Those who live with a small kitchen understand the struggle of making everything work in an organized matter. A small kitchen will force you to strategically and consciously make kitchen purchases based on counter space and storage space. But by choice or by circumstance, living a minimalistic lifestyle can actually be fun and stress-free, with the right recourses.
Whether you’re a student or working adult, learning to live in a small space while maintaining your sanity doesn’t have to be difficult. With these tips, you can keep your tiny kitchen neat and organized. We’ve included nifty gadgets and tools that can be a serious space saver as well as a couple DIY projects that you’ll love!
Pots and pans are a necessity in the kitchen especially if you love to cook. They come in an array of sizes that can take up some serious cupboard space. Not to mention, when stacked they can become a bulky pain that is hard to maneuver. Further, we can’t forget about that gut-wrenching sound they make when they topple over each other.
To help put your mind at ease and create organization amongst the chaos you could use this adjustable pots and pan organizer. This organizer is designed to fit right into your kitchen cabinet and has adjustable racks so you can fit pots and pans of all sizes.
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If you’re tight for cupboard space and want to maximize your wall space instead, then this pots and pan organizer may be a better-suited option for you.
We’ve included a wall-mounted organizer that is great for hanging pots and pans. It comes with 8 hooks to hang whatever you please. The top shelf also offers added space-saving storage for bulky pots.
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There are easy ways to organize pots and pans as we just talk about but then what happens to the lids? You can’t exactly hang the pots with the lids attached. To help prevent a messy cupboard that is filled with an assortment of pot lids you could use this organizer.
It conveniently hangs and fits on the back of a cabinet door to save space. I have this in my house and it is a serious game changer. You can store up to 4 lids at a time and the organizer will help you access them easily and conveniently.
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Some store their bakeware in the oven when it’s not being used although when it comes time to use the oven you’re left with a messy countertop filled with bakeware. Others tend to throw bakeware in a cupboard in an unorganized manner.
To help solve this problem you could use this organizer. It’s great for neatly storing bakeware, cutting boards, and even dinnerware. With 2 organizers you could save some serious space and prevent some ugly messes in your cupboards.
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This wall rail can serve many purposes in your kitchen. It comes with the rail and 10 “S” hooks to hang an assortment of kitchenware. Since counter space is considered prime real estate, instead of containing your cooking tools like spatulas, ladles, etc in a jar on the counter you can maximize the wall space and hang them instead.
If you’re looking for something with an even more minimal appearance, it’s sturdy enough to hand pots and pans too. You may want to consider installing it close to your oven for convenience.
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Knives are an important part of preparing food. Unfortunately, knife blocks take up space on the counter. When you have minimal counter space to work with that innocent knife block can quickly become a nuisance.
Instead of a knife block, you could display your common kitchen knives on this awesome magnetic knife display. It’s a simple DIY (do it yourself) project that looks both aesthetically pleasing and serves a real purpose. For a rustic look use reclaimed wood with character, then, all you’ll need are a few strong magnets and a few tools to put this together.
For those who love cooking understand the importance of spices. Having ground and dried spices on hand make all the difference to making a dish come to life! Many spice racks can take up cupboard space or counter space. As a space-saving alternative, these magnetic jars can stick to an installed metal piece on your wall or simply on your fridge.
Fridge magnets are overrated and these may actually look neat because the clear lid will display the array of colors and textures that make up spices. If you want them out of sight you could consider sticking them to the side of your fridge.
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Many cabinets come with shelving that has a height higher than needed for common dinnerware. To save more space you could use these cabinet shelves. The way you utilize them is easily customizable which makes them great, especially for small spaces.
These shelves are stackable or adjustable in length so you can add additional storage within your cupboards. They will work great for storing dinnerware and common pantry items. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to hold more items in your cupboards without having to do any serious renovations.
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Cutting boards are important tools in the kitchen, especially if you want to save your countertop from scratches and staining. This cutting board is a serious space saving tool because of it’s ability to fit right over your kitchen sink.
It has an extendable piece to fit the width of your kitchen sink making it stable enough to prep your food on. It also has a built-in silicone strainer that can pop out. Once you’ve finished cutting your veggies, pop out the strainer, rinse and then enjoy!
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If you’re lacking drawer space or storage space for everyday items like cling wrap, tin foil or miscellaneous kitchen items, then you know too well how frustrating this can be. To help add storage to your cabinets you could add these under shelf baskets.
These baskets easily slide right onto a shelf and instantly provide extra storage. Since they can fit in your cabinets they’ll hide away behind your cupboard doors. This also comes as a set of 2 for even more storage.
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This murphy bar is seriously cool and a real space saver. This DIY project is fairly easy to follow and quite inexpensive to make. The best part is it serves as a bar and table all in one. When it’s folded up it’s aesthetically pleasing enough to deserve a space in your kitchen.
If you live in a small apartment or home it could even serve as a small kitchen table too. Store items on the built and shelves, fold up the table and all the mess is hidden away. It’s practical, convenient and best yet will save you a lot of space.
Deep cabinets may be nice in theory but really, in the end, they can create a chaotic mess. This is especially true if you’re at a loss of how to organize it. To help maximize your beloved space you may want to use this pull-out storage in your cabinets.
These units are easily stackable if you have the space to accommodate them. It could serve a great purpose for storing cleaning products under the sink or used in your cupboard to store food and other assorted pantry items.
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This storage tower rack is like a pantry on wheels. Perfect for all students or anyone dealing with a small kitchen.
Its slim design will fit between small spaces such as gaps between cabinets or beside a refrigerator. With 4 shelves you’ll be able to store a bunch of food items. It’s sturdy and durable and very easy to assemble.
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These tip out sink trays may require some time and effort to install, however, the pay off is well worth it. By installing these sink trays you’ll be able to utilize space you didn’t even know you had.
It’s a great way of storing sponges or other items you may want quick accessibility near the sink. This purchase comes with the tray and the tip out hinges so there will be no necessary special trips to the hardware store.
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Corner cupboards are awesome because they’re generally large and deep. Unfortunately, if the corner cupboard only has shelving items can quickly become lost.
If you want to invest in a space-saving kitchen then you definitely need this kidney-shaped lazy susan. It’s easy to install and fits perfectly in corner cupboards. Since the selves spin, you’ll have a 360-degree view of all the food and products you’re storing in that space.
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