Kitchen storage, or a lack of it, can be a real problem in the modern-day home. Over the past few decades, our kitchens and how we use them have undergone a raft of changes. Gone are the days when kitchens were only required to store a few plates and the odd pots and pans.
Now, our kitchens are filled with gadgets and gizmos that have been designed to make our lives easier. Everything from food processors to hand-held blenders and deep fat fryers can help us to cook wonderful meals for our family. Even the slow cooker has seen a recent resurgence of interest.
But where to put all of this ‘stuff’? CashLady has come up with some tips and tricks to keep your kitchen tidy and clutter-free.
1) Your cupboard doors could be valuable kitchen storage space
Many of us have kitchen cupboards which are stuffed to their limit. But have you ever thought of using the doors as additional kitchen storage?
First, find a cupboard without shelves. We find that this is normally the case in an under-the-sink cupboard. Then, simply screw a magazine holder to the inside of the cupboard door.
Make sure to check the length of the screws before you start. You want ones that will not protrude through to the outside of your cupboard when you screw them in.
This is a great place to keep the cleaning products that you use regularly.
The inside of a cupboard is also a good place to store chopping boards. Take a look at this website for full instructions on how to do this.
Alternatively, add some hooks to the back of your cupboards and attach your utensils to them.
2) Add shelves under your upper cupboards for more kitchen storage
There is nothing worse than a cluttered kitchen worktop when you are trying to cook.
Shelves are a great way to add kitchen storage space.
Install shelves below your upper kitchen cupboards. Make them high enough above your worktop so that they do not get in your way. Make sure that you can easily clean your worktop without bashing into them.
This is a great place to store that pile of cookery books or salt and pepper grinders.
3) Don’t forget to utilise the space below your shelves
Shelves make great kitchen storage as they are easily installed and accessible.
Once you have put your shelves up, add hooks underneath them. Hang everything from coffee cups to pots and pans.
4) Utilise the kitchen storage space above your cupboards
Most kitchens are designed with a gap between the top cabinets and the ceiling.
Use this space to store things that you use less regularly.
Invest in some square metal or wicker baskets to put things in. This way, it will look neat and tidy and will mean that you can bring down a basket when you need it, rather than one bottle or jar at a time.
5) Magnets on your spice jars
We have all got old herbs and spices that we have forgotten about, stuffed at the back of a cupboard.
Finding kitchen storage for many awkwardly-sized little jars can be difficult.
Invest in a pack of matching small jars to decant your spices into. Put magnets on the back of the jars and ‘stick’ them to your fridge.
Easy to access, plus you are using previously wasted space – win, win!
6) Install a shelf above your sink…then add hooks
Use the shelf to display your best plates and bowls.
Then, when you do the washing up, use the hooks to hang wet pots and pans to dry.
Time and space saving kitchen storage!
7) Spend a day reorganising your cupboards
Even with the best of intentions, over time, our kitchen cupboards can become cluttered. If we cannot find what we need, cooking a simple supper can turn into a nightmare.
With new kitchen storage solutions, now is the best time to reorganise and start afresh.
If you come across items that you no longer use, consider giving them to a charity shop or boxing them up and putting them in your garage or attic.
Even in the smallest kitchen, there are hidden kitchen storage spaces that are just waiting to be used. Whether it’s a wall, the inside of a cupboard or even the outside of your fridge, all that is needed is a little imagination and you could end up with a kitchen that has more space than you had previously thought!