If your storage really needs an overhaul, you could set aside a day, empty every cupboard and start from scratch, organising things into groups and finding better homes for them. If this seems too daunting, tackle it cupboard by cupboard instead; be ruthless about getting rid of anything you haven’t used for ages or that’s out of date.
Once things are emptied, add some elements that’ll help maintain order in future. Our cabinet accessories include oak drawer trays with sections for cutlery and wooden spoons, plus niches to keep sharp knives safe and easy to find. For a more tailor-made solution, spice racks and drawer dividers can be added individually to suit your needs.
Baskets are another option, as pictured on the Carter island in the Henley kitchen. Large, shallow ones are useful for organising flat objects, like stacks of plates or table linens and tea towels. Or use deeper baskets to group things inside a cupboard – you could label them as well to make things easy to find.
Think about places you can get more use out of, such as the backs of cupboard doors (or even the sides of kitchen cabinets). Perhaps you can add extra shelves here for small things like spice jars or condiments.
If adding extra storage space is a priority, consider a freestanding pantry cupboard or bookcase. The former should keep the bulk of your ingredients in one place and free up other storage for kitchen kit (think of it as a larder, even if you don’t have a separate room for one). Bookcases are good for things like recipe books and saucepans – anything that you’re happy to show off or use all the time.
Lastly, try customising kitchen storage with LED lighting strips. These are easy to add wherever you need them – underneath shelves is good, or just beneath the worktop to shed light on drawers – and they’re atmospheric as well as useful.
Say hello to your new, improved kitchen.