While it’s important to keep every area of our homes in order, it’s arguably in our kitchens that we benefit the most from an efficiently run room. Shy away from tending to our kitchens for too long and before we know it plates have piled up and everything grinds to a halt while we struggle to clear the backlog.
In making the most of the space in our kitchens, we can go a long way to ensuring maximum efficiency. By reducing clutter and increasing worktop space, we can help our kitchens become the room we enjoy and relax in rather than associating it with stressful situations or mundane chores.
One major way in which we can maximise the space in our kitchens is to review our white goods and the extent to which they are dominating the room. Bulky fridge-freezers can take up an unnecessary amount of space, for example. Unless we’re catering for a large family, compact, under-counter units will often offer more than enough shelf space for groceries while freeing up some much needed vertical space in the kitchen.
Another way to de-clutter our kitchens is to challenge our conceptions of what ‘should’ be kept in the kitchen. While many of us automatically associate cutlery draws and crockery cupboards with the kitchen, there’s nothing to say that we can’t keep them somewhere altogether more convenient. Not only will a sideboard in the dining room help to clear kitchen space; it’ll also actually incredibly convenient when it comes to setting the table at mealtimes.
If cupboard space is on the small side – or we simply have too much cooking paraphernalia to fit – looking at options like a pot rack is sensible. Pots and pans are bulky items and soon come to dominate kitchen cupboards; by having them out on display we’ll free up essential space and, again, they’ll be conveniently at hand when it’s time to cook. And there are even simpler things we can do to keep cupboard space free, such as storing clean baking tins in the oven when it’s not in use.
Clever features such as roll-out shelves and units with built-in rubbish bins may seem like small considerations when taken in isolation, but when used together they can make a huge difference to our kitchens by freeing up yet more surface and floor space.