Cooking can be a fun and often relaxing activity. However, a cluttered kitchen can spoil the experience. Ensure that each item has a designated place when setting up your kitchen. Also, remember that the design should be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. In this article, we’ll discuss ideas for organising your kitchen.
On and Around the Worktop The worktop or counter is the first thing you notice when entering the kitchen. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep this area tidy and well-organised. If you have a small kitchen, we recommend storing as many items as possible in your cabinets. Keep the windowsill clear too, to make the kitchen appear more spacious.
The sides of the worktop are often underused, yet they’re ideal for hanging small items. Install hooks on the sides to hang towels, dishcloths, tea towels, etc. This keeps them out of sight but within easy reach.
Place a soap dish next to your sink for your scouring pad and hand soap. Keeping them in a dish makes the area look more organised than if they were scattered on the counter.
Store your spices in a cupboard. However, to prevent them from being forgotten, use a spice rack or lazy Susan. Place it near your stove so the spices are in your line of sight and used more often. For better organisation, consider storing your spices in uniform jars with printed labels.
Want to keep some items like tea bags, coffee, and utensils on the counter? Group these items together on a sturdy wooden plank, tray, basket, or pot. This makes your worktop look neater while keeping everything accessible. Baskets and ceramic pots are perfect as they offer style and storage space.
Inside the Cabinets Many people’s kitchen cabinets are crammed with items, making them difficult to navigate. This often happens due to either having too many items for the available space or inefficient organisation. Here are ideas to address the latter issue.
‘Organisers’ are essential. Install these in your cabinets. They come in various shapes, sizes, and styles, so you’ll find something suitable for your kitchen. A well-organised cutlery drawer is especially important.
A metal file divider is perfect for storing baking sheets, cutting boards, and lids. To prevent it from sliding, attach a rubber strip to the bottom.
A dish rack can serve a similar purpose, ideal for storing pan lids. Since dish racks are often small enough to fit in drawers, they’re very convenient.
The space under your sink can be tricky to organise. Use a rack (like those used in showers) to neatly store your dishwashing liquid and sponges.
If a countertop spice rack isn’t for you, consider storing your spices in a rack inside a cabinet. Make sure it’s easy to remove. Store all your spices in a caddy, which can be put away after cooking. You’ll find caddies of various shapes, sizes, and prices in any store selling kitchenware.
Make Smart Use of Space There are often clever ways to use the space in your kitchen more effectively. Look at oddly shaped empty areas, like above the fridge or in corners, as opportunities for extra storage. It’s usually straightforward to install a few extra shelves in these places. Just ensure the shelves aren’t taller than their contents.
The space behind the stove is often unused but is a great place to store items. Backsplash racks offer easy storage solutions. Hang knives or other utensils on these racks for convenience.
If you like fresh herbs within reach and have a window in your kitchen, try this simple storage idea: Install a shelf between the cabinets next to your kitchen window. This gives your plants enough light and makes watering them easy. Just make sure to install the shelf high enough to avoid bumping into it while working at the counter.
These were our ideas for easily organising your kitchen. Have you tried any of these tips, or do you have any of your own? Let us know in a comment!