A Simple Guide to Kitchen Extensions

Our kitchen designers in the Wirral and Cheshire areas have decades of experience in helping clients with their kitchen extensions. If you dream of a large luxury kitchen but haven’t got the space, an extension might be your best bet. But with such a big project on the cards, how do you get started? Here are some of the many tips that our kitchen fitters in Wirral and Cheshire have learned over the years, many of which we often give to our clients when they visit us in our bespoke kitchen showrooms. This guide is by no means exhaustive, but there should be plenty of advice here that helps you plan your perfect kitchen extension.

Start planning

Firstly, you will need to book an appointment with an architect who can produce initial drawings of the planned extension. They will consult with you on how you want your building to look and where you’d like your space to be extended. This process, along with finalising a drawing, should take two months – that is if you have neighbours who will co-operate with your plans. Depending on the type of extension you are having and the kind of building you are extending, you may not need an architect and may be able to work with a surveyor instead. Do your research carefully to ensure that you find a reputable architect. Once you have planning permission, you can get in touch with our helpful kitchen design team in Wirral or Cheshire to help you plan the actual space of the kitchen. After this, you’ll need to hire some reputable builders. Remember that the cheapest builders will not always mean that they are the best! Having a good relationship and strong communication with your builders is essential to ensure that your project runs smoothly.

During your kitchen extension project you may find it useful to move in to rented accommodation or move in with family or friends while the work is being carried out. If you are going to remain living in your home, think about setting up a makeshift kitchen in another room that you can use to prepare simple meals and keep your fridge and freezer in while your other kitchen is being created.

Consider the design

When you design your dream kitchen extension with us at Mayfair Kitchens, our designers in Wirral and Cheshire will ask you about your family lifestyle to ensure that your kitchen delivers on what you need. Our kitchen designers will advise on things like positioning of plug sockets and units, where to place the boiler unit, pipes, underfloor heating, as well as where to position windows and doors. You’ll be presented with various ways in which your kitchen space would look – usually this is narrowed down quickly once you start to tell the designer what you’d like from your kitchen. The most common elements frequently used in new kitchen designs are an island or peninsula, sliding doors into the garden or another room, skylights, a breakfast bar, a larder and underfloor heating. Our designers can also advise on colour schemes and materials that will work well for your project, as well as lighting that will add character.

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The installation process

A kitchen extension is a large project which can sometimes come with unexpected problems and delays. Planning can avoid most of these problems, but sometimes builders and designers can run into issues that are unavoidable. Always consider how long the installation process will take, including the amount of time it will take to make the cabinetry and worktops (up to two weeks), install plumbing and underfloor heating/radiators, and well as electrics. Ideally, you will have already had the space painted so that you do not risk getting paint on your brand new kitchen. Typically, most units, windows and doors will be made specifically to order, which should be kept in mind when you are booking a date for kitchen installation. Another thing to keep in mind is flooring and how long concrete can take to dry, and how long wooden floors can take to acclimatise, which can take up to a fortnight. Changing your mind on the design can also cause delays, so try to be as sure as possible that you are happy with your design before committing to it to avoid waiting longer than you have to. As a final point, a kitchen extension is obviously quite a messy project, so be prepared for some dust and dirt along the way, but if you carefully plan your project and have clear communication with your designers, architect and builders, things will go much more smoothly and be worth it in the long run.

Get in touch now to start planning your kitchen extension with Mayfair Kitchen Studio.

A Guide to Pet-Friendly Kitchens

It has been suggested that (collectively) there are over 20 million pets in the UK that live in our homes with us. As a nation of animal lovers, we adore our pets, but we also don’t want them to take a toll on our luxury brand new kitchen when we finally get to create the design of our dreams! When you visit our kitchen design showrooms in Wirral or Cheshire, we can help you design a bespoke kitchen with your beloved pet in mind. Kitchens can often be hazardous for pets, but our kitchen designers can help put your mind at ease and involve you in every stage of the planning process so that your kitchen delivers on what you need from it. Here is our guide to planning a pet-friendly kitchen, whether you have a dog, cat or house rabbit.

