Creative Ways to Organize a Small Kitchen for Home Improvement

August 21st, 2012
Furniture Design
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Organization may be more important in the kitchen than in any other room of the house. That’s because the kitchen sees a lot of traffic, can get dirty easily, and contains a lot of places where clutter can build up. The result in many small kitchens is a constant mess that keeps you from feeling inspired. If you spend as little time as possible in your kitchen due to overwhelming clutter, it might be time to turn things around.

Sort Food Regularly

Food, especially non-perishable items, can build up quickly if you’re not careful. To keep your small kitchen organized, sort your cabinets and closet’s regularly. Donate anything you know you won’t eat and dispose of anything that has expired or become spoiled. This prevents you from having to store large amounts of useless food that keeps you from finding what you really need.

De-clutter Your Appliances

Many people also find that their appliances seem to take over, too. Whether it’s on a kitchen counter or stowed away in a cabinet, an appliance takes up a lot of space. Go through your bread makers, mixers, salad spinners and other special-purpose devices to decide whether they really get used. If you haven’t used an appliance in six months to a year, recycle or donate it. You may also wish to consider exchanging single-purpose appliances for multipurpose ones, such as a large stand mixer. These are more expensive, but take up less room overall.

Store Like Items Together

Take all your dishes, pots, bakeware and other items out of your cabinets, then sort them by type. If you’ve been storing items wherever they’ll fit, your small kitchen can be confusing and cluttered-feeling. Put dish sets together, nested if possible. Keep pots and pans in one place, baking items in another. If you have items you don’t use often, store them somewhere safe and less accessible to keep your more-useful dishes close to hand.
Spacesavers Can Be Lifesavers

Many small kitchens have extremely limited cabinet space. This can be frustrating and may lead to severe overcrowding. Consider back-of-the-door spacesavers to hold spices and other small items, as well as lazy Susans, pull-out shelves and other small improvements to give yourself more storage room and reduce clutter.

Consider Going Vertical

Don’t forget to look up. Your walls and ceiling also offer plenty of options for improving storage. Consider a ceiling-mounted pot rack to get those pots and pans out of the cabinets. Hang shelves or hooks on the wall to allow for spice storage, get utensils out of the way, or even help you mount small appliances. By moving some of the countertop clutter to vertical spaces, you free up your existing cabinets and counters.

Some kitchens are easier to organize than others, but the same basic strategies apply to any space. Get rid of what you don’t need, group similar items together, and think outside the box for new storage options. With these simple techniques, even the most avid cook can enjoy a well-organized small kitchen.

Article From : Lane, Heather (2012-06-25). How to Organize Small Spaces: Decluttering Tips and Organization Ideas for Your Home (p. 16). Ellington Marketing, LLC. Kindle Edition.

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