More than any other space in a home, the kitchen needs to marry form with function. That makes it one of the easiest and one of the hardest spaces to work with! Here are five of our favorite tips to make sure it works as a workspace, and stays looking beautiful.
1. Spice drawer
We're firm believers in the benefits of a spice drawer! Not every kitchen has the space, but if yours does, we find storing spices in a drawer is much more convenient than having them in a cabinet or on the counter. It's easy to see what you've got without having to shuffle them around in a cabinet, or risk them all toppling off one of those shelf risers.
2. Mesh silverware organizer
No matter how clean your drawers are, it seems like crumbs still have a way of collecting over time. Stick with a mesh silverware caddy, and you won't have those crumbs collecting under your nice clean cutlery. Just lift it out every so often and vacuum underneath.
3. Glass tupperware
One of the best ways to maximize space in your kitchen is to opt for multi-use items. Glass tupperware are one of our favorite examples of this! Since these are oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe, they work as baking dishes as well as storage for leftovers, and they make meal prep a breeze. When I make batch meals like chili, lasagna, or enchiladas, I make a few extras directly into these containers. They go straight from the freezer to the oven when I don't feel like cooking.
4. No stacking
Any time an action requires more than a single step, it takes up more of our mental energy and effort. That's why we recommend never stacking two unalike items--salad plates on top of dinner plates, different sets of bowls, etc. Instead, use a little folding shelf in your cabinet to get those items off of one another.
5. Clear pantry bins
Fabric lined baskets are a popular choice for pantry storage, but we always recommend going for clear acrylic bins, instead. Clear bins make it easy to see what you have, and they make identifying categories a breeze. They're lightweight when you need to take them off upper shelves, and they don't break easily. Also, they can be easily labeled with dry erase markers, so you can change them up over time.