Tips for Organising a Kitchen
No matter the size of a kitchen, when it is well organised, cooking becomes a pleasure. Making the most of the space at hand creates an ease in preparing delicious meals for the family or when entertaining. There are many little tips and tricks not always considered in the initial design of the kitchen, but which can be applied at any stage to streamline the process of getting ingredients from the pantry onto the dining room table.
Using an old biscuit tin or a big jug to store larger utensils such as whisks, egg lifters and spatulas close at hand is a convenient, yet appealing way to recycle. Colour coding kitchen appliances and crockery serves to enhance the dcor theme, while allowing for these items to be visible instead of stashed away in cupboards. Glass fronted cabinets are another way to compliment this idea by allowing stylish appliances or dinnerware to be displayed as part of the dcor while remaining safely stored in the cabinets. For shelving that doesn’t have doors, keeping things neat can be a bit challenging. One way to avoid a cluttered look while maintaining aesthetic appeal is to use baskets or boxes that fit on the shelves, again matching colour scheme in the kitchen while hiding unsightly objects.
Hanging pots and pans from hooks frees up cupboard space and creates a trendy kitchen look while using under counter areas to install rails for dish cloths and paper towels, or for lighting, maximises efficient space usage. Other space saving ideas include storing less used items, whether it be the fine china, or baking tins in a moveable trolley or cabinet on wheels, which can be brought into the kitchen when needed, and moved back into a storage area out of the way afterwards. This frees up cupboard space in the kitchen for other items more frequently used. Storing according to use also improves efficiency for example storing all the pots and utensils near the stove, the kettle near the mugs and dinnerware and cutlery in the serving area.
Mounting racks for spices, platforms for appliances, or hooks for hanging aprons and oven mitts also leaves extra counter and drawer space available for other items that may be more appropriately concealed. Drawer dividers are important for maintaining order in cutlery drawers and for storing smaller items. Some other items designed to simplify storage and access include a lazy Susan and transparent pantry organisers for displaying food items neatly and within visibility and reach.
Whether it is convenience or appearance that is priority, some of these little tips are sure to simplify kitchen organising and pave the way to hassle-free dining.