Make the Most of Your Kitchen with Creative Organizational Tips
The key to making a small kitchen work? Organization. It’s essential to any kitchen, but particularly those with less square footage. Piled up pots and pans, overflowing cabinets, and cluttered countertops make it hard to cook, clean, and enjoy your kitchen. In this article, we’ll share our favorite ideas for learning about how to organize a kitchen.
What We'll Cover
Install Shelving and Think Vertically
You might not be able to add multiple cabinets, but chances are you can add shelving. Even small shelves will add space to store spices, oils, or knick knacks. Look for empty wall spaces that will lend themselves to a shelf or two or three! Ideally, you’ll place on-hand items that you’ll reach for frequently and/or decorative pieces. You can even use a wall rack to display pots and pans.
In particularly small spaces, think vertically. Storing items upwards and downwards, rather than horizontally, allows you to take advantage of even the tightest spaces. You can apply this technique to your cabinets as well, choosing to stack items rather than spread them out.
Use Baskets to Store and Contain
What about all that stuff that won’t fit on a shelf? If your cabinets are full, use baskets to store and contain. You can place hanging baskets inside cabinets or use them outside of cabinets in carts. These multi-functional storage items are excellent for housing pots, pans, small appliances, and utensils.
For extra organizational points, label each basket. That way, you’ll know what items are where and will be motivated to return them to the correct place after you’re finished using them.
Grab a Utility Cart
If even after you’ve added shelving and baskets you still lack space, we have a solution! Utility carts are perfect for storing just about anything. They’re easy to tuck away when not in use and can be located in multiple spaces in your kitchen. You can even use them to store pantry items such as cereal, granola bars, snacks, and more.
Add a Towel Bar Above Your Sink
Got a little space above your sink? All you need is a towel bar to give yourself a little more storage space. Simple hooks on the towel bar are perfect for hanging utensils and small pans. You can even add a small hanging rack to the bar to house spices and little containers.
Create a Prep Space
Okay, hear us out on this one! You can purchase (or DIY) your own wooden cover for your stovetop. This spot is perfect for meal prep and organizing your ingredients when you’re short on countertop space. Just don’t forget to move it aside before turning on the burners.
Lean into Zones
Here’s a tip that you can use in other rooms of your house: zoning. Divide your kitchen into zoning for easy organization. You can make your sink area the cleaning zone. This is where you’ll store your cleaning products, sponges, towels, wipes, and trash bags. The area around your cooktop and range hood can be your cooking zone. There you’ll place your on-hand ingredients, spices, seasoning, oils, utensils, appliances, and related supplies.
Near your kitchen table, you can build a little nook to house silverware, placemats, linens, and plates. You can even get a little creative and create a coffee/tea zone or charging zone for your devices.
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