Real estate in the kitchen is probably the most valuable in any given house or apartment. Full of useful and time-saving devices that make our food taste delicious, it can often feel like trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle when you add something new to your kitchen utensil family. But with some strategic planning, clever problem solving, and good old-fashioned patience, your organized kitchen can make all the difference for meals to come.
Let’s start with the most obvious category of kitchen storage. Store like items together and items that won’t have to move very far from where they're going. For example, keep the pots and pans closest to the oven or stovetop. Stack items by size and keep the most frequently used items towards the front.
A clever solution to maximize space in the kitchen is using the backsides of cabinet faces. If you have average-sized cabinets, you might not be able to hang large and unwieldy items, but this space can handle smaller things like measuring cups that would unclutter other places. A simple pegboard makes for a quick solution to this secret space.
All the fun you're having cooking is over once you realize your one drawer is jammed shut with a spatula from the inside. The most important way to maximize space with drawers - and this is nothing groundbreaking - is to keep them organized. Silverware is easy enough, but once you need to organize garlic presses, mellon-ballers, and whisks, it may be worth your while to invest in some simple drawer dividers. Organize your drawers in the same manner as your cabinets - grouping similar items together and sorting by how often you use them.
Ideally, you don’t want to take up too much space on your countertop for storage - this will be your main prepping area for food. Reserve the countertop for large and heavy things that you plan on using on at least a semi-daily basis, such as coffee machines, microwaves, and toasters. To save even more space along the countertops, have designated space where items like these can be stowed or tucked away when not in use. If you need to store things on the counter, use a space saver for your counter that can double as something nice to look at, such as a spice rack.
Any wall or vertical, unused space in your kitchen is just a few quick and inexpensive changes away from becoming storage space in your kitchen. This could include the outside of a long pantry, the backsplash, or even over the sink. Other spots of wasted space that can be used more effectively are on top of fridges and cabinets, around awkward corners, and under sinks. Add some clever shelving, hooks, or organizers and watch your kitchen double in size.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and a simple way to encourage yourself to spend more time there is by making it organized. By trying some space-saving cheats, looking at things a little differently, and understanding wasted space, you can be well on your way to having a new and improved kitchen space.