Utilizing Kitchen Space without a Remodel

One of the biggest problems that any house owner faces is how to make the best of the space that they have. When you move into any home, you have only a limited amount of space and a certain amount of furniture. It is up to you to use that space in the best possible way. This is particularly true of the kitchen, where many of the fittings, such as the kitchen cabinets, are fixed and therefore can’t be simply moved or increased. The structure of a kitchen is also such that everything has to be very uniform. One does not, for example, add one wooden cupboard to a kitchen where everything is made from black and white formica. If you are changing or fitting new cupboards, it has to be all or nothing.

So, can you maximize the space without a kitchen remodel?

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This small kitchen is actually from Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey house.

The answer is a resounding yes, but let’s break it down a bit.  First of all, let’s look at the way that kitchen space is generally used. Its two main purposes are storage and food preparation. Obviously, small kitchen designs make things even more challenging.  You must ensure that you have adequate room for both of these, but there is also another factor that actually makes this relative: How many kitchen appliances do you need to store? And, how many people are using this kitchen? You may have a tiny kitchenette, for example, but if you are a single person living in your own and you tend to eat at other people’s homes for social events rather than hosting anyone in your house, the small size of your kitchen will not be relevant.

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If your utensils and appliances outnumber the space that you have at your disposal, there are several things that you can do about it:

  • Go through everything you own and ruthlessly ditch anything that you don’t use. There is no need to hang on to broken or unnecessary items. They take up way too much space. Your emotional attachment to them does not outweigh the need to have a viable kitchen.
  • Reorganize your cupboards so that you fit everything inside in the most compact way possible. Saucepans can be stacked neatly inside each other. Items should be placed on shelves neatly, rather than tossed in haphazardly, which can waste space unnecessarily as well as looking untidy.
  • Learn good neatness habits, such as making sure that every single item, even including kitchen accessories, has its own home. And then you have to make sure that you put them there! Make a policy never to go to bed or leave the house with things lying around on countertops. If everything is put away neatly, you will have more space for food preparation. And of course, your kitchen will look much better.
  • If you don’t have enough space still for kitchen storage, you need to add more shelves. If you have the budget and a high ceiling, you may want to build upwards and add another tier of cabinets. If not, then add more shelves to the walls.

All of these ideas are relatively simple, but they will surely make your life much easier!

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