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San Clemente Clutter Free Kitchen Concepts
Whether your planning a full scope kitchen renovation or planning an update to your existing kitchen, you should always start with a well thought out plan for your space, focusing primarily on organization and function. Most importantly we’re interested in a clutter free kitchen.
Keeping this in mind, there are several simple, cost effective improvements, that will make a world of difference, but, before determining the best use of your space and any specific needs that you may have, start by clearing out any items that will not be placed back into the kitchen after your project is complete.
Once you have discarded any unwanted items, make sure to measure and list any oversized or awkwardly shaped items that may require special storage consideration when your new kitchen layout is designed. If you are planning on professionally refacing and/or planning a do-it-yourself project, to add roll out shelves in your lower cabinets or pantry, then be sure to also measure any tall soup pots, or pantry items (i.e. cereal boxes, storage canisters, etc.), so that enough space is allotted to accommodate these items, before determining the number of roll outs and spacing of each will be appropriate.
The #1 complaint from homeowners when asked what they least like about their kitchen is insufficient countertop space. One way to maximize counter space is by installing the microwave under the counter. This type of microwave drawer is ideal for people who may have difficulty reaching a microwave that is installed above the cooktop, or those with mobility concerns.
If countertop space is available, but you prefer a clutter free Kitchen and don’t want to place your frequently used small appliances back in the cabinet after every use, a strategically located appliance garage is a great way to store these items out of sight, but within reach when needed. To make this storage idea even more convenient, I recommend you add a single gang 110 outlet inside the garage so that use will only require a simple one-step process for either pulling out your needed appliance for immediate use, or using it in place and closing the garage after use, especially if your desire is to quickly hide your cooking prep when guests arrive.
If countertop space is the #1 complaint of homeowners, then #2 is gaining easier access to the blind corners in their lower kitchen Cabinets. Pie-Cut rotating lazy Susan’s can be added to kitchens designed with open corner cabinets. For kitchens with narrow blind corners there are a few different styles of pull-out shelves and half-moon Susan’s offered, that will allow for easy access of this space when needed.
For improvements you can include with your new custom kitchen, cabinet reface, or any organizational project that you are looking to purchase and install yourself, without any tools. Consider custom, or off-the-shelf drawer inserts that keep cooking utensils, knives, and spices well-organized.
For those comfortable using a few basic tools, there is a wide variety of off-the-shelf cabinet convenience hardware that can be installed very easily. Storing dishes below the counter in a drawer is much more ergonomic than above the counter and also makes them more accessible for small children and those with physical disabilities. If drawer storage seems like a good fit for you, then consider installing a dish-drawer peg-board system. The pegs create a nest for your dishes so they don’t bump into each other as the drawer is closed.
If a new design of your kitchen allows for a single or double oven to be installed along a wall in your kitchen, leaving the space below a new or existing cooktop open, then, depending on your needs, we can add two or three tiered drawers, sized to your specification, or two equally sized, deep drawers can be added below the cooktop is also an ergonomic and easily accessible place to store your stacked pots and pans for easy reach while cooking.
Relatively new to the commonly requested list, are the organizational products that make the most of the unused space available under your kitchen sink. Most of these items will only require a few basic tools to install, but might be better suited for the “do-it-yourselfer” with a bit more confidence in this area, especially if they are being retrofitted to an existing cabinet that may not be able to accept some of the hardware options available without the homeowners ability to make a few modifications to the existing cabinets to accommodate them.
Paper towel dispensers, cutting board holders, and cleaning product racks, can be mounted to the inside of your doors, while roll-out shelves that are sized to fit around your existing plumbing can be installed to store a variety of kitchen and cleaning supplies, including a removable cleaning caddy that allows you to carry paper towels and cleaning supplies from room to room as you clean and then the entire unit can be placed back on to the roll-out shelf under your sink for easy access any time.
All of the above features and organizational options are available in a variety of materials and finishes to fit your budgetary needs. If interested, PDC Interiors can provide the fabrication of any custom features, on-the-shelf organizational materials, and installation in conjunction with any renovation or refacing project or we can assist in the selection of the items best suited for your purposes and order them for any of the D.I.Y. projects you are preparing to tackle.
And don’t forget…if at anytime during the planning of your project, you find you have more questions than answers, please feel free to contact us at our Anaheim Showroom and we should be able to answer in any way we can. We can discuss with you the features and benefits of the ideas listed above, which may be best suited for your needs, including any options not included on the list that may best address your storage concerns.