Month: August 2018

Creating Space, Kitchen Organizing Ideas

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When you begin thinking about the kitchen of your dreams, Kitchen Organizing should be at the top of your list. One of the best things to do first is inventory everything already in your cabinets, drawers and pantry, on your countertops and elsewhere in the kitchen. It’s a good idea even if you’re not planning to remodel. Consider your cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools, storage containers, cutlery, knives, utensils, gadgets and countertop appliances and estimate frequency of use. Items that you never use should be tossed or donated. Items that you use infrequently or even as little as once a year (the large roasting pan for Thanksgiving turkey) can be relegated to upper cabinets or to other rooms in your home to open up the most accessible places for the utensils and equipment that you use most frequently.

Inventorying your kitchen every two to three years is a sure bet to make your kitchen more functional and enjoyable to use. Here are some tips that may help:

Glassware and Mugs

Do you have too many glasses in your kitchen? How often to you drink champagne – do you really need to store a dozen or half dozen flutes in the kitchen? Apply the same logic to coffee mugs. How many do you have in your kitchen, and how many do you really need?

You can create space by paring down the glassware and mugs that you store in your kitchen to those that you use on a weekly basis. Perhaps you can donate those that you don’t need and then store the others in another room of the house so that you can retrieve them for family affairs, dinner parties and when guests come to visit.

Dish Towels and Pot Holders

You need just one set of silicone potholders, and when it comes to dish towels, seven is the magic number. Getting rid of the dish towels and potholders you don’t need will create new space that can be repurposed.

Cabinets

Installing pull out drawers in cabinets is not difficult and can improve the functionality of your kitchen significantly by maximizing space for storage containers and food products. It also helps prevent items that are at placed in the back of a drawer from being forgotten. If space is at a premium, consider hanging rails to store commonly used utensils, knives, pots, pans and even potted herbs. Alternatively, determine if your kitchen can accommodate a wall or ceiling-mounted pot rack. Open shelving can also be a space saver and a venue for pots, pans, small appliances and other kitchen equipment.

Pantry and Refrigerator
Create space by using clear plastic containers and large mason jars to store dry goods such as pasta, rice and beans.

Drawers

There are great organizational dividers made for almost any type and size of drawer.

Countertops

Many kitchens’ effectiveness is compromised by having too many items on the countertop. It may make sense to store small appliances such as toasters and coffee makers on the countertop, but if you have a sandwich press or waffle iron another venue most likely is a better option. If you have limited drawer space, consider storing the utensils you use most often, such as spatulas, slotted and wooden spoons, ladles, etc., vertically in a canister.

There are numerous options available to help you better organize and enjoy your kitchen. If you are interested in taking advantage of the best kitchen organizational tools and strategies, give us a call at 630-214-9775 or visit our showroom at 2422 West Main St. Saint Charles, IL 60175.

Designing Your Kitchen, Consider Users and Intended Uses.

White Kitchen

Off white traditional Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When designing or redesigning your kitchen, it’s important to consider who will be using the space and for what purposes. Many of our clients want to make their new kitchens child friendly. For clients with younger children who will be active users of the kitchen we often recommend the following:

  • More storage below counter height
  • Pull out drawers inside of base cabinets
  • Undercounter refrigerators and beverage centers
  • Undercounter drawer microwave
  • Accessible pantries
  • Islands that double as places for homework or a separate island that is out of the way from cooking
  • Racks for dishes
  • Breakfast areas
  • Outlet charging stations in base cabinet drawers
  • Space to store small appliances under countertops such as toasters, blenders and other portable appliances
  • Touch open cabinets and drawers
  • Soft close drawers and cabinets
  • Seating with washable fabrics
  • Extra wide countertops because we know kids will often climb on the countertop
  • Countertops without or minimal overhangs because overhangs make it difficult for smaller children to reach the surface
  • Designated play areas in or off the kitchen (space permitting)
  • A separate dining area and table just for kids
  • Built-in shelves to store games, art supplies, books and other kid-centric items
  • Separate dishes, cutlery and cookware just for kids

Many of the recommendations we make with children in mind will work equally as well for adults. Plus, improving your kitchen provides the highest return on investment when you sell your home compared to other upgrades, according to a 2017 National Association of Realtors survey. Almost 50 percent of survey respondents said the primary reason for renovating their kitchen was improved functionality. Nine in 10 survey respondents said that their kitchen renovation made them happier in their home. That’s priceless.

If you would like to discuss how to make your kitchen remodel more child oriented, please give us a call at 630-214-9775 or visit our showroom at 2422 West Main St. Saint Charles, IL 60175.