It’s never TOO early to start your “Spring Cleaning” and gain a fresh perspective.
There are many physical and mental health benefits associated with the idea of organization, and during these difficult times, it never hurts to give ourselves some extra care. Organization can boost your productivity, reduce stress and even help you sleep better. And yes, you can translate organizational best practices to your kitchen for a positive effect. The kitchen has once again taken rank as the heart of the home. Everything from meals, enjoying your morning coffee, and Zoom meetings all take place here! We spend so much time in this spot, it’s important to give some thought to how this space can be maximized and better work for us.
We hope these ideas will inspire you, and help you make the most of your kitchen space, big or small!
Use Forgotten Spaces: The lower cabinets are a perfect spot to hang heavy, clunky items that are annoying to store such as colanders, small pots, or cutting boards.
Utilize Baskets to save space! Things like easy-to-grab utility bins are great for organizing items on the top shelf.
Think of new, creative ways to utilize your Kitchen Island: An example is creating a hidden drawer in the apron of an island.
A Magnetic Knife Bar: Knife blocks can take up way too much of your precious counter space. Instead, store knives and kitchen utensils on a magnetic strip on your wall.
Add hooks anywhere you can: You will get hooked on this next tip. Installing them on the walls, inside cabinets, or under shelves, basically anywhere you can find some room, is a great preventative practice that can save you stress and time in the long run. Such an easy way to make a home for items that would otherwise take up space in a drawer, your cabinets, or counter space.
Use a hanging shoe organizer, but not for shoes: This is a really simple trick to quickly gain space and you can do it as long as you have a door. Take a pantry door or even a nearby closet and a shoe organizer, and use it to hold water bottles, cleaning supplies, or even pantry essentials.
Mobile Kitchen Storage Cart: If you’re not quite ready to add more cabinets and countertop space, a mobile kitchen cart is a great preliminary step. The top part of the cart provides extra work space, and the shelves below hold items that would otherwise take up precious shelves or countertop space. Carts come in a variety of finishes, so there’s a good chance you can match your existing cabinets. Or keep trendy with a shiny metal or painted cart.
Store Pans Sideways: Pots and pans always seem to get in the way, don’t they? No matter what we do, they always end up in a jumbled and loud, clattering mess. The solution is so much more simple than you would think. Just stack your pans, cutting boards, lids, and baking sheets vertically to limit any frustration and utilize your space better.
Turn One Shelf Into Two (save space and money!): Simply use wire risers to increase vertical storage space. This will give you room to store all of the dish-ware, and cute mugs/bowls you own without any sacrifices.
Get Grocery-Inspired: If you’re lucky enough to have a pantry, you can give it a “superstore makeover”. Simply put the newest boxes and containers behind what’s already open, and then keep things organized with bins, labels, and clear tupperware to conserve space and utilize easy access.
One final thing that will inspire you to keep an organized kitchen: a beautiful, new, quality Kitchen from Hawthorne. Get in touch for more information on our services and how we can help you make the most of your space.