Great kitchen organisation ideas that make life easy, simple and joyful.
Indian kitchens are one of a kind, different in use and design. Our tryst with masalas and spices, cutlery and vessels of different materials and elaborate foods we prepare makes kitchens undergo a daily onslaught of work. Kitchen organisation in our homes is, therefore, a tough chore made even more complex with the variety of cuisines we prepare. Storing utensils and food ingredients is one of the biggest peeves for most women in Indian kitchens. Despite storing intelligently and even buying less, one always finds things spilling over to the countertop, dining table and even the sink.
Organisation is the key to keep ourselves sane, yet churn out wonderful dishes day in and day out for our friends and families. A great organisation isn’t as hard as it looks. It is more than just putting everything out of sight and reach. It means finding things when you need them, separating essentials from occasional use, and prioritising important tasks. All this so good food doesn’t have to be cooked at the cost of slogging in the kitchen for hours on end.
While kitchen design isn’t tough in itself, here are 10 few design ideas and tips to come up with great kitchen organisation for Indian homes.
Declutter Your Kitchen Counters
Kitchen counters are where all the hard work actually gets done. It’s the battleground where food is cut, sliced, diced, mixed, fried and cooked. As such kitchen counters have to be free and spacious for work to actually begin. Seeing them neat and efficient is ideal but what also happens is that it invites unnecessary stuff to be stored on them, often indefinitely.
Kitchen counters become cluttered with things all the time. If it isn’t dishes with cooked food then utensils, oftentimes spice bottles and unused cutlery find their way there. If you want an empty countertop to work on, or simply to make you feel happy about the space, try kitchen railings which can hold your baskets, spice bottles and other cutlery.
Rack Up Your Cups And Plate
It is easier to wash and dry utensils that are properly segregated according to their function. Plate and cup racks, spoon holders, frying pan hangers and magnetic knife boards are some organisation ideas for the counters. These ensure that cooking supplies and all essentials are situated right next to where you cook and convenient to manage.
Bottle Up All Your Condiments
Bottles are now available in a variety of different sizes and for different purposes. Cooking oils and ghee, frying oils and liquid items are best managed when stored in long bottles at convenient places throughout the kitchen. Bottle pull-outs are great organisation accessories and using them decreases spillage and leaks keeping your counter clutter-free.
Increase Pantry Storage Space
Pantry storage just doesn’t suffice. There was a time earlier where a separate room next to your kitchen was used for vegetables and storage of food grains. With the advent of refrigerators, pantry sizes began to shrink and food began to increasingly clog kitchen counter. The trick to increasing pantry storage in small kitchens of today is the intelligent use of space.
Shelf And Drawer Storage
Most old household pantries are created with large and tall shelves, that is inconvenient and a waste of space. Big vessels and cutlery cannot fit into them, and sometimes space is more than required. Additional space in pantries can be created while maintaining them contemporary and chic, with special pull-out shelves of different heights and storage baskets of varied sizes. This keeps your stuff organised, creating the right kind of spaces. Pull-out shelves can also be tailored with single-height and double-height shelves as per your design and requirements.
Vertical Niche Storage
Modular kitchens have lower shelves that are a variation of drawers and stand-alone spaces. Placing things horizontally – utensils, cutlery and bottles – is more space occupying. The area that can take up several little items, must make do with just one when things are placed horizontally. Small vertical storage can be created under kitchen counters, next to storage bins and wherever small niches can be found. These when used to store daily use bottles of oil, vinegar, ghee are convenient and easy to access.
Storage Tricks That Stick
Corkboards, magnetic strips and rubber mats provide convenient storage for spoons, forks, cups and other small items and cutlery. Placing them around the kitchen forces you to keep things in their place and reduces clutter around the main kitchen area.
Maximise Usage Of Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are usually designed based on the layout and available space, but there’s no reason why they can’t be used for more than just storage of utensils and cutlery. The space on and around cabinets can also be optimised to ensure they are useful.
Kitchen Cabinets For Better Organisation
Cabinets have an outer area that can be designed aesthetically to store away other accessories – washcloths, hangers, plastics. With clever addition of handles, racks and bars for aprons and clothes, converting smaller nooks into bottle storage, installing specially designed bottle pullouts and maximising every inch of kitchens, cabinets can be optimised for space.