COOKING UP STORAGE FIXES
GET ORGANISED IN THE KITCHEN
THE kitchen is often the hardestworking room in the house, yet all too quickly it can become a dumping ground for unused appliances and out-of-date foodstuffs.
“Getting organised can fundamentally change how the space works, save you time and money and most importantly, puts you back in control in the kitchen,” Cathy Player, Howards Storage World’s organisation expert, says.
Here, Player shares her top tips for busting the clutter. STOP: “Don’t touch anything yet,” warns Player. Instead, take a look at how your kitchen works. “So often we sabotage ourselves by putting the pots and pans on the other side of the kitchen to the stovetop, or the plates away from the serving area,” she says. Creating kitchen “zones” will not only save you time and energy, but it’s safer as well – no more reaching over the stove to grab a mug. SORT: Pull everything out of the cupboard, group like things together (spices, breakfast supplies, cleaning products) and prioritise where they need to go. Items used every day should take up what Player calls the “Grade A real estate” – the easily accessible spaces at eye level and just below. Everything else can be stored in those harder-to-reach places. SOLVE: Get creative to eliminate any “air space” such as empty corners and backs of shelves with clever storage solutions. “Just by adding a few dividers to a drawer or some pull-out shelves to a cupboard, you can easily double the utility of a space,” Player says.
Hang out ... keep all your knick knacks off the bench and within easy reach on an Elfa utility peg board, $60, hsw.com.au.
Label your goodies and save yourself a timeconsuming guessing game with Scribe Blackboard canisters, freedom.com.au.