Whether you live in a spacious house or a comfy apartment, use of space is a huge issue.
Naturally, you want to be as efficient as possible in utilizing space especially if you are living in a small residence. One of the areas where space can be a huge dilemma is the kitchen.
Sometimes, you might overlook that you just have too many tableware and then there are all those delicate china from your grandmother too.
Where are you going to put everything? Below are some tips on how you can store more given the current kitchen space that you have.
1. Organize all the clutter
The first step to creating more space in your kitchen is to declutter the area. Gather everything. Then, put aside all the items that you still want to keep, and place those that you want to throw out inside a trash bag. Clean your fridge and get rid of rotten or expired food items. Do the same with canned goods that have been in your pantry for more than a year already. As for dishes, cookware and other items that you no longer use or need, donate these to charity.
2. Store dry goods in resalable containers
Place pasta, rice, flour and other dry items in containers of the same size so that they’re easier to store or stack. Don’t leave them in their original plastic bags or cartons because such materials can easily break, and these will also attract all sorts of pests, like roaches, ants, mice or rats.
3. Create more shelf space
Putting a few shelves can be one of your DIY projects or you can hire a carpenter for a day to get the job done. Build shelves within cabinets or you can also have these underneath counters. If you also notice a blank wall space, maybe you can consider placing shelves there too.
4. Make use of racks.
Small items, such as spice containers or canned goods, can be stored in racks. These come in different sizes, and you can mount them on walls or behind doors. If you are also looking for a place where you can keep your umbrellas, paper foils in tubes, or maybe rolls of clean wrap, you can have deeper racks for these.
5. Use drawer inserts
This will allow you to save more space. Instead of all your spoons using up an entire drawer, you can use drawer inserts to separate items. So, you can put knives, forks and spoons in one drawer, and use other drawers for more needed items.
6. Attach hooks behind doors
Hang up extra stuff, such as plastic bags or maybe small baskets or bins, onto hooks. Cute baskets can also be used to store smaller kitchen items. All in all, installing hooks will certainly give you more storage options.
7. Take advantage of a moveable kitchen island
There are several advantages to having a kitchen island that you can easily move around. This can be used for food preparation or for serving certain dishes. When you aren’t serving a fancy dinner, you can just move it to one corner so that you’ll have a bigger kitchen space to work in.
The kitchen island can also be used for studying, or you can put a cabinet or shelves underneath to get additional storage space.