It’s so easy for a kitchen to become a cluttered mess. Between all the food items, appliances, utensils, tools, and supplies needed to cook, eat, and clean up meals, many people feel they simply don’t have enough storage in their kitchens.
Although you may know the maxim, “a place for everything, and everything in its place” – putting this principle into practice may not be so easy. If you’re struggling to keep your kitchen clean and organized, here are 8 tips to help you create more storage possibilities:
1. Take Inventory and Streamline First
Before you try to organize your kitchen, it’s a good idea to first take stock of everything you currently have in the kitchen and try to downsize. This extra effort you put in at the start will make the rest of the organizing process so much easier.
You’ll probably find you’re currently wasting space on items you hardly ever use and may have even forgotten you owned in the first place. Even if you throw away (or donate) only a few of your current kitchen belongings, it’s still that much less you’ll have to organize.
2. Add a Hanging Pot Rack
One way to make use of the otherwise empty space above your head is to install a hanging pot rack from the ceiling. You can free up so much space within your cabinets and give yourself easier access to your pots and pans by hanging them within arm’s reach above you.
If your kitchen has low ceilings, consider adding some open shelves high up on your walls and using hooks on the underside to hang your pots and pans.
3. Use Shelf Risers on Open Shelves
Are your shelves becoming cluttered?
If so, you can add what’s known as shelf risers which will allow you to place things both below and on top of the riser, doubling your available storage space. As a bonus, many shelf risers are designed with racks on the side so you can hang items too.
4. Hang a Magnetic Knife Bar
Do you have a knife block taking up space on your countertop?
If so, try hanging a magnetic knife bar on one of your walls. Not only does it add visual interest to your wall space, it keeps your big knives easily accessible while making room on your counters.
5. Utilize the Back Side of Your Cabinet Doors
One easily overlooked spot that’s brimming with storage potential is the back side of your kitchen cabinet doors.
You can use hooks on the back of the doors to hang small pans or serving spoons. You could even hang a thin rack to hold supplies like plastic wrap or tin foil.
6. Store Fruits & Vegetables in a 3-Tiered Hanging Basket
Do you keep a basket filled with fruits and vegetables on your kitchen counter? If so, try hanging a three-tiered basket from the ceiling instead.
Not only does a hanging basket make use of otherwise wasted vertical space, it helps give your produce more circulation for added freshness and ripeness. Plus, it adds a fresh design appeal to the overall look of your kitchen.
7. Try a Magnetic Shelf on the Side of Your Fridge
If you’re running out of storage in your kitchen and have nowhere to store your basic spices, try making use of the sides of your fridge.
A magnetic shelf is the perfect easy solution to create storage that will keep your spices or other small items organized. Just stick the shelf anywhere on your fridge for small kitchen necessities you want to keep on hand.
8. Incorporate More Cabinetry into Your Space
Sometimes, even after you do your best to streamline and make use of your existing shelves, drawers, and cabinets, you find you still need more storage.
If so, you might want to add new cabinetry to your existing kitchen. You might not even need to overhaul your current set - sometimes adding a “statement piece” cabinet is all that you need to get the storage you need while adding a fresh design element to your space.
If you’re interested in exploring possibilities for new kitchen cabinets, our team here at RTA Wood Cabinets can help! We even offer a FREE consultation call with one of our kitchen designers. You can schedule yours today by calling: 1-800-788-7575.