When it comes to finding a place to live, kitchen size is often the first place people are willing to negotiate, and with 36% of Americans with smaller than average kitchens it’s easy to see which room pays the price. While you may not need to spend a great deal of time in your kitchen, being able to keep it clean and organized are vital to your health and sanity, but when you’re short on space that’s not always so easy to do. We’ve compiled a list of some easy techniques to organize a small kitchen space to make life a whole lot easier.
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1. DIY Burner Cover
Try doing a DIY burner cover that doubles as a cutting board, work space, or additional countertop.
Find this tutorial at The Kitchn.
2. Curtain rod caddy for oils and spices
Install a curtain rod on the walls of your kitchen just above your counters, and hang attractive bath caddies off of them as a clever place to store cooking oil and spices.
3. Cork board hanger
Line the inside of your cabinet doors with crock board and press in nails and thumb tacks as an easy place to hang measuring cups and cooking utensils.
4. Multi-purpose cutting board
Purchase a cutting board that is large enough to fit over your sink, some stores even carry boards specially designed for this purpose that latch on perfectly to the sides of your sink.
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5. Shower caddy storage
Install a shower caddy or large shoe caddy into the inside of pantry doors for added storage space.
6. Wicker basket storage
Add extra items that aren’t used as regularly in wicker baskets and place them on the top of your cabinets.
7. Hanging pots and pans rack
Bring back the old school hanging pot look by installing a rack on the wall, or better yet on your ceiling. Just make sure it’s high enough to not smack anyone in the head.
Source: The Kitchn
8. Bookshelf coffee area
Add a small bookshelf to the room as an easy coffee area or wet bar.
9. Over-the-sink dish rack
Mount your dish rack on the wall over your sink to help save on counter space (not to mention keep them dry).
10. Magnetic knife board
Add a magnetic board to the wall near your cooking area as an easy place to keep knives. Just make sure it is far from the reach of children.
Want to make this knife block? Find the complete tutorial at eHow.
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11. Pull-out shelves for extra storage space
Install pull out shelves the extra long cabinets for added storage space.
12. Floating wall shelves
Install floating shelves on your walls for an extra place to add bowls, glasses, and plates
13. Over-the-sink shelf
Purchase an over the sink shelf as the perfect place to keep paper towels, cleaning items, and mini herb gardens without hogging up sink space or window sills.
Source: Designer Trapped
14. Magnetic spices
Add magnets to the bottom of your spices to keep on the side of refrigerators on large magnetic boards.
15. Baking supplies storage
Install small drawers into the toad kick area under shelves. The perfect place to store pie trays, sheet pans, and baking molds.
16. Hanging mason jars
Screw the lids of mason jars to the bottom of kitchen cabinets so you can easily fill the jars with dried pasta, beans, or snacks and screw them on.
17. Mug caddy
Purchase a mug caddy as an easy way to stylishly display your favorite coffee cups while saving on cabinet space.
18. Rope hanger
Drill holes onto the side of cutting boards and add a rope handle to them making it easy to hang them off the side of cabinets.
19. Corner shelves
Install corner shelves to take advantage of every inch of space.
Source: Live Simply by Annie
20. Behind-the-door spice rack
Add a spice rack to the back of your kitchen door as a clever space to save room in your cabinets.
21. Attractive garbage can
Buy an attractive garbage can that you don’t mind leaving out to help free up that extra space under the sink.