The kitchen is one of the most often utilised rooms in the house, particularly if you're a passionate home cook or foodie. As a result, keeping things tidy and elegant can appear to be a pipe dream; something people do on Instagram but not in real life. In real life, utensils and appliances compete for drawer space, obscure spice blends get lost in a sea of jars, and ill-fitting pots and pans stack on top of one another.
But it doesn't have to be like this. By handling one of the big-ticket items, your kitchen cabinets and drawers, this article will help you bridge the gap between your dream kitchen and reality.
You can't reach your kitchen goals without giving it a deep clean, just like you can't build a house on a bad foundation. We nevertheless urge that you don't skip this step if you have a whole day or weekend to devote to it. Instead, clean your kitchen cabinets in stages, starting with the ones you use the least and working your way up to the ones you use the most.
If you're dealing with difficult stains like grease splatters, go easy on them. While warm water and vinegar is a common treatment, it has the potential to erode the finish on your cabinets.
Sorting and Planning
Start bringing out all of the appliances, cutlery, and other goods you want to reorganise now that your cabinets have been refurbished. Depending on the size of your collection, you may want to spread them out on a clean sheet or tarp to get a better look at everything. You can then arrange to donate any leftovers, buy new stuff, and figure out where everything will go from there. Those who have similar uses will naturally agree, but we go a step farther...
Heavy pots and appliances should be kept in lower cupboards or shelves, while frequently used items should be kept near the stove or where you prepare meals. Tupperware Malaysia airtight food containers and food storage bins can be placed in a higher cupboard near the sink so you can quickly shift from pot to container to sink.
Space is another consideration (and maybe a limiting factor). If you don't have a lot of counter space, you may need to make even more use of your cabinets and drawers. Alternatively, if your kitchen has extra wall space, you may use the drill to create more shelving or hooks.
It Is Critical To Have Visibility
Have you ever rummaged through a drawer or cupboard in search of that one item only to make a bigger mess? This is why we recommend making tools, utensils, spices, and other items more apparent. If we've learned anything this year, it's that rearranging our cupboards, freezers, and pantries may actually make us feel better and more at peace.
Building or placing successively higher standing shelves inside your cabinets to store spices, or just arranging the tallest bottles towards the back, are two other options. You can scan things fast and easily if you use a pull-out pantry. Consider placing some instruments that are always in use (such as a spatula, KP Cooking Ladle or tongs) in a holder on the counter for quick access.
Make Use Of Labels
Okay, just because you're making tags for products doesn't mean you have to use the labeller excessively. After all, there's a thin line between being helpful and being draining. Labels, on the other hand, will let you dump your dried items from their packages and transfer them into clear square plastic food containers that fit together like perfect tetris pieces.
Spice labels can help you quickly find what you need or remind you to use a spice that you might otherwise forget about. Furthermore, labelling can be thought of as a mental exercise that helps you keep track of what you have so that you can either buy replacements or avoid buying duplicates.
No Space Left Behind
The surfaces of your cupboards, tables, and walls most likely have untapped potential! Install hooks to hang your pots, pans, and other utensils (depending on how much space you have). A magnetic strip on a wall or the side of a cabinet can be used to store knives, kitchen scissors, and other items. Spray bottles, gloves, and towels can also be stored by utilising a tension rod within a cabinet or adding a bar on the internal side of its door. You can even place a pegboard on a kitchen wall to simply attach and detach wire baskets and shelves for additional storage.
Utilise Your Imagination
It's natural to get into a rut and stop thinking about how to improve things. So, we're here to remind you to think outside the box! Do you keep your drawers organised in basic vertical divisions by default? That could be a waste of valuable space. Instead, make custom-fit separators to keep both little and large items in their proper places. For an easy solution to the same problem, position your dividers on a diagonal—big goods go in the middle slots, while small items go in the corners.
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Consider how you want to move and navigate in your kitchen, in addition to how you want to use space creatively. A rolling cart, for example, can help you swiftly gather everything you need for meal prep or manage large appliances.
Finally, consider if you really need all of your kitchen items. What if you kept an electric kettle in the dining room with a tea or coffee station? Or how about a matching set of gorgeous but little used dishware? Finally, cookbooks are excellent choices for storing in the adjacent room.
Work with, not against, the shapes of your appliances, utensils, dishware, and pots and pans to play Tetris with your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Could you, for example, save room by stacking your plates or baking sheets vertically instead of putting them in a rack? Or how about using the interior of a drawer to neatly prop up cutting boards? Instead than raising the contents of the drawer to reach the bottom, you can just pluck them out.
Being Yourself Is The Best Way To Express Oneself
Getting your kitchen ultra-organized doesn't mean you can't exhibit your particular style; in fact, we urge it! Furthermore, if you don't want to, you don't have to commit a lot of time or money. A few houseplants, a bright rug, or a tile backsplash can provide just as much pleasure.