In the last article, we talked about organizing storage in the kitchen, choosing furniture with additional tanks, and where to put equipment and utensils. However, the care of the hostess is not limited to this: it is necessary to decide how and where to place stocks of products and hide all sorts of trifles. Even the question of the location of the trash can causes a lot of controversies. So let’s try to figure it out.
Garbage storage system in the kitchen
Perhaps the biggest problem in the organization of kitchen space is where to put the trash. Often it is placed under the sink, but this approach can not be called hygienic. In this area, even with the most insulated pipes, there is high humidity.
Therefore, the garbage begins to prey, spreading bacteria into the air. This can only be avoided if you take out the trash can before each water is turned on or take care of buying a sealed tank that does not let moisture through.
However, if you have such a bucket, it is not necessary to hide it. You can put a garbage tank in any corner of the kitchen to not interfere with you. Sometimes headsets make a special compartment for a garbage can – it’s convenient and practical. However, we recommend not to place it directly near the stove – when heated, the garbage begins to emit not the most pleasant aroma.
In any case, whatever location of the bucket you choose, remember that the garbage must be taken out every day, even if it seems that “there is still a place” and “it is almost empty!”.
Storage system under the sink in the kitchen: hygiene issues
If you decide that the trash can has no place under the sink, you have additional storage space. But as a compartment for kitchen hygiene items, the cabinet under the sink fits perfectly. It should not be used for stocks of products or utensils – high humidity will not benefit them. There are a few general rules:
- If you want to install shelves under the sink, provide them with the ability to be removed. Even the highest quality pipes can not exclude the possibility of leakage. Therefore, you should be able to remove everything that is stored under the sink quickly.
- If you leave detergents there, make sure they are hermetically sealed. Otherwise, condensation or random drops of water can spoil the product.
- Always throw away those products that have expired – their use in the kitchen can be unsafe.
- Keep order: Do not store empty bottles.
- If the tool is sold in a bag, it is better to pour or pour it into a jar – it is much more convenient and ergonomic.
It is essential to ensure the moisture resistance of shelves for storing items under the sink. Use special adhesive tape to laminate the edges. It is inexpensive but will prevent deformation and swelling. In addition, you should not buy shelves or dividers made of chipboard – for all its advantages, the material deteriorates very quickly under the influence of moisture.
The internal doors of lockers also need protection. Aluminum will prevent its damage and prolong the life span for a long time. At the bottom of the cabinet, we recommend putting plastic or aluminum pallets to retain water during leakage and help organize space for storing detergents. Paste them with self-adhesive film or order a headset with plastic doors in an aluminum profile.
If you have a small kitchen, we recommend making a retractable shelf directly under the sink – it is suitable for storing sponges and scrapers. Usually, this space is not used, so you can assume that you will give yourself an extra square centimeter.
Some furniture companies now produce sinks with built-in dispensers. A modern idea! It’s comfortable and stylish. However, such a sink will not be cheap.
As for sponges and scrapers, the issue with their storage is one of the most difficult. Do not put sponges in shells! From this, they deteriorate and begin to emit an unpleasant aroma. In addition, this approach is simply unhygienic. Purchase a unique stand. It can be both suspended and in the form of an ordinary soap box, except that a little wider. Here focus on your convenience and aesthetic preference.
Textiles, such as towels and pots, also need an organized storage system. Never hang them next to the hob! Even natural fabrics deteriorate from constant exposure to heat. Synthetics can melt. You can allocate a special box for storing kitchen textiles, but the system of hanging hooks(rails)is much more effective. So you will always have at hand the necessary towel or grip.
Lifehack! Instead of countless, not too aesthetic rags for wiping surfaces, get a roll of paper towels. It’s much more hygienic and looks neater. In addition, you will save time on washing.
All sorts of little things: a package with packages, vessels, jars
Sooner or later, countless little things accumulate in any kitchen—packages for trips to the store and bags for breakfast, school, jars, boats. If you do not ensure the proper storage of such trifles, then your kitchen will be mired in chaos. So perhaps you should start with a mandatory representative of the post-Soviet space in any kitchen – a package with packages.
First of all, think about whether you need countless bags. A time when a plastic bag was a symbol of prestige is long in the past. So perhaps it’s time to join the trends – to buy a cotton eco-bag or even vodka.
If you’re not ready for such a radical change, consider how to store the packages. A shapeless bag takes up a lot of space – it’s not too convenient. Instead, use a mesh organizer – so the packages will take up much less space.
Alternatively, if you are fond of handmade, it can be replaced with knitting. Comfortable and stylish. Ideal for country-style kitchens. You can also use recycle bins. However, you will have to spend time carefully folding the bags in this case – otherwise, a lot will not fit even in the giant tank.
