As we are cleaning our homes this spring many of us will be looking for ways to increase functionality in our spaces, especially in our kitchens. If a kitchen remodel isn’t in your future, organizing the existing space to optimize the flow is your next best bet for enhancing the purpose of the space. Optimal flow comes from creating usable space. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but the results will create a kitchen that is flows at peak capacity.
Don’t think you need to empty out your entire kitchen and start from scratch. All that will do is make the process seem impossible. Small changes overtime will create a kitchen space that is optimal for day to day life and family gatherings.
Tips to Improve the Flow of Your Kitchen
- Incorporate Baskets and Wire Holders
Any type of basket or holder that keeps things in one space make a space more organized. Labeled baskets for fruits and vegetables that don’t have to live in the refrigerator are practical and stylish. Kitchens are often the central gathering location for kids and homework. Having a basket labeled for each of your children stored under a kitchen island are not only aesthetically pleasing they are practical for keeping homework centrally located. Baskets are fun and functional.
- Charging Stations
Creating a single spot where electronics can be charged prevents counter clutter. Charging stations can be installed inside a drawer with the installation of a smart drawer. Ports are now sold specifically for this purpose however a simple power strip with USB ports can be used as well. Using a drill, you will want to put a hole in the back of the drawer. Thread the electrical end of the power strip out the back and plug it into your electrical outlet. Using Velcro attach the back of the power strip to the back of the drawer. It’s really that simple to remove the clutter of charging electronics from your counter.
- Spice Rack
It is no longer optimal to use valuable counter space to house a bulky spice rack. Organizing spices can be done in a number of ways. If you have unlimited kitchen drawers, creating a spice drawer using tightly sealed spice containers creates easy access to spices. Another popular option is to install a hanging wire racks attached to an upper cabinet door to neatly store spices. Adding magnets to the back of spice containers allows for simple storage of spices on the side of a refrigerator. There are a number of ways that homeowners can replace those bulky spice racks for smaller space savers.
- Baking Cabinet
For bakers having a space dedicated to baking supplies is super helpful to increasing the function of your space. These items are used frequently and thus should be organized and accessible. Turning a cabinet into a space that houses everything you needs is made easy with the installation of key hooks. These hooks store measuring cups and spoons without taking up valuable “floor” space in the cabinet. Mixing accessories can also be hung on hooks to keep them up off the base of the counter. Stack mixing bowls so that smaller bowls nestle into larger ones. Standing mixers can be accommodated by moving the shelf upward. This space will be a favorite for the bakers in your house.
Pantry shelves are often cluttered and there is not a lot of organization going on, but it doesn’t have to be. With the addition of a few lazy susans, labeled wicker baskets, wire baskets, and clear containers, your pantry can be transformed. Salad toppings, snacks, and more can all be grouped together and placed in a labeled wicker basket. If you are preparing a salad you can simply remove the basket with salad toppings. If the kids are looking for a snack instead of rummaging through granola boxes the snacks are all in one spot. Wire baskets allow for easy can storage and allow you to see what is in each basket. Lazy susans allow you to make use of the corner space in a pantry where you can organize oils, syrup, peanut butter, and items that need to stand.
Small appliances can also easily be stored in the pantry now because you have space now that the clutter is eliminated. Don’t forget the floor also has purpose. Using plastic show mats is a great way to protect your floor. By putting small felt pads on the bottom mats can easily be moved about as well.
- Under the Sink Organization
Small plastic baskets, hooks, and a tension rod can transform the space under your sink. If you are like so many of us, finding the spray you need is like wading through a trench. The spray you need is always in the back and is only able to be accessed by removing everything else. Installing a tension rod allows you to hang sprays for easy access. Kitchen brushes can be hung by installing small hooks and baskets can be used to separate and organize extra sponges, plastic gloves, and additional cleaning supplies. Baskets are easy to remove so there is never a need to remove everything to get the one chemical you need.
Even without remodeling your kitchen you can create a flow that is practical and improves the functionality of the space. Simple changes to the way we use the space can completely transform any kitchen.
JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan. Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services. More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/.