The kitchen is often the most important room in the house, especially for those of us who love to cook. Because those of who love to cook also love to accumulate cooking gadgets, mixing bowls, and everything else we need to make kitchen magic, it can also one of the most difficult rooms to keep organized. Due to this potential challenge, we’ve assembled this list of easy organization tips to keep your kitchen squared away like that of a four-star chef.
Use Wall Space
The easiest way to create storage space from thin air is by mounting some wire racks to a wall in the kitchen. These racks are awesome for hanging pots and pans or utensils, especially in a space with little cabinet storage. Make sure to mount these racks to a stud though; drywall won’t hold the weight of the pots and pans for very long.
Use More Wall Space
This amazing magnetic spice rack is both beautiful and functional. By storing spices in these clear-bottom containers, it’s easy to determine what's what (especially if you add a small label to each jar). By storing them on the wall, you also free up valuable cabinet and countertop space to store your kitchen gadgets.
Using a ladder in the kitchen may seem like a strange idea, but it’s actually a gorgeous alternative to traditional shelving. It’s also easy and super inexpensive - all you need is an old wooden ladder and some S hooks. Bonus points if you mount the ladder to the ceiling and let the S hooks hang pots, pans and savory herbs in the fashion of a Neapolitan villa.
Drop The Block
Knife blocks are useful, but they’re bulky and take up valuable counter space. Mounting a magnetic knife strip will both save space and add a delightfully stylish touch to your kitchen.
Laziness Pays Off
Adding a Lazy Susan to a corner cabinet is a great way to maximize storage potential. Depending on the size of the cabinet, you could store anything from spice to pots and pans with ease, and you don’t have to dig around in the cabinet to reach anything!
Store by Priority
Keep the pots and pans you use the most in the front of the cabinet space. That was, you won’t need to dig around for something you use every day. Keep lesser used items in the back of the cabinet, so you can still get to them when you need them.
Keep Utensils Contained
Keep all your utensils standing up in one container to save space. It will also keep whatever you may need close at hand, which can be a lifesaver when you’re working on a dark roux or other delicate dish.
Rack Up Paper
Storing cookbooks on a wire rack is a great way to save space.You could also store them on the top of the fridge stabilized with book ends, which is an oft-overlooked storage space.
Pare Down to Essentials
Consider eliminating stuff you don’t need or use. By having less items to store, you can utilize even a limited amount of space much more effectively. This applies to pots, pans, and dishes, but make sure you keep what you need to serve company or guests.
These kitchen storage solutions are a great starting point to alleviate your space-based stress. They’re also a great way to add a touch of design to your kitchen, even if you’re pursuing a minimalist look. We hope you found this article helpful, and as always we encourage you to be creative and share your results with us!