The kitchen, for most of us, is the heart of the home. In fact, as the epicenter of the home, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms when it comes to the resale value of your home. However, for many homeowners, the kitchen can also be characterized by clutter, crowded cabinets, and general disarray. If you’ve been trying to find ways to reorganize your kitchen without a costly remodel, here are a few quick ideas to help keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free.
Free The Spices: Don’t waste cabinet or drawer space on your spice collection. Spices should be handy near the stove, so install a wall rack in a convenient location. Be careful to avoid spots that will get too much heat, as this can affect the flavor of some spices.
Hang Them Up: Hanging pot racks can both free up your cabinet space and add a chef’s touch to your kitchen. If you decide against a full pot rack, consider ways to hang utensils out in the open. Pre-assembled racks can be attached to the cabinet undersides to accommodate your stemware as well.
Add Simple Storage: Most kitchens have room for small shelves between the counter space and cupboards that can store dry goods or cookbooks. Pull-out hanging rods for dishtowels can be installed in spaces between appliances and cabinetry, and wire racks can be fitted around sink pipes to hold cleaning supplies.
Repack Dry Goods: Most packaged food products can be more space efficient when removed from their original packaging and placed in stackable plastic containers.
Tailor Your Cabinet Shelves: Measure your stacked dishes to find the exact height needs of your shelving, and use adjustable shelves to avoid wasting space.
Freshen It Up: Make the kitchen (and the rest of your home) smell refreshing and clean with an easy stove top potpourri made with all natural ingredients (see recipe below).
Lemon & Rosemary Stove Top Potpourri
A calming scent of lemon, rosemary and vanilla that simmers right on your stove top.
2 lemons, sliced
2 sprigs of rosemary
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
Place ingredients into pot and fill with water to about 1 inch below brim and simmer. This recipe should last for about 2-3 days. Enjoy!