Kitchen storage – 17 super-effective solutions and life hacks
Whether the kitchen is small or large, thoughtful storage can make it super-convenient, and kitchen cabinets, sideboard, and refrigerator – roomy. In this material, you will find 17 practical tips ideas that will help you organize your space from scratch or optimize your existing “system”.
17 storage solutions in the kitchen
1. Set up the main storage space in the work area let’s
Start our guide to organizing storage in the kitchen, perhaps, with the basic principles. And here is one of them – everything you need to keep at hand. Ideally, the work surface should be located between the sink and the stove, and its optimal length should be about 35 inches. Accordingly, all utensils, appliances, and food needed for cooking every day should be stored above and below the work surface, as well as under the stove. The more popular a particular item/product is, the closer it should be located to the desktop. At the same time, the countertop itself should be almost empty.
2. sort and store items/products by category storage by category and subcategory
It is another basic principle that starts with the order and convenience of the kitchen.
- Items of the same type must be collected in one (!) place, even on the same shelf, but separately from items of other categories. This way you can quickly find the right things and easily clean up the cabinets.
Even visually, the shelves with sorted by category supplies and utensils look neat and beautiful. Despite the evidence of this principle, not everyone follows it, and not always. For example, we often store pans mixed with baking pans or pans. And, say, we put bottles of vegetable oil somewhere between a dry Breakfast and macaroni.
- Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. So, for example, sugar and salt can be stored both together with seasonings and spices, and on the table in a salt shaker and sugar bowl. Storage of fruits and vegetables is a separate story because different types of fruits require different conditions. In General, the principle works everywhere and in everything – from storing food in the refrigerator to storing dishes on the sideboard.
3. Store things in trays and containers
For storing things by category in cabinets and drawers it is convenient to use all sorts of baskets, boxes, trays, and dividers.
4. If you are designing a kitchen from scratch, make a bet on drawers and systems
The Lower tier of the kitchen should be almost completely equipped with drawers, and some upper cabinets are also not superfluous to add pull-out shelves. So you can use every corner of your kitchen, quickly find the right things and put them in their places, without squatting.
5. Store things mainly not in stacks, but rows
Store and put things, not in a horizontal position on top of each other (stacks), but in a vertical position behind each other (rows), then you can easily find and get the necessary items, without violating the established order in the Cabinet.
- To make things stand upright, use dividers, trays, boxes, and hooks.
This kitchen storage lifehack is simple and ingenious, but not always obvious. Especially when it comes to storing a stock of kitchen towels and napkins – because textiles, unlike boxes and cans, do not stand vertically. To solve this problem, simply fold the material into a rectangle or roll.
The principle of vertical storage works in almost everything, only deep dishes and containers can and should be stacked.
6. in a small kitchen, you need to use non-standard storage places
Here are some ideas for storing in the kitchen in non-standard places:
- Cabinet Doors – you can stick hooks on them or attach wall holders. However, you can only store light items on the doors, otherwise there is a risk of breaking the hinges. It is also important to attach hooks and holders so that they and the items they hold do not rest against the shelves, otherwise, the door will not close.
- The ends and outer walls of kitchen furniture-they are good because they will withstand not only towels and potholders, but also heavy objects: knives, cutting boards, pots, and pans. The main thing is to choose reliable shelves/holders and fix them carefully so as not to spoil the look of the kitchen. Below are photo ideas for storing things on the outer walls of furniture.
- The inner walls of cabinets-it are convenient to hang on hooks measuring spoons and attachments from electrical appliances, which are not needed so often.
- Place under the hanging cabinets – here you can hang a narrow shelf for storing spices as in the photo below…
… or screw the lid of the jars to the bottom of the hinged Cabinet, then screw in the jars themselves with spices or bulk products.
7. Use the kitchen corner 100%
Often in the corner of the kitchen formed “dead zones”, which are not involved in any way due to its inaccessibility. To ensure that this space is used 100%, you should equip the corner Cabinet of the headset with pull-out systems – baskets, shelves, bookcases, or carousels.
