12 clever ways to organise your kitchen

12 clever ways to organise your kitchen
PHOTO: Ikea

It's one of the most used spaces at home, and yet it's almost always first to fall into disarray. Blame it on a lot of factors, really: Lack of storage, too much stuff, or a lack of space altogether. Whatever the reason, we're pretty sure you find yourself thinking, "Surely, there must be a better way to organise my kitchen?"

This led us on a hunt on the WWW for great kitchen organising ideas, and below is a list of tricks that we think you'll love. Whether you've got a space-challenged kitchen in your HDB unit, or a spacious restaurant-style one in your landed home, you'll find quite a few gems on this list that you'll want to use in your happy place.

1. Refrigerators don't usually have floor-to-ceiling heights, and more likely than not, yours will have unused space just above it. Make it functional by building a storage cabinet for trays, platters, or even baking stuff. Crown moulding and beautiful cabinet doors make it look more furniture-like than DIY.

2. Here's another tip where looking up in the kitchen will get you that storage space you so desperately lack (or perhaps make you go "Why didn't I think of that before?"). Put baskets on top of your upper cabinets if space permits to store items you don't normally use often. Wire baskets give off a vintage industrial look, while rattan ones look great in cottage-style kitchens. If your kitchen's more on the contemporary side, go for beautiful lacquer boxes for a high-gloss feel.

3. Pot racks are a great way to get those pots and pans out of the cabinets to make way for other items that should be kept hidden away (like those plastic takeaway containers). Hang them up on the ceiling or from S-hooks on a handrail on the wall.

4. Placing dry food in containers like these glass jars with scoops make it easy for the chef at home to see whether he or she is running out of ingredients, as well as make for a beautiful display either on open shelves or in the pantry. Plus, you're able to control how much to buy when you're out in the grocery, which helps keep costs down.

5. If you're stuck with a small cabinet to store all your kitchen needs, consider buying a lazy susan or turntable. It's not so expensive, but it gets the job of reducing the time you spend looking for that darn can of tomato soup.

6. Pull-out racks in cabinets work to let you reach items that are stored at the back. If you can't afford to invest in cabinet rack systems, use plastic bins that fit inside your cabinets instead.

7. Shelf inserts like the ones from Ikea add precious real estate inside your pantry or cabinet by way of another cabinet level (without you having to nail or hammer or screw anything).

8. Another unused space you should look into are the sides of your refrigerator. Check this quick tutorial from Classy Clutter on how to make a pull-out canned goods shelf made just for this space.

9. Aunt Martha sure knows how to make homes look more Instagram-ready. This tip on stacking teacups makes your cup-and-saucer cabinet look nice, plus takes the difficulty out of grabbing that cuppa for your java on those hectic Monday mornings.

10. Check out another tutorial on how to make a "toekick cabinet" out of stuff from Ikea to make the space under your bottom kitchen cabinets usable.

Read also: 8 organising essentials for a beautiful kitchen

11. It's such a drag to have to, uh, drag out your appliances to the nearest (and sometimes, only) available electric outlet. Installing a strip of outlets under your upper cabinets can help make food preps so much easier.

12. It makes sense to lay your utensils horizontally in your drawers, but placing them vertically like this seems much more space-efficient. Look at all that room for not just spoons and forks, but knives, steak knives, bread knives, soup spoons, teaspoons, salad forks, serving utensils…


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