In the world of interior design, the kitchen is the new black. It has become much more than just a space for occasional culinary experiments. However, kitchens have also earned a notorious reputation of being rooms with a lot of clutter.
Well, this is not an insurmountable problem, not if you are prepared to invest a bit of thought and effort. There is a multitude of storage solutions at your disposal: We are talking about great ideas that make your life easier and make you wonder why it didn’t cross your mind.
Pieces of the puzzle
The first step on the road to creating an organized space is decluttering. A typical kitchen has an excessive amount of clutter and it takes many unusual shapes and forms. So, get rid of anything that doesn’t serve a clear purpose and just gets in your way. Bid farewell to those expired bulk spices and junk-food-packed pantry.
Next, it is time to identify tools that will help you set things right. First of all, I would go for square or rectangular containers as basic tools that stack up quite well. Ideally, they should be transparent and properly labeled. Use them strategically, to create different kitchen work zones.
Beyond that, rest assured that every storage space, regardless of how small, helps you pull together a well-organized space. For example, you can use small-lidded containers to bring order to your junk drawer. They are transparent, which means that you are able to see their content right away.
Likewise, put all those empty jars to good use and store items like measuring spoons there. Don’t throw away powder containers: Reuse them for sugar, salt, and flour.
Furthermore, make the most of vertical space, most notably your walls.
IKEA shelves are a popular and effective option for small kitchens, but there are many other ways to make it happen. One of my favorite tools is a set of adhesive hooks. They are incredibly easy to mount and remove and there is no need to drill. What is more, they can be used to hand virtually anything and fit in places like the underside of the upper cabinet.
This brings us to a crucial point: Leave no surface blank and underutilized. Yes, kitchens can be full of awkward spots such as the inner depth of a fridge or the corner of a pantry, but don’t let that dissuade you.
So, equip your cabinets with extra storage capacities. Think outside the box: Things like magazine holders do the trick when attached to the inside of a cabinet. The similar effect can be achieved with knife blocks and tension rods.
With the help of this miniature, yet smart storage elements, you can make a big difference.
Big solutions, small problems
This is not to say that you shouldn’t think big as well. Fridges and freezers occupy a lot of space, but if they also hold plenty of it, you can make leaps and bounds. For instance, quality, freestanding Maytag freezers save space and allow you to store everything you could ever need.
Along the similar lines, consider purchasing an energy and space-efficient fridge that has ideal spots for different kinds of food.
Of course, you need to know what goes to fridge, freezer, and pantry. Once you sort that out, use smart storage solutions inside them. In the freezer, place plastic salad containers to prevent small foods from creating disarray.
Try to keep track of the food inventory and know when something is about to expire. After all, no amount of storage can make up for your bad habits. So, have a place for everything and everything in its place.
Divide and conquer
In this day and age, we can rely on an endless number of tricks and tools of the organizing trade. It is best to opt for space-saving solutions that work wonders for any kitchen, including those that are on the small side.
Maximize the amount of storage you have in cupboards and cabinets. Be creative and repurpose unused items. Make it easier to see and reach everything. Store items logically.
Aforementioned steps should enable you to cook as efficiently as possible and waste no space or food. Piece by piece, you can assemble a space that is a joy to spend time in, a kitchen that serves as true the heart and soul of your home.
This post is contributed by Diana Smith, she is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to home design and latest DIY projects. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.