8. life Hack for a small kitchen-a Cabinet up to the ceiling.
In a small kitchen, you can maximize useful space by adding additional cabinets that extend up to the ceiling. Then in the upper drawers, you will be able to store things that are rarely used. For example, it can be a holiday service, tablecloths, cans for preservation, and so on.
It is good if the kitchen set is designed high initially (see the photo above), but if not, then you can fill the top of the Cabinet with cute baskets and drawers.
And the third tier can be built with your own hands from a Board and supports in the form of bottles as shown in the photo below.
9. Build-in drawers in the kitchen basement
Another life hack for a small kitchen-embedding drawer in the basement of the headset. It is very convenient to store all sorts of molds, pallets, rolling pins, wine supplies, and even pet food.
10. Use the walls and apron
to Store devices, all kinds of banks and even appliances on the railing is very convenient – everything is in sight and at hand. On the other hand, railings often create a feeling of clutter and disorder in the kitchen, hide a beautiful apron and complicate cleaning (because everything that hangs on the wall is quickly covered with dust!).
- Therefore, we advise you not to get carried away with railing systems and hang only super-demanded items and products on the wall, such as salt, spices, paper towels, spatulas, and a tablet/phone holder.
In this collection of photos, you can see successful examples of kitchen equipment rails.
But you can and should store a set of knives on the wall on a magnetic holder. After all, this way the blades are less damaged, and it is very convenient for the cook to choose-to remove the desired device.
By the way, the magnetic knife holder is easy to make with your own hands. To do this, you just need to cut a few shallow round holes on a wooden Board, then paste neodymium magnets into them, and finally, hang the Board on the wall. Voila, the knife holder is ready.
In addition to rails, perforated boards made of hardboard or steel will help you use walls for storing things. Simply paint the Board in the desired color, add hooks to it, and hang it on the wall. Photo ideas for wall structures for storing things and products are presented in the following slider.
And, of course, organize wall storage of things will help shelves. They should be matched to the tone of the wall or kitchen furniture. As with railings, it is important not to overdo it with shelves – they quickly gather dust and overload the interior.
11. Organize the space under the sink
The space under the sink is great for placing trash cans, cleaning supplies, a stock of sponges, and rags. Here are some ideas and tips on how to optimize this space:
- Insert a single rod (suitable for a wardrobe) in the Cabinet under the sink and hang sprays and sprays on it.
- Screw a pull-out container to one of the walls, such as this one from IKEA.
- Hang towel hooks or organizers on the door for storing sponges, rags, and other accessories.
- Use small bookcases with shelves and drawers.
- It is desirable that the trash can also be retractable.
12. Do not use round cans and trays, but square or rectangular.
It is better to Store dry products in rectangular and square cans/containers since they fit together more neatly and compactly than round ones. This advice is relevant for all storage accessories (baskets, trays, containers), as well as household appliances (coffee machines, stationary blenders, scales, etc.).
13. Buy a sink organizer dishwashing
Liquid, sponges, and brushes are very convenient to store in silicone or plastic organizers. This way, you will free up space near the sink and protect the countertop / drying wing from dripping drops.
14. Use furniture with built-in drawers and shelves for
For example, it can be a table with drawers under the tabletop, a bench with built-in drawers under the seat, or a bar with shelves on the floor.
15. If there is a little free space in the kitchen-use additional racks, consoles, and carts
High racks help out when there is not enough storage space, and there is no pantry in the kitchen.
If there is no space for racks, try building a storage system around a doorway or window.
The cart is good for its compactness, capacity, and mobility.
16. Use insert shelves and bookcases
This little trick allows you to use the entire height of the cabinets and get additional useful space literally out of nowhere. To buy such shelves in Ikeja (series Variera).
17. Keep the refrigerator 30% empty
In a full refrigerator it is very difficult to restore order, find the right products, control new” supplies ” of food, and promptly remove expired illiquid.
- To make it easier for you to refrain from buying another unnecessary jam or sauce, make it a rule to store no more than three varieties of the same product on the refrigerator shelf.
By the way, this recommendation is also applicable in the grocery storage Department.