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.’
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 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.’
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.
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.’
‘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