Create more space in your kitchen
When you’re trying to cook, there’s nothing more frustrating than opening a cupboard and having things fall out or having to pull out pots and pans just to get to something at the back of the cupboard. It makes a mess and yet it can feel like an eternal struggle to find a home in your kitchen cupboards for all your crockery, groceries, pots and pans.
Sorting out those kitchen cupboards and storage spaces and creating more space is a job we can neglect for years, instead just living with the inconvenience until it becomes intolerable. Don’t make that mistake! Here’s our advice on how to create a bit more space in your kitchen:
Sort through the fridge
It might seem an odd place to start but organising your fridge properly will set the tone for the rest of the kitchen! It can easily become overcrowded and stay that way. The best step is to just go through your fridge and discard anything that’s gone off or you have no plans to eat. Once that’s done, see if you can organise your fridge, with certain shelves or drawers for certain things. Containers can be useful for sauces, jams and fruit and veg. Also, use this as an excuse to give the fridge a good clean out and make it germ-free!
Consider your crockery
Do you have a cupboard where plates and bowls are stacked up to the point where simply getting something out for breakfast for dinner is a fine art akin to Tetris? If so, it might be time to think about putting some of your crockery into storage. If you have plates and bowls you use regularly, hold onto those and consider putting the others into storage so that when you have guests over, they’ll be at hand.
Put away pots and pans
Your pots and pans cupboard might be similar to that overloaded crockery — with mismatching pans not quite stacking properly and pan lids scattered on shelves. One great life hack is attaching plastic coat hooks to the inside of the cupboard door for holding pan lids to create space, but again, if you have a couple of particularly big pans you only use at certain occasions like Christmas, consider finding a new home for them in storage.
Pick through the pantry
When you’re buying your weekly groceries, it’s quite easy to forget exactly what you do and don’t have in the cupboards! It can lead to having endless tins of baked beans or jars of pasta sauce! Installing a board in the kitchen for a weekly shopping list is a good start, while keeping certain goods such as cereal or pasta in clear containers so you can see exactly how much you have is another good step.
Clean out those cleaning products
The cupboard holding your cleaning products often goes the same way as the pantry. Do you really need five different anti-bacterial prays? Consider which ones you need and which you don’t to keep the kitchen clean.
Clear the worktops
It’s incredibly frustrating when we just don’t have enough space on the worktops to easily prepare meals and stack things up for washing up. Are your worktops cluttered with things you no longer need, such as gadgets you hardly ever use? Consider what to do with them.
Now you’ve gone through the rigmarole of sorting through the kitchen, what are you going to do with all those spare pans and plates you need for special occasions? Consider storing them in a self-storage unit — they’ll be safe and available to access for those big occasions.
If you have a house-full of things that you need — but just not right now — why not consider storing some things with us here at M-Store? We have a convenient location off the A30 and have a huge number of flexible, secure storage solutions. Give us a call on 01726 890880 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.