There’s almost nothing worse than walking into a cluttered kitchen.
Kitchens are considered the heart of a home and since they are used so often, especially in bigger households, it’s hard not to allow your kitchen to fill up with clutter. Appliances, utensils, food and other items can easily become out of hand, creating a room that you no longer have the desire to be in.
There are plenty of ways in which you can design your kitchen smarter so that cutter is less of a concern. A kitchen must remain functional, organized and practical to really keep clean.
One of the most common mistakes is designing a kitchen with too little of storage space. This includes the lack of cabinets, drawers, shelving units, and places for food storage, but that’s not where kitchen clutter issues stop. If you’re looking to redesign your kitchen to better inspire a clean, open space, read our advice on how you can successfully achieve those goals.
Tips and Advice for a Functional and Clean Kitchen Design
- Add practical furniture. This means that adding furniture that serves a purpose and that allows for added storage space. Things like kitchen table benches with built-in storage, or decorative vases that can house larger utensils are great additions.
- Make sure that you have an adequate amount of counter space. Keep in mind that the counter quickly fills up with kitchen appliances and electronics. You will need clear counter space so that you can prepare meals.
- The kitchen should be well lit (this includes natural lighting as well!). Even cabinets and pantries should have lights in order to see and fully use the kitchen even in the evening and nighttime hours.
- Have places that encourage ventilation. Whether you add fans or have plenty of windows, ventilation in a kitchen is key. Having enough ventilation will prolong the cleanliness of your kitchen as well as the appliances.
- Consider having double sinks installed in the kitchen. This will allow you to fill the sink with dishes instead of the counter space. Dishwashers and garbage disposals are also desirable and are gratefully helpful additions in keeping the kitchen uncluttered.
- Have a place to store brooms, mops and garbage. This will keep them from being in plain view and allowing the kitchen to appear less unkempt.
- Install a standalone or fixed kitchen island. This adds to your counter space. Most islands also feature extra drawers and cabinets for storage.
There are so many ways to encourage a clean and clutter free kitchen in your home. Take advantage of all that there is available and design a user friendly, smart kitchen that will make it easier to keep clean no matter how much it is used.