Managing a kitchen on your own can be a daunting task. Even if you have family or housemates to help out, it might seem like your kitchen is never completely clean or tidy. After all, it’s one of the rooms that’s used the most often and by every family member.
If you’re worried about how easily your kitchen gets messy, there’s probably an organizing problem at hand. With a busy kitchen, things seem to get jumbled up and you might not be able to find what you need just at the most awkward moment. At the same time, you might be struggling with having enough space in the kitchen for all your utensil, gadgets, groceries, snacks, and so on.
Fortunately, there are some hacks and ideas that might help in maximizing kitchen storage space. With everything set in its proper place and with the right method, you might be able to keep a cleaner, tidier kitchen with very little effort. Here are a few of the best kitchen organization ideas to get you started:
Use Baskets and Boxes
Everyone has some spare baskets and/or boxes lying around their home. If that’s true of your place, start pulling them out and putting them to good use in the kitchen. Shoeboxes are an especially useful option, but you might want to dust and cover them with some pretty paper first. This will help to make the inside of your kitchen and pantry more appealing; while this isn’t an organization hack, it’s certainly a small step towards feeling better about the place.
Use the baskets and boxes to organize things in your pantry; put cans in one, boxes of cookies in the other, and so on. This way, you’ll be able to clear the clutter and keep it that way. The next time you’re putting away the groceries, it’ll be easy to put every item in the right place. You can even label the boxes so that a kid or guest could put things away without having to ask where they go.
Consider Rolling Shelves
If you’re handy at DIY or have the budget for a renovation project, do consider installing some rolling shelves in your kitchen. Deep cabinets and drawers might look good in the beginning, but a slim vertical shelf will have everything on display at once. If you can roll it in when not in use, that’s even better.
While you’re at it, check out some trends for kitchen makeovers this year. If a homeowner is willing to invest, they can enjoy the benefits of a well-equipped kitchen after renovating it. When you start learning how to organize kitchens, however, it doesn’t have to be an expensive project.
Utilize the Corners
Whether you have open shelving or a proper set of cabinets, there might always be that one corner that seems useless. It’s a pity, because there’s that extra space just going to waste. A lazy Susan is the best way to utilize such areas, but make sure you get the right size. Fortunately, these rolling contraptions are available in a variety of sizes. You can even make your own with a round baking dish, a plate, and some marbles in between to provide that spinning action.
A lazy Susan is usually for arranging your spice, but you don’t have to limit yourself here. Perhaps you can use one for arranging the small items you need for baking–a box of baking powder, baking soda, vanilla essence, caramel, essence, food coloring, and so on. If you have a larger one, use it for cleaning products (preferably under the sink) or nut butters, soy sauce, vinaigrettes, and so on.
Utilize Vertical Space
You may have a lot more space in your kitchen than you realize. Take a closer look; those cabinet doors have a lot of potential. Stick on some hooks, and you can hang small items in that empty space. For example, if you hang your measuring cups and measuring spoons from a hook on the cabinet door, you won’t have to rummage through the sleeves to find these relatively small items. At the same time, you’re freeing up some space in the cabinets.
You can also consider adding a slim rack to the doors of your lower cabinets. These will come in handy for storing pot and Tupperware lids, small boxes of spices or plastic wrap, or cooking utensils. This might require moving back the cabinet contents a few inches, but the ease of access will be worth it.
Another way to make use of vertical space is to hang baskets from the ceiling. You can get some tired baskets from the market or just use whatever you have on hand. Keeping your fruits and vegetables in these baskets will make them more accessible at times; even if it doesn’t, you’ll have freed up a lot of counter space. Plus, you get more air circulation to the fruit that way; this will help to make it ripen more easily.
Line the Shelves
It’s not just about making the most of your space, but also keeping that space as easy to clean as possible. This is where your shelf liners come in. They protect the shelves, brighten them up, and also make it easy to clean any spills or stains.
Some homeowners use newspapers for lining their kitchen shelves and cabinets. This might not be the best choice, especially if your home has a tendency for dampness. Paper liners can attract pests like cockroaches, so don’t make more problems for yourself. Invest in some quality contact paper or get some plastic liners that you can wipe off whenever required.
Have a Home for Plastic Bags
Every time in your kitchen should have a proper home, so start assigning. This includes your empty plastic bags, snack items, and every utensil. Plastic bags are especially good at taking up a lot of room if you let them accumulate, so repurpose a container especially for them.
Some people like to fold up these bags and place them in a designated drawer or canister. While this only takes a few seconds at a time, it might not work for every kind of bag. An easier and quicker way is to use an old coffee can or box, stuff in the bags when they’re empty, and make a slit in the side. You can then just reach in and pull out a bag whenever it’s needed. There are also cheap organizers you can get especially for this purpose, but making do with what you have will save a few bucks. It’s also possible to save money by cooking budget-friendly recipes.
With the kitchen stuff sorted and organized, you can probably breathe a sigh of relief and move on to other important tasks. Proper organization will usually free up some space as well, so there might finally be room to display that best clear glass dining table set or anything else you like. At the end of it all, your effort will be worth it if your kitchen routine becomes more streamlined and efficient. Keep in mind that not all of these kitchen organization ideas will be applicable for you, but start out with one and see what works best.