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Our busy family kitchens are where we all meet as a family, cook, catch up and do our homework. However, because they’re the hub of our homes, they can quickly become a chaotic, untidy and cluttered space.
So while a bit of mayhem is natural in any family kitchen, how can you ensure it’s kept as tidy as possible?
Here are some great ideas:
Have a Good Clear Out
Before you start rearranging your kitchen and adding new design features, it’s a good idea to see what you’ve already got and what you could do without. You’ll no doubt find out-of-date tins in the backs of your cupboards as well as appliances that haven’t worked for a number of years.
Be ruthless with these items and throw them away – and you might just be surprised how much space this frees up!
A great way to do this is to take everything out of your cupboards before giving them a good wipe and putting everything back in but with more precision and organisation than before. Just knowing that your cupboards are now clean, tidy and organised will give you a great sense of relief.
Be Clever with Your Furniture
When you start adding tables and chairs and other pieces of furniture to your kitchen, it soon starts to feel cramped and cluttered. So consider how you can add these important items but without eating up into too much space.
For example, if there isn’t really room for a table and chairs in your kitchen, why not install a breakfast bar and stools instead? Stools will easily fit underneath kitchen surfaces or they can be stacked away for easy storage.
Equally, having stools on hand for the kids provides them with a great place to do their homework while you’re preparing tea, allowing you to keep an eye on them while getting on with other things.
Get Savvy with Your Storage
However, one thing our kitchens often do lack is spare cupboard storage space.
That’s why you need to consider adding other forms of storage – storage that won’t clutter up your kitchen.
This could be freestanding island units that have drawers underneath and baskets that you can fit under your sideboard. You might even be able to create more space in your cupboards by moving some of the dried foodstuffs out and into stylish glass containers on your sideboard (this is great for pasta, grains, rice, pulses and so on, for example).
All of these steps are incredibly simple but can really help take your busy family kitchen from a state of disorder to one of organised chaos!