Did your holiday cooking plans turn into chaos because your kitchen wasn’t properly organized? Was something that should have been a source of joy quickly turn into nothing more than a huge hassle? If that’s the case, then solving that problem for good just might be one of your top priorities in the new year.
Whether you have a tiny kitchen, or you have a dream kitchen that would be the envy of just about everybody, organizing it will be key to getting the most out of it. Here are six tips to help you do just that.
If you would like to learn more about ways to organize your kitchen and every other part of your home, the professionals with Art of Drawers will have some fantastic recommendations. Just contact us online or call (770) 800 8410 to get in touch.
1. Use Flexible Lighting
One of the problems with your kitchen could be that there are certain areas that just aren’t properly lighted. You might find it hard to find items in your pantry, for example. Making some lighting changes will not only improve the functionality of your kitchen, but also its beauty. Also, if you plan on having a disabled family member move in or visit, a well-lighted kitchen will be an incredible help from an accessibility perspective.
Recessed lighting would be a great option. You can have fixtures installed above the sink, or just have general ambient lighting throughout the kitchen. Wall sconces are not only stylish, they’re also great for illuminating counter space.
While you’re at it, don’t forget the areas under your sink and in your cabinets. How many times have you searched for a cleaning product or something else but you couldn’t find it because it was too dark? Consider some under-cabinet lighting. That should fix the issue.
2. Create a Sink Workstation
If you spend too much time rinsing off dishes or washing out bowls before you put them in the dishwasher, a sink workstation could be a great idea. Have some pull-out drawers installed just below the sink to store your sponges, towels and any other cleaning items you typically use. When everything is within arm’s reach, you’ll be amazed at how much easier cleaning will be.
3. Utilize Your Wall Space
A fantastic way to get the most out of a smaller kitchen will be to use as much wall space as you can. Kitchen walls aren’t really meant for hanging pictures or other decorative items – that’s what the walls in the rest of your home are for. Every inch of a kitchen should be as functional as possible. There are a lot of ways you can use your kitchen walls you might not have previously realized.
For example, you could use magnetic strips to hold items that might be crowding your countertops, such as cutting knives. You can even find spice bottles with magnetized bottoms instead of keeping a spice rack in your pantry.
Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with open shelving. Just about anything you have on your countertop will work on a shelf. It could be a group of your favorite cookbooks, coffee cups, glasses, plates, or nearly anything else you can imagine. You wouldn’t want to put your toaster on your shelf, of course, but otherwise you won’t have very many limits.
4. Set up a Small Appliance Cabinet
Speaking of your toaster, why should it sit on your counter all day and night when you probably only use it for a few minutes each morning? You could free a lot of room that your toaster, blender and coffee maker are taking up simply by creating new cabinet space for them.
5. Use a Tension Rod Under the Sink
Back to the space under your sink for a minute. If you’re like a lot of people, you run out of space pretty quickly because you have so many cleaning products. You could put a rod under the sink for a very small amount of money, and use it to hang spray bottle handles. It might not seem like a huge space-saver, but you’ll be surprised at how effective it can be.
6. Install a Custom Cabinet and Drawer Organization Solution
The experts with Art of Drawers have designed custom drawer solutions for years. Our clients are amazed at how good a job our products do of helping them get – and stay – organized. Not only will we help you save a lot of frustration, we’ll also help you save a lot of money, and a lot of time.
The simple fact is that if you can’t reach something in your kitchen, you’ll be less and less likely to use it. After a while, you’ll forget you even have it, until it comes time to either declutter or sell your home. How many times have you decided to clear out some clutter, only to find something you didn’t realize you had – even though you might have spent $50, $100 or even more to buy it?
Instead of letting those expensive items collect dust and fade from memory, why not start using them again? Our custom drawers can make it easy to do just that. You’ll have more access to everything you’ll need, and you’ll also find that prepping and cooking food will take much less time than before. The same will go for cleaning your kitchen.
Even if you have a small kitchen, custom drawers will make it feel a lot larger. In fact, our solutions can be used throughout the home, giving you more space than you may have ever imagined possible.
Make your kitchen a fun, entertaining place again by following these tips. When the holidays roll around next time, you’ll be ready. If you would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Art of Drawers. You can contact us by using our convenient online form, or you can give us a call at (770) 800 8410.