The following post was written by Guest Contributor Kate Flannery.
When you do not have enough space in your kitchen, you have to get very creative and make the most of every inch. Here are a few brilliant ideas that you can easily DIY!
Look for cheap picnic baskets at garage sales or flea markets, or you can buy and use new baskets to round up kitchen clutter. Place the baskets on a countertop, hang them from a wall, or tactically place them on the floor. You can stow anything from cutting boards, utensils, and dishes, to cookbooks, linens, and spices in these containers. Your kitchen will look less messy, and the vintage appearance will add warmth.
Corners are the ever-underutilised spaces in any kitchen. One creative solution to this problem is to install a pull-out lazy Susan rack. Another ingenious way to maximize your storage capacity are corner drawers, but these require a higher level of craftiness. On the other hand, they are worth the trouble, since they run diagonally and are hence deeper than other cabinet drawers.
Fruit boxes have become a growing trend in the gifts’ department. The problem with these delicious presents is that you have to eat up all the fruits before they go stale. The fruit boxes are pretty decorative and useful holders themselves, or you can hang a wire rack on the wall for storing fruits in plain sight and saving space in your cupboards. Magazine racks are visually appealing, but any rack would do. Find inexpensive racks online and paint them black to get a more sophisticated look.
Did you know that your shelves actually have two storage surfaces? This practical idea is particularly convenient for storing spices and herbs in transparent glass jars. If you have already installed a wooden shelf, it will need just a few fixes. Screw the lids of the jars onto the lower side of the shelf. Use at least two screws per lid, otherwise the lids might turn around and around as you try to screw/unscrew the jars. Fill the jars and place them under the shelf.
Not only is metal a modern interior material, but a simple pegboard is a customizable solution that works in any room. If you cannot organize your pots, pans, and big spoons, a pegboard will keep them all in a compact area.
Cereal Box DIY
You probably have a stack of cereal boxes in your kitchen but do not have any idea how to put them to good use. Simply cut off the upper part of an empty box, take a solid coloured paper and attach it to the interior and exterior sides of the box. Basically, you can decorate the box any way you like. Use washi tape along the edges or decoupage the sides of the box, and you have made yourself an organizer for recipes, cookbooks and magazines.
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Written by Kate Flannery. Kate is a linguistics major and lifestyle blogger for HighStyleLife magazine. She spends her free time sailing around the Mediterranean or snuggling up with her two dogs. She will always choose country chic over industrial design.