How To Cope With A Tiny Kitchen

How To Cope With A Tiny Kitchen

A small kitchen has its perks – having everything in arm’s reach can make cooking easier. However, you could find that it’s impossible for multiple people to use the kitchen and that you’re constantly running out of space to store food and cooking apparatus.

Extending your kitchen might be an option if you own your home and have the available land. However, even those with the ability to do this may find it too expensive. Learning to make do with the space you’ve got may be the only option. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can maximize the space in a tiny kitchen to make it more practical.

Sort through your shelves and cupboards

We all have stuff in our kitchen cupboards that we don’t need. Getting rid of this clutter could help to free up space for more genuine essentials. Sort though your food first – make it your mission to use any unopened cans of food (or take them to the food bank). Then consider selling or donating any appliances that you never use such as toasties machines or pasta makers.

After this clutter is gone, take the time to reorganize all your kitchen belongings. Try to find the most space-efficient ways to store things such as stacking cans.

Use space-saving appliances

You may be able to further free up space by choosing specific space-saving appliances.

For instance, a fridge-freezer could be a better option to having a separate refrigerator and freezer. There are many slim but tall models that can be great in a small kitchen.

A more radical option could be to do away with your oven and consider counter top appliances. An air fryer could be an option – you can cook everything from roast chicken to frozen fries in an air fryer. By removing your oven, you could free up a huge amount of extra space for storage.

Make use of empty walls

If you have any empty walls in your kitchen, consider ways in which you could convert these into extra storage.

You could try building shelves on empty walls for storing containers of food or utensils. Alternatively, if you have an empty wall above a sink, you could build metal racks for draining plates and cutlery, reducing the need for a draining board at the side of the sink.

You could also look into magnetic strips for hanging knives – this could eliminate the need for a wood block, which could be taking up counter top space. Hooks on walls for hanging utensils could be another option.

Buy kitchenware that stacks

Being able to stack things can save space. While most sets of bowls and plates are stack-able, you may also be able to look into other kitchenware such as stack-able pans. It’s even possible to buy stack-able coffee mugs and even stackable wine glasses.

How To Make Your Garage Absolutely Rock

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Garages aren’t the sexiest part of the house – not by a long shot. But they are incredibly practical and, often large, meaning that they have potential. Your garage doesn’t need to be a dumping ground for anything and everything that can’t fit in your home. It can be an incredible room in its own right with the right approach. Here’s how to make your garage absolutely rock. 


Turn It Into A Work space


If you work from home, you often want to separate your working and living areas from each other. It helps get you in the mood for the day ahead and prevents you from getting distracted by other people, including your kids running around. 


Transforming your garage into a veritable work space is easier than you might think. You already have the basics, such as electrical outlet – it’s just a matter of fitting it out with office equipment, and away you go. 


If your garage is a bit bare, then you might want to cover the floor in a rug, add some extra lighting options and fit some windows if you don’t have any already. But aside from that, there’s comparatively little work you need to do. 


Sort Out The Door


Garage doors are notoriously unreliable contraptions, famous for their propensity to break down, just when you need them the most. If yours is giving you hassle,  then find someone who offers garage door repair and sort out the problem. You’d be amazed at just how much of a difference fixing your old door can make to your quality of life. 


Make Space For A Craft Room


In many ways, garages are perfectly set up for craft rooms. They already have all the storage you need for your equipment, plus it doesn’t matter if you spill things on the floor – clean up in easy. On top of that, they also offer ample space, preventing you from having to take over a spare bedroom that you might want to use for guests. 


Dress The Walls


People often view garages as purely functional spaces. But even if they are, that doesn’t mean that design has to be absent. There are all kinds of examples of trendy workshops out there on the internet which beautifully combine both form and function. 


Dressing the walls is a cost-effective and straightforward way to give your garage a boost immediately. You can transform even the dullest of walls into something that will make you want to spend more time there. 


Add Storage Solutions


If you’re like most people, your garage is something of a dumping ground for all the stuff that is too big or awkward to fit in other parts of your home. 


Adding storage solutions, therefore, can help a great deal. Here you choose a wall of your garage and install full floor-to-ceiling cabinets for storing long objects, such as brooms and mops. You can also use it for kids’ stuff, like prams and buggies, getting them out of the way when you don’t need them.