Kitchens, per square foot, often contain more “stuff” than any other space in the home, with the possible exception being the bedroom closet. This means that in order for a kitchen to exist with optimum utility, maximizing the storage space in the kitchen is vital. Fortunately, there are a lot of options when it comes to utilizing space in the kitchen, as long as you know what they are. When many professionals discuss maximizing the storage space in a kitchen, they would advocate adding an island to the middle of the kitchen, which also means tearing down walls to open up the space as a whole, or addition more shelving units in empty spaces. However, these tips require some major construction in order to be completed. Not everyone has the time, money, or know-how to undergo such a project on a whim, more importantly, they shouldn’t have to. Here are 2 tips to help you maximize your kitchen storage space.
1. Get Rid of Excess
The kitchen holds some types of items that are notorious for being in excess. Coffee cups, glasses, plates, bowls, and silverware have a tendency to pile up without anyone ever noticing. One of the fastest ways to get more space in your kitchen is to only keep a limited number of these items and getting rid of the rest. Sure, it is nice to have a matching set of coffee mugs for when company is over and those novelty mugs are just too funny to get rid of, but your space is limited. If you have a household of four people that drink coffee on a daily basis, there is no reason to have more than eight coffee cups.
A good rule of thumb that can be applied to coffee cups, glasses, plates, and bowls is that you only need enough to for two full days. Yes, this means that you need to do dishes every other day, but if you normally cook at least one meal a day, you will be doing the dishes anyways. Additionally, you only need one set of silverware, not three. If you want to keep a set of dishes and silverware for special occasions, that is fine, but they don’t need to be on the shelves in your kitchen.
2. Shop Smart
Appliances can quickly become the bane of any kitchen. While they are extremely useful, appliances have several characteristics that make them inherently bad for your space. You can’t stack anything on your blender or your coffee maker. Plus, they have separate pieces that can easily get lost. This means that you need to make a conscious effort to only purchase appliances that are necessary and unique.
Many kitchen appliances tend to overlap with other appliances in terms of functionality. Before you purchase a new appliance, ask yourself this question, “What does this appliance do, that none of my current appliances do?” and then “Is this appliance important enough that it deserves the space that it requires?” One of the best ways to purchase appliances is to opt for larger appliances that can accomplish a wide variety of tasks, rather than a bunch of smaller appliances that only do one or two things.