Kitchens have a tendency to be the clutter-magnet room of the house. Food packets of all different types, mismatched tupperware, and the ubiquitous junk drawer make for a busy place. An organised kitchen is a dream to keep clean, and it’s within reach for everyone – we promise! These tips will have you well on your way to the sleek and streamlined benches of your dreams.
1. Jars, jars, jars
Ample matching jars are truly a worthwhile investment. The moment you buy pasta, beans, lentils, flour, sugar, and other pantry items decant them to a jar and label them, including the use by date. If you’ll find the cooking instructions useful cut them off the packet and stick them to the jar. Everything will be so much easier to find and removing all your items to wipe down shelves will be a cinch.
2. Lost the lid? Lose the container.
Mismatched tupperware is both annoying and a huge consumer of space. If you keep searching for the same mysteriously vanished lid chalk it up as a loss and get rid of the bottom or repurpose it as a drawer divider.
3. Think vertically
Flat items such as baking trays and chopping boards are much easier to sort through when they’re filed vertically, rather than stacked on top of each other. Head to an office store and find a wire filing rack to do the job. Vertical storage is also a great option for the lids to your pots and pans – keep them standing up with a drying rack.
4. It’s all about the hooks
Look up to find un-utilised space above benches or kitchen islands and install rails and hooks for your pots and pans. This means no more digging through the depths of the cupboards to find your favourite cast iron fry pan, and freed up storage space for those large items that take up valuable bench space – think big mixers, juicers, and blenders. Hooks under the sink are great for hanging spray cleaning bottles, and wall hooks keep aprons and tea towels within reach.
5. The leftovers board
Does your family forget to check the fridge & freezer for your carefully portioned leftovers and complain there’s nothing to eat? Hang a chalkboard or whiteboard next to the fridge with the amounts of portions and dates of meals stored inside. And remind everyone to erase what they eat!
6. Shelves within shelves
If you see a lot of space at the top of your shelves when you open the door you have room to spare. Make the most of it with non-permanent stacking shelves and reorganise to make things more accessible.
7. Lose the knife block
In kitchens with limited bench space a knife block takes up way too much room, but storing knives in drawers can blunt them. A magnetic strip mounted to the wall takes up no room at all and keeps your knives sharp and close to your workspace.
8. A place for everything
Every kitchen has a junk drawer. The key to getting it under control is making a place for everything – then it’ll be cleared which bits are useful and what is actually junk. Use lidless tupperware, spice jars, or cutlery dividers to divide and conquer – a place for rubber bands, a place for pins, a place for pens, a place for batteries, and any other odds and ends you deem essential. The rest? If you have never had a use for it, chuck it!