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Little kitchen storage ideas with a big impact

Blogger and food writer Yvonne spends most of her time in the kitchen of her Belgian home. ‘I have a place for everything,’ she says. ‘I can’t relax unless my kitchen is organised!’ Here are a few of her kitchen storage ideas that might work in your home too...

A kitchen and large kitchen island with metal counter and white, wooden frame.
A kitchen and large kitchen island with metal counter and white, wooden frame.
A display cabinet with jars and kitchenware.

Use jars
Yvonne likes to keep everyday ingredients in glass jars so she can see exactly what she has. ‘I cook and bake a lot,’ says Yvonne. ‘Keeping my jars in one place means I can quickly grab what I need.’

A drawer in a cabinet containing table linen.

Theme cupboards

Make sure you can find what you want by allocating things to their own cupboard or shelf. Store the same kind of things together, close to where you want to use them – pots near the hob, tea towels near the sink. ‘A kitchen is like a recipe,’ says Yvonne. ‘It has to have a certain logic for it to work.’

A cupboard with sliding shelves containing pantry items.

Maximise space

A pull-out pantry is the perfect way to organise store cupboard essentials. ‘Adding a cupboard pantry means I don’t waste any space,’ says Yvonne. ‘I was able to fix the shelves at the perfect height for whatever I planned to store in them, and having drawers I can pull out means nothing stays hidden and unused at the back.’

A drawer full of jam jars with labelled lids.

Label lids

Recycle old jars and containers to keep all your herbs and spices fresh in one handy drawer. ‘I just add my own labels,’ says Yvonne.

A fireplace with bookshelves built into it.

Use empty space

Yvonne’s husband built shelves into their kitchen’s old fireplace. ‘It’s the perfect spot for all my cookery books,’ says Yvonne. ‘And I always have a stool out for friends to sit on while I’m cooking.’

A white kitchen with wooden worktops and glass-fronted cabinets.
When you give everything a fixed place, it’s easier to keep the kitchen clutter-free and make it a place to relax in

Yvonne, food blogger, Lommel, Belgium

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Photography: Chris Everard
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