Making the Most of the Space in your Kitchen

new-kitchenLast year, my long awaited kitchen remodel finally happened. Emptying out the entire kitchen before the demolition was certainly a chore, but I was able to toss or donate items that hadn’t seen the light of day since we moved in over a decade ago.

When it was time to unpack everything into our new kitchen, I took the time to think about efficiency and ease of use. Where should I put certain items? What would enhance the flow of the workspace?

 Even if you’re not renovating your kitchen, it pays to take a look at how the room is set up. Spring cleaning for your kitchen doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul; even smaller tweaks and drawer/cabinet shifting can make a big difference.

Five Tips for Making the Most of the Space in your Kitchen

1. Store drinking glasses near the dishwasher. Plates and bowls can be stacked and put away in one trip, but glasses are trickier. Store them directly over the dishwasher if you can, so that you can quickly unload them and put them in the cupboard.

2. Create a coffee area. If you’re a java junkie, store everything you need in one spot. Mugs, coffee, filters, k-cups, sweeteners, and a few spoons are all in the cupboard right above my coffee maker. I used to zig-zag through the kitchen to make one cup of coffee; now I can stand still and reach everything. If you can set this area up near the refrigerator, then your milk or creamer is within arm’s reach too.

3. Store cooking implements and supplies near the stove. It sounds like a no-brainer, but I used to keep my cooking oils and spices in the pantry, which was not close to the stove. Now my utensils, cooking oils, pots, and spices are all within reach when I’m cooking.

4. Store utensils with the handles towards the back of the drawer. This not only makes it easier to find what you need without pulling the drawer out completely, it also will prevent larger ladles and spoons from getting jammed in the back of the drawer.

5. Use prime real estate for things you use often. Most of us would love to have more space in our kitchens. Don’t waste valuable drawer and cabinet space by filling it with that serving dish you use a few times a year. Store infrequently used items outside of the kitchen, and free up space for the things you use on a weekly or daily basis. If you have cabinets that go up to the ceiling, use the upper shelves for those items you rarely use, and keep a fold-up stool nearby.

Almost a year later, I am loving the small changes I made in the organization of my kitchen. The coffee area is my favorite; it’s nice to have it all in one place when I stumble downstairs at 6:30 every morning.

Do you have a kitchen organization tip? Share in the comments!

Dana is the moderately snarky, and occasionally witty author of Kiss my List. She’s a planner, project doer, mom and wife, (and therefore) coffee drinker and chocolate eater.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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  1. thanks for tips, my kitchen really needs a makeover!

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