If you are living in a small apartment, chances are your kitchen is also tiny where storage can be a hurdle. However, not only small kitchens but a few spacious kitchens also come with storage constraints. So, instead of treating this as a problem, you need to consider this as an opportunity to reveal your kitchen’s true storage potential. After all, what makes a kitchen perfect is how you organize it.
The following quick and easy tips will help you organize your tiny kitchen and get the most out of it.
1. De-Clutter Your Storage Space
The first step towards a well-organized kitchen is to de-clutter your storage space. People often tend to crowd their kitchen with appliances and kitchenware regardless of the available storage space. For example, you may end up gathering plenty of plates, bowls, cups, glasses, and spoons because people often give them as gifts or souvenirs. So, the first thing you need to do is to get rid of the unnecessary pots, pans, appliances, and tableware to free as much storage space as possible.
One way to de-clutter your kitchen is to make your kitchen utensils multitask. Instead of using 3-4 small frying pans or stew pots, you can use two medium-sized pans or pots for daily cooking. On the other hand, you can also get rid of the bulky kitchen decorations such as large cookie jars, display collections, and dishware.
2. Go Vertical for Additional Storage
A small kitchen often requires you to go vertical for additional storage space. However, vertical storage is not limited to hanging or stacking kitchenware on the walls. You can add a few open shelves underneath the ceiling, particularly if your cabinets don’t reach all way up. You can use this additional space to store special-occasion pieces and kitchen accessories such as an expensive set of china or a silver tea set from your grandmother.
Alternatively, you can also use this additional space to arrange vintage cookware, cookbooks, and display collection. If you have enough space, you can also add a ladder for easy access. You can also add a few narrow Pullout Racks that can substitute as pantry storage. They can be used to store small supplies such as oils, spices, and herbs.
Dividing your kitchen cabinets into narrow vertical slots for baking trays, sauce pans, and chopping boards will also help you save plenty of storage space. Similarly, you can also add vertical lid rack on the back of the cabinet doors to hack some storage space. The best thing that you can do with vertical storage is to be creative.
3. Maximize Every Inch of Kitchen Sink Area
The kitchen sink area, particularly under the sink is a designated dumping spot in almost every kitchen. However, you can easily turn this vast wasteland of cleaning products into a smart storage space. Using a small rolling drawer or a trolley is one of the best ways to take advantage of limited storage space. You can store small cookware or even a small kitchen appliance such as a stand mixer in these trolleys.
Lid racks and small baskets installed on the back of the sink cabinet door can accommodate plenty of kitchenware. However, if you don’t want to store cookware under the sink, you can install a pocket organizer or a shoe rack on the back of the cabinet door to store everyday cleaners and toiletries. You can also use sink drawers that tip out for cleaning products.
In most kitchens, the area above the sink is often underutilized. We recommend buying an over-the-sink shelf if you are tight on budget. However, you can also add a couple of open shelves above the sink area or on the bare side of the kitchen cabinets. You can use these strategically added open shelves for glassware. If the kitchen window is taking up most of the space above the kitchen, you can add a simple rail on the ceiling for hanging utensils such as pots, sauce pans, casseroles pans, casseroles, and spoons.
4. Organize Your Cabinets Cleverly
Kitchen cabinets can accommodate a lot more cookware than the obvious. However, people often fail to utilize their exact storage potential. In fact, you can use the back of the cabinet doors to create extra storage for a variety of items. For example, you can not only make use of an unused space but also keep your spices organized by using a spice shelf installed on the back of your cabinet door. Although shallow, they can easily accommodate dozens of spice jars.
Take a couple of magazine or file holders and screw them on the inside of the cabinet doors to store Ziploc bags, aluminum foils, and even spoons. You can also hang cork boards on the inside of your cabinet door to create additional storage space. Apart from hanging your measuring cups and spoons, you can also use the cork board to pin recipes and notes.
When it comes to creating additional storage, awkward kitchen cabinets often located in the corner pose a serious challenge. Though such cabinets have a lot of space, they can’t accommodate large cookware as the opening is narrow. A lazy Susan is the best way to willing to invest in a few sophisticated kitchen cabinet accessories. However, if you are tight on budget, you can simply attach screw hooks on the top of the cabinet to hang pots and pans.
The kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. A well-organized kitchen is your pride even if you are not a homemaker. However, with increasing real estate prices, you are more likely to end up having a small kitchen. Organizing a small kitchen and keeping it equipped with essential goodies is a tough task. These quick tips and ideas will help you organize a small kitchen and get the most out of it.