6 Clever Kitchen Storage Ideas to Steal from Restaurants
By nature, home kitchens have always been a slower and more intimate version of a restaurant. Well, until this past year. As you hunkered down and figured out how to make your home meet your every need—like turning living rooms into daycares, bedrooms into offices, and bathrooms into hiding places—it was as if the humble kitchen morphed into an all-day restaurant. Eating every meal from home for months on end has likely honed your cooking skills and streamlined shopping trips, but it's probably also revealed storage issues. After all, you may have turned into a short-order chef, but your pantry and counter space have likely stayed the same.
To make your kitchen as efficient as you are, it's a good idea to look to restaurants for ideas. Between prep, serving, ambiance, and cleanup, even the smallest diners have to stay nimble, and creating the right storage solutions are key to that success.
"A successful storage system suits your needs and your space," Monty Koludrovic, the award-winning chef and culinary director at Botanical Hospitality, says. "If you have something that you use on the regular, then make it super easy to find. If it's there for safekeeping, then make sure it is safe. This sounds simple, but you'd be surprised. Kitchens are busy, and they possess a mystical ability to swallow up esoteric pieces of equipment just before you need them." Follow these six restaurant-approved storage tips to ensure that your kitchen runs smoothly, no matter what's on the menu.