The kitchen is the most often used space in the home, so it’s no wonder it’s often cluttered. Every single space seems to be utilized and occupied by a number of gadgets and items. Creating a workable environment in the kitchen is essential in getting things done safely and efficiently.
If you find yourself overwhelmed and left with no space to work, it’s time to organize your kitchen. Create kitchen countertop space in the following ways.
- Declutter your kitchen. Empty out the drawers, cabinets and countertops and do an inventory. If you haven’t used something in the last six months, get rid of it. You actually don’t need a lot of tools to work efficiently in the kitchen, nor do you need several pairs of something when one will do. Throw away anything that is expired, broken, or double count of things and give away things you no longer use. Do you really need a potato masher or a food mill? How about the decorative ceramic cookie jar?
- Evaluate your kitchen appliances with a critical eye. Donate or throw out things you don’t really need. Purchase items that can double duty. Get a microwave that can toast things so you don’t need a toaster.
- Store away things you still want but don’t use everyday. Appliances such as a bread maker and Kitchenaid mixer take up a lot of space. Unless you bake daily, don’t leave it on the counter.
- Use the space above the cabinets. If your cabinets aren’t flushed to the ceiling, use that space and move your less often used appliances. Most cabinets have at least six to eight inches clearance from the ceiling. This is wasted space so use it.
- Use the space below the cabinets. Install an under cabinet microwave. Instead of a butcher block, install a magnetic strip on the backsplash and hang your kitchen knives there.
- Hang items. Pots and pans can hang from the ceiling if you have no space left inside your cabinets or on the counters. Use a hook and hang your kitchen utensils. Install hanging shelves under the cabinet. These can be purchased at IKEA and other home stores. Use hanging baskets to store onions, garlic and other produce, instead of having it in a basket on the counter.
- Downsize. Get smaller size appliances if possible.
- Install a fold out counter. If you have the space, fold out counter may be a solution for you. It’s easily constructed and attached to the edge of an existing counter. A spring lock mechanism lets you fold it up or down when you want to use it.
- Bring in a rolling counter. Purchase a rolling butcher counter. This way, you can move it out of the way when not in use and you don’t have to commit to making permanent changes to your kitchen.
Do these steps in your kitchen and you’ll soon find that your space isn’t as cluttered anymore.