Organizing after a Kitchen Remodel
By-Madeline Pillow (MPillow@MossBuildingandDesign.com)
So, you’ve finished your kitchen remodel. The floors are swept clean from dust and the cabinets have that crisp, new finish that makes you feel like one smudge of your finger will ruin it.
This is the time when you introduce yourself to your kitchen again even though your old friends. And as old friends, you may be more than ready to move all your items back inside. But before you do, drop that spatula and make sure you have a plan first.
Any home remodeling project, including a kitchen remodel, is the perfect time to de-clutter. And the kitchen is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to the non-essential items piling up.
Before putting anything back in your new kitchen, map out where everything should go, and consider the items below.
The kitchen junk drawer
The kitchen junk drawer is both famous and guilty in every household as both a useful and messy drawer. But give it a break—its name is the “junk” drawer after all. The problem with this drawer in the kitchen is that it takes up valuable real estate that could be used for better utility.
If you do want to keep the junk drawer, you need to narrow down its functions. Maybe you just need it to hold extra office supplies like notepads and pencils. Or maybe it should be used for household necessities like batteries.
When this space loses its purpose and becomes a catch-all for everything from hair ties to loose change, it’s time to give the drawer a higher kitchen purpose.
When remodeling, as with any time you have a major cleaning overhaul, you will find that it’s a great time to reevaluate the stuff you have accumulated over the years. You may discover that you have duplicates of many items such as plate sets, place mats or centerpiece vases.
One thing you don’t want is for your kitchen to turn into a storage place for rarely used items. It should be a space of utility and function—after all, it sees the most traffic in your house.
So consider donating unused plate sets or find someone who may have some immediate use for it. You can also find spaces in your kitchen that see less traffic, such as hard to reach shelves or back corners of cabinets if there are items you would like to keep.
One function appliances
Finally, in your kitchen, you may find many one-purpose kitchen appliances are taking up too much space. Appliances that fit this definition are rice cookers, popcorn makers or even toasters.
If you find that you do use your rice cooker often, having this appliance take up the space might be worth it. Otherwise it would be easier to find an alternative that can serve a number of functions like trading out a toaster for a toaster oven. You can even check out some of the new multi-cooking appliances like steam ovens that can be your steamer, rice cooker and oven all in one.
Any kind of remodel is an experience that will ultimately give you an updated space with more usability. Be sure to take advantage of your new space, especially a kitchen remodel, by having an organizational plan of attack that may include some of the tips above!
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