Liz from Simple Italian Cooking is back with a few things you can do to kick kitchen clutter to the curb.
Unless you have had your kitchen recently remodeled, chances are there are a few changes you could make that would create a more efficient and user-friendly environment– without the need to rip out walls or spend thousands of dollars. Here are some practical tips to help you get the most treasured room in the house organized!
Kitchen Storage Ideas
Storage baskets are very popular and they come in every medium from woven grass to canvas to metal wire. Whatever the style of your kitchen, there is a basket that will stylishly contain all those bits and pieces that need a home.
When looking for baskets, consider the purpose and look beyond typical kitchen designed baskets. For example, rolling plastic 3 drawer carts can be used to store bags of onions or potatoes, housing neatly folded hand towels and table clothes or storing plastic lids – all within easy reach. You won’t find these carts in the kitchen department, but most likely in the home improvement or living areas.
Create Space Where There Is No Space
If you have a kitchen with a pantry area and a door, you can easily free up countertop clutter by purchasing pocket holders or racks that hang on the back of the door. This is perfect for housing items such as phones, calendars, notepads, pen/pencils, to-do pads, soup packets, canned goods or even seasonings depending on the style of the holders. If you don’t have a door to use, consider tacking these holders where there is empty wall space.
Another way to make space where there is no space, is to remove items in your cupboards which aren’t being regularly used. The idea is simple, but when it comes to figuring out what you do and don’t need, it gets a little harder.
Therefore, take the average number of place settings you use on a daily basis, then box up the rest and store them in an area where they are still accessible should you need them in the future.
You may be surprised at how much new space you have once those extra mugs and chipped glassware are removed.
Keep Out Of The Kitchen
If tight on space, look for ways to store items outside of the kitchen. For example, if you keep your tablecloths and other “clothware” in drawers in your kitchen, look for storage units which would fit nicely with your dining room or living room decor.
Use these units to store items such as extra plates, silverware or pots and pans, thus freeing up more space in the kitchen for more frequently used items. These units can be decorative and not intrusive, blending into the existing decor, without giving the slightest indication for its actual purpose.
Keeping yourself organized is one thing, but making your kitchen organized is another. By having an organized kitchen you will find not only does cooking and meal preparation become easier, but it also becomes more enjoyable too.
About the Author
Liz Trementozzi Krause, who grew up in an Italian home, has an Italian website where she enjoys writing about Italian recipes, or reviews about Italian cookware such as the best gelato machine for home use. She loves sharing tips with her readers and subscribers and hopes she encourages others to enjoy spending more time in the kitchen!