Tips for organising a compact kitchen

28 March 2016

Justin planned his small kitchen so he has everything he needs close to hand and friends are able to help themselves too. ‘The key is a mix of space-saving storage, considered organisation and good lighting,’ he says. Here, he shares his tips with us.

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ADD FLEXIBLE COUNTERSPACE

Think beyond the kitchen with a versatile shelf just outside. ‘One person can work while another cooks,’ says Justin. ‘I also use it to serve snacks for guests.’

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LIGHT UP YOUR WORK AREA

Add lights over the worktops you use most, with extra task lighting as needed. ‘The area next to the sink is where I do the most chopping,’ says Justin.

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STORE UTENSILS IN PLAIN SIGHT

Use wall-mounted storage to keep tools close and easy to find near cook and prep areas. ‘This way I save space, eliminating the need for drawers,’ says Justin.

‘Organisation is important in a kitchen. I’m happy that when friends visit they comment on how well ordered everything is’

Justin, artist, China

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HANG FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS

Keep frequent flavours to hand. ‘Being able to find essentials quickly saves time and makes cooking feel more spontaneous,’ adds Justin.

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DRAIN YOUR DISHES

Dedicate space to whatever makes your daily routines easier. ‘Having a drainer was important to me,’ says Justin. ‘I don’t like wasting time drying the dishes.’

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KEEP DINNERWARE IN THE OPEN

Make it easy for guests to set the table or prepare food with open storage. ‘In China the kitchen is usually a private space, but I want mine to be open,’ says Justin.

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‘I love to spend time in the kitchen. Even though the space is small, it’s an enjoyable place to be, whether I’m cooking or working’

Justin

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Photography: Lina Ikse
Styling: Ashlyn Gibson