Thursday, January 31, 2013

Avoid Kitchen Chaos

Kitchens are very busy places so they need to be organized as much as possible.  As a kitchen designer my goal is to design the space so that you can work in it efficiently without having to walk all over the room to do one task.  Chaos in the kitchen can just wreck havoc with your day. It's just  not a good way to start the day.

Here are a few things I recommend:
Corner Cab:  Lazy Susan on bottom
1)  Lazy Susan corner cabinet:
     If you have room for this cabinet then do it.  A lazy Susan will usually give you about 108inches of storage space but the other advantage is that your items are easy to reach.  That's a time saver. These cabinets can be expensive though.

2)  Pantry or Utility Cabinet:
     Not every kitchen has space for a tall cabinet or a built-in pantry but if you do then go for it. Just keep it organized.

3)  Drawer dividers:
     The kitchen drawer can be a nightmare, but using a divider in the drawer can help alleviate some of the stress in finding things in the drawer.  You can buy dividers at Lowes, Ikea  and places that sell kitchen gadgets.

4)  Specialty tools and utensils:
      Keep the utensils you use the most close at hand and easy to reach.  They can hang from a metal plate or stand upright in a canister, either way is fine.

5)  Pull outs:
     Use pull outs where possible in drawers.  You will still need some shelves but pull outs are great for the bottom shelf of a base cabinet. 

There are many things you can do to help organize the kitchen.  As a designer I help people do just that.  I ask a variety of questions to let me know how you work in the kitchen so I can design a kitchen that does not add to the stress of the day.  But sorry, the design doesn't come with a chef or a maid - now that's stress relief.


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