If your kitchen is small then check out these organisational tips to help maximise the space you do have. Once you've done a re-jig you can look forward to a tranquil cooking space with bags of extra room.
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1. Stick recipes to cupboard doors
If you frequently make specific dishes for your family, then stick the recipes to your cupboards. You can easily check if you've got all the necessary ingredients and have the recipe to hand at a moment's notice. If you can, add a cork-board for easy pinning.
2. Magnets in wrap boxes
Stick magnets to the inside of foil, cling film and baking parchment boxes and then attach them to the side of your fridge. They will be right where you want them and also free up room in your drawer. Hurrah!
3. Load cutlery by item
Make unloading easier for everyone by loading up the cutlery basket or tray by item - all the forks in one section, spoons in another and so on. Don't forget to tell everyone in the house your plan.
4. Use a whiteboard
If you're an organised cook, save money and waste less food with a whiteboard. Keep a list of everything that's in the freezer, as well as all those missing items you need to get from the shops. Use the fridge as a whiteboard for extra space-saving points!
5. Buy baskets
If you want to store items on open shelves, get some baskets to help keep the open space look less cluttered. It's a great way to group together those odds and ends and keep everything neat and tidy.
6. First aid kit
Keep a mini-first aid kit in your kitchen. Think plasters, bandages - anything you might need in case emergency. If you suffer a small knife slip, you'll want a plaster as quickly as possible, rather than rooting around the bathroom looking for one.
7. Get a 'Lazy Susan'
A Lazy Susan is a rotating tray which you can use in all areas of the kitchen. Maximise space in your cupboards and put all your spices on one, in the fridge use it to store all your spreads. You'll never have to hunt again, just spin!
8. Try chalkboard paint
Paint the insides of your kitchen cupboards in chalkboard paint and then use it how you please! Why not write out cooking conversions for easy reference, or you can list all the food you have, so you don't make the error of buying too many tins of beans.
9. Use ceilings & walls
Free up vital cupboard space by hanging pots and pans from the ceiling or on the walls. There are plenty of beautiful options to choose from, Just make sure you fix them up correctly!
10. Store pan lids sensibly
Not sure where to store your pan lids? They aren't exactly easy to stack. Why not use command hooks to store them on the back of cupboard doors?
11. Have containers for pet food
Pet food storage doesn't have to be ugly! Keep your dog and cat food in stylish containers. They will contain the smell nicely and be easy to manage.
12. Get a sink shelf
Install a shelf or buy an over-the-sink shelf to utilise that unused area over your taps. You can store cleaning equipment or plants - whatever you like!
13. Store by the frequency of use
Consider organising your pots and pans by the frequency of use. We use mainly small frying pans and saucepans, and leave the cake and loaf tins at the back of the cupboard. Pop spare utensils and plates to the back too.
14. Buy or make a fold-down kitchen table
Gain extra surface space to help with food preparation with a fold-down kitchen table. This is a real space-saver!
15. Tension rods under the sink
Hang up those spray bottles using a tension rod. It makes use of that extra space in your cupboard and you can store loads underneath it too.
16. Have utensils nearby
Keep all your tools, such as wooden spoons, spatulas, tongs close by to your cooking area. This way you'll have everything you need close by for those emergency stirring moments.
17. Hang up a magnetic knife strip
Your knife block is taking up valuable space on your kitchen worktop. Get a magnetic knife strip and store your knives on the wall instead.
18. Shelves on shelves
You can buy little shelves that go on your other shelves, or put shelves underneath your other shelves. More shelves everywhere! Look at this great example - it makes it much easier to pull out the right-sized plate, rather than trying to pull from under a stack of side plates.
19. Get an over-the-sink chopping board
Access to surface area is very important in a small kitchen. Expand your options by purchasing a chopping board that can be used over the sink.
20. Sensible food storage
Store food items together for clever organisation and kitchen peace. It will be far easier to see what you can make for dinner and what foods you're lacking!
21. Use a shoe organiser
Not enough room under your kitchen sink? Store all of your extra cleaning products with an over-the-door shoe organiser.
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