One of the most common reasons people don’t like to cook at home is because their kitchen isn’t practical. If this sounds like your kitchen, read our tips to maximize your kitchen’s functionality and make cooking fun again!
Consolidate Storage and Belongings
If you’ve had the same kitchen and layout for many years, you’ve almost definitely accumulated a lot of things that you don’t necessarily need anymore. We all have that one junk drawer full of stuff we don’t need but don’t want to throw away!
The first step in any room organization, whether it’s the kitchen or garage, is consolidation. Go through every drawer and cabinet and consolidate your kitchen supplies, eliminating duplicates or things you haven’t used in years. You’ll lose what you don’t need and gain more storage space for your stuff!
Emphasize Flow in Arrangement
After you’ve consolidated and made more room in your kitchen, it’s time to rearrange. An essential aspect of a functional kitchen is that it flows together—which means that what you need is close by and within reach.
One of the awesome benefits of an organized kitchen is it’ll cut down your cooking time! You don’t want to be darting back and forth to grab the cooking supplies you need and use the most. Consider what you use the most and arrange the kitchen with those items front and center with the rest tucked out of the way.
Utilize Vertical Storage
If you’re running low on storage in your cabinets and drawers, don’t forget that you can go vertical! Installing hooks and hangers in your kitchen is an excellent way to make your kitchen more functional and offer easy access to the supplies you need.
Examples of kitchen supplies you can hang on a wall or under-cabinet hooks include:
- Pots and pans
- Cooking utensils (spatulas, tongs, etc.)
- Spice rack
- Coffee mugs
Install a stemware rack underneath your kitchen cabinets to save storage space and add elegance to your look!
Invest in Fridge Bins
Your kitchen can’t be functional if your fridge is a mess! If you’ve got a lot of loose items in your fridge that take up space, like fruits, veggies, sauces, or anything else, consider investing in some fridge bins.
Fridge bins and baskets are ideal for organizing your fridge to make it easy to access and grab what you need—no more staring and rummaging around your fridge to find that bottle of sauce!
Let There Be Light
In kitchens, proper illumination is an absolute necessity. After all, you can’t chop onions in the dark! But one of the problems with the open-floor layout that many kitchens use is they can be tricky to light.
If you feel your kitchen can get dim at night or during the day, consider adjusting the lighting. Take down curtains or blinds for natural lighting, or add recessed lighting or LED strips to your cabinets. They’re ideal for finding the small utensils in dark drawers while cooking!
We hope our tips help you maximize the functionality of your kitchen. A functional kitchen isn’t just about cooking—it also makes the room more inviting for the household and guests!