Do you dream of having your kitchen remodeled, but you simply don’t have the money? We have all been there. Believe or not, there are a lot of homeowners who wish that their kitchens are bigger, brighter, more spacious and well-equipped. While those who can really afford to give their kitchens their much-desired overhaul, there are those who simply can’t.
Don’t worry, there are so many ways to keep your kitchen organized and transform it into your very own cooking sanctuary. And this can easily be done with just a few tweaks, cleaning up and changes.
How to Organize Your Kitchen in 11 Smart Ways
Are you ready to give your kitchen the transformation it deserves? Here are 11 easy ways to pull off an amazing kitchen makeover in a budget friendly way.
1. Use an Over-the-Door-Organizer with See Through Pockets for Small Food Items
This is a great way to keep your stash of food items in check. The see through pockets will make sure that none of your spices, snacks and other ingredients will ever go missing. Just hang one or two on the door of your cupboard or walk-in pantry and you are all set.
2. Hang Big Pots and Pans on the Walls or Ceilings
One way to keep your kitchen cabinets clean is to hang your big cookware for glass top stoves on the wall. There are also some that use a metal trellis or coat hooks. They can get really heavy, so be sure to use heavy-duty racks to make sure that they don’t fall. This is a great way to save up some space for other things in your cabinets.
3. Use Small Empty Jars for Your Spices
Gone are the days when you cannot find your packet of smoked paprika in the pantry. You can simply collect small empty jars or canisters and use them to store and organize your spices, herbs and small quantities of powdered ingredients. You can also buy some labels or sticker papers to mark the jars up. You can arrange them in your cabinet or a small Lazy Susan on your kitchen counter. Mason jars also work for this project.
4. Store Your Electrical Gadgets by Use
If you often use your vacuum sealer for your sou vide dishes or your blender for your smoothies, then place them where you can easily reach them. As for your pellet grill, coffee maker, home meat slicer, toaster or sandwich maker, they can also be placed on your kitchen counter, also according to the frequency of use. This way, you don’t have to keep reaching and stacking them at the farthest end of your kitchen cabinet.
5. Boot Racks Are Great for Storing Silicon Mats, Napkins and Place Mats
I bought a large boot rack from Ikea a few years ago and I still have not used until a few weeks ago. Well, I didn’t use them for my boots because I actually own just about 2 pairs. Instead, I used them in my kitchen to store my silicon baking mats, napkins and place mats. The rack filled the gap between my large water dispenser and the kitchen counter too.
6. Use an Over the Sink Cutting Board to Create More Space
Some kitchens are small, so installing extra counters or tables aren’t great ideas. So to create more workspace, you can use a large cutting board that you can place on top of your kitchen sink. Use the board as an extension of your worktable for all your prep work before cooking.
7. Hook a Small Basket Under Your Sink for Your Cleaning Tools
Kitchen sponges, gloves, and detergent can make your sink look untidy and disorganized. What you can do is hook small metal or plastic baskets in one of your under cabinets. Use them to add more storage space.
8. Install Additional Shelves to Fill Up Some Bare Walls
If you have bare walls that you can fill in, then installing budget friendly shelving will help you free up some space in your kitchen. Use wide shelves for your serving plates or dishes and narrow shelves for glasses, cups, saucers and even spices. Shelves are great because you can cook your food and grab a serving platter easily.
9. Cabinet Doors Are Great for Your Measuring Spoons, Cups and Even Other Utensils
You can make your measuring cups, spoons and ladles accessible by installing stick on or drill on hooks on the insides of your kitchen cabinets or cupboards. I took on this project and painted the insides with black and wrote measuring equivalents on it. Not only was able to get things organized, but I was also able to measure my ingredients accurately.
10. Magnetic Spice Racks To Organize Your Herbs and Spices
I helped my friend organize her spices and herbs with the use of magnetic spice racks. She didn’t have enough space in her kitchen, so we used her fridge instead. We also aptly labeled each jar and now she doesn’t get confused between smoked paprika and cayenne pepper anymore. Of course, this wouldn’t be a problem if you have extra cabinet doors to use. These are really affordable alternatives to those large spice trays.
11. Group Similar Things Together
This is a great way to organize your kitchen. And this just needs you to perform the simple task of grouping your kitchen utensils, gadgets and other food related things together. Once you have done this, you can start assigning specific spaces in your cupboard, cabinet, pantry or shelves for each group. It would also help if you labeled each area to make sorting easier. Putting order and organization in your kitchen doesn’t need expensive and painstaking efforts to get the job done. In fact, you can make it spacious and brighter with little tweaks here and there. All you need are a few tricks and you will surely realize that there is no need for a major renovation to bring life back to your kitchen.