A kitchen can run smoothly only when there is a lot of planning and organization. We all want a neat and tidy kitchen that smells like heaven. But it has become difficult to keep up the neatness we crave with the growing needs and pressures. Where to store the extra utensils or keep the new grill? How to have the kitchen smell fresh always? These questions are an everyday plague for almost every household.
So we at HomeTriangle decided to come up with the solutions for the 5 biggest and most common problems faced in the kitchen so that you don’t have to go searching for how to solve any of these problems. Read on to learn more about how to solve these problems.
1. Lack of Space
One of the biggest problems faced in the kitchen is the lack of space as most of us already have kitchens that are full. If you think there is no more counter space to be added, fret not because there is always scope for maximizing the use of what’s already available.
- Pull-outs and Built-ins
You can choose modular units available in a variety of sizes according to the size of your kitchen. A pull-out cutting board can become the solution if you have limited preparation space. Sleek built-in appliances are not just incredible to look at but also makes the maintenance easy and increases the available space in the kitchen compared to large, standalone appliances.
- A Kitchen Island or a Multi-Purpose Unit
Installing an island counter if your kitchen area permits can add a large amount of storage area beneath the countertop and double up as a dining table for mealtimes in open kitchen layouts. Kitchen islands are a brilliant addition even in traditional kitchens. A narrow counter as an extension to your existing counter can maximize both counter space and storage space below. This can also work if there is not enough space for a kitchen island.
2. Too Much Clutter
Every kitchen has the capacity to be cluttered and clutter-free. Everything about that depends on the way you organize it. Here are 2 ways easy steps to have a systematically well-organized kitchen.
- Get a Trolley
A majority of the big and little items that usually fill the counter area can be accommodated on a small portable table or a trolley. Cooking essentials can be stored on it and you can move it around depending on your needs.
- A Pantry
Let me tell you this, you can’t find a better option to organize your kitchen than a pantry. You can buy a tall modular unit and arrange it for your need or you can customize a multi-utility cabinet or a full wall cabinet to store a variety of things in an orderly fashion. You can store almost anything from glassware to packaged food. As I said, it’s all about how well you organize.
3. Lack of Storage
Another common problem faced in the kitchen is the lack of storage. But always remember, cupboards, drawers, and cabinets are not the only space you can store goods.
- Backsplash Walls
You can use magnets, rods, or pegs on the space between the counter and overhead cabinets to efficiently suspend and store ladles, spatulas, tongs, knives, etc, or smaller utensils. You can also fit small shelves to store spices and ingredients that are often used. A long open shelf (maximum 7 inches high) can also be fitted to run along the bottom of the overhead cabinets to store things that come in handy all the time.
- Overhead Cabinets
Extending or adding new cabinets overhead is a good way to clear up the “work zone” and use them for storing the extra and less-used utensils and appliances. The space above the fridge can also be used to install cabinets like this.
- Cabinet Doors
A good storage option that is overlooked 9 times out of 10 is the doors of storage cabinets. Small shelves attached to the insides of the doors of cabinets and cupboards can be used to store the little things that usually get lost in the mix. Though fixed shelves are best in this case, pegs and rods would also do the trick.
4. That Nasty Odor
Sometimes, our kitchen does end up smelling unpleasant. The reasons could be the vestiges from the oil from last night’s dinner, the moisture in the sink, or the trash that is causing a stench that still lingers in the air. Follow the two-step process below to get rid of the odor from your kitchen.
- Eliminate the Cause
Ensure that the kitchen is well ventilated and clean the insides of the appliances and the countertops thoroughly. Any traces of spices and hidden decomposing waste materials can be smelly. Keep baking soda, charcoal, or coffee grounds out in open boxes around the kitchen as they are great at absorbing odors. Sprinkling baking soda in the sink can help get rid of the ‘wet’ smell in the kitchen. Vinegar can help get rid of the smell of smoke or burnt food.
- Bring in Fresh Fragrances
Once you have removed the bad odors from the kitchen, it is time for you to bring in some fresh fragrances. There are a variety of essential oils available in the market. A few drops of essential oil in a solution of vinegar and water can be used to wipe the kitchen counters daily. You can also spray them in the kitchen from time to time.
Other than essential oils, a few drops of lemon juice will also do the trick. This will not only keep the flies away but also leave your kitchen smelling fresh and lemony. Potpourri, reed diffusers, and scented candles are best for slow but long-term effects.
5. Pest Infestation
Are flies and ants terrorizing your kitchen? Don’t worry, everybody has faced this problem at least once in their lives. Lighting camphor regularly can help get rid of flies and mosquitoes. Plants such as basil, lemon thyme, lavender, mint, etc can not only be used for cooking but also have insect-repelling properties and they are indoor plants to an extend.
But if there’s a considerable amount of infestation, you should consider a professional pest control service. HomeTriangle offers the best pest control service in the country. We have partnered with the best skilled, trained, and experienced professionals offering reliable and long-lasting pest control services. Call us on 76 76 000 100 to book a pest control service.