Tips for an Uncluttered Kitchen

by Regina

We love the look of a clean, uncluttered kitchen like this beauty designed by architectural designer Louise Brooks for her own home overlooking Long Island Sound. Keeping clutter under control isnít easy, however, because kitchens are by necessity filled with ìstuff.î We’ve gathered a selection of our favorite ideas for keeping a kitchen in order while enhancing efficiency.

One of Louise Brooks’ favorite storage ideas is a floor-to-ceiling plate rack, where platters, chargers, and pretty dishes are accessible while adding color and pattern to the room.

Chicago-based designer Mick De Giulio often incorporates countertop ìgaragesî for small appliances in the kitchen he designs. This Chicago kitchen has nearly 10 feet of countertop storage from SieMatic cabinets, with three motorized doors that lower at the push of a button.

Coffee pot and blender are pushed behind flip-down doors when not in use. The kitchen cleans up in minutes and appliances are out of sight, an important feature in todayís kitchens that are open to entertaining spaces.

Not enough cabinet space? Mount a pegboard and hang all your essentials. Get the most out of the cabinets you do have with stackable shelves.

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Don’t neglect the space above your cabinets. You could stash extra stuff up there in baskets, as in the kitchen of blogger Elsie Larson.

If you have the space, you could mount an additional shelf above your cabinets for even more storage.

Deciding how to store dishes and glassware isn’t an either/or proposition. You can combine several approaches and use them as part of your decorating scheme. In this kitchen, simple shelves hold plates and bowls, while cups hang from hooks on a rail. Glasses and other dishes are kept behind glass doors.

If you reserve the walls of your kitchen for windows or artwork, you may decide to store dishes in drawers. Sturdy wooden pegs, secured into holes in the base piece, keep dishes from knocking against each other every time you open or close the drawer.

If you have drawers that are custom sizes, look for adjustable silverware organizers. The type shown here has parts that slide together. You also can find drawer dividers made of plastic and cut them to size with scissors.

Piggybacking two drawers in the space of one allows you to keep different sets of silverware in one section and meal-preparation tools in the other. In the double drawer shown here, the top section slides on runners mounted inside the bottom drawer.