More often than not, you realise your kitchen is a little smaller than you want it to be after it’s completely constructed and everything is already in place—furniture, kitchen appliances, etc.
As an area where most of the daily activities unfold, you may find a small kitchen quite restricting; with it having less storage space, cluttered countertops, a poorly planned layout, or lack of furniture to socialise and entertain guests.
It may be nobody’s friend, but a small-kitchen problem doesn’t come without a solution; a good old decluttering is the first step to resolving it. In this article, discover how to declutter and the rest of the ways to make the most out of your small kitchen.
5 Steps to Declutter Your Small Kitchen
1. Get Rid of Items that Shouldn’t Be in the Kitchen
The first step to maximise your kitchen space is to get rid of the unnecessary and items that shouldn’t be in the kitchen countertop in the first place. Some of them are listed below:
- appliances that are rarely used
- cooking ingredients (spices, oils, and condiments)
- papers (magazines, newspapers, mails, and bills)
- fancy dinnerware
- cleaning products
- electronics; and
These items don’t necessarily have to be out of the kitchen. There are plenty of other places you can hide them in such as the cabinets, drawers or the cupboard under the sink, so they don’t become an eyesore. The same goes for decorative items that will merely collect dust over time.
Consequently, for items that you use less often, you can store them in boxes and put them away in a personal storage unit. We will discuss this further in the latter part of the article.
2. Add Storage
Another problem with a small kitchen is usually the lack of storage space. Where do you store your flatware, the silverware—and more importantly, the pot lids? Some clever storage solutions would be a kitchen cart, an open shelf, or a basket. They can stand in as additional storage without taking much of your kitchen space.
3. Maximise Open Wall Space
When thinking of adding more storage space in the kitchen, don’t forget the open walls and the space above your countertops and appliances, too. Consider installing a ceiling to floor storage in the narrowest area of your kitchen or adding a wall-mounted rack to hang your pots, pans, and other cookware. Remember that in the interest of limited kitchen space, it’s better to stack things upward than sprawling them all over your countertops.
4. Slim Down Furniture
If the budget allows, you might also want to reconsider your furniture choices and invest in pieces with clean lines and simple design. Ornate shapes and bulky details create a rather busy aesthetic. Think bar stools with long, tapered legs, sleek appliances, and perhaps a compact island that would fit in a small kitchen, giving it the illusion of space it badly needs.
5. Let the Light In
Sometimes, all it takes to create the illusion of a decluttered space is to get as much light in. A small kitchen without enough light can look rather tacky—hence the solution would be to brighten up the room with the balance of natural and artificial light. Use light-filtering curtains and install under cabinet lighting to better illuminate your working station.
More from Decluttering: What About the Items You Just Can’t Throw Away?
In the process of decluttering, you may find items that are either too expensive or too memorable to dispose of. Maybe it’s your first Kitchen Aid product, the bread toaster you received on your wedding, or other appliances that you haven’t used quite in a while but remain in good working condition: Thermomix®, oven, electric BBQ grill, waffle maker, blender, etc.
For these items, a storage unit may also come in handy as it will help keep your home as clutter-free as possible. The same goes for excess furniture items you can store in a storage facility instead of letting them make your kitchen feel cramped and small. The less décor you have out, the more streamlined this area will look.
You can always take them out of your storage rental whenever you need them or when you think a kitchen update seems to be in order.
Here at Mandarin Self Storage, we offer personal storage space rentals in Singapore that are charged on a month-to-month basis, with no deposits or reservation fees. We also provide value-added services such as complimentary use of forklifts, trolleys, and other equipment, among others.
Visit our website to learn more about why you should choose Mandarin Self Storage to be your storage service provider in Singapore.