If you can hardly see your kitchen counters for the toasters, coffee pots, jars of wooden spoons, racks of spices and stacks of cookbooks, it's time to de-clutter. You'll be amazed at how much larger and more inviting your kitchen will be once the counters are clear.
Start by pulling everything out of your drawers and cabinets. Discard or donate any items that you don't regularly use. Next, map out the most efficient location for each group of items. Then, maximize space with these storage solutions:
- Roll-out drawers and baskets -- There can be a lot of wasted space in the backs of cabinets. Maximize it by installing drawers and baskets that roll or pull out, making items you've tucked out of the way easily accessible.
- Tiered cabinet shelving -- Organize your pantry with tiered shelving that puts condiments and cans at your fingertips.
- Wall- or ceiling-mounted pot racks -- Pots and pans take up a ton of space. Pulling them out of the cabinets and hanging them from walls or ceilings will not only free up space, it will also give your kitchen the look of a true chef's space.
Now that you've selected a style, spiffed up your cabinets, painted your walls and uncluttered your counters, it's time to light your kitchen up. We explore budget kitchen lighting solutions next.