We all love spacious kitchens or a house for that matter, and we all wish to have one of them some time. Till then, we have to keep our medium-sized kitchen organized enough so that we don’t end up buying unnecessary utensils or containers for the same purposes because we cannot find the right thing at the right time. In contrast to what is commonly believed one does not need an enormously sized kitchen to make it a fully functional kitchen. It’s nothing huge, just a few handy tricks and tips to make you love your time in the kitchen.
Let’s get started.
To organize the kitchen into a functional one, a deep cleaning is unavoidable. Pull everything out first. Once they are out, eliminate the unnecessary stuff, combine if you have two boxes of the same ingredient, and then put back everything in place. You will be surprised by how great it feels with everything in place.
DEFINE YOUR ZONES
Before you start putting everything back to space, take a moment to assess the kitchen cabinets and drawers and turn them into separate zones. You can also label your cabinet doors decoratively to identify the zones. Let us help you with the naming,
– Everyday usage – Keep them closest to the dishwasher or the sink. (bowls, plates, glasses, silverware)
– Cooking – Keep them closer to the oven (Pots, pans, chopping boards, cooking spoons, spatulas, etc.)
– Pantry (spices, kitchen gadgets, dry goods, etc.)
– Accessories and Storage (food storage, food wrap, zip lock bags, tin foil, Tupperware, etc.)
– Coffee and Bar (coffee cups, pods, coffee accessories, barware, glassware, bar accessories, etc.)
– Cleaning accessories – Under the Sink (Cleaning supplies, cleaning gloves, garbage bags, hand soaps, etc.)
ORGANIZE YOUR DRAWERS
After identifying the zones, you will know where to keep what. So organize your kitchen drawers accordingly for storing different items beginning from spoons and forks to plates, chopping boards, spice holders, etc. To know more about how you can arrange and compartmentalize your drawer, visit Uncluttered Simplicity.
TRANSPARENCY ALWAYS AVOIDS CLUTTER
Wait, that was life advice. Well, it’s kitchen advice too. Put everything in transparent and similar designed containers of varying shapes. This will help you create a certain uniformity in the cabinets and make every ingredient visible simultaneously. It will avoid the double purchase of the same item and is also easily recognizable to any relative or friend who might be interested in preparing a meal for you. You might go an extra length to label them to avoid every sort of confusion.
TENSION RODS DO LESSEN YOUR TENSION FOR SPACE
In the kitchen obviously. The cabinet is full, but you have more containers to keep. Tension rods are a magical way to increase space in your cabinets. They are cheap, easy to install, and they increase space. Place one at the top of the cabinet to add another row for your containers. You can also use the tension rods to create a sort of file cabinet, where you can keep serving trays and baking trays instead. It will save a lot of space and help you sort things.
USE HOOKS ANYWHERE YOU CAN
Add hooks. Be it on the walls, inside cabinets – wherever you find space. It will save a lot of space in the cabinet or drawer and create more space for you out of thin air.
LAZY SUSAN IS THE COUNTERTOP SOLUTION TO CLUTTERS
We all have certain things that do not make it off the counter and create that annoying cluttering sound as well. For example – salt, sugar, honey, pepper, etc. Arrange all of your often-used ingredients on the lazy Susan, and you’ll have a neat solution to avoiding the clutter and saving the countertop for something else.
HANG UP YOUR BOXES OF FOIL AND PARCHMENT PAPER
You might think that they are small boxes and don’t take much space, but at the same time, wasting space is also not required. You could easily hang them on either of the cabinet doors. It’ll make pulling off a piece easy.
GIVE YOURSELF A JUNK DRAWER
Even the most organized person will have junk. Let’s accept this fact of life with grace and give ourselves that only one junk drawer.
Let’s hope that the aforementioned will help you get your kitchen sorted and result in making you enjoy your time there.