 

Consider safety

All animals are naturally curious, and this can often lead to them taking more than an unhealthy interest in your cupboards and drawers. Some of the nicest foods we love to eat, such as chocolate, are highly toxic to pets such as cats, dogs and rabbits. Cleaning supplies can also prove dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands. These items should be kept out of reach at all times to save curious paws from wandering. Going for kitchen cabinets that are higher up and difficult for pets to open, or fitting child-proof door latches, can prevent disasters. It is also possible to have retractable shutters on shelves so that ingredients inside are kept at bay. It can be helpful to also replace bins that are free standing with integrated bins that are built into your units so that you have fewer chances of spillages from bins being knocked over and chewed-through bin bags.

Small furry animals like rabbits are particularly drawn to chewing through cables and electrical wires, as the buzzing sound attracts them. Talk with your kitchen designer about how you can bunny-proof your space to conceal electrical wires and to keep your rabbit safe. Unplug your appliances when they are not in use, and you may also want to integrate your fridge freezer into the wall so that animals cannot get behind it and chew wires. Also consider an induction hob, as this is much safer if a big/tall dog’s paws make their way onto it.

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Pet-proof your kitchen

Our luxury kitchen designers will ask if you have any pets so that your kitchen can withstand all that they have to throw at it and remain durable over the years. From sharp claws and teeth to muddy paws, you’ll need to go into detail about how your pet behaves so that we can create a design that works for your needs. We always recommend curable materials that don’t scratch easily, and that are easily cleaned, such as high-gloss metal doors. You should also consider your skirting boards and flooring – that beautiful wooden floor may look lovely, but will it still look as nice if your cat or rabbit scratches it to pieces? You can get many different types of tiled flooring on the market, including tiles that look like real wood. Pets that slip easily on tiled flooring may require a non-slip mat to give them more grip.

Design ideas

Why not consider the following in your new pet-friendly kitchen?

  • Integrated drawers to store pet food and treats.
  • Concealed skirting boards to stop puppies and rabbits from chewing them.
  • A chef’s table that acts as a feeding areas for your fur babies.
  • An integrated pet bed that is cleverly placed into your unit space. This saves dog and pet beds on the floor taking up excess room.
  • An integrated litter tray area that serves your cat or house rabbit
  • Integrated hay racks for house rabbits

5 Must-Follow Kitchen Design Tips from the Pros

Professional luxury kitchen fitters and designers like those in our team here at Mayfair Kitchen Studios in Wirral have spent years learning how to master the art of bespoke kitchen design, so you can rely on us to create the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you have just moved in to a new property and need to put your stamp on the kitchen, or have lived in your home for a while and just feel your kitchen needs a makeover courtesy of our Wirral or Cheshire kitchen teams, the planning of where to position things takes serious and careful consideration.

It may seem trivial, but the little things like the sizing of cabinets and drawers, positioning and proximity of drawers to the oven, dishwasher or bin all need thought, as they determine overall ease of access when your kitchen is in use. Think about which cupboards you’ll use the most, what you’ll store in them, the location of your fridge, dishwasher and so on. Overall, a kitchen should be user-friendly and efficient. It should also make the act of preparing food easier, and everything should flow.

Here are the top tips that we professional kitchen designers swear by when designing a new kitchen.

Position drawers either side of your range cooker

No-one wants to be on their hands and knees on the other side of the kitchen trying to source an appropriate pan to put on their new range cooker. We always recommend large and spacious drawers either side of a range where pots and pans can be stored for easy access when needed.

Plan where you will place larger items and appliances

Many people want to place larger items like their food mixer or granite pestle and mortar on their island or worktop, but would the kitchen look more spacious if you put these appliances away? Also, what if you suddenly need more space when preparing a meal and need to put these items away? A kitchen should always be designed to cater for and store your smallest and largest appliances, so that everything can be neatly stored away if need be. When you’re creating a bespoke kitchen from scratch with us at Mayfair Kitchen Studios, our designers in our Cheshire and Wirral kitchen showrooms will ask you about the appliances you use, the largest appliances you have, and their storage requirements.

Position more narrow storage solutions on higher levels.

While your largest storage solutions are likely to be lower down for easy access, narrower cupboards are more beneficial being placed up high, especially around and above a range cooker where they can frame one of the main focal points in the kitchen. Narrow storage cupboards are usually home to things you don’t use that often – like baking equipment, baking sheets and serving dishes.

