The kitchen is the heart of the home. And for many homeowners and renters, it is also a major pain. The smaller the kitchen, the truer this is.
It doesn’t help matters that cooking seems to be getting more and more complicated as time goes by. While grandma just needed a good set of pots and pans, a cake pan, and a cookie sheet, we are supposed to have air fryers for healthy frying, dehydrators for snacks you don’t need to feel guilty about, InstaPots for more things than we understand, and all sorts of other specialty devices. And when your kitchen lacks square footage, it can all become a big mess.
But it doesn’t need to be. With the right approach, you can keep your small kitchen feeling grand. Below are our 5 tips for organizing a small kitchen.
It is time to take a cue from grandma. You do not need the fancy devices, and you certainly do not need a machine just for making quesadillas. All the cooking you need to do should be able to be done with pots, pans, and baking sheets. If you need to simplify your cooking on busy nights, a crockpot is a good choice. As for special events that require special items, look for disposable options or borrow them.
How does this keep the kitchen organized? The idea is pretty simple: if you only purchase quality pieces, you will be less likely to purchase items in general since they are investments. Also, when things work well, you tend to be more satisfied and less likely to look for replacements. Own only a few kitchen items, but own the best.
Not everything you keep in the kitchen needs to be there. In fact, some items can make lovely displays. For example, if you have nice silverware, free up your drawer and display them on your dining table in a caddy. Pretty stemware and pitchers? Grab a bar cart to display them on. You can even find places to hang your pots and pans to display them and keep them in easy reach.
While you should keep it simple when it comes to kitchen gadgets, you should embrace the possibilities when it comes to organization. There are lots of interesting products on the market that can help you make the most of your small space, as well as lots of hacks you can try. Be sure to experiment with the possibilities.
We all have one, and none of us actually need it. Purge the junk drawer. Anything you actually need, put it where it belongs. Anything you don’t need, toss. Then you can use the drawer to help further organize your space.