8 Ways to Better Organize Your Kitchen
Everyone has that room “where the magic happens”. For most people, that’s the kitchen. The warm aromas, the calm feeling and the amazing treats that come from the kitchen can certainly be magical at times.
Kitchens, despite being so magical, are rarely a place of eternal bliss. Over 40% of homeowners say they have to redo the kitchen because they can’t stand the old kitchen.
Perhaps a kitchen makeover is in your future, but there are other ways you can get the most out of your kitchen. Kitchens can often be filled with clutter and may not be the most organized place in your house. For those who are Modern Family fans, you may remember the episode when Cam and Gloria get in a fight over the latter’s kitchen organization.
Thankfully, the fiery Gloria and Cam ended the episode in harmony during a kitchen cleaning montage.
But what can you do to better organize your kitchen while maintaining that magical feel and keeping it a happy place? Read below for some suggestions.
You probably have some unused space in your kitchen and you don’t even realize it. Look up and over your kitchen cabinets. Chances are, there is some space between the top of your cabinets and your ceiling.
Find some baskets or boxes that match your walls color and put them on top of the cabinets. Be sure to put those non-essential items as you likely won’t be able to reach up there so easily. All your items will be hidden in plain sight!
Hanging fruit baskets may be a thing of the past, but they should be making a comeback for their practicality and easy installation.
Put a hanging fruit basket in your kitchen for any fruits and vegetables (baskets don’t discriminate). It will make it easy on you so you have everything right in front of you. Just be sure to watch out for fruit flies.
Find a Pegboard
For an easy way to hang up your pots, pans and serving utensils. It’s another way to have everything in front of you and easy to grab.
Not only that, but if you don’t have a dishwasher you can hang them on the wall so they can dry a bit easier as well.
On the same line as a pegboard, you can buy a spice rack and put it on your wall. To help you keep it better organized, you can alphabetize it for easy finding.
Divide Up Your Drawers
Use drawer dividers to make sure you’re maximizing space and keeping your utensils separated. It will make sure everything is accessible.
It’s also helpful when your little ones start to help you with the dishes. They won’t be able to toss everything in a drawer at once, but will have to take the time to get it all straight.
Do you know why Superman’s parents wrapped his gifts in lead? So he wouldn’t use his x-ray vision to see what was inside. Normal humans are thwarted by wrapping paper but thankfully we can bypass that with transparent material.
Store items like pasta, cereal or other goods in transparent boxes so you can easily grab what you need when you need it.
In addition, you can always have specific boxes or storage containers for your items.
If your kitchen has space for it, see if you can add doors on both sides of your floor cabinets. You’ll be able to grab whatever you need from multiple sides, but you’ll also be able to maximize your cabinet space.
No longer do you have to chuck whatever doesn’t initially fit to the back and hope it doesn’t fall out when you open the door.
Under the Sink
You know that small, tiny drawer that’s not really a drawer under your sink? It’s just really for show, unless…
You can turn that drawer into your sponge and towel drawer. It will save you a bit of space on top of your sink as well as hide away any dirty sponges and nasty towels. Just make sure you squeeze them out so water won’t collect under your sink!
For your pantry or cabinet, you can install wire cabinets to see what’s in each drawer and access everything easier.
Wire cabinets are also pretty durable as long as there isn’t too much weight tossed in.