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21 Useful Ways to Organize a Small Kitchen

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
July 09, 2016 · 2.2k Views

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.

You can get this Dexas Over the Sink Strainer Board on Amazon. Click here to visit our Amazon coupon page.

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.

>> SEE MORE: 11 Home Depot Discount Hacks & Tips for DIYers

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.

Find the tutorial at HGTV.

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.


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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.