Maximizing available space in a small kitchen is essential for a household to run smoothly. Some quick tips can turn your stuffed, messy cabinets and drawers into organized, functional storage units.
The first step in your organizational journey is to glance at your countertops and take stock of what you see there. Ensure that only essential items are taking up space here such as soap, paper towels, and oft-used utensils such as a knife set. When clearing counter space ask yourself, “Do I use this item on a daily basis?” If the answer is, “No,” find a new home for it and only bring it out when you’re using it. Bigger items are ideal for short-term storage in a cabinet, such as standing mixers or food processors.
Take a moment and determine which cabinet or cupboard will hold which items and group similar items together to increase kitchen efficiency. For example, put plates, bowls, and Tupperware in the same cabinet. A cabinet rack will help give you even more space. Place dinner plates below and salad plates on the rack above. Stacking the smaller plates on the larger plates may seem convenient, but it can quickly become a hassle when you’re struggling to dislodge a dinner plate from a stack of salad plates.
In terms of storing Tupperware, it may be time to invest in easily stackable storage containers. If your Tupperware is a mess of missing lids and different sized containers, consider tossing some older containers and buying a new set with containers that easily nest inside each other. This will save an immense amount of space and time when you’re searching for the perfect container. Also, consider storing containers and lids side by side or stacked to maximize space.
Invest in organizers for your cabinets and drawers. These inexpensive items can double space and ease organizational headaches. Items such as a cabinet organizer rack, can organizers, and drawer organizers can help multiply the amount of space you can use in your kitchen. When organizing food items, grouping similar items together will help streamline space. For example, separate canned items by type such as vegetables, fruits, soups, and meats. This will help you quickly grab a can of corn rather than rummaging through a dozen soups to find it. A can organizer is a handy space saver as well and helps avoid teetering towers of cans in your cabinet.
If you are lacking in drawer space, consider purchasing some inexpensive containers to stack on your counter. Alternatively, if you have counters without cabinets underneath, consider a container that latches underneath your counter and will give you a makeshift cupboard. If you have an open wall, hang some organizing racks to make shelves and pair them with storage containers. Use clear containers or turn a colored container on its side in order to make the contents within easily available. If you go this route be sure to have a stool or a small step ladder handy to reach things on the top shelves.
When it comes to aprons, dishtowels and oven mitts, start hanging. A pegboard can save an enormous amount of drawer space that can be better utilized by other things. When choosing a pegboard, consider one with a shelf large enough to hold cookbooks. This will keep your recipes close at hand without taking up valuable cabinet space.
In general, when organizing it’s helpful to prioritize. Oft-used items should be stored where they are easy to reach, either on the counter or on lower shelves. When storing flat items like cookie sheets and cutting boards, store them on their side. This will save space and make them easier to grab. Cooking tools in a utensil cup may be better served in a rotating cup with slots for different utensils, this will help save on space and make utensils easier to use while cooking.
A small kitchen can seem like an inconvenience when digging through drawers and cabinets to find what we need. However, a few quick organizational tools can help make a small kitchen feel more spacious and efficient than a large kitchen.