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How To Organise Your Kitchen

Having a tidy and organised kitchen doesn't just improve the efficiency of your cooking process; it also makes your workspace a much nicer place to spend time in. You don't have to redesign the whole room to achieve order, either; making the most of empty space and creating some storage solutions to hide clutter in is all you need for a simple, stylish kitchen.

Re-plan your kitchen zones

Step 1: Re-plan your kitchen zones

There's a popular school of thought around kitchen design and organisation which states that you should have three distinct kitchen "zones": food preparation, cooking and cleaning. Make sure you have a space for each - an uncluttered counter top for food prep, an empty sink for cleaning up, and a clear space around the oven for cooking. Generally speaking you want to make sure you have the right tools in reach of the right zone:

Food preparation: You're likely to need knives, peelers, graters and chopping boards, so make sure these are all within easy reach of your food prep area. Try to keep things like spices or small appliances out of the way - except, of course, a food processor, which is ideal in this space.

Cooking: The kitchen needn't be empty to be organised; in actual fact, you'll be more efficient if you keep your most-used cooking ingredients close by, such as olive oil, salt and pepper, as well as cooking utensils like wooden spoons. The units around the oven should be the ones to hold pots and pans, so that you can get to them easily.

Cleaning: It's all too easy to let sinks become cluttered with cleaning equipment and dirty crockery, so make sure you have a designated space next to the sink that isn't also used for storage, to make clean-up quick and painless.

Re-think your storage

Step 2: Re-think your storage

Most kitchens have a certain amount of dead space, which can be utilised with a few innovative measures put in place. Corners and high spaces aren't the most convenient areas, but they are ideal for storing things you rarely use - making more room for the things you do.

Interior fittings: Certain storage fittings can be fixed to the inside of your cabinetry for example, fold-out corner shelving, which allows you to keep store cupboard items tucked away but maintain easy access when you need them. Pull-out shelves can be slotted inside spaces between cupboards and appliances, while plinth drawers underneath the oven are the ideal location for baking trays, as the heat from the oven will keep them nice and warm for when you need them. Mount baskets or hooks on the inside of cupboards to maximise your use of the space, as these can be used to hold things like cup measures and peelers if your drawers are starting to fill up.

Food and Cooking: You need to find a way to make your storage work for you, and if you're an avid cook this may mean some drastic changes in the way you keep your ingredients. A good spice rack is essential; you could easily fill a whole shelf with a comprehensive spice collection, so instead make sure they're tidied away on their own shelf, where they can't get muddled up. Similarly, ensure your dining utensils are stored properly; if you have the space, keeping your plates in plate holders inside a plinth drawer is an easier option than piling them up in a cabinet, and cutlery is easier to organise when you have an adjustable storage tray for your collection.

Keep it together

Step 3: Keep it together

The best way to ensure you keep your kitchen tidy is to keep similar items in the same place. If you love baking, store your flours, sugars, cup measures and scales in one cupboard - preferably near your prep counter, to prevent flour from being spread across the kitchen. Similarly, use a lazy Susan to keep breakfast things such as butter and jam, so that in the morning you only need transport the whole thing to the dining table and back - saving you from a search through the cupboards every day.