When I was first looking around at apartments to rent, it was the kitchen that decided it for me. I really like the kitchen in our apartment, its a fine size, but sometimes I struggle with the counter space we have.
Recently some of my cabinets had become a tad (ok a lot) messy so a few weekends ago I got stuck into sorting them out. You can read all about that here.
Today, I thought I’d share some of the ways I gain extra space in my kitchen!
1. KEEP ITEMS TO ONE SIDE OF YOUR COUNTERS
One of the golden rules of organising is to keep flat surfaces clear. A kitchen countertop is one such space. If you are stuck in a small kitchen countertop space is precious, yet ironically it often fills up quickly.
If you have nowhere to put things aside from the top of your counter, group items to one section or side of your counter and keep the rest of it free. Having some parts of the countertop free is not only more aesthetically pleasing but also gives you space to actually spread out and use your counters!
2. USE THE TOPS OF PRESSES AS STORAGE
If your cabinets are full, try using the space above them. This isn’t ideal, but there are ways to make this neat and organised looking.
Only use the space above one or two cabinets, don’t spread things out over the tops of every cabinet because this will make the room feel claustrophobic – the exact opposite to what you’re trying to achieve.
Try using the tops of corner cabinets, so that the items will appear more “tucked away”.
And finally, use only items that aren’t used very often. Things such as vases or large serving dishes work well in these spots – they can even look quite pretty.
3. ADD A SHELF UNDER THE SINK
Under the sink can be a big mess. It’s usually a big enough space, both in depth and height, and yet it doesn’t seem to hold everything we need. So we end up throwing things on top of each other causing our laundry and cleaning agents to end up completely disorganised.
Try adding a shelf into this space to make more room. Take out the tallest cleaning agent you have and place the shelf at a height whereby you can either fit this product above or below. If this product fits, all the others will too. You’ll now have twice the amount of space at your disposal!
4. KEEP BAKING TRAYS UPRIGHT
Baking trays can be awkward to store, with many of us lying them flat in a deep drawer.
To save space, try stacking them upright by using either a specific baking tray organiser or a pot lid organiser.
I also recycled an old magazine file and hold some of them in there!
Not only will you have organised baking trays, but you will save yourself a lot of drawer space.
5. USE HOOKS
One of the best and quickest way to organise things sometimes start with a simple hook.
Use ’S’ hooks, command hooks, or over-cabinet hooks to get items up off your floor or off your counter!
And there you have it, some quick and easy ways to create more kitchen space.