If you’re stuck inside right now, chances are you’re looking for something to do. You’ve cleaned your mobile home from top to bottom, vacuumed your car, and thrown out everything you’ve been meaning to throw away for years. But there might be one last place you haven’t thought of – your kitchen cabinets! With all the time in the world on your hands, you can give your cabinets a makeover both inside and out.
Start with a thorough cleaning
Obviously, a good place to start is with a thorough cleaning. Take everything out of your cabinets and then vacuum them out. Wiping them down with disinfectant or soapy water every now and then is a good idea as well. Next, take a look at what you were storing in your cabinets and decide whether or not you really need to keep all of it. Anything you haven’t used in over two years can probably go in the trash.
Create a plan for organization
While you’ve got everything out, think about how you want to organize it before you put it away. Do you prefer having your pans and lids in the same cabinet or do you prefer to separate them? Do you have a drawer just for utensils, or do you use a jar for those? If you’re thinking about reorganizing in any way, now is the time to figure out where you want to put everything. Your cabinets are empty so they’re like a blank canvas.
Make it all fit
Of course, you might have a perfect plan for it all in your head, but you still have to make sure everything actually fits the way you want it to.
Create a section for your pots and pans
If you keep your pots and pans in a cabinet, creating a specific section for them is a good idea. Pots and pans are large and take up a lot of space, meaning that they don’t always fit next to other dishes too well. Try stacking pots and pans using a Russian nesting doll technique, if you can. Finally, keep lids next to your pans – probably on a separate shelf – for extra convenience.
Some of your cabinets might contain drawers. If that’s the case, a waist-level drawer is the perfect place to keep utensils like kitchen spoons and spatulas. If you find a divider for a drawer like this, you can even keep your spoons, spatulas, and other utensils separate from one another.
Always save a cabinet for miscellaneous items
Perhaps it goes without saying, but having miscellaneous utensils or other cooking tools distributed throughout random cabinets and drawers isn’t really a good way to organize. So, why not just create a cabinet or drawer for miscellaneous items? If you aren’t sure what to do with something, at least you’ll still have a place to put it.
Customize cabinet exteriors, too
Of course, once you’ve cleaned and organized the interiors of your cabinets, it’s a great time to move on to the exteriors as well. First, a good cleaning is in order. Use disinfectant or soapy water to wash off old stains and polish cabinet pulls. (Of course, it’s just a good idea to disinfect your cabinet handles every so often regardless, so you’ll be taking care of that for a while as well.)
Fresh stain or a fresh coat of paint
Depending on whether your cabinets are stained or painted, you can also take this opportunity to revamp them with a fresh coat of paint or wood stain. You might choose to go with the same color, or maybe you’re ready for something new. Either way, this is a great way to refresh your style!
If you’re wanting to go for an especially individualized, customizable look, use designs when you repaint your cabinets. Flowers, swirls, or monogram symbols are some interesting ways to dress up the exteriors of your cabinets. Willing to go even further? Use wallpaper instead of paint on your cabinets. A less common style, this one will be a much more customized option than wood stain or white paint.
Unique cabinet pulls
As a final touch, you can finish out the unique design of your cabinets with unique cabinet pulls. Rather than sticking with simple round knobs, find something artsy and creative that suits you and the style of your kitchen. (Most importantly, it should go with your cabinets, of course!) These cabinet pulls are a great example of something more unique than what you’re used to.
Do what works for your mobile home
In the end, what matters is that you do what works for you. If you like a certain look or organization scheme for your cabinets, go for it. What matters most is that you and your friends and family are happy in the home you’re living in, and part of that is creating an atmosphere that you can all enjoy. So, don’t hold back! There’s no better time to make your changes than right now.