Change your thinking when looking at your storage space. This applies throughout the home, but comes into its full glory in the cabinets of a small kitchen.
This means you try to utilize any space that is unused inside the cupboard. Think of the space left on top of your cans or mugs, if you have 4 inches of space on every shelf in that cupboard, an extra shelf could be fitted, which would make a big difference in the amount of storage space inside that cabinet.
How are you storing things?
Look at how you are storing stuff, can you take things out of bulky packaging and store them in stackable square containers? Or in tall, narrow containers that fit nicely on the shelf and allow you to see what’s inside.
Using square containers instead of round makes a big difference in available space inside your cupboards. Using square containers of the same size, makes for even more efficient stacking.
Everything in its place and a place for everything.
It is important to put things away in their right place, it saves a lot of time and frustration looking for things. Having things easy to find also makes them easier to put back. It’s a catch 22 situation, if there’s not enough space, you can’t put things where they belong.
Look at what’s in the kitchen and what could be stored elsewhere. Bulky paper goods can be stored in a hallway cupboard and only what is needed is taken out. If you like to buy up big when there’s a sale on, storing it can get out of hand, storing outside of the kitchen will solve that problem and still allow you to save money on your specials.
When you think about the space inside each cabinet as cubic space, it starts to make sense to see how much you can fit into it and how easy it is to access it. Access is crucial, it is very annoying if you have to unload half the cupboard just to get to a large bowl at the back.
Happily there are many kitchen storage answers to solve this problem, look at as many as you can when designing your small kitchen cabinets, planning this part right will make your time in the kitchen much more efficient and enjoyable for years to come.
Here are just some of the many options available:
• Have banks of drawers ISO cupboards
• Use a Lazy Susan for corner and overhead cupboards
• Use roll-out units with shelves
• Have ‘Helper Shelves’ to avoid stacking a lot of different size plates in one big pile.
And there are many more, a visit to a good kitchen showroom, or to a specialized storage shop, will amaze you at the many brilliant products available.