A renovation expert has revealed the 10 clever storage ideas that will transform your kitchen and bathroom, including a tailored spice drawer, pull-out pantry and hidden laundry.
Cherie Barber, from Sydney, said there is no need to rummage around in dark cupboards and drawers, but rather modern tailored storage ‘ensures every nook and cranny is readily accessible, and everyday items are all within easy reach’.
Some of the expert’s favourite places to find good storage solutions are Bunnings Warehouse and IKEA, but Cherie said you can also find plenty of good ideas online.
1. Try a tailored spice drawer
Cherie’s first storage solution is a tailored spice drawer – which she said is perfect for home cooks who have a lot of spices and regularly cook with them.
‘In days gone by, a cupboard rack or spice carousel was the answer. But nowadays, think about a dedicated spice drawer instead, where every spice can be glimpsed in a single look, just like an open book,’ Cherie wrote on her website.
You can find a good container for your spice drawer from Howard’s Storage World for $49.95.
2. Invest in a professional organiser
Secondly, Cherie said it’s a good idea to find organisational devices that get clutter including wooden spoons and whisks off your benchtop and into your cupboards.
‘You can get these gadget organisers in all shapes and sizes, but the aim is the same: pull-out storage that keeps those everyday items in reach but out of sight,’ Cherie said.
You can even find knife blocks that can be stored inside your cupboard so these don’t have to be displayed.
3. Get a pull-out pantry
Pull-out pantries are a great idea for keeping your food easily accessible but out of sight.
Cherie said if you’re renting, you could try a mobile one on wheels so you don’t have to do any structural work.
Once you have a pull-out pantry, you could also add extra storage solutions like a Lazy Susan for sauces that you can spin to find what you want.
4. Store your chopping boards
There is nothing attractive about wooden chopping boards leaning up against your kitchen splashback.
But you can find storage solutions for them, whether it be hooks to hang your boards from or a divider to place within a cupboard space.
Cherie said you could try to make your own if you’re feeling created, with strips of plywood inserted into a cupboard space.
5. Build an open shelf
Open shelving is all the range right now, as not only is it great for practical storage, but it can also serve as a fantastic focal point in your kitchen.
‘Shelving is also way cheaper than wall cabinets, so it can be good to install both for those working on tight budgets,’ Cherie highlighted.
The expert recommends you look at suppliers like Kaboodle, who offer ‘sturdy steel shelving systems as part of their range’.
6. Hide your bins
Cherie said there is no greater renovation sin than doing your entire kitchen, but neglecting to find any hidden storage for your ‘unsightly rubbish bins’.
‘Organised garbage storage is particularly relevant in our eco-aware age, where there’s separate bins for landfill, recycling and possibly organic green waste,’ Cherie said.
The key with good bin storage is hidden bin and recycling drawers inside your cabinetry from the likes of Bunnings or a local cabinetmaker.
7. Upgrade to a walk-in pantry
If you don’t have a pull-out pantry, Cherie said another great option is a walk-in room.
‘If you’re renovating, see if you can steal some space from an adjoining room and convert it into a walk-in pantry instead,’ she said.
Once you have your space, it’s all about making it look pretty, so buy some baskets, containers and labels – and make sure everything has a designated spot.
8. Hide your ironing board
An ironing board is another item that should never be seen in a kitchen or bathroom.
Cherie recommends you pop it inside a cupboard so that it can fold down as and when you need it.
9. Separate your laundry
Install your laundry baskets inside a cupboard to keep them out of sight, and separate various baskets as you did your bins to ensure there are different sections for whites, dark colours and towels.
10. Get a laundry clothes rack
Finally, the laundry is one area that requires a designated clothes rack – as it means you can simply remove shirts from the washing machine and hang them straight up.
‘Simply buy brackets and a rod from your local hardware store and away you go,’ Cherie said.
These have the added benefit of being indoors which means they’re useful on a rainy day.