Tips for Enhancing and Organizing a Small Kitchen

Most of us would like to have a grand-sized kitchen where we can both cook up a feast and have a group of guests sit, watch and chat while we do so. But in today’s modern times especially with our economy, living spaces are becoming smaller and more compact. Even manufacturers have recognized the need to develop products and appliances for the compact household with a small kitchen. Nowadays, it’s all about organizing your small kitchen in order to make it functional, efficient and cosy at the same time.

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Having a small kitchen means having limited space, so it is necessary to keep your small kitchen clutter-free. Look around your kitchen and relentlessly remove everything you do not need. Avoid putting small items on top of your counters as decorative pieces. A small kitchen has the tendency to look more cluttered than a big one. Go through inside your drawers and cabinets and remove everything you don’t or rarely use. If you haven’t used something in the past few months, chances are you don’t really need it that much. Give it to a friend or sell it at a yard sale. The last thing you want is to waste precious space by keeping things that you know you will probably never use.

Maximize Storage Space

For a small kitchenstorage space is very important so you want to be able to keep your kitchen functioning efficiently despite its small space. Not only should you maximize existing storage space, but you should enhance it in order to fully utilize the storage. Use double tier cutlery trays for your drawers to double up on their storage capacity. Using this tray also saves you time rummaging around when you need something. Use layered racks and shelves for your cabinets. Adding multiple layered pull-out shelves or racks can double or triple each cabinet’s storage capacity and allow you to fully utilize every space available inside your cabinets. This can also save you the unnecessary expense of installing additional cabinets, therefore giving your small kitchen more floor space. 3 Tier Spice Rack

Hang what you can

Not only should you maximize all available storage spaces in your small kitchen, you should also maximize every available nook and cranny inside it. Use walls and back of cabinets to hang racks or shelves and create additional space.  Hang your pots and pans overhead using a pot & pan organizers. This is great for keeping them from getting banged and scratched in storage. The back of your cabinets and pantry doors may even provide you with additional space by hanging small spice racks behind them. You can even install racks on your kitchen walls to create more storage space and add a bit of character to your small kitchen.

Even if you have a small kitchen, it can still be complete, efficient, effective and cozy without feeling tight and cramped. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and some really good organizing accessories to do the job.


4 responses to “Tips for Enhancing and Organizing a Small Kitchen

  1. I am in the same boat with the small kitchen. I have had to edit. But let me tell you it is not that big of a deal. You can stash some tghnis in longer term storage (garage or back of your closet or whatever) if you don’t want to break up your set.I would suggest editing everything else too, and storing or passing along stuff that you can do without. Kitchens really need to be efficient. A few hardworking pieces will serve you well without getting in your way, and will make room for more of what you want to hang on to, like your pans. Some places to start: serving ware, tupperware, and mixing stuff, and duplicates of utensils. Make sure that your gadgetry and small appliances (esp the bulky ones) are really working hard to earn their place most of them are not absolutely necessary. For instance you might trade in your coffee maker for a french press which is smaller. You might be able to pare down on dishes, glasses, and mugs. Try to get by on service for 4. This should get you through the day, but then you clean up. If you need more dishes when friends come over, you can store them up high out of your way, so that everyday needed items can be in a handier place. You can also probably reduce the food you keep on hand. Try buying less, more often and keep less bulk stuff around. Or store your unopened excesses in another place, and keep the at-hand amounts in the kitchen.Misc storage places that I find useful: Top of fridge. I like this for tupper ware. I keep it in a laundry basket. When I need it, I pull the basket down and get. It isn’t heavy and is just organized enough to be smart without being overdone. You might want something prettier up there but this worked fine for me.Inside the fridge. You can store almost anything in there if it isn’t usually full. Cans of food, empty tupperware? The bonus is that with that stuff in there cold, it will help keep your perishables cold.Inside the dishwasher. If you wash by hand, you can use the dishwasher for storing clean dishes.Inside the oven. Good place for pans and bakeware if you don’t use it all the time. I wouldn’t use the oven for anything that can’t get used in the oven, in case it accidentally gets turned on before you empty it. Watch for plastic or wooden handles. Back of the stove like the top of the backsplash area. I keep spices, oils there. They lean against the wall because there isn’t enough room for anything to fall back there. I also keep my most well used pans right on the burners. I have my pasta pot stashed with the colander inside, and lid on. Skillets nested together. Everything is out but it is neat and handy.Think outside the box. You may think you know what belongs in the kitchen but you don’t have to do that way. You can store spices in a drawer. You can store linens on a shelf. You can put rubber shelf liner down to put bowls or cups in a drawer. There also isn’t a hard and fast rule about upper and lower cabinets, or what goes together. Put the stuff you need everyday in the handiest places, and the rest in the more out of reach places.

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