Spring is in the air and spring cleaning always seems to be something we look at over the Easter break. We are presently updating our kitchen as part of my DIY project for this year but the kitchen is one of the rooms in your house that require a lot of storage space and getting the right balance of cupboards and space is important (and so I have enough space to hide away all my clutter). If you have a small kitchen, you might lack this ever important space; however, there are a few creative ways in which to create extra surfaces, or storage options. Below are just five easy ways that require very little cost or effort and can help you get that extra space that you need.
1) Get a rolling cart
Although they do take up some space, a rolling cart is an excellent way of creating extra space if you do not have space for an island. Because they are on wheels, they can easily be moved around and they are smaller than an island. If they are not in use the whole time, they can be folded away out of sight, but can create a great deal of storage when required.
2) Over the sink chopping boards
Over the sink chopping boards are perfect if you have very little counter space. You can have them made so that they fit comfortably over your sink, creating another surface area that you can use. It is also a useful storage area for the chopping board when the sink is not in use. They look great, and are practical and very cost effective.
3) Have a clear out
Although this is a fairly obvious one, clearing out anything you no longer require is an excellent way to make more space. You have to be brutal, and really sensible, throwing away anything that you no longer use, or are broken, and you will be surprised at the amount of space you achieve by doing this. Seeing you de-cluttered kitchen will be a good incentive for you not to buy more than you require as well.
4) Build shelves
Building shelves is another excellent DIY solution. Put up shelves in spaces that are free and are not being used for anything else and you can create a lot of extra space for yourself. You will be surprised at just how much you can keep in a relatively small area with the addition of a few shelves. Think about the area between the worktop and the cupboards, or above the fridge and cupboards, as this is often valuable space that goes to waste. Put the items that you will use less frequently on the higher shelves for ease.
5) Make the most of your corners
Corner cupboards often waste a lot of space, and can be inaccessible resulting in people not using them, wasting valuable space. So, instead, why not create an area that is easy to get to, and install a lazy Susan? This is essentially a spinning basket, allowing you to spin and clearly see the contents of your cupboard allowing you to make use of the space, and get to everything easily.