Smart storage and shelving solutions are the hallmark of the modern kitchen. It doesn’t matter if your kitchen is designed by the foremost decorator in town or if the shelves are lined up with the fanciest cooking devices. If there’s no ease of movement in the area, clutter can pile up, work takes double the time, and accidents can happen. The good news is you don’t need a major renovation or expensive equipment to organise your kitchen. With the right strategy, having a sleek, streamlined space is possible with the help of one timeless fixture: kitchen cabinets.
Not too long ago, a very popular food writer became the centre of a controversy. He was interviewed and photographed at home while cooking one of his signature turkey breast recipes. The food looked yummy, but the foodie world was stunned: what was a food star doing in such a very small kitchen? However, lessons were learned after the initial shock waned off. Armed with the essentials, perfect meals can be created in less-than-perfect kitchens. Space is not an issue – but rather the way you use it.
Indeed, a well-planned use of kitchen cabinet space can work wonders for your cooking. No more time-consuming, frustrating searches for tools and equipment. With time and energy saved, you can now concentrate on achieving the perfect consistency for your sauce.
When you’re organising your kitchen cabinets, the first thing you need to do is to inspect the cabinets themselves. If they are worn out, about to fall off, or may be hosting ants or cockroaches, take care of the structure first before you can organise its contents. If the only solution is replacing the cabinets with new units, choose cabinetry constructed with high-quality materials and craftsmanship so you get value for your money. Make sure the units are installed properly, and check if the design meets appropriate safety standards.
Regularly edit cabinet contents to get rid of the things that you’ll never use anyway. Donate or give away gadgets or kitchen tools that may be of use to others. Throw away those that are already damaged or defective. Don’t forget to clean cabinet doors, handles, and surfaces – use non-toxic, organic, and food-grade cleaning solutions.
Before you put things back inside the cabinets, figure out a workable layout for your kitchen stuff. Experts say a great strategy is to keep kitchen things in heavy or daily duty in front so that they will be within easy reach every time you need to use them. Once you’ve settled on the placement, remember the setup and keep it that way.
One final word: If you’re sharing the kitchen with other people, makes sure they also contribute their efforts into making the kitchen a lovelier place to be.