Make Your Kitchen More Efficient

It’s said that the kitchen is the most-used room in the house. And that can make life very frustrating if there’s not enough room or your kitchen is constantly disorganized.

It’s not enough to have a kitchen that’s organized, though. If it doesn’t fit into the flow of your day-to-day life, staying organized becomes yet another chore to keep up with, and that’s not helpful either.

Efficient Kitchen

Here are a few tips to make keeping your kitchen organized easy:

  • Roll it out. You can’t be efficient if you can’t find anything. Bottom cabinets often offer the most storage space, yet most of it is cavernous and unreachable. Roll-outs offer all the convenience of bottom drawers without having to remodel your kitchen. IKEA has inexpensive roll-outs if you have standard-size everything. If not, you can order custom sizes online or at a local hardware store.
  • Hang it up. Pot racks are an inexpensive way to create more space and put often used tools within reach. You can make a hanging pot rack with anything from clothing racks to old ladders or other flea market finds. Showing off your cast iron is also emerging as a hot new decorating trend. Over-the-door organizers also add extra space to cabinet and pantry doors, eliminating the need to take up drawer space with towels and potholders.
  • Sort it. Determine where you most often stand in the kitchen and what tools you use most often. Then, relocate those tools to that area. Work your way outward starting with the items you use most often and working your way to things you rarely use.
  • Shelve it. A countertop microwave, paper towel holder, spice rack, or blender may take up too much room on your countertop for how often you actually use it. Move it to another area, such as a pantry, or make it a built-in and get it off the counter. Replace with things you need at the ready.
  • Light it. Under cabinet lighting gives you more prep space and helps you make use of previously dark corners. Don’t feel limited to pricey, wired-in options. Touch lights and decorative rope lighting can be secured to the bottoms of cabinets in a way that’s discrete, removable and gets the job done.
Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.
Erin Hayes Burt

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Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.


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