Your kitchen space defines your home. And lacking that space is one of the biggest problems that homeowners often have. Having a smart kitchen space isn’t as hard as most people make it out to be.
In order to enhance your kitchen space, check out these 6 ways.
1. Have A Well-Planned System
A well-planned organization system will help you to find what you need much faster. You don’t want to start baking cookies only to have to hunt down the baking soda. The real magic of an organization system comes not just from knowing where things are, but why they’re there in the first place.
An example: Keep all your baking ingredients in the cupboard above the stand mixer and mixing bowls. If you haven’t bought an Instant Pot yet, you probably have a host of pots and pans that you need to store. Keep these with the lids on your stove so they’re easily accessible. Keep silverware close to the sink so it’s much easier to clean. Place defrosting meats in a dish or bowl on the bottom shelf in your fridge. This way, any dripped juices won’t contaminate the rest of your fridge. Put hot sauce and ketchup in the fridge door so they’re easy to grab on your way to the table
2. Apply FIFO
FIFO stands for “first in, first out”. It’s the principle that grocery stores use to stock their goods. Basically, it ensures that the oldest thing goes in front of the newer things so that they can get consumed quicker.
This way, you won’t stock expired goods that can consume space significant amounts of space This could mean a little extra work when you’re putting away groceries since you have to rotate the new stuff to the back, but it saves a ton of money in the long run and gives you peace of mind.
3. Utilize every single space for storage
Every inch of space counts.There are many spaces in your kitchen that can be utilized for storage. If you’re lucky enough to have a deep kitchen windowsill, use it to hold carafes, kitchen canisters, cookbooks and all those other things that clutter our counters.
Also, move infrequently used items up high, to that often-underutilized space above the kitchen cabinets. Then use the room you've made to store the stuff you'll actually use more often such as crocks of wooden spoons and cutting boards.
4. Make appliances do double the work
Even if you only have space for a stove, refrigerator, and sink, you can use burner covers to create a work surface. They can hold spices, pantry items, and all those little things that you often need for cooking. This smart kitchen uses a combination of drawers, wall shelving, and shelf stackers to free up counter space.
5. Add wall shelves
One of the reasons people keep things on their counters is to have all those frequently used items in view. If you're short on work space, but want to keep your plates and pantry items in plain view, consider adding open shelving.
Move dishes, spices, and even small appliances off the counter and onto the walls to clear space for prep while keeping everything out where you can still see it. Adding wall shelves can easily make your kitchen space more organized.
6. Create An Island
If your kitchen is lacking storage areas, a kitchen island may solve your problem. With the option of additional drawers, pull out shelves, and cabinets, the island is a great extension to your existing casework.
A kitchen island makes a great accessible space because it doesn’t interfere with the main preparation area of the rest of the kitchen. Generally, it does requires a bit more effort, but in a small space, a custom island can be easier to fit than a standard size.
Aside from all of the enhancement mentioned, the most basic solution is to clean as you go. This is probably the best space-saving activity that everyone can easily apply.