There are so many choices to consider when remodeling a kitchen, like where to put the sink and what types of countertops do we want to get? But, some practical choices need to be made as well.
Before making a final decision on your new kitchen’s layout and what to put in it, you need to take inventory of the items you will be storing in your new and improved space. Doing this will help you determine what types of cabinets or other storage solutions to have installed.
To make it easier for you, we broke down some of the different ways to sort through your kitchen belongings to determine your storage needs.
This may sound silly, but take a couple of days to really pay attention to what you use on a daily basis in your kitchen. You will likely be amazed at how much you use. Here are some examples of items you probably use every day:
- Pots & pans
- Spices, cooking oils, etc.
- Small appliances like a coffee maker or a toaster
Since you use these items every day, you will want them to be easily accessible. One way to easily get to these items, especially the more heavy items like pots and pans, would be installing pull-out drawers on your lower cabinets.
You’ll also need to consider storage for the items you only use every once in a while.
This could include items like:
- Baking equipment (unless you bake every day)
- Other small appliances (crockpot, mixer, food processor)
- Outdoor dishes
You don’t want these items to be completely hidden away, but they also don’t need to be super easy to access. These could be placed in floor-to-ceiling cabinets, which have tons of space for all of the items you only use now and then.
Special Occasion Items
Are you someone who can’t help but purchase seasonal serving dishes? While they are so much fun and add a special touch of festiveness to a holiday dinner, it can be a challenge to figure out where to put these items.
If you have a set of fine china that you only use on special occasions, it would be wise to either store them away in a safe spot to avoid any pieces getting broken. This could be in your upper cabinet spaces or even in the corner of your pantry. We could also display them in glass-fronted cabinets to be more like a decorative item.
As far as holiday serving ware goes, you probably don’t want to use them as decorative pieces, so we suggest putting them down below in your lower cabinet spaces.
While looking through your kitchen’s belongings, you may have been surprised to find how many items never get used. Maybe you’ve inherited decorative glassware from your great-grandmother, or perhaps you took to collecting coffee mugs while on vacation. You can’t get rid of these items, but you now realize they take up a lot of space. What should you do?
The kitchen does not have to solely be a place of functionality. We can include some cabinets with glass doors or even an entire china cabinet to display these items.
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