Organising a kitchen so that it works as efficiently as possible doesn't have to be a headache if you have some simple rules in place, which is exactly what we're going to give you today.
Kitchen planners have a fabulous knack for creating spaces that are eminently usable and stylish, but how can we maintain our own kitchens so they lose none of their practicality or gorgeous aesthetics? The problem is that as soon as you take a kitchen from a showroom and install it in a real, busy household, there are extra factors to take into consideration, such as messy kids and unhelpful partners.
If you want to get your kitchen organisation up to scratch and are ready to do whatever it takes to maintain easily functionality, follow these tips and see what a huge difference they make!
When you want to be able to see all of your crockery and cookware instantly, without scouring the lost corners of forgotten cupboards and removing everything else, glass-fronted cabinets are a fantastic idea.
Just add new doors to your top cupboards and you'll be delighted by how quickly you can locate everything you need. Plus, as they're see-through, you'll be more likely to keep them clean and tidy!
If you like to maintain a clean and unfussy look in your kitchen but storage is of the utmost importance, open shelving could be your new best friend.
Stylish and easy to access, open wall shelves are the perfect spot for stacking crockery and bulky pans that you don't want taking up all your valuable cupboard space.
It also doesn't hurt that open shelves happen to look fabulous!
Nobody knows your kitchen as well as you do, so decide which are your most frequently used items and set designated spots for them.
Certain pans will be used daily, so how about a hanging rail above the cooker? Daily-use crockery can sit at the edge of an island, ready to be placed on the table and so forth.
You want to get to the point where if these items aren't where they should be, they can only be in the dishwasher.
We all have recipe books in our homes, but so few of us have somewhere specifically designed to house them and it seems so silly. Hardback tomes can gradually overrun a worktop if you're not careful so, if you have an island or a dogleg worktop section in your kitchen, perhaps you can turn the reverse side into handy book shelves?
You'll have a world of recipes at your finger tips but not in the way!
We love the modern kitchen trend for choosing deep drawers in the place of regular cabinets, as they have such fabulous storage potential.
In particular, they can take the hassle out of stashing away large, bulky or heavy cookware that can swallow up cupboard shelves whole. Just pull open the drawer, see what you want and lift it out!
For extra kitchen inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 7 unusual ways to make your modern kitchen better.