Kitchen storage tips will show you some simple ways to clear up your kitchen. Lately we’ve been talking about de-cluttering your living spaces, especially during the Spring. This article will show you some ways you can make more space in your kitchen without having to buy a brand new one. Efficient and effective storage is essential in every room of the house. The kitchen and bathroom are even more important if you want your home to look its best. See how to update your bathroom in one weekend here. Now let’s tackle the kitchen. I use all of these kitchen storage tips myself and can fully recommend their usefulness.
Kitchen storage tips
Kitchen storage tips 1: storage shelves
Add shelves to store your everyday items so you can free up the cupboard space for things you want to hide away. Kitchen storage tips would be worth nothing if we didn’t address this very basic problem most smaller kitchens have. We fill our cupboards so well that it’s hard to find things we need to use. Before we did our extreme home makeover I had so many things in my kitchen cupboards, I went out and bought new items of things I’d forgotten I had! Ikea shelves and shelf brackets are great for this because they’re stylish as well. You can even use your storage shelves to showcase hard-wearing art or pieces you want to display but don’t know where else in your home they’d fit. Displays on shelves like these can be a perfect conversation starter while your guests are waiting to be fed. Cookbooks can also be visible on these, a great way to inspire your cooking.
Kitchen storage tips 2: chopping boards
Make sure you have different cutting boards for different jobs – meats, veg, bread etc. You can store them vertically in a small space left over near your fridge, microwave oven etc. Each kitchen has these little nooks and crannies. Ikea also does great little vertical shelves that you can install yourself for storing cutting boards and other kitchen essentials. It’s not healthy to leave your chopping board face down on your kitchen counter indefinitely. They can pick up a terrible amount of germs from the constant damp contact of the counter.
Kitchen storage tips 3: have a spice drawer
You don’t have to have a specialised spice drawer to store your spices away. You can convert or use any of your existing drawers for this. Spices are at their optimum if they’re stored away from sunshine and bright lights. Therefore, storing them in a drawer is ideal. This also means less dusting for you and less clutter on your counter tops. You don’t even have to buy new spice jars to adopt this principle. If you have kitchen drawer dividers these would be ideal, if not – no problem! I have a small kitchen and am always looking for clever ways to use the space. I have a magnetic board (like the one in the picture above) in a darker corner of the kitchen and use magnetic spice containers with it. Wall storage is definitely one of my top kitchen storage tips. This enables you to make use of spaces which are otherwise not working hard enough for you.
Kitchen storage tips 4: pull-out storage
You can install a pull-out or roll-out storage system in any of your existing cupboards. Do you have a large corner cupboard in which you lose things and can’t get to the stuff at the very back? You could purchase a pull-out system to make viewing your larger items like pots and pans more easily. You could also use this kitchen storage tip to plan your recycle cupboard – either in your kitchen or in another location in your home. I find these extremely useful because they’re so simple to install and use. This could be one of your most useful buy yet. And as a bonus, you don’t have to wait for a new kitchen to enjoy it.
Other little kitchen storage tips I use in my home
- Under-shelf rack – useful for cook books, kids lunch boxes, kitchen towels and knicks-knacks.
- Wall-Mount grocery bag holder – fantastic for keeping all the plastic bags tightly fitted in one small space. Wall storage in action once again!
- Can rack – I’m thankful for can racks because they literally multiply my storage space into 4. Yes! I can store 4 times as many things with this rack in my cupboard. I use them for storing mugs and glasses too.
- Adjustable Pantry door rack – I have 4 smaller versions of this pantry door rack. I use 1 inside a kitchen cupboard doors to store small bottles, packs etc. I’ve always had these in all the houses I’ve lived. I also have one in the utility room behind a cupboard door – for storing cleaning supplies. I can’t get enough of them, so I have one on the door of my bin cupboard to store various bits and bobs. I can vouch for their usefulness. I love them so much I made a few (different design, of course) to go in my kids bedrooms for other storage solutions there.