Do you like to start your day with a clutter free kitchen? Why does mess lead to so much stress?
Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Yet, rarely is clutter recognised as a significant source of stress in our lives
- Clutter bombards our minds with excessive visual stimuli, causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.
- Clutter makes it difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
- Clutter constantly sends a message to our brains that our work is never done.
- Clutter makes us anxious because we’re never sure what it’s going to take to get through the pile of work facing us.
- Clutter creates feelings of guilt (“I should be more organised”) and embarrassment, especially when family or friends unexpectedly drop by to say hi.
- Clutter frustrates us by preventing us from finding the things what we need quickly
But a clear home creates a clear mind, so today we’re sharing some pearls of wisdom as to how to keep your kitchen clutter free. Kitchens work best when they work well, and it’s not only about just positioning your fridge, oven and sink.
Kitchen accessories are available in a multitude of styles for you to take full advantage of in your kitchen design and the cabinet interiors.
Kitchen accessories and storage units
Pull Out Larders are always a favourite and these can be installed in 300mm to 600mm wide larder units and 1245 to 2100mm high units. You can access the shelving from either side, which makes them doubly convenient (as long as you don’t position one too close to a wall).
Kitchen accessories that make full use of the corners can make a big difference especially in a smaller kitchen.
Magic corners are corner storage units designed to fit into standard corner base units and eliminate the wasted storage space left in the corner.
The Mondo corner carousel is not only a very attractive design feature. This rotating storage system makes maximum use of the dead space in corners. The door forms part of the system and when it is pushed it rotates with the carousel through 360 degrees providing easy access to goods stored on the internal shelves. A hardwood corner worktop also is a useful item as a chopping board. As if by magic, you have room for two or three times more than you’d have squeezed in otherwise. For cupboards on a straight run, pull and swing shelving hugely increases your under counter storage space.
Kitchen accessories that provide good quality storage are available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit most needs. The common feature is that these also provide access to goods hidden in the corner of units.
Pull-out under counter solutions
If you need somewhere for your wine, spices, vegetables, cleaning products or pet food? An under counter pull-out system can be the solution you’re looking for.
Pull out baskets
Pull out baskets are useful kitchen accessories that make for improved storage of crockery and groceries. They are available in a variety of styles and sizes to make easier access to smaller goods stored in base units.
Wicker Baskets are an ideal way to store vegetables. The airflow provided by the construction keeps them fresh.
These can be installed in open kitchen units.
Pull out tables, ironing boards and mixer lifts can be hidden behind kitchen drawer fronts and require minimal space, yet solve a practical problem.
Beautiful kitchens shouldn’t be spoiled by unsightly bins corralled in a corner. Pull out Waste Bins are essential in kitchens and are available in a variety of capacities. Multiple bins are a convenient way of separating different types of waste for recycling.
Midway rail systems
Midway rail systems are designed to be fitted between the wall units and the worktops. They make practical use of this space and can be used for storing products in everyday use.
These decorative kitchen accessories are known as the Highline feature system and is based around a sturdy pole that fits between the worktops or floor and the ceiling or it can be supported from the wall. There is a full range of shelves, baskets, glass holders, lighting and tabletops.
A range of ceiling hanging racks, chairs, Chefs trolleys, glass shelves, bar supports and table legs, in fact a very comprehensive accessories collection to finish off your dream kitchen.
Kitchen lighting is more than just an accessory. It is essential and should be plentiful, it can be fitted into or under cupboards, which is ideal, as it will reduce shadows, and you can locate lights where they are needed.
Slimline fluorescent lights are ideal for under kitchen wall lighting as they don’t build up heat and accidental brushing against them shouldn’t result in a burn. The light covers a wide area and is directed to the worktop providing light directly where you are working. They come with inter-connectors for connecting in a row.
The Slim downlighter serves the same purpose as the above and is a low voltage light.
The Pyramid light also fits under wall units and is ideal when you are not fitting light pelmet.
The Giove and Class cornice lights provide light that shines down from the top of the wall units and can be used to highlight features and the unit doors.
There’s a range of low voltage surface mounted and recessed lights that can be used for internal lights in glass units and for window, island or table flyover shelves.
Kitchen Door Handles
Whether you want to make a bold statement or would prefer to add character to your kitchen our collection of kitchen door handles is bound to provide the solution.
Other useful tips
1. Cookbooks are fine on open shelves, so long as they’re not exposed to humidity and grease from the fridge or oven.
2. Arrange your kitchenware by frequency of use, with everyday dishes on an easy-to-reach lower shelf and special-occasion pieces up above.
3. Group objects by purpose and assign them to specific cupboards
4. Create a cooking zone around the oven, storing pots and pans as close to the oven as possible.
5. Keep plastic bags and foil together in a drawer near the refrigerator
6. Place Tupper ware and their lids within the same drawer to keep them together.
7. Drawer organisers keep cutlery neatly separated
8. Keep open shelves uncluttered by stashing items in airy rattan baskets.
9. Organise your shelves as you would a library, with food items grouped by category