Containment

Maybe it’s a sign of the times; I’ve been thinking about this concept a lot lately.  If your space is limited, every square inch of space you can create becomes valuable.  My kitchen is small, and everything I buy comes in different-shaped containers, so I started thinking about more ordered, organised storage solutions.  You can buy storage jars or boxes, but I rarely find these satisfactory.  Despite their stylishness, they often feature fiddly clip locks and don’t work all that well in terms of shape or size.

What I’ve done is to ‘re-purpose’ some plastic jars that I found were a handy size and easy to open.  These are old coffee whitener jars and they have proved ideal for rice, pasta, nuts, sultanas and raisins.  There are other things I could use them for, but these are staples of my diet.  All you have to do is find containers that you like and which can be re-purposed for other items.

How jars can make a statement, and that statement is: "Hey, this dude is organised".
Fig1: One Jar, many contents.
You can label them or customise them as you wish.
The original jar is on the right.

Not necessarily in the kitchen, either.  I’ve seen jam jars re-purposed as containers under a shelf in a garage for screws, nuts and bolts etc. Under the shelf is a great way of making the most of your available space (more of that anon).

If I buy items ‘loose’, this is a good method to cut down on my plastic waste.  Dried fruit and such can be bought in a paper bag and de-canted to the jars when I unpack the shopping.  The paper bags are useful for my food recycling bin.

Kitchen Planning

How much does a new kitchen cost? I was horrified to be quoted £5000 to £6000 for my 8’ x 6’ kitchen.

We got in a ‘kitchen designer’ from a company that sells kitchens hoping that she would have some useful suggestions for how to arrange our small space more effectively.

What she actually did was to cram in as many kitchen cupboards and internal gadgets as possible with no talk of how we used the space or what we wanted to be able to do in it and having been promised that there would be no ‘hard sell’ we were pestered for months afterwards by follow up calls.

In the end I spent some time working out what we wanted to store in the kitchen and my husband put up some new shelving designed for purpose which cost us just £200. Now we have a kitchen that works for us. Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Devon-Clutter-Busters to see a short video clip of it.

If you are thinking of spending £1000s on a new kitchen maybe you would like to book a session with someone who is not trying to sell you anything but is able to help you work out what you need to make your space work for you.

A one off session to help you plan and organise your kitchen space will cost you just £100 (plus travel) and may save you £1000s in the process.
Can you afford not to call Chris on 07794 978095?