In The Zone. Think about your kitchen in three main zones: prep, cooking and cleaning. The prep area is where you get everything ready for cooking or baking. In this area, you want to store knives, cutting boards, mixing utensils and mixing bowls. Store pots, pans, baking dishes, cooking utensils and spices near the cooking area. And, of course, the cleaning area is where your sink and dishwasher live. Keep cleaning supplies and dish towels handy.
Make Bigger If you have the space, consider doubling the size of your island or peninsula so you have back-to-back cabinetry for double the storage space. This also yields additional prep space or an area for the kids to gather for snacks or to do homework.
Get Super Organized. The biggest key to organizing individual drawers is to choose cabinetry with built-in organizers. Pullout drawers make items lost in the back corner a thing of the past. Consider a pullout cabinet to house your trash and recycling. Today’s carousel-style organizers make the best of that once useless corner cabinet space. Crockery drawers with moveable pegs keep dishes organized and easy to access.
Aim For The Sky. Eliminating a soffit in the kitchen will allow you to run you cabinetry all the way to the ceiling offering additional storage space. Use the high cabinets to store the items you only use at the holidays or for other special occasions. The added benefit is that the high cabinetry creates the illusion of a larger kitchen.
(Adapted from Melton Design Build)