7 Renovation Projects to Make Your Kitchen Neat & Organized

Since the kitchen is a high-traffic area of your home, it’s also a dumping ground for clutter. If you’re like most people, your countertops are consumed by piles of mail, kids’ bookbags, and a smattering of kitchen gadgets. And your kitchen junk drawer(s)? We won’t even go there.


Fortunately, there’s a solution. Keep reading for seven interior renovation projects that will turn your messy kitchen into a functional and orderly cooking space.

1. CAPITALIZE ON VERTICAL SPACE

Without knocking down walls, you can’t make your kitchen any bigger to accommodate your grandmother’s china collection and your husband’s home brewing gear. However, you can capitalize on vertical space.

To up the organizational ante in your galley-style kitchen, add magnets, hooks, and rods to your walls. If you have the space, you might even hire a general contractor to create customized open shelving. For a farmhouse look, install shelves with wood finishes. For a mid-century look, stick to shiny stainless steel.

2. TAKE OUT THE TRASH

Let’s face it: there’s no such thing as a cute trash can. So, rather than shove your unsightly waste bin in a corner of your kitchen, have a professional install trash and recycling pull-outs under your sink. Though this feature seems underwhelming, stowing away your trash can will free up much-needed floor space in your kitchen while offering a clean, uncluttered vibe.

3. ORGANIZE ON THE BIG ISLAND

If you’re a cooking fiend with lots of gizmos and gadgets, an island can provide much-needed storage space. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you may even select an island that has nooks for hiding kitchen equipment (think: pots, pans, and appliances) as well as a place to pull up a few bistro stools.

You may also consider making your island more functional by hiring a general contractor to:

  • Move your induction cooktop to the island
  • Add a farmhouse sink
  • Extend your countertop down the island’s sides
  • Add a worktable to the space

Aesthetically, you may use the kitchen island as an opportunity to introduce new materials – a bold granite or a rustic butcher block, for instance. Or, for the sake of continuity, you may use the same countertops and cabinetry.

4. INSTALL A (NOT SO) LAZY SUSAN

Lazy Susans are the most unloved kitchen cabinet accessory. They’re hard to spin and stuff is always flying off the shelves. (They also tend to pinch fingers.) But with a little tweaking, you can put your corner cabinets to work.

Consider hiring a professional to install adjustable shelves in your Lazy Susan so you can stow away taller kitchen appliances like blenders. You can also install bins and shelving racks or, if you’re feeling zesty, purchase a spice turntable specifically designed to fit in a corner cabinet.

5. HIDE YOUR APPLIANCES

While it’s easy to stow away your toaster oven or air fryer, it’s fairly impossible to conceal your 400-pound fridge. Or is it?

For a less hectic and more cohesive look, your general contractor can cover your major appliances with integrated doors that match your cabinetry. A skilled carpenter can also build an “appliance garage” – a convenient place to store gadgets like standing mixers and food processors.

6. CARVE OUT A PANTRY

Only 6.7% of homes in America have a designated pantry space. If you’re among the 93.3% of pantry-less homeowners, don’t despair. With a little creativity and elbow grease, a licensed general contractor can easily build you a place to store canned goods.

Of course, you’ll need space for this storeroom – about 25 square feet for a small walk-in pantry and 100 for a larger one. You’ll also need to consider your storage needs. Ask yourself questions such as:

  • Do I want elaborate shelving and cabinetry?
  • Do I want to install a secondary fridge in this space?
  • Do I want countertops in this space?

7. WAKE UP WITH A COFFEE STATION

A coffee station is a designated spot for all your caffeine-related gadgets. Rather than have these items strewn about your kitchen, a home coffee station keeps your coffee gear neat and organized.

For a truly deluxe station, hire a general contractor to create a nook in your kitchen with:

  • Stylish cabinets or open shelves that match the rest of your kitchen
  • Granite or butcher block countertops
  • Small sink, preferably one compartment
  • Cup warming drawer for mugs
  • Trash and recycling pull-outs

This luxury coffee bar will allow you to recreate your favorite oat milk latte at home. What’s even better? It’ll amp up your home’s resale value.

TIRED OF KITCHEN CLUTTER? LET PORTICO HELP

Almost every homeowner can hang a few hooks. But unless you have extensive construction experience, you’ll need a licensed and trained professional to tackle your more extensive kitchen remodels.

If you want to build a pantry or deluxe coffee bar but lack the technical know-how, reach out to Team Portico today. As a reputable general contractor in Charlotte, we offer high-quality work that’ll last for decades to come. 

Give us a call at 704-742-2720 or connect with us online to learn more about our kitchen remodeling services in the Charlotte area.

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