Extra work space is always valuable in the kitchen, especially if the area is already on the small side in the first place. You have to have somewhere to prepare food and cook, as well as a place to store all of your cooking utensils and appliances. That isn’t always an easy task, however, and simply “storing” things on the counter often results in clutter.
Fortunately, there is a solution. Kitchen cabinet doors do not have to be restricted to simply serving as a barrier. They can also provide extra function and space by utilizing hooks, bins, and racks.
Below are some helpful ideas on how you can make extra use of your cabinet doors:
• Use them to hold keys. Instead of tossing keys into a bowl or dish, attach hooks to the inside of a cabinet door and hang your keys in there. Not only does it free up counter space by no longer having a dish laying around, but it also keeps the keys out of view and makes things look less cluttered.
• Attach a calendar to the outside. The kitchen is the gathering center of many homes, and if you often find yourself trying to keep up with school meetings, important events, and family schedules while in that room, placing a calendar on one of your cabinets is a great way to stay up to date with everything. Likewise, it is a great place to hang a notepad for your to-do lists.
• Add a towel rack. Place a towel rack either inside or outside your cabinet door for easy access during food preparation.
• Install a kitchen clock. A small wall clock on the outside of your cabinet door is a great way to keep track of the time while cooking. It’s also a way to get around limited wall space.
• Attach a cork board or blackboard to the inside. This can serve as a memo board for you, or you can write notes and reminders to yourself or other family members and keep track of things like to-do lists and grocery lists. Just be sure to verify the measurements of your door before you buy the board.
• Install racks or bins for extra storage for small food items like spices and canned foods. Make sure that you use a sturdy rack and that it can easily fit into your cabinet when the door is closed.
• Attach cup hooks for your small cups and mugs.
• Attach a wire basket to store extra plates and other flat items.
• Install a small mirror in case you need to make a quick touch up before you take food out to serve your guests.