There are some rooms in the house that will forever and always be in high traffic areas. The kitchen, the living room, and the bathroom. They are the hubs of noise, conversation and ‘doing’ things. So, when it comes to keeping them tidy and organized, sometimes they need a little bit more effort, to begin with, but once it is done, staying on top of it is easier.
Let’s take a look at some of those things!
Utilize Wall Space
You know those pocket organizers that people tend to use on the inside of wardrobes or in their bedroom for jewelry? Well, pop one on the back of the cupboard with all the cleaning paraphernalia in. It is handy for holding sponges, gloves, scrubbing brushes, and other smaller bits.
Wall spaces are so rarely used well. Although the rise of some certain Swedish home store has given people a lot of ideas and options when it comes to maximizing the space they live in; often if you haven’t been to the store, you’re missing out. Fit some racks or some magnetic strips to walls around the kitchen; this is space that wouldn’t usually be used for much other than some artwork. S hooks will allow you to hang up your pots and utensils. If you don’t want to add them to the wall, then the outside of cabinets (the one the faces the sink perhaps?) works well too. Placing utensils in mason jars on the counter may also be a compromised solution.
Downsizing your appliances, or upgrading to ones with better internal storage options. This might come as a shock to many, but the chances are, even if you have a big family you aren’t using the space as well as you could be. Parkinson’s law says that we fill up the time that we allocate to a job – even if the job takes 5 minutes alone – we will fill time with unnecessary things, this is basically the same thing. So, have a look at your appliances now and see if you wouldn’t have more space but having GE monogram appliances instead.
Install some shelving vertically to help manage things like frying pans, baking sheets, muffin trays and some oven dishes. It stops the need for stacking them poorly and having to pull them all out when all you wanted was the cupcake tray. If that doesn’t sound like something you like, then pan dividers will do the job just as well.
Use shelf extenders to give yourself more space. Many people assume that adding something extra into a cabinet detracts from the space, but actually, you are creating more surface area.
If you have small spaces and aren’t really sure what to do with them, think about some rolling storage or a rolling pantry. Not only are you making more use of the area in the kitchen, but you will free up at least a cupboard by adding condiments, spices and other dried goods to it.
It doesn’t take too much to get organized in the kitchen, a bit of time, some effort and you can even DIY most of the projects if you like to stay well within budget too!
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