach places!
Make the most of those fake draws
The panel under the kitchen sink, that looks like a draw but actually isn’t, has long been an underused space in the kitchen. However, you can turn this space from fake to functional and utilize it as a useful storage space. By unlocking the hinges and adding a sink tray this can become a space to keep your sink sponges and any other cleaning products you might normally keep on your kitchen surface. This can give you more space around your sink and help the area to look a lot less cluttered. Find out how you can do this yourself here.
If you feel you’re drowning in a sea of kitchen clutter, don’t despair, our helpful tips for better kitchen organization will certainly pull you out of deep water. Making your kitchen more organized doesn’t mean that you have to undergo a major renovation, it can be achieved with a few straightforward alterations to your space.
Adding some roll-out draws and ledges where you can will not only help to organize your kitchen equipment, it will also make it easier to access. Additional shelves and hooks will help you to utilize your wall space and clear your work surfaces making your kitchen feel clutter-free. Using the space above your kitchen cupboards and transforming your fake draw into a storage space are also great tips for achieving a well-organized kitchen space. In following these helpful tips, your kitchen will soon be a well-oiled machine with effective systems in place that make cooking a pleasant experience.