From serving dishes and utensils to pots, pans, spices, and numerous other items, you need to store many items in your kitchen to enjoy its full functional use. Unfortunately, storing so many items in the kitchen can lead to chaos, which interferes with your ability to use this space. The key to maximizing efficiency in a crowded kitchen is found in the improved organization. These strategies will help you to achieve the results that you need to see.
Group Similar Items Together
The first step to reorganizing your kitchen with efficiency in mind is to group similar items. For example, all pots and pans should be stored together. The best place for these items is in a lower-level cabinet close to the range. Drinking glasses should be stored together and in a cabinet close to the fridge. When you cluster similar items together next to where they will most likely be needed, you can improve efficiency and organization at the same time.
A common challenge associated with kitchen organization is a lack of storage space. You may think that the only way to increase storage space is to enlarge your kitchen, but this is not the case. For example, you may be able to install custom cabinets that are deeper and taller. This directly increases storage space without the need to enlarge the kitchen’s dimensions.
Invest in Cabinet Organizers
You can also maximize your use of the space inside your cabinets. For example, you can install a pull-out feature at the bottom of your lower cabinets. This enables you to access the items stored in the rear easily and may promote increased use of these out-of-reach areas. Another idea is to install a lazy-Susan feature in a corner cabinet to store spices and other items in smaller containers.
Use Clear or Labeled Containers
Rather than keep bags of flour, sugar, and other items in your pantry or cupboard, pour these items in clear containers. When these containers are stackable and labeled, you can take full advantage of the vertical space in your pantry. A variation of this is to install wire shelves in between some of the built-in shelves in the pantry. This is a great way to maximize space for spices, canned goods, and other items.
If your kitchen is not organized well, you may feel frustrated and stressed spending time in this space. More than that, it may take longer than necessary to prepare a snack or a meal. Focus on these smart tips to maximize the available space in your kitchen and to make the room more user-friendly as a result.