De-clutter and maximise your kitchen with these designer-approved decorating hacks.
Home décor tricks for small spaces
City living often means having to settle for a smaller kitchen, which aside from feeling cramped (especially during busy mornings), also makes cooking for a family or large groups of friends no easy feat.
Whether you’re struggling to find counter space for meal prep or despair at a messy pantry overflowing with old dry goods, we’re on hand to help make your area feel double the size with our quick guide on how to clear out and organise your kitchen.
Find our top tips below and shop our new favourite kitchen essentials from Mall of the Emirates.
The Big Kitchen Clear Out
First up, the fridge. Remove every item and throw out anything that’s out of date while you’re at it – you might be surprised to see what’s lurking at the back. Wipe down every corner and crevice with an antibacterial spray, or for more stubborn stains, use baking soda mixed with warm water to create a paste (this also works like a charm to deodorise strong smells).
To make food prep quicker, divide your fridge into organised sections – allocate a bottom drawer to meat, another for fresh fruit and veggies, a shelf for condiments and a part for dairy.
Next up, tackle your pantry with patience and check all the expiry dates to ensure everything is still safe to consume. To cut back on clutter, opt for clear storage containers (and label them to make it easier to find what you are looking for), along with spice racks to help keep your supply streamlined and neat.
If you are low on storage but have an overflow of kitchen appliances and tools, look out for smart pieces to maximise your storage; such as under-the-sink freestanding drawer units and layered floating shelves that can be slotted into tall cupboards – great for stacking various pots and pans.
Make your kitchen look instantly bigger by giving countertop priority to only what you need on a regular basis. Please take note of what gets used the most, be it a toaster, blender or rice maker, and neatly store away any other appliances out of sight but within easy reaching distance should you need them.
Storage containers, prices start at AED25, Home Centre Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates
Printed plates, starting at AED30, Maisons du Monde, visit Mall of the Emirates
Décor tip: Squeeze extra space out of a snug kitchen by fixing a series of open shelves to a wall – perfect for displaying decorative accents such as a pretty plate or glassware collection.
Drawer organiser, AED139, Crate & Barrel Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates