When we moved into this house just over nine years ago, I was pleased that I was getting a kitchen bigger than our last house. Over time, I have realised that our kitchen doesn’t really work for me the way it is now, so the savings have begun to be able to improve it in the next couple of years. My parents house aside, I have had three kitchens in my adult life, the first being the one I wish I still had now as it was square in shape, a decent size and I had plenty of worth space. My second one, was a postage sized kitchen which didn’t even have room for a bin! I was so glad we didn’t stay in that house for more than a few months. Onto my kitchen now and it is small but functional. I have an average amount of cupboards but nowhere near enough worktop space which makes it difficult when cooking for more than four of us, and baking isn’t a lot of fun so I don’t tend to bake as much as I used to now. I do love cooking though so I have had to find ways to make a small kitchen work for me.
What I struggle with the most in my kitchen is the storage space. My crockery cupboard is shared with my herbs and spices as I can’t fit them into any other cupboard. My baking supplies are crammed in with packets of pasta and rice, alongside other kitchen essentials such as a torch and candle supply as they won’t fit in the cupboard under the sink. I also long for a dishwasher, but it’s not a possibility without losing a pre existing cupboard and I barely manage with what we have now.
My research has taught me that I can make a small kitchen work for me by utilising the inside of cupboard doors to hold items such as food bags and food wrap. This will help clear out the junk drawer that my kitchen has to hopefully house some of the items that my cluttered cupboards have currently. I have spotted a great idea to hold my herbs and spices in a drawer laying down rather than squashed in next to my crockery, and I may even invest in some small pots to avoid doubling up on half empty jars of spices.
I didn’t realise that I could use the side of one of my cupboards near the door that is empty space to house a small basket with tea and coffee jars. This will remove them permanently from the worktops and free some space.
So many good ideas gained from a little while browsing online. Hopefully this will give me the inspiration and motivation to enhance my kitchen this year to make it a welcoming space in my home.
What is your best kitchen storage tip?
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post