How To Keep Your Small Kitchen Organised
Trying to organise a small kitchen is quite challenging. It usually has lots of house items and using every available space will make your kitchen cluttered. With only a few storage areas and less room to cook or prepare food, a small kitchen can quickly get disorganised. Kitchen with limited space and chaotic can be potentially dangerous and unenjoyable.
However, don’t be discouraged if you have a small kitchen. Below are some tips and ideas on how to organise a small kitchen. You'll be able to transform your kitchen into an enjoyable area to prepare meals.
Make the most out of your storage space
To make your small kitchen functional, you have to declutter first. It will help if you hire a professional cleaning service to help you. Having experts clean all areas in your kitchen will make the decluttering process easier. Also, you'll have more time planning on how to organise your kitchen better. Check all your kitchen cabinets, drawers, and even your refrigerator. Sort all your items and remove anything that you don't use on a daily basis. If you have items that you want to keep, but you don't regularly use like an ice cream maker or ice crusher, move them to another storage space like a basement or a utility closet. If you have kitchen supplies that you won't use anymore but still functional, give them away. The rule is, limit your kitchen items to those you only use regularly.
When it comes to food and other ingredients, remove them from bulky packaging. Store them in plastic containers or mason jars. Cereals, oatmeal, nuts and rice are great to put in containers. You can use matching canisters to make them more visually appealing. Food containers will encourage you to stay organised and keep your supplies under control. Arrange these containers in your kitchen cabinets from most to least frequently use. Just don’t forget to label them with their expiration dates.
When you have a small kitchen, every inch matters. If you’ve been neglecting some areas in your kitchen like the space above your cabinets, then you are missing out on some important storage space. Identify some vertical spaces you can use to store some items. You can use the sides of the cabinets, walls on your kitchen and cabinet doors to hang things. For example, you can attach a shower shelve near the sink and place your hand soap, dishwashing soap and sponges for easy access. Just remember, when mounting something on the wall, make sure to identify the strongest point first. It's where you'll drill your holes and use the correct anchor. If you are unsure, you can ask for a handyman to do it for you.
If you are going to put a dish dryer, choose something small and designed to be hanged vertically. This will free up space because a traditional dish dryer usually takes a lot of counter space. If you are worried about water stains on your countertop, you can put a towel underneath the drying rack every time you dry your dishes.
Another tip is to install a spice rack on the wall to display your beautiful spices. The wall near your kitchen stove is an excellent place for this. This will add beauty to your decoration and cooking will be more convenient.
Make Kitchen Zones
The best way to tackle the organisation in a small kitchen is by setting up zones. This will help in having easy accessibility in all your kitchen items since you know where everything is. For example, assign one cabinet for all your baking tools such as baking pans, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, etc. You can store containers with food in another cabinet. It would be easier to use clear containers for food so you won’t have to search for them. Labels help a lot too. Also, designate a cabinet for all your empty canister and containers.
Another zone you can set up is the preparation zone. In a small kitchen, the countertop area near your kitchen stove or your cooking zone will be your prep zone. It's ideal to have everything ready or all ingredients prepared before you start cooking. Use the cabinet or drawer within your prep zone as your storage where you can place the tools needed to prepare food. These are knives, cutting boards, can opener, graters, food processor, etc.
The cooking zone is where cooking mostly happens. In this zone, you can place your cookware such as pots, pans and woks. Other tools that you have on this zone are spatulas, fish turner, wooden spoons and tongs.
Use organisers that suit your space
When organising a small kitchen, you have to be selective in what organisers will work on your cabinets and drawers. These organisers should help you fit things rather than hinder them. If the organiser happens to be not close to the exact size of your particular drawer, you will likely waste some space. Choosing organisers can be overwhelming, but to avoid being stress, choose products that have been tried and tested. Stackable shelves are great to put inside your cabinet to maximise the space inside. There are also undershelf baskets you can install or above cabinets storage. There are many choices when it comes to picking organisers for kitchens. You can get some ideas from organisation experts or ask for advice from a sales representative from furniture stores.
Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.