How to Design an Organised and Functional Kitchen
By Shafiya Nawzer
We don’t just prepare food in our kitchens; we host our friends, have family discussions, and simply hang out in them as well. Enhancing the organisation and functionality of your kitchen will allow the space to feel open, appear tidy, and look great while serving your needs. Organising the kitchen to make it a beautiful and functional space can be fun and bring many benefits to your daily life. The kitchen is an area of your home that gets used more often than most other areas.
So, it stands to reason that if your kitchen were more organised and simple to use, your life would feel easier. From saving time when prepping your meals to saving money when shopping for them, there are many reasons to tackle your kitchen organisation. Having an organised kitchen will give you a sense of ease and order when you enter the space to prep a meal, share time with friends and family, or grab your morning coffee. Here are a few tips that can help you keep your kitchen organised and functional:
Make the most out of your storage
Be creative when organising your pots and pans. Since kitchens are not always arranged in a straight line, there’s often dead space. Make the most of corner cabinets and other unused areas with custom storage. Use drawer organisers to create a space for each of your kitchen utensils. Their individual compartments will encourage you to put everything back in its place after each use. To save steps in your kitchen, commonly used dishes and kitchen utensils should be right at hand. To organise with style, install various shelves, rods, and hooks for placing all of your culinary essentials in view. When it’s time to cook, or a friend offers to set the table, everything will be easy to grab.
Use magnets, hooks and rods to create organisation central. The kitchen items must be stored neatly within a contained amount of space that might otherwise go unused. This idea is great for kitchens of any size and the customisable layout options are endless. Building your very own wall-mounted mason jar planter can be a great weekend DIY project. You can do it by yourself or with your kids. With a few simple elements and some fresh potted herbs from the farmer’s market, gardening store, or grocery, you can create this beautiful- and delicious- element in your kitchen.
Use every inch of this important space. Vary shelf height based on what you’ll be storing – cereal boxes and canned goods won’t be cosying up with this method. If you have awkwardly angled or tough-to-reach nooks, use them as a place to store duplicates or items that are used less often. To quickly find what you need, transparent jars will do wonders. Baskets in the lower part of the pantry are ideal for storing garlic, potatoes and onions, which keep better in the dark.
Hidden, not forgotten
Your countertop is the first thing people will see when they enter your kitchen, so it’s best to keep it clear. It’ll make a big difference when you don’t see a lot of appliances on the counters. What’s more, it’ll free up space for preparation work when baking and cooking. If you want to make your kitchen organised and functional, hide your small appliances by investing in an appliance garage. It’s a storage cabinet that has roll-up fronts retracting the same way garage doors do. Clear off countertops and maximise corner-cabinet space by installing a two-tiered carousel. Smart storage solutions like this mean you can keep both often-used and rarely used items tucked away but within easy reach.
Simple changes can make a major difference. Fill a designated drawer with spice inserts for an easy way to keep these cooking essentials handy. Gone are the wasteful days of three jars of oregano because you couldn't see your supply all at once. As you’re rearranging your things to achieve an organised and functional kitchen, you’ll certainly come across in your kitchen drawers including the all over the place junk drawer. Take this opportunity to remove all the trash you find as a part of your cleaning approach. If the job requires buying affordable drawer organisers, then do it. Simple wooden or plastic inserts may turn even the dirtiest drawers into tidy and neat spaces. For instance, you can buy one for your silverware and another for day-to-day items like rubber bands, tape, and twist ties.
Organise your garbage
One great way to address trash is to have a separate drawer for your garbage, one for composting and another one for recycling. By setting up a garbage centre that has several smaller bins, and then you are helping the environment. For instance, if your compost begins to smell you can simply take the trash outside without having to drag a big garbage can that is not full yet. You can use several colours to determine every bin or simply write the purpose of the bin on top of the lid.
Clean out the refrigerator
Keep trash bags near the trash can, and throw a stack of loose bags into the bottom of the can. That way, when you pull out one bag, there is already another one right below it waiting to be used. If you put your trash out at the curb one night a week, use that time to clean out your refrigerator each week too. See what food needs to be pitched and immediately throw it out, and take the trash out to the curb right then. Your refrigerator will house only current items and will be less cluttered and it only takes a few minutes. Your personal work style will determine where you store and use the items in your kitchen, but the goal is to get that room and its contents to serve your needs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If you invest the time and energy into decluttering and organising your kitchen, it is an investment that will pay off in happiness for years to come.
Bring charm to everyday items
Most people spend a lot of time in their kitchen. Whether you love to cook or not, the kitchen is a space visited many times during the day. The kitchen is also a favourite gathering space for visitors and family. By bringing beautiful accessories and organising this space with charm, you’ll make it just the way you like it and enjoy being here so much more. Use a beautiful appetiser dish or tray to corral all you need by the sink (or cooking area). Place your dish soap in beautiful containers and voilá; you have a pretty station.
Use uniform containers
It’s a good way to transform even the smallest cabinets into an organised and functional pantry. Get rid of all the packaging from your pasta, grains, dried goods, and beans. And then use uniform containers to keep them. Also, choose one that has a recycling triangle at the bottom. Most importantly, choose transparent containers so that you will see what is inside easily. No matter how small or big your kitchen is, keeping your kitchen organised and functional is quite challenging especially if you don’t have any idea where to begin. But hopefully, the above-mentioned tips have helped you to get started. Also, if you’re planning to buy new appliances make sure to consider them as you give your kitchen a new transformation.