Organizing Kitchen Space No-Brainer!
Organizing kitchen space is a no-brainer because the kitchen is one of the most important and central areas of the house. You prepare daily meals plus snacks and do a lot of family planning and interacting. Poor kitchen organization can lead to unhealthy conditions because people get tired of cleaning underneath everything on the counter.
Here are some tips for organizing kitchen space to reclaim work areas and give the kitchen a more spacious (and healthy) look:
Approach kitchen clutter as you would any other type of clutter. Assess the available space and the items that have to fit within it. First, determine what items need to stay, and then move out the rest. There’s no good reason to occupy value counter top space with items that you no longer use, use infrequently, or are for decoration only.
Examples may include cooking or baking pans and utensils, dishes, appliances, cookbooks, and other decorative items. These unnecessary items accumulate over time and eventually take over valuable workspace. Anytime you have to move items to make room for kitchen activities, it’s time for organizing kitchen space. Sell, toss out, or donate items these items. Used kitchen items always do well at yard sales!
Redesign (Where Possible)
One of the most common problems leading to kitchen clutter is the poor use of valuable wall space, especially within and around cabinets. Shelves are often spaced too far apart within cabinets, leaving wasted space between that could otherwise be used for valuable storage.
Where possible, eliminate wasted space by adding additional shelving, both inside spacious cabinets and between cabinets that were mounted with gaps between them. Wall-mounting shelves is a relatively simple do-it-yourself project, and if the shelving material is finished to match the mounted cabinets, it can look like part of the original.
Using a standing kitchen organizer to store your cooking utensils near the stove is not only convenient, but an excellent way to free valuable counter or drawer space when it’s limited.
There are a lot of kitchen organizers available on today’s market. Slide-out organizers can be mounted in lower kitchen cabinets for easy access to your pots and pans. Also, if you need to invest in new cooking pots and pans, consider buying a ‘nested’ collection that requires minimal space for the entire set.
Use drawer organizers to keep silverware items and other common utensils separate. If you have plenty of drawer space, consider putting your sharp utensils there to free up counter top space by getting rid of the knife ‘block’ or caddy.
The large items that you regularly use in your kitchen such as the toaster, coffee maker, mixer, coffee bean grinder, or juicer can be placed on an appliance barn or Lazy-Susan for convenient access while keeping the counter free. Also consider storing counter-top appliances in your pantry for easy access.
Under-shelf racks are a great way to store larger cooking utensils. They are inexpensive and easily installable. Hanging pot racks are also readily available and come finished in a wide variety of materials to match your kitchen or pots and pans.
Taking all the steps outlined above is a great start, but can only make a real difference if you consistently use them. If you’re the only one who puts stuff away, the kitchen will quickly become cluttered. Train other members of the household to follow your lead. With younger children, turn decluttering into a game and you’ll be surprised at the results.
Organizing kitchen space is essential to creating and maintaining a spacious kitchen with plenty of working room. Using well designed kitchen organizers will enhance your work space and allow effective use of the counter and storage space, improving functionality and effectiveness in the process.