Here’s some advice from Jason Landau of Westchester-based Amazing Spaces (just in case you have some vacation time to fill and you’ve got no plans for an exciting excursion. I know I don’t!)
There’s a kitchen you’ve been dreaming about. It has enough room for the entire family. The stainless steel refrigerator is always fully stocked with fruits and vegetables (and maybe your favorite wine). Your children are gathered around the island in the center, diligently working on their homework. The marble countertops are littered with appliances, linens are tossed up in a corner, utensils are splattered across the stove… Wait, what?
If you have a dream kitchen, odds are you’re thinking less about where everything is going to go, and more about how you want your kitchen to look. But a big part of creating a dream kitchen is about function—the room should help you accomplish the goals of that space, whether that be cooking or providing a family hub. Finding the right storage helps organize your kitchen and support the needs of the space.
When designing a kitchen, think about ways you can keep your kitchen clutter to a minimum:
Organize utensils with adjustable drawer dividers.
Not only will these dividers help keep everything in its place, but they also offer easy access to items when you need them. Adjustable dividers create custom segments perfect for a variety of oddly shaped utensils.
Have large windows? Create instant storage with open window shelves.
The shelves create instant space for kitchen items you’ll want to showcase, like vases or teapots. Plus, choosing translucent, brightly colored items offer add pops of color on a sunny day.
Try seating storage.
With trends, everything comes full circle, and the popular eat-in kitchen is back. If it’s something you’d like to add to your space, try a banquette with a hidden storage compartment. It’s the perfect place to hide those out of season table linens!
Add storage to your island.
Most kitchen islands are incorporating counter-height seating to create additional dining and work space. Installing cabinets under the counter will add extra space for those kitchen appliances you don’t often use (but can’t bare to part with).
Hang a door rack.
Door racks are perfect for providing extra space in the pantry. Place often used items here, so you don’t have to search shelves when you need them in a pinch.
Consider the slim spice rack.
Easily installed into tighter spaces, this little gem can turn unused space into the perfect place to store your spices.