How To Organise Your Kitchen

How To Organise Your Kitchen

The kitchen is seen as the heart of the home and a multifunctional space used on many levels, from cooking to homework. It’s no wonder that papers and clutter dominate the kitchen table and counter-tops but organizing your space into areas of activity can open up even the smallest of kitchens. With the right storage solutions to organize your kitchen, it will instantly feel more relaxing and be less stressful.

De-clutter

Firstly be ruthless and get rid of any old or broken appliances you no longer use. Sort through all your utensils and appliances and weigh up whether you really use these on a daily basis. Do you really need a waffle maker on your counter-top if you only use it once a month? Store them away at the back of a cupboard so you’re not having to hunt past these things. With kitchens doubling up as offices, paperwork and letters can be left strewn everywhere. Invest in a letter rack to prevent important letters being left about or put away in a corner filing cabinet.

Storage

Store appliances that you don’t need regularly on the top shelf of your cupboard or at the back. Pots and pans that aren’t regularly used can be hung up. Similarly special cutlery that only makes an appearance on special occasions, can be boxed up and stored in the back of the cupboard or even under a bed.

A freezer can take up a lot of room especially if you have a larger household but it’s best to store a larger chest freezer in a shed or outhouse. When it comes to cupboards, organization is key. Even if you only have two cupboards you can utilize the space effectively. If you don’t have a pantry all of your food will have to be stored in cupboards. Ensure your cupboards have at least a shelf and on the bottom put tins, condiments and heavier items which are used regularly. On the top shelf place all your lighter items such as packets, rice and pasta (not as harmful if they fall on you). If you have racks and racks of spice, magnetic spice tins can go on the inside of a cupboard door and are a great space saving solution.

A great way of managing a large kitchen is to arrange it by activity so you have some logic to your kitchen and it will flow better. If you do a lot of baking then store mixing bowls, cake tins, measuring spoons and ingredients all together. Create a cooking area by using the space around the oven as much as possible, so store roasting trays and oven dishes under the oven. Pots and pans can also be placed in a rotating cupboard next to the oven or a “lazy-susan”. The drawer next to the oven can be used for cutlery and a cutlery tray is the best way to keep utensils neat and easy to find.

Under the sink is a space which is rarely used so put the waste bin here, or better still attach it to the cupboard door so you have easy access when you open it. Also store cleaning products here as the sink is associated with washing up and cleaning.

kitchen islands are great for a multifunctional kitchen as it acts as an extra storage space, extra preparation area and somewhere children can even do their homework. It can also act as a place for entertaining as well as an informal dining area. Movable kitchen islands are perfect for smaller kitchens as you can have extra preparation space as well as floor space when you need it.

Lighting can also play a key role in creating different areas of activity. Spotlights are a great way of directing light where needed, whether it’s the kitchen table for homework or over the oven while cooking and can help de-compartmentalize a room.

These are just some key fundamentals for quickly organizing your kitchen. By getting your kitchen in a logical order it can easily become a multifunctional space.

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