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Successful Tips for Organizing Your Tiny Kitchen
Hello c4 followers. You are in for a treat today. I would like to introduce you to one of my new blogging buddies, Kacey. Kacey is a lifestyle for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog. And she wanted to stop by today to help those of us with small kitchens learn to use our space to its full potential. I hope you will enjoy Kacey’s article as she shares tips for organizing a tiny kitchen.
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Having a tiny kitchen can be a nightmare for someone who loves to cook and has every gadget and gizmo to go with their passion. How do you organize a kitchen where you’re lucky enough to open the oven door completely?
You get sneaky with all those nooks and crannies tiny kitchens have and fall in love with the idea of minimalism. When you have a tiny kitchen you have to make every square footwork to your advantage — that includes cabinet doors, wall space, and well, you’ll get the idea:
- Store Items Over the Stovetop
By storing items over your stovetop whatever you need is within your arm’s reach. Ideas on what to