The holidays are a time to be with family and friends, but they can also be stressful. You want to make sure your home is ready for holiday guests, but you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. Kitchen Design Center of South Florida has these kitchen tips for getting your kitchen ready for the holidays that won’t add stress to your life!

Kitchen Tips to Maximize Storage

While it may be too late for a kitchen remodel for this holiday season there’s a lot of room in your kitchen that you might not be using until you’re ready for a full-on kitchen redesign and remodel. Here are some tips on how to maximize your storage:

  • Under your kitchen countertop, use the space between your refrigerator and wall cabinets. You can store canned goods and baking supplies here, as well as serving pieces for parties.
  • Above your kitchen cabinets, use the space above the cabinet doors for small appliances such as coffee makers, blenders, and microwaves. This will help keep them out of sight but still close at hand when needed.
  • Above your refrigerator where it meets the wall, place tall items like wine coolers or pitchers for easy access during parties without crowding other items that are stored on lower shelves in front of it. If you have an appliance such as an electric kettle or blender there already (or want one), this is also a good spot because they’re usually tall enough to fit within its dimensions!

A Place for everything

If you’ve got a space in your kitchen that could use some organization, it’s time to get organized. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, it’s only going to lead to frustration and wasted time.

  • Take everything out of drawers, cabinets, and the fridge so that you can give them a good cleaning. When everything is put back in its place properly, everyone will know where things are supposed to go—and more importantly where they shouldn’t go!
  • Clear off shelves and countertops by removing any items that don’t belong there (like dishes drying on an open shelf). The less clutter we have on our counters or shelves, the easier it will be for us to find something when we need it most during holiday cooking frenzies!
  • Use the backs of doors for storage—or even tabletops if there’s enough room—to hold things like pot lids or other tools that aren’t used very often but still need a home away from their original containers/places of storage.
  • Make use of walls by hanging utensils on hooks with nails (if they’re sturdy enough), using pegboards as storage solutions or even hanging mitts up instead of leaving them lying around everywhere else in sight.”

A gathering space for friends and family

The kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s a place where you can share food, stories, and memories with friends and family. The holidays are an especially special time for gathering around the kitchen table to create new traditions with loved ones.

To make this festive season feel more like home than ever before, here are a few kitchen tips for making your kitchen more welcoming:

Simple holiday decoration kitchen tips

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so it’s no wonder you want to make it as festive as possible during the holidays. You can do that without spending a fortune on decorations by using a few simple items to spruce up your space.

  • Place a small tree or wreath near the entryway to welcome guests with an extra dose of seasonal cheer.
  • Set out some festive food and drink for your guests, such as cookies or hot cider.
  • Our favorite kitchen tip is to play holiday music in the background while you’re cooking holiday treats and other meals for friends and family during this busy time of year.

Holiday snacks

  • Make a list of all the people you’ll be cooking for.
  • Have a variety of snacks available for guests to enjoy.
  • Make sure there’s something to drink available as well, especially if your party will last longer than 2 hours.
  • And don’t forget about munchies! It’s important to have something on hand while you’re in the kitchen preparing everything—anything from fruit platters to cheese boards is fair game here (and might actually help keep you from getting too hungry while cooking).

Make your kitchen work for you this holiday season.

  • Make sure you have enough space.
  • Get out your tape measure, and take the room in. If it’s not big enough, don’t worry! There are lots of ways to make a small space work. Maybe there’s room for another table at the end of your kitchen island, or perhaps you can arrange chairs around the stove in an L-shape instead of having everyone facing each other from across the length of your kitchen island.
  • Have some fun with it! If all else fails, make sure that no matter what happens—whether someone spills something on their pants or breaks their plate—you’ll be able to clean up easily after everyone leaves at night by using some eco-friendly cleaning products (like these).


With these tips, you’ll be able to make your kitchen work for you this holiday season until you decide on a needed kitchen remodel. If you follow them closely and practice good organization skills, you will have a much easier time getting through all of the parties and family gatherings that Christmas brings. And, when the dust settles, your guests leave the warmth of Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, and you’re ready for a timely and well-deserved kitchen remodel, we’re ready at Kitchen Design Center to help you make the kitchen of your dreams, a reality.