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Space-Saving Tips for Your Small Kitchen

In your home, it is in the kitchen where most of the wonders happen. In a way, it is like the heart of your dwelling, serving as a place where you prepare meals for your family with tender loving care. There is always the constant desire to pretty up your kitchen, choosing elegant and tasteful fixtures like quartz tiles, decorating with flowers, artwork and other things that will add color. Chances are, though, that your kitchen may be a little bit too cramped, and the frills of having a beautiful kitchen to prepare delightful meals have been dampened, along with your spirits. Fear not, for no kitchen is impossible to remodel or shake around to come up with some more space.

1. Go for smaller-sized appliances.

Appliances are usually the bigger dwellers of our kitchens, and we tend to think that we are forced to live with them and their bulkiness. One thing to consider when buying appliances is to gun for the smaller models. Take note of the measurements of your current kitchen space and find the appliances that will fit best.

2. Maximize your cabinet space.

Storing things in your available cabinets is never as simple as fitting a square peg in a square hole. Oftentimes, cabinet space is not entirely maximized because it isn’t very easy to stack things up in a way that each square inch is filled.

To ensure that you efficiently get to use your cabinets, explore the possibilities of installing extra shelves or rods inside. If not, you can purchase stackable baskets and wire racks to create several layers inside your cabinets.

3. Utilize your wall space.

Hooks and racks can do wonders for your kitchen, not just because they give easy access to the items you use often, such as pots, pans and cooking utensils. Storing your things using hooks is also a great way to effectively use every available surface. The great thing about using hooks and racks is that you can install them on any surface, whether on your backsplash made of quartz tiles, or simply on your concrete wall.

4. Avoid round containers.

It is usually very difficult to store and stack round food keepers. For practical reasons, and to really save on every inch of space available, it is always best to invest in square or rectangular containers.

5. Think vertical.

If you’ve been focusing too much on squeezing more items into your overflowing counter, shelves and drawers, it is highly possible that you have missed out on another option: vertical space. Perhaps you are at a point where the quartz tiles on your counter don’t get much cleaning because you’ve been storing some items on it permanently, or your drawers house unrelated items already. Sometimes, we tend to stick to the space that we can easily reach, and so we forget that most of the surfaces on the higher parts of our kitchen walls may actually be converted into storage space.

To truly maximize every single usable inch of space in your kitchen, you can consider installing overhead cabinets and higher shelves. If you’re worried about having a hard time accessing the things you store in those areas, the best strategy would be to restrict those storage spaces for items that you do not need very often.

When it all comes down to it, space-saving is truly just two things—keeping everything neat and organized, and creatively putting to use every area of your kitchen. Keeping these tips in mind and coupling them with a regular schedule of general kitchen upkeep, you won’t need to worry about finding space in your kitchen, no matter the size!

Author Bio:

Aubrey Madrona is a Social Media Specialist. She loves Music and spends a lot of her time playing piano and reading. She’s currently building her reputation as an online writer of Marble Mosaics Blog.

Home Remodeling Mistake #1 : Design Exceeds Budget

Do not make design decisions before you know whether they will fit your budget.  This often leads to unnecessary and unhappy surprises.  These surprises can be avoided if you have the necessary information and do the proper planning in the beginning stages of the design.

Be honest and open with your designer / contractor.  Make sure they know your goals for your remodel, from budgetary goals to lifestyle goals to aesthetic goals.  For example, let them know which rooms are the most important to you.  If the kitchen is of central importance and you have chosen very expensive countertops, then your contractor may advise you on the bathroom cabinetry that is less expensive, so you can stay within your budget.

Finally, when you make changes, ALWAYS ask how the change will specifically affect the budget – before the changes are mad.e  Don’t wait for the surprise.