Kitchen conundrums – what to do if you haven’t got enough space
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and with our increasingly busy lifestyles, it seems that more and more people are turning to cooking as a way of relaxing at the end of a busy day. The problem is that houses are getting smaller, and so are kitchens, which means a new-found love of cooking might just find you with more utensils and ingredients than you really have space for. So, what exactly do you do in a kitchen where you don’t have enough space?
One of the first, and most important, things that you can do if you find yourself short of space in your kitchen is have a good tidy up. Declutter and ensure that there is nothing in the kitchen that doesn’t need to be there; we are all a little bit guilty of leaving things in a room where they don’t belong.
Once you have removed any of the clutter from your kitchen, you will be able to see exactly what you are looking at. If you are really struggling for space, then the first step is to consider if you need everything – do you have more pots and pans than you will ever need? If the answer is yes, consider giving some away or even just storing them in your loft.
Once you have decided what you do need to keep and there is more than you have space for in your kitchen cabinets then why not consider some suspended shelving. This type of shelving is bang on trend now and offers a great solution to the issue of space. It can be a great way to display, and store, your crockery or even dried ingredients in pretty storage jars – glass jars make a particularly spectacular display.
When it comes to wasted space in your kitchen, the corner cabinet is the number one culprit. You can’t reach to the back of the cupboard to get to the things that you need so you end up either shoving things in randomly and hoping for the best or worse still just using the front part of the cupboard where you can get at everything. While they might not be the prettiest things in the world, a wire pullout is just the solution you are looking for in this awkward space. They can be relatively simple to attach in your cabinet, and when you open the door, they pull out giving you easy access to everything in the cupboard meaning you can use the space to its full potential.
If you are fortunate enough to be redesigning your kitchen then consider taller cabinets that reach up all the way to the ceiling, you might be surprised by just how much extra storage space this will give you. It will also help to make the room look taller. If you are not able to change your kitchen, then you could consider using storage boxes on top of the cabinets to create extra space.