As a stager and real estate agent I can tell you that one of the most important rooms in a home is the kitchen. Everyone wants a dream kitchen and if they can’t have it, they want one as close as they can get. Why not? It’s where you’ll spend lots of time… cooking, eating, kids doing homework, friends gathering and sometimes even paying bills or working (if there’s no home office space). So how do you maximize your kitchen if it’s less than perfect?
One of the biggest issues for kitchens that doesn’t meet that dream is STORAGE!
Storage isn’t just important for function. It is critical for buyers when you are ready to sell.
I recently renovated the kitchen in our home. I love it. It’s got color and function, an island to drool over, great lighting and plenty of storage.
But I’ve lived in houses where the kitchen was small and storage scarce! You have to get a little creative but there are some things you can do to make the most of it.
Over-the-sink covers, cutting boards and burner covers for your stove all create extra counter space for prepping food or even for entertaining. A cutting board with a built-in colander is a real win-win.
- Use empty wall space for magnetic knife holders.
- Fit a hanging spice rack under a cabinet.
- Place risers in cabinets to help you separate items into smaller stacks and use more of the open space inside.
HANG IT UP
Hooks are great for hanging utensils or towels.
Hang a door rack inside a cabinet door to maximize the space between the shelves and doors. On big doors, an over-the-door shoe rack even works to expand pantry function. It’s perfect for storing aluminum foil, plastic bags, etc.
Add a shelf where its needed for larger items.
Lighting is important in any kitchen and old fixtures can make the space feel dated. Under-cabinet lighting really helps brighten up workspaces. Some have super adhesive and just stick to the bottom of the cabinet-no screws required!
If you have space, fold up tables or rolling islands can be useful in a small kitchen. The key is making sure you have space to store it when not in use.
Of course, one of the most simple ways to create more space is to get rid of what you don’t need. Only keep appliances out that you use weekly. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bunch of clutter and nowhere to work.
Don’t worry. It won’t always be this way. Your dream kitchen is out there, I know it. But until you find it or can afford it, try these tricks for maximizing the space. And when you are ready… call me.. I’m ready to help you! (link to contact page)