Regardless of usage, the kitchen is probably the most ripe for being need of efficiency. Large or small homes will agree that the kitchen is probably the most high traffic area of the home, and having efficient storage will make your life much easier!
Cabinets: Previous posts talk of cabinetry, and this is the ideal place for storage. To maximize their usage, use pull out shelves for large pots and pans, mixing bowls, and small appliances. This helps storage for stacking, as well as save potential pain on your back from digging to the back of the cabinet. Practical can be elegant too! Long, vertical pull out storage shelves are great for spices, and condiments. Keeping these items closer to the kitchen sink, pullout trash and recycle bins are also handy and you can wash your hands immediately after handling items.
Open Shelving: Open shelves are a great way to add practical use and display to your kitchen decor. Store dishware and decorative pieces on open shelves. Pot racks can be used to hang pots and pans for ease in cooking over the stove. You can have your items on display while keeping functionality.
Drawers: This seems like common sense but separate large and small utensils from each other in your drawers. You’ll find the right utensils without fumbling around. Keeping aluminum foil, wax paper, trash bags, and sandwich bags in a drawer will free up space for your shelves. If you have the space, refrigerated drawers can be utilized and are great for kids food keeping snacks in arms reach.
Kitchen Islands: Ideal for adding extra storage and counter space, you can obtain portable or fixed kitchen islands. Islands with casters are ideal for kitchen’s that need flexibility in space and function. However, the more elegant fixed kitchen islands can house shelves, drawers, a lower microwave shelf, and even a display area for cookbooks and collectibles.