How To Make Your Kitchen Cupboards More Efficient
Is your kitchen organised efficiently? Whether your kitchen is large or small, the way you arrange your kitchen cupboards can have a big impact on the flow of activity.
Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your space:
- Birds of a feather flock together
- How often do you use it?
- Help! My kitchen design is hopeless!
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
“Birds of a feather flock together” is a centuries-old proverb used to describe the idea that people with similar ideas, interests, and qualities will tend to congregate together. Conveniently, it’s also a great concept to apply to the organisation of your kitchen cupboards!
For ease and convenience, it’s a good idea to store similar kitchen items together. Some category suggestions could include:
- Everyday use | the items that are constantly in use – cups, glasses, plates, bowls
- Essential items | that you just can’t live without, including the toaster, blender, coffee machine, and hot water jug
- Cooking | pots, pans, oven trays, and large baking dishes
- Baking | equipment and utensils such as measuring cups and spoons, scales, food processor
- Special occasions | for when you break out Grandma’s silverware or the crystal glassware you’ve had since your wedding
The key is to arrange your kitchen cupboards in a way that makes sense within your household. This is sure to be different from home to home, as every family has different habits and norms of behaviour.
Why not turn this into a fun family brainstorming exercise? If you’re not sure how to get the family on board, you could order a couple of pizzas, and stock up on treats to give as prizes for ideas and contribution!
How Often Do You Use It?
Now that you have the right organisational groups for your kitchen items, it’s time to decide which kitchen cupboards to use for each category. Aim to place frequently used items in the most accessible and convenient places, to make using your kitchen easy.
- Plates, bowls, and cutlery | in a central part of the kitchen
- Pots, pans, and oven trays | kept close to the stove
- Glassware | can be stored near the sink or dishwasher
- Cups and mugs | beside your tea and coffee area
- Food preparation items | should be located under or next to the bench space where you most commonly prepare meals
- Special occasion items | anything used infrequently can be stored in hard-to-reach kitchen cupboards that may require a chair or stepladder to access
Some additional points to think about include:
- Young children in the house | with curious young children afoot, it’s important to ensure that any dangerous items are kept out of reach, or in childproofed cupboards
- Accessibility for older children | if you have older children using the kitchen, try and store commonly used items in cupboards that they can safely and easily be reached
- Injuries & disability | if you or a family member has back problems, an injury, or mobility limitations, it’s necessary to plan the kitchen arrangement around these needs
Help! My Kitchen Design is Hopeless!
Now what? Having done your best to organise your kitchen like a pro, you finally admit defeat. Your kitchen design is hopeless – what on earth were the designers thinking?
What’s the solution? You could carry on as you have been, putting up with a frustrating and painfully awkward kitchen design. On the other hand, why not consider a renovation project to install your dream kitchen? New kitchen cupboards, an island, gas hobs instead of ceramics – just imagine all of those design tweaks that your heart has longed for!
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