4 Simple Ways to Prep Your Kitchen for the New Year

The kitchen is a place where dreams come true and grumbling tummies meet their final destination of joy and hearty goodness. Outside of the culinary masterpieces that are created in this divine room of the household, it’s the one room where organization typically goes to die.

Luckily for you, the new year is right around the corner, and we’ve got some hacks and ideas to clear up your space and welcome a new year of new recipes to share with loved ones. After all, organization is key to ensure there’s nothing in your way of a good meal and a good time.

1. Make Room for Spices

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We all have a spice cabinet in our homes, and if you’re like us, it probably looks pretty ugly right about now. With the constant usage of various spices, and the age-old tale of duplicates, this cabinet falls victim to nearly immediate disorganization after cooking or baking one meal.

To ensure your cabinet stays organized and manageable (you know, where you can reach spices without having to take 50 of them out), utilize cabinet racks and stands from your local grocer, or even places such as the container store, to maintain its organization.

2. Free Up Counter Space

Much room is wasted in the kitchen by countertop essentials, such as drying racks, cutting boards, pans and utensils. Clutter can make any room feel unwelcoming, and the last place you want to fear is your own kitchen!

Solve this faux-pas by taking advantage of over-the-sink cutting boards and drying racks, overhead racks for pots and pans, and wall-mounted mason jars for utensils. This gives you the freedom and liberty to utilize every last inch of counter space to cook up and serve every ounce of carefully crafted love, i.e. food, for friends and family.

3. Add Secret Storage

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Ever wonder what to do with those pesky false-drawers and cabinets in your kitchen, generally under the sink? Revamp the space by adding tip-out trays for additional storage. 

Here is a DIY tutorial with instructions on exactly how to open a false-drawer, and how to install hinges and trays to make these useable and up to par for your kitchen standards.

4. Add an Island

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No, not a physical island that’s in the Caribbean, though that would make for one heck of a kitchen. Say you’re working with a 900-square-foot apartment and a microscopic space that is, for some reason, labelled a kitchen. Or maybe you just need a little extra wiggle room when it comes to working your culinary magic.

Whatever your specific case may be, moveable islands are a great fix to small space or an awkward layout. Whether it be on wheels or a customized one that extends your original counters is up to you, but there’s no denying this is a key way to start off your new year on the right (and organized) foot.

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