Kitchen Storage Made Easy
If you are redoing your kitchen, you think about storage, right? Here are a few choices to consider:
Be Intentional - Make a point to decide what is important in your kitchen renovation for storage. Maybe if you don't use your kitchen to cook a lot, style may be a priority. Then you may have had such old appliances that having newer energy efficient and Smart appliances is what you crave as well as places to plug in your tablet or phone without cords everywhere. Maybe you are tired of hunting through all sorts of stuffed cabinets that you need your kitchen storage to be easily organized and handy. Whatever it is that you find is the most important to you and your lifestyle, make sure that type of kitchen is what you want to put your budget to and concentrate on. Look for cabinet style, shelving or appliances that will fit into that before you ever start working on your dream kitchen.
Make It Accessible - Also consider who will be using the kitchen, when they will be using it and how it will get used! Keep certain areas accessible that are safe so that every member of the family can use it easily and safely. Keep your dishes stored closer to the dishwasher for easy unloading and maybe the glasses near the fridge. Only you know what would make your kitchen have more function, for everyone, so keep those things in mind as you make your storage and organizational choices.
Be Clever - Think of how often something is used in your kitchen and gear your storage for that, such as having a drawer with outlets in it to plug in all your devices so that your counters aren't cluttered or maybe a pull out shelf for smaller appliances so they can be tucked away when not in use. Add large bottom drawers for heavy, large pans to be easily pulled out when needed and lazy-susans in your deep corner cabinets so that you get the best use of storage out of those awkward cabinets. Add a desk area if the kitchen is the space where homework or the budget gets worked on and have a spot for the family pet to easily eat without getting in the way of the family in the kitchen. There are skinny cabinets for spices, and racks and shelves to hang and store all sorts of items, but if you don't need those things, then save your money for the other things you do need in your kitchen.
Be smart about what you want and need in your new kitchen and spend wisely. The main goal is to make the kitchen work so well that you don't feel like it's work when you are in there, but, a lovely heart of the home like it is intended to be!
Photo Credit: Jarek Ceborski