Place an integrated bin and cutlery drawers close to your sink

If you’re keen on having a integrated/roll-out bin device installed in your kitchen, this will be best placed close to your sink. When you’re scraping food off plates before placing them in the dishwasher, you don’t want to have to keep moving a few paces to your bin! Also consider having your cutlery/knife drawer close to your sink, so that when you are washing up and have to put knifes away, you are not wandering from one side of the kitchen to another – this could potentially be a safety hazard! As a rule of thumb, you need to minimise travel times from one part of the kitchen to another for convenience.

Designing a child-friendly kitchen

At Mayfair Kitchens, we have helped customers with children of all ages across the Wirral and surrounding areas to create their dream kitchen that perfectly suits their needs and lifestyles. It is a very common saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and is likely the most frequently used room in the house. After all, your kitchen is where you come together as a family to eat at the end of the day. It is also a room for conversation, entertaining, family parties, as well as other activities like washing the dog, or undertaking children’s homework.

In this digital age in which young children and teens are becoming more focused than ever on screened devices, family time together has never been more important. What you want from your kitchen will depend on your family lifestyle, how many children you have, and your daily routines. When you visit one of our showrooms in Wirral or Chester, it is important that you tell us about your needs as a family, so that we can design a kitchen that will work specially for your routine. We’ll also ask you about your children – how many you have, their interests and needs. This is so we can work to design a kitchen that accommodates everyone who uses it, ensuring that you have a practical and enjoyable living space that is welcoming to every family member.

Whether you have teenagers, toddlers or babies, having children is an important factor to consider when planning a bespoke kitchen. As a first port of call, you should consider ease of cleaning and organisation. When making a kitchen child-friendly, choose surface types that are easy to wipe and clean, without leaving fingerprint marks. Quartz for example is a material that is less porous than granite, and much easier to clean. Also consider durability, and how long you plan to have your kitchen for as your family grows. Your kitchen will need to last into the years to come and adapt to your family’s needs, especially if you plan on having more children into the future. Wooden worktops for example look better with age as they are used. We can help advise on the right materials for your kitchen, so you can get the most out of your budget and design.

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It is always advisable to work with the space you have and to consider practicality. Planning on having an island? We’ll check that you have the room to create one so that you still have plenty of worktop space to cook while the kids are doing their homework. If you have very young children, you’ll also need to consider safety, access to cupboards and their contents, and to ensure that you can cook and prepare food easily without hassle or risk to your little ones. If you have an island for example, consider electrics and where wires will go. You’ll need to make sure these are hidden properly to keep the whole family safe. We can advise you on the best ways to use your space safely.

Ultimately, a good child-friendly kitchen is one that is designed with the whole family in mind. Think of including some miniature furnishings, an island with two tiers and easier access for smaller children, or step stools that can be stored away so that your kids can get involved with the cooking and washing up whenever they want to. It is also worth having a special area in your pantry that is just for your children, that they can easily access safely should they want a healthy snack. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your design – a family blackboard keeps the kids entertained while you’re cooking, wall-mounted utensil and knife holders keep sharp objects out of reach, and an induction hob prevents burned fingers.

Bespoke vs. Made-to-measure Kitchens

Our team of designers at Mayfair Kitchen Studio offer decades of experience in designing beautiful bespoke kitchens that are exactly what our customers dream of. Our passion is creating kitchens that perfectly suit our customers’ lifestyles and the space in their home.

When customers from across Cheshire visit us at one of our showrooms, they often have an idea in mind of how they want their new kitchen to look, complete with colour schemes, ideas for materials and where they want things to be positioned. Our team of designers can work with you to maximise the potential for your living space. A question we often get asked by customers is what is the difference between bespoke and made to measure kitchens – aren’t they the same?

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No two kitchens are ever the same, and a kitchen can cost anywhere from just a few thousand pounds to tens of thousands – it’s all a matter of choice and budget. When considering a new kitchen, it is always worth asking yourself whether you want a completely bespoke kitchen, or whether you want a standard range of kitchen units that are essentially ‘off the peg’. There are many positives to having a bespoke kitchen. There are unlimited colours and materials to choose from, as well as different ranges of cooking appliances, worktops, taps, handles, cupboard designs, lighting and more.

When you have a bespoke kitchen, it is completely made for you and only you. There is no second version – no other kitchen will be like yours. It is exclusive and individually crafted to your specific instructions and needs. Bespoke kitchens are made from raw, natural materials and are often handmade (like ours at Mayfair Kitchen Studio), using time-honed crafting techniques. Made to measure kitchens are much cheaper and are made as factory runs.

