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, clingfilm 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
This is a genius idea and I can't wait to do it in my kitchen. Paint the insides of your kitchen cupboards in Chalkboard paint and then use it how you please! Above these clever folks have listed measuring equivalents 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
Pan lids - they can be annoying to store, but not anymore! Check out Storage cheats: 10 ways to store your pan lids for exciting new ways to house them.
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. Head to this great pet food storage article at Iheartorganizing.com for more ideas and a free printable.
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. I use mainly my small frying pan and saucepans and leave the cake and loaf tins at the back of my 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. Build your own by heading to Hgtv.com.
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!
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. Simcoestreet.blogspot.co.uk has detailed how to do it. It will be far easier to see what you can make for dinner and what foods you're lacking!
21. Use a shoe organiser
Maximise storage underneath your sink with a shoe organiser. You can store all kinds of cleaning products in it which will help you have a clearer sink area.
If you've got some tips we'd love to hear them in the comments below!