The kitchen is the hub of activity in your house. Even though it’s great to have a central gathering place and something in common that brings you and your family together every day (food), it can get chaotic pretty easily. Usually it’s not just home to pots, pans, appliances, and food, but also a catch-all for things like mail, keys, and purses–not to mention the infamous junk drawer. Even if you have spacious home with plenty of kitchen storage, keeping it organized is vital for everyone’s sanity. Here are a few tricks to keeping your kitchen neat and orderly no matter what the day brings.
Rolling cabinet trays and vertical drawers
Ever just pile things on top of each other in the lower kitchen cabinets simply because you don’t feel like crouching down to put it in its proper place? Ever lose track a cleaning supply or a spice bottle because it was shoved behind 20 other items? One of the simplest kitchen hacks is installing rolling wooden or metal storage trays for your cabinets. Don’t forget about hanging racks on the insides of the doors that will allow extra storage space for smaller items. Vertical drawers are also a great solution because they allow you to save that precious horizontal space for bigger items.
Create this kind of storage space quickly and for less with the Slide Out Storage Tower. This three shelf storage shelf is perfect for storing dry goods, spices and more in the kitchen. The five inch wide shelf fits perfectly between stoves and countertops – or even slides into the pantry.
In a small kitchen, the best thing you can do is take advantage of unused vertical space. While you could run out of counter space easily, you probably will not run out of wall space. Hang vintage-chic baskets to store things like spatulas, ladles, and whisks. Not only will this save you counter space, it will also save you time while you’re busy cooking dinner.
The Three Tier Seagrass basket is a great way to get this look. This sturdy basket lays flat against the wall and has a strong wooden handle to hang from. Each basket is large enough to accommodate large kitchen utensils, but is also perfect for storing napkins, take-out menus and more.
If you’re a coffee fan, you probably have a whole section of counter or an entire cabinet dedicated to coffee paraphernalia. Keep everything organized by building a shelf or two for your most-used (or favorite, or most decorative) mugs and other supplies. Not only will this probably save you time and space, it will also make a decorative statement if you want it to be one.
Create more shelf space with the Sliding Cup Rack. Install it to the underside of a cabinet or shelf above your coffee maker to create a perfect java spot in the kitchen. This rack holds 10 mugs while keeping them accessible and on display.
Instead of having a clunky countertop knife holder, opt for magnetic strips on the wall. This can also help keep your kids safe from sharp knives and scissors–without the hassle of baby-proofing the drawers.
Available in 16.5 inch size, the Acacia Wood Magnetic Knife Wall Rack will help keep kitchen knives at your fingertips without compromising counter space. Perfect for smaller kitchens, this magnetic strip is made from long lasting acacia hardwood and is easy to clean. Knives stay accessible but out of the reach of children – and you have more counter space to get some creative cooking done.
Dividers for pans
Pans are pretty easy to store without taking up too much space. But stacking them just makes it so hard to find the exact one you need when you need it. Save yourself the time and stop clanking around loud enough to wake the dead every time you want to make cookies by buying pan dividers. Don’t forget that cutting boards and cooling trays can easily slide in too.
The Wooden Tray Divider in Maple finish is the easy way to add dividers to existing cabinet space. This divider is constructed from strong maple wood and comes with included hardware to install in any cabinet. Use it to easily organize cutting boards, baking sheets, muffin tins and more.
Fold-down table for two
Even if you don’t have a breakfast nook, there’s still a solution for a quiet meal for two in the mornings. Fold-down tables can pull double duty by giving you a place to eat and also giving you more counter or work space when you require. And the best part is that it won’t take up a permanent spot in your kitchen.
The Fold-A-Way Kitchen Table is the perfect piece for a small kitchen – or small family. Designed to seat two, this table folds up to tuck away when not in use. This hardwood table can be used with both leafs up or just one if you need added prep space during a get together. Folded up and against the wall, this table takes up only about 10 inches.
If you’re like us, you can’t escape the pretty pictures of kitchens with open shelving that pop up on your Pinterest page. The trendy look is serene, modern, and seems like a lovely way to display a matching dishware collection. Shelving is a great way to organize and show off your open concept kitchen. There are many different ways to design, install and use shelves. Cabinets offer fixed space, but open shelves may increase your storage options. If you’re craving a new look for your dated kitchen, shelves can be the perfect, economical solution.
Some homeowners opted for a steel pot rack, with hooks that hold a hanging shelf conveniently near the stove. There’s also a creative wine glass rack. Don’t be afraid to do whatever works best for you. There are no rules to follow for making your kitchen easier to navigate and organize. Do it according to your needs. Get help by contacting your local Professional Designer.