You want clear worktops with everything in your kitchen stored neatly away. But if your kitchen storage isn’t up to scratch, you’ll find this impossible. The solution lies in storage tips that work for you. Why not try these?
Slide-out food prep area
If you are short on worktop space, a slide-out prep area will be just perfect. Taking up less room, it simply pushes back under the worktop when you no longer need it. Get super organised in the kitchenby creating a storage space beneath, great for placing items for recycling as well as foodstuffs.
Clear containers and labels
If you’re fed up of chocolate candy bars and cookies spilling out all over the place or not being able to find ingredients when you need them, a simple but effective system is clear plastic or glass containers with lids and – this is the game changer! – labels. Labelling everything and putting similar products and ingredients together makes for a much more organised and usable kitchen space.
Add deep drawers to cabinets
If you have open cupboards and shelving, you’ll understand the importance of keeping things neat and contained. But it can be hard to do that when the storage solutions on offer can be difficult to use. Whilst it may look great having jars of pulses, beans and other products all lined up, they can also create a feeling of clutter in a kitchen. Use deep ‘drawers’ in open or closed kitchen cupboards and you’ll find that you’ll be able to put your hands of every ingredient, from chocolate to spices.
If you find yourself more often than not looking frantically for utensils when you are cooking, it could be that drawers are so cluttered you can’t ‘see’ anything. Avoid this with drawer organisers that allow you to separate and group cutlery and utensils. This means no more frantic looking for a whisk whilst a pan boils over…
Get specific solutions that work for you!
We see so many pictures of fantastic looking kitchens but somehow, we just can’t seem to reproduce it in our own home. The problem is, we are using other people’s solutions to try and fit us. If, for example, you are short on worktop space, ditch the bowls of fruit and veg – not the best way of storing fruit– opting instead for storage containers in deep drawers.
Baskets on cupboard tops
There will be items in your kitchen that are essential but that you don’t use every day. In fact, you may only use them once every now and then. Rather than having them take over cupboard space, use robust but pretty baskets to keep them in order and line them up on top of cupboards, if you have the space.
Use forgotten spaces
From a bespoke built narrow cupboard between the fridge and the wall to a row of coat hooks for hanging pots and pans, there will be areas of your kitchen that you can use for storage. It just takes a little imagination!