Did you know that the average adult spends more than three years of their life in the kitchen? With so much time spent in this culinary workshop, you’d expect it to function like a well oiled machine.
However with most kitchens being so poorly optimized, the reality for most people is that preparing a meal can feel more like a tiresome game of Tetris, as you juggle pots and pans, appliances, and groceries that ooze from every cupboard or cabinet.
So in this article, we’ll show you five incredibly simple kitchen storage solutions that you can apply in your house to better use the space you have and transform your kitchen from a place you dread, into a well-organized creative studio fit for a chef!
#1 : The Dish Rack.
Whether you get by with just a dishwasher or mat, every modern kitchen has some way of draining wet items.
The problem is that they take up tons of working counter space and unless you have an expensive housekeeper to clean up, they’re likely to make your kitchen feel more like a game of swap mate rather than a free work space.
An elegant solution for making your washed dishes both easily accessible but at the same time easy to conceal, is to move them into a cabinet above the sink by converting the cabinet into a drip-dry cabinet.
This way you’ll have unrestricted access to them when you’re using them, but when guests come over, hiding them will be as simple as closing a door.
Obviously for this solution, you’ll need to have a handyman or carpenter install it, but it’s a small price to pay for the aesthetic and function that it will give your kitchen.
#2 – The Pantry.
For most people, the pantry is the most frequently used cabinet in the kitchen.
Unfortunately though, it can also be one the most frustrating with its deep shelves, often forcing you to juggle multiple items from the front, in order to access items in the back.
A great way to make every inch of your pantry easily accessible without sacrificing any usable space, is to turn your shelves into drawers.
This way you can simply pull them out one at a time, bringing every single item within easy reach.
#3 – The Dreaded Corner Cabinet.
Quite possibly the most annoying space in your kitchen, the corner cabinet beneath your countertop is home to vast amounts of painfully awkward space.
This is because the front access point is disproportionately small compared to the overall storage area.
What you need is a simple way to get items from the back to the front, without having to get down on your knees and reach aimlessly into the abyss.
A great way to do this is to add a lazy suzan to each shelf, allowing you to rotate items to the front like a carousel. And you can pick these up for a few dollars at your local hardware store.
#4 – Pot Storage.
Pots and pans are one of those things that you use just about every day.
And if you’re like most people, you probably have them sitting inside a cabinet stacked on top of each other like a half finished game of Jenga.
And each time you reach for one, you risk the whole stack falling down in a symphony of clanging and banging.
A simple solution is to install a retractable hanging rack allowing you to pick the one you want with ease.
#5 – Under the Kitchen Sink.
Under the sink is a notoriously awkward space mainly because of the plumbing required for draining water.
However, just because this space harbors an obstacle doesn’t mean it should be condemned.
By installing custom drawers that never hit the pipes, similar to those in the pantry, you can bring typically difficult to access bottles, brushes, and sponges within an arm’s reach.
Another neat hack for even more convenient access to your sponges and brushes which are used multiple times during the day, is to hide them above the sink in a draining cabinet, such as the DripDry cabinet.
The DripDry cabinet installation kit includes all the parts and pieces required to mount a drain rack into a cupboard or cabinet.