Simple ways to arrange your kitchen for usability

Getting the most out of your kitchen can be difficult—especially if you're working with a small space. The best way to utilize your kitchen is to organize it properly. Here are some simple kitchen arrangements that should help you maximize your kitchen space.

Simple ways to arrange your kitchen for usability

1. Properly arrange your pots and pans

  • Identify the pots and pans that you use most often, then find a place to store them where they'll be easy to pull out.
  • Store heavy pots and pans that you use frequently no more than 30 centimetres (one foot) above or below waist level, making certain that they have sturdy support and can be removed and replaced without upsetting other cookware.
  • If the storage space in your cabinets is full and there's no room on the walls, consider suspending a metal rack from the ceiling to hang your cookware. (Be sure it is installed properly in a joist, so that it can carry the weight of the pots and pans.)
  • Save your most frequently used — and most attractive — pieces for hanging on the rack. If you can position the rack directly over the cooktop, you can take a pan from storage to service in one quick motion.

2. How to store your linens

Store sets of place mats or everyday tablecloths with a piece of cardboard between them. Then, the ones that are on top of the pile won't get dishevelled when you pull out the ones that you want below.

  • You can make the dividers out of suit boxes or posterboard.

3. Smart tips for displaying small appliances

  • Toasters, coffee makers, food processors and other small appliances that you use almost daily need their own space on a kitchen counter with a nearby receptacle.
  • Many of these appliances now can be mounted under a cabinet to allow you more working counter space. Consider an under-the-cabinet model next time you need to replace an appliance.
  • Appliances that you use only occasionally, such as a standing mixer or slow-cooker, can be kept in cupboards.
  • If you only use an appliance — the waffle iron, for example — once or twice a year, you can store it in the back of a cupboard or shelf in order to free up more usable space in the kitchen.

4. Keep your pantry organized

Group pantry supplies so that it is easy to do a quick inventory of what you have and what you need.

  • Cereals, pasta, canned soups, cooking oils, condiments and beverages like coffee and tea should each have a designated space.
  • Store small cans, jars and boxes in front of larger items so they're as easy to see as they are to reach.
  • Stepped plastic cupboard insets also help in keeping supplies visible.

Create a well-functioning kitchen with these quick organization tips. You might be surprised by how much room you have when everything is arranged properly!

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