It is more difficult to solve the problem with the storage of cans. After conservation, empty containers are often left, throwing away, which is unnecessarily wasteful. It’s good if you can take them out on the balcony or mezzanine. If not, you will have to show imagination. Your task is to place them as ergonomically as possible. Use the principle of nesting dolls. If there are no free hidden shelves, place the jars on the windowsill, wrapping them with a cloth or corrugated paper. The temporary decoration is ready!
The situation is more straightforward with food containers. For example, do you have a collection of assorted boats? We recommend throwing them away and purchasing 1-2 sets. Such a set can often be folded one into one, significantly saving space in the kitchen.
In addition, the set looks much more aesthetically pleasing. But the lids (this, by the way, applies to the storage of covers from cans) it is better to store vertically. You can select one of the containers for this purpose and insert the bodies into it, as in a bookshelf.
Storage of food supplies in the kitchen
Any self-respecting hostess has a supply of products in the kitchen: preservation, spices, cereals, and other groceries. It is essential to organize the storage properly – and that it was convenient, and that it did not deteriorate. Let’s take a closer look at the ideas for storage.
The most challenging thing is with spices. First, with improper storage, they quickly lose their taste and aroma. Secondly, bags of herbs are tough to keep in order. No wonder there are plenty of ideas for storing spices.
One of the most convenient is a magnetic board with small jars. This option is ideal for a small kitchen, where you need to use as many vertical panels as possible. Such a board is easy to install on the refrigerator or attach to the wall.
In addition, you can buy or make your shelf for spices, and the seasonings themselves pour into suitable size containers. Another interesting method is a hanging bracket with hooks. In this case, spices can remain in the original packages (this method is not particularly recommended) or pour into zip bags.
Cereals, flour, and pasta are also not recommended to be left in factory bags. First, so they deteriorate faster under the influence of moisture and temperature changes. Secondly, they can start a food moth, which is very difficult to get rid of.
In addition, it is pretty tricky to place many packages ergonomically. First of all, remember that cereals, salt, flour, and other groceries should not be stored over the sink or stove. Moisture and constant heating will not have the best effect on their quality. Do not leave stocks in the refrigerator – they are damp there. The shelves of the refrigerated cabinet are usually already forced; why aggravate the situation? A good option is a sliding panel with several frames. Pour the groceries into suitable size jars and boxes.
Idea! If the tanks are opaque, we recommend that you sign them. This will make cooking much more accessible.
Square stable containers can be put in a cabinet one-on-one – if they are tough enough. If you prefer open shelves, pick up beautiful jars that will serve as an additional decoration.
By the way, conservation can also act as decor. To do this, you need to wrap the lids with paper and pull the braid. This décor is perfect for a kitchen in the style of country or Provence. Are you saving space? Hang the magnetic board already mentioned in the article to the bottom of the hanging cabinets. Fix jars with metal lids on them – now your stocks are entirely insight.
Important! For safety reasons, do not use glass jars.
The issue of storing vegetables and fruits must be solved depending on the recommendations for each product: some feel better in the refrigerator, some need warmth and dryness.
Greens are best left in a glass with a small amount of water – they will stay fresh longer. Pick up a beautiful vase and turn onions and parsley into an unusual bouquet. Wire or wicker baskets for vegetables look good – you can store potatoes, onions, and other root vegetables in them. Fix the panel on which you hang the baskets on the wall. So all the supplies will be insight and will serve as an additional decoration of your kitchen.
For the storage of vegetables and fruits, you can adapt and kitchen cabinets. You can also buy a unique rack for vegetables. Choose the sizes depending on your needs and kitchen area. However, if they are wooden, you will have to replace them with wire ones – the plants need a free flow of air.
Finally, vegetables and fruits can be stored in any old cabinet, prudently making it “windows” with wire mesh. These windows will allow air to circulate and you to see what is hidden inside each compartment.
It is also necessary to solve the issue of the storage of bread. It is not recommended to put it in the refrigerator – from this, it dries quickly and becomes fresh, “cotton.” On the other hand, if you have a microwave, you can slice the loaf and put it in the freezer – 2 minutes at 800 watts, and the baked goods seem to have just been brought from the bakery.
Are you using baskets to store kitchen utensils? If you decide to stop the choice on the bread pan, you need to decide where to put it. You can order a headset with a built-in niche for bread. It’s pretty expensive but convenient. Decorated in a similar style, bread baskets perfectly fit into the interior. A metal box is also well suited – the bread will stay fresh longer in it.
However, which option you would not choose, remember that bread pans can not be placed on the refrigerator and microwave – due to constant heating and condensation, bread quickly deteriorates. In addition, a plastic bread pan can melt all together.
We hope that our recommendations will help you organize convenient storage of everything you need in the kitchen!