WorldExecutivesDigest.com | 7 Kitchen Redesign Tips for Maximum Organization | Kitchen clutter can cause chaos for the cook. But with a few preventative measures, you can have an organized system that works for everyone.
The space in your kitchen, whether it’s large or compact, must be used efficiently. The way you set up the room plays a major role in this.
If you initially unpacked for speed and haven’t adjusted your strategy since then, you probably aren’t making the best use of your space.
To organize your kitchen in the best possible way, check out these seven kitchen redesign tips. They’ll help keep you happy and efficient while you’re preparing meals.
- Identify the Essentials
How often do you use your kitchen? What you use it for?
These questions need to be considered before you reorganize.
Think about your daily routine. Picture yourself walking to the counter in the morning to brew your coffee or make your breakfast. Imagine that there’s a real trail in place of your imaginary path.
That space should be free of any clutter or obstacles. Otherwise, you’re going to waste a lot of time stepping over things and moving objects out of the way. The things you use every day should be readily accessible.
The toaster, to name one indispensable appliance, is a mainstay in most kitchens. From bagels to Pop-Tarts, this versatile cooker gets a workout.
Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to keep your toaster in a drawer or behind other appliances. You should be able to walk up to it and toast something at a moment’s notice.
These essential items are the only things that should be seen on your countertops. Everything else belongs hidden in a cupboard or a drawer.
- Consider Who Lives There
Don’t just think about yourself as you redesign your kitchen. If other people use your kitchen frequently, think about their needs, too.
If you have aging family members who can’t bend down to get things out of the bottom drawers, for example, take their needs into consideration. You might store your cookie sheets on a shelf near the stove instead of placing them in the broiler drawer.
Maybe you have roommates who have their own “untouchable” food and supplies. In that case, keep some labels around so that everyone knows which foods aren’t meant for sharing.
And don’t forget about safety, either. If you want to keep chemicals and knives away from children, factor this into your kitchen redesign.
Think about what the people in your house need and set up “priority areas” that cater to those needs. Organize the rest of the room around these priority spaces.
- Section Off Your Areas
There are certain objects in the kitchen that don’t move, such as the stove, fridge, and sink. Use these as points to divide your kitchen into zones.
Here are some zones you might want to establish:
Keep all of your cleaning supplies near or under the sink (locked up if necessary). Use a space-saving dish drainer to do dishes more efficiently. For extra-tight spaces, consider an over-the-sink dish drying rack.
Cooking and Prep Zone
Keep your pots, pans, and cooking utensils in the cupboards closest to your stove. If possible, this is also the place to keep spices and other commonly-used cooking supplies.
Store your plates, silverware, glasses, and other non-consumables together.
Anything edible should be stored appropriately. Some items will go in your fridge or freezer while others can go in your pantry or cupboards. If you don’t have enough shelf space or a pantry, a rolling cart is a good alternative.
- Maximize Your Volume
You don’t have to settle for the kitchen your building’s designers gave you. Instead, think of their design as a suggestion. It’s your home, and you’re free to expand on their ideas however you see fit.
Here are some tips for creating new storage opportunities in your kitchen:
- Cupboard extenders and shelf dividers help you take full advantage of your cupboard and pantry space.
- Under-the-shelf baskets give you extra room for small items that might be awkward for a shelf.
- Fridge and freezer organizers increase your cold storage capacity, giving you drawer space for those vegetables that get forgotten about.
There are overlooked spaces all over your kitchen, so don’t be afraid to get creative and think outside the box.
- Use Bins and Labels
Storing your consumables incorrectly will lead to a lot of expired, wasted food. That’s where an organizational system comes into play to save you money.
Store your goods, like with like, in baskets or bins. Label them based on what’s in the basket and when you put it there. Then return them to the pantry or cupboard where they live.
As you use items from each basket, rotate the duplicates to keep the oldest in front at all times. This is also a quick way to get a visual on what needs restocking.
- Get a Baker’s Rack
A baker’s rack is an excellent place to keep items like plates and silverware. If you invest in a sturdy enough rack, you can also store your microwave on it!
Even small kitchens may be able to fit a narrow baker’s rack. The extra storage makes up for the space it takes up!
- Go Minimalist
It’s not rocket science: the less you have, the easier it is to stay organized.
With that in mind, why not embrace minimalism?
Here are some ideas for designing a minimalist kitchen:
- Clean out your fridge and throw away expired food or anything that won’t get used.
- Go through your cupboards and pull out any dishes you haven’t used in the past year. Donate them if they’re in good shape, or else throw them in the trash.
- Keep your cookware collection to a minimum. Unless cooking is your passion, there’s no need for duplicate pots and pans or dozens of utensils.
With a minimalistic approach to organizing, you’ll be able to separate the essential items from the superfluous ones. You’ll be shocked when you discover how many unnecessary things you’ve been keeping in your kitchen!
We all want to be happy and productive, and organizing your kitchen is the first step toward getting there.
From there, the rest of the home awaits, and with these tips, it’ll be a snap!
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Sakara to grow their online presence.