 

Just as you have the option to have a bespoke suit made from an exclusive tailor, or to purchase a suit from a shop off the peg, this is exactly the same choice you have when deciding to have a new kitchen. A handmade bespoke suit takes much longer to produce, as measurements and fittings need to be undertaken to ensure that it fits absolutely perfectly. It’s the same with a bespoke kitchen – your kitchen is specifically made to the kitchen designer’s drawings and specifications. To create a bespoke kitchen from scratch can take 8 weeks or even longer, depending on how ambitious the design is, the materials used and the size of the space being occupied.

Unlike a made to measure kitchen, you can be as creative and bold with a bespoke kitchen as you dare to – nothing is impossible and your kitchen designer will do everything they can to meet your requirements and plans. Height, curves, straight lines, depth… everything is possible – it all depends on your imagination and creativity. Bespoke kitchens are made up of cabinets, while made to measure kitchens are comprised of units. Units that are mass produced, piled high and often sold rather cheaply. As a result, production costs are cheaper, too, meaning that made to measure kitchens won’t last as long or have the resilience to wear and tear that a bespoke kitchen will.

The type of kitchen you decide on will depend on the budget you allow for and whether or not you want that kitchen to last years into the future. The higher the budget you allow for, the more chance you have of being able to have the kitchen of your dreams, crafted to an exceptionally high standard in a studio such as ours.

How to work with darker tones in a kitchen

At Mayfair Kitchen Studios, we often see many customers across the Cheshire area who want to create a luxury bespoke kitchen with the latest on-trend colours in mind. Our aim is to make your dream kitchen come to life, whatever the colour or design. We’ll make sure that your kitchen is beautifully designed perfectly to suit your needs and lifestyle. We’ve seen an increase in customers asking for darker tones and more contemporary unit design in their kitchen, especially as the minimalistic industrial trend continues to rise in popularity.

It is often assumed that dark colours instantly overpower a room and are a quite risky look to choose for your kitchen. From our experience however, dark tones work really well when paired with lighter tones, or mixed together to create a double-dark design. Using dark hues in this way can look very dramatic and modern.

In order to make dark tones work, it’s often recommended to throw in a little white here and there to ensure illumination. This is especially important in smaller spaces, which can look even smaller if too much dark colour is used. Incorporate a section of slim white cabinets, a white feature wall, some LED lighting and white worktops, a white island, or soften the space with white marble counter-tops and a splashback. The gentle marble veins on the worktops will balance out the darker hues you have used elsewhere in the room.

Another tip for a dark kitchen is to place more focus on an island or peninsula (if you have room for one). Generally speaking, we’d advise that you use darker colours for larger spaces. If you are worried about taking that leap into the unknown and turning your entire kitchen dark, why not try the look in one small area. One idea is to try a dark kitchen island, balancing this with lighter colours and wooden surfaces in the rest of the kitchen. Plus, the darker island will create a nice focal point for the room, helping it to stand out. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix up your materials. Combine dark black and charcoal tones with ceramic, wood and marble surfaces to simplify a space, making it look more modern, minimalistic and uncluttered. This look works especially well in kitchens with an open-plan design.

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If you’re after a more bold design, why not pair deep-coloured worktops with dark units? Gold and copper accessories, handles and taps add to a very striking and luxurious look. You’ll need to be careful with this more experimental design though, because if you do not have enough natural light, the style may become too oppressive. Our expert kitchen designers can offer advice on this if you are unsure.

The benefits of a darker kitchen

There are many benefits to incorporating bolder, darker hues and black to a kitchen. Many of our customers visiting our showrooms in Chester or Wirral are wowed by how many alternative looks there are on offer when you start experimenting with darker colours. Some of the positives of a darker kitchen include:

  • Making a space contemporary and cosy. This especially works if you want to create a kitchen with a more intimate feel.
  • Lighting can create a warm glow over darker surfaces (as the light doesn’t reflect as much as it would with white and lighter surfaces).
  • Cabinets and worktops in darker colours generally don’t show signs of wear and tear as much as those in lighter shades. Food for thought if you have young children and want surfaces that are a little more forgiving of those scratches and knocks.
  • Black and darker tones work well with bright colours, making them a great way to showcase bolder hues.
  • A black kitchen can look very sleek and luxurious, and can also be a great way to make your kitchen look centralised and grounded in an open space.

Caring for your new kitchen

From the moment you first visit one of our Mayfair Kitchen Studio showrooms in Chester or Wirral with an idea for your dream kitchen design, to when you have had your kitchen installed and have prepared your first meal in it – we are with you at each and every stage of the planning process. We want your kitchen to last into the years to come, which is why our team of planners, designers and fitters only use the finest and most exceptional materials, and time-honed craftsmanship. The materials used in your new kitchen should last a lifetime as they are highly robust and durable, but they will always be in tip-top condition if they are properly taken care of. It is important that you give your new kitchen some TLC, so that you can make the most of it and future-proof it for the many years to come.

We always recommend that you fit your kitchen in a heated room with plenty of ventilation. Wooden cabinets and materials can experience some movement as they acclimatise to their new environment. This is perfectly normal. You may notice hairline cracks in wood – this is natural movement that happens because the wood is settling. You should allow a few weeks for the wood to properly settle. The settling process will not harm the integrity of the wood. Depending on the humidity of your kitchen, the wood will naturally expand and contract. This is why it is important to have the room (where your kitchen will be installed) properly dry and free from any excess moisture from fresh paint or plaster, etc. Try to keep excess humidity in the kitchen to a minimum. For instance, when you have finished your dishwasher cycle, don’t empty the dishwasher straight away. Instead, wait for the dishwasher to cool down before emptying. This will prevent lots of hot air and steam from being absorbed by the surrounding cabinets.

Always ensure that your kitchen fittings are not exposed to any extreme temperatures. We recommend keeping the temperature of your room between 18-20ºc where you can. If you have under-floor heating, this shouldn’t be installed beneath wooden cabinets, as this will dry out the wood and cause potential damage to the integrity of the wood. You should always consult with your underfloor heating installer on how to run your heating system correctly (if applicable), and to keep your wooden kitchen fittings in prime condition.

By taking the above careful steps, you will maintain the life of your kitchen, so that it stays in premium condition long into the future.

A Brief History of the Shaker Kitchen

Shaker kitchens are incredibly popular thanks to their versatility. They look great in any home – from a sleek modern apartment, to a traditional country house. So, what is a Shaker kitchen and how did it get its name?

In the mid-17th century, a religious sect known as the Quakers were well known for their enthusiastic style of worship and prayer, often trembling or ‘shaking’ at their Lord’s word. Because of this, they become colloquially known as ‘Shakers’. Shakers believed that overly ornate design in furniture was ‘deceitful’ and too showy. They liked minimalist, simple and clean lines to reflect their perceived purity and life of simple pleasures. Above all, furniture had to be practical and highlight their simple lifestyles and devout faith. Shakers believed that kitchens should be clean places full of light, where dirt and shadows couldn’t be allowed to fall. The Shaker kitchen came into being, and was popular in the period.

Shaker kitchens were completely bespoke and designed to suit the owner’s lifestyle. They had a reputation for high quality, durability and resilience. Shakers believed that carpentry and the act of making furniture was an act of devotion and prayer, therefore great care and skill was exercised in the creation of a Shaker kitchen, so that it could be made to high standards of perfection. As time progressed into the 18th century, electricity was available in some homes, so people with kitchens often opted for lighter and bolder colours rather than dark colours to make the most of the light. It was not uncommon to see Shaker kitchens of the period in light colours like white, yellow or pale blue.

In the present day, our customers like to add a twist on the traditional Shaker theme by combining understated elegance with small quirks like using a variety of different materials, combining various colour tones, or by mixing different door handles. Shaker kitchens continue to be so popular as they are truly timeless in design, and are ideal for those who want longevity out of their kitchen design as trends evolve and change.

At Mayfair Kitchen Studio we have over 30 years of experience in crafting beautiful handmade Shaker kitchens that are durable, high quality and that meet the demands of modern lifestyles. Shaker kitchens have evolved, with more personality and character than the days of the 17th-century Quakers. Our Shaker kitchens have plenty of luxury thrown into their designs – from a beautiful range cooker surrounded by a mantlepiece, to canopy cooker hoods, handle-less cupboards, built-in fish tanks, innovative storage solutions and beyond. The simplicity of the Shaker kitchen has always kept its appeal, but storage is much more a case of integrated innovation rather than cupboards and containers nailed to a wall (as they were back in the old days).
We believe that an exceptional Shaker kitchen makes the most of the space available, with as much work space on offer as possible. Let our designers and fitters discuss your dream Shaker kitchen with you and help you bring your vision to life.

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How to declutter your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of every home. It’s not just a space for eating – it’s a place for parties, socialising, and all the everyday activities life throws at you – like washing the dog and doing homework with the kids. At Mayfair Kitchen Studio, we have helped many customers in the Cheshire and Wirral areas to create their dream kitchen with their lifestyles and living requirements in mind. A well-designed kitchen is one thing, but how do you keep your kitchen free from clutter? Whether you’re considering a clear-out before a kitchen re-design or want to make more space in the one you currently have, here’s how to keep your kitchen mess and clutter-free so that it remains a calm and inviting space in your home.

Be realistic with time and space

Decluttering a kitchen takes time and is likely to take more than just a day or afternoon. Don’t set yourself an overly ambitious target and try to clear everything in one go. Devote half an hour a day to sorting through items – this will keep your motivation levels high. If you try to do everything in one go, you’re more likely to tire and become bored with the task, which will greatly affect your ability to properly organise items. Before you start organising, make sure you are properly prepared, with labelled boxes and bags. Have a bag for items to donate to other people and organisations, one for recycling and one for general waste disposal.

Don’t begin your clear-out by randomly searching through cupboards and drawers. Work from one side of the kitchen to the other, going through each drawer, cabinet and item in turn. Ask yourself if that item belongs in the kitchen, or whether it could be thrown out, stored elsewhere, or donated. Do not start on the next section until you have finished the last one you were working on.

Ask yourself questions as you declutter

As you sort through your kitchen, ask yourself a series of questions, including:

Have I recently used this?

Bear in mind that we all have appliances that we’d like to use more often, but if you’re harbouring appliances you have never used, or that you have perhaps only used once, these are taking up valuable space. Donate them to someone who will have the time to use them more often, and free up some room in the here and now.

Do I have more than one of those?

It is very common for us to collect ‘extras’ of particular items, i.e. more than one wooden spoon, bowl, container or utensil. Consider how many you actually have, and how many of them you use. If you have lots of wooden spoons and don’t use them, keep one and recycle or donate the rest.

Would I purchase this now?

Our kitchens are filled with appliances and utensils that we have purchased on a whim many years ago. Such appliances over time get pushed to the back of a dusty cupboard, never to see the light of day again. Keep in mind that over time, our cooking styles and requirements change. If you notice an appliance that you probably wouldn’t purchase now in the present time, donate, sell or recycle it. Selling such items is a good option, especially if you have only used them a couple of times and they are in good condition. You could get some extra cash for them.

Remove items that shouldn’t typically be there

Every kitchen harbours items that shouldn’t really be there. Clear out drawers of children’s toys, books, magazines, rubber bands, glue, DIY tools and anything else that doesn’t belong there. Kitchen worktops are a popular dumping ground for items that house members cannot be bothered to put away in other parts of the house. If this sounds applicable to your home on a frequent basis, delegate a ‘misc items basket’ to store such items in that can be sorted out on a regular basis. Not only will this keep your worktops clutter-free, but it will look smarter and more organised, too.

Organise your storage solutions

Give your cupboards a deep clean and closely review the number of cleaning products you have within them. Throw out any cleaning products that you do not use on a regular basis, making sure that you recycle packaging as much as possible. Also take a careful look under the sink – this is usually where disused products and bottles end up. Use hooks and pins to hang items on the inside of cupboard doors (or other doors/walls) to create more space and hang things such as utensils, aprons and coats. If your cupboards contain lots of extra plates, cups, bowls and wine glasses for when you are entertaining, slim these down to what you use on a daily basis. Put any spares up in the loft for when you need them occasionally.

Don’t let the clutter mount up again

Make a kitchen cleaning rota/plan and get all family members to stick to it. Daily maintenance is the only way that your kitchen will stay organised once you have decluttered. Keep storage baskets on shelves where you can neatly store recipes, bills and other items like pens. If your kids do their homework in the kitchen, set up a dedicated space and make sure that homework items are neatly stored in a basket or drawer. If items start to crowd worktops, take action as soon as you notice them to keep your kitchen tidy, organised and a calming space that you enjoy using.

Start your journey to a new kitchen today