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JUNE 4, 2014
Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s hard to motivate yourself to get in the kitchen and make dinner (or even that bowl of oatmeal in the morning). Walking into an unorganized space doesn’t make things any easier. And when you do try to declutter the kitchen, you can run into even more challenges with the lack of wiggle room.
We’ve all had that kitchen: the one with one counter, a three-quarter-sized-oven and a shocking lack of cabinet space. After cooking one meal, dishes and kitchen equipment are spread all over the little counter space we had in the first place, and we remember why we usually order take-out or microwave something.
A small kitchen is a challenge, but it is possible to make the most of it. With the right tools, equipment and a little bit of elbow grease, a small kitchen can be surprisingly functional and dare we say, downright charming.
We’ve come up with our four favorite tips to declutter your kitchen, maximize your space and create a kitchen you’re happy to call your own:
Take inventory: This may sound daunting and we admit it takes some effort, but it’s worth it. Create a list of all the equipment, utensils and tableware in your kitchen. That’s right—pull everything out from the cabinets and drawers. You’ll discover a ton of items you haven’t used in months. If that extra plastic teakettle has been benched for more than six months, it’s probably time to find it a new home (hint hint: list it on SwopBoard!).
Consider a separate kitchen island: If your kitchen has limited or even no counter space, chances are they aren’t really used to slice and dice your veggies. Instead, they may be the home to the coffee pot or other piece of equipment we simply could not live without. A small, mobile kitchen island can be a great solution to lack of counter space. The key is to keep it free of clutter: use this surface as a designated space to roll up your cooking sleeves.
Install a hanging pan rack: Pots and pans rarely fit together in neat stacks. Reaching for that roasting pan in the back of the cabinet is guaranteed to disrupt our kitchen-equipment-balancing-act (and no one wants that!). Either ceiling-hanging or wall-mounted racks allow you easy access to the exact pan you need while also freeing up precious cabinet space.
Spend some time labeling: This is another tough one. The time it takes to clearly label your pantry will take less time than rifling through containers trying to find the right spice every time you try a recipe. Invest in some clear containers and clearly label what’s inside. You will not only be able to save time in the kitchen, but also save money by creating an easy reference of what you have, eliminating unnecessary grocery store purchases.
These super easy tips will turn your small space into a versatile, useful, and cute cooking haven.