Antonia's Notebook: Kitchen Spaces

PUBLISHED: 10:51 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 15:02 20 February 2013

Antonia Edwards

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Preserving space
I would like to start selling my home-made preserves but storing so many jars, utensils and ingredients in my rather little kitchen is proving to be a bit of a problem. Can you advise on the best storage options?
Becky, Haywards Heath

Even if you don't consider yourself a prolific cook, we often use the kitchen several times a day. From early morning coffee to Nigella-style midnight snacking, life's a lot easier when the kitchen's running smoothly. To ensure it functions to the best of its ability, ample storage will certainly make it an efficient and enjoyable place to be.

But before making changes to the kitchen, work out exactly how much storage you realistically need and there's nothing quite like the sense of satisfaction gained from a good clear out. Throwing out packets of ingredients which expired in December 2006 and that fondue set you know you'll never use will de-clutter the mind as well as the cupboards.

Another factor to consider is an appropriate position for your storage in relation to preparation and cooking areas. Work out a ranking system for what gets used the most and put those items in the most accessible areas. In this particular case you may also need a place to store labels and if you're running a business, your accounts and papers too. Take into consideration the fact that once jars of preserves are ready to sell, they'll probably need to be kept in a suitable sealed environment, preferably away from the dust and kitchen grime and that comes from day to day cooking.

If you have high ceilings, look into the possibility of fitting another row of units above the original ones which can be accessed with a ladder as required. Could you incorporate an island unit somewhere that could provide you with extra storage and workspace?
It's one thing to find places to put things, but making them accessible isn't always easy. It's best to keep work surfaces as clear as possible but to have all your utensils in easy reach.

Having jars full of wooden spoons or pots and pans displayed on shelves or units can add character to a kitchen. Similarly, hanging utensils from a wall or ceiling rack is both functional and visually interesting. These come in a wide range of sizes and shapes and can create a nice focal point in the room. A wall-mounted hanging grid will provide a modern, industrial feel, whereas a cast iron pot rack or suspended frame that hangs above an island unit has a more country cottage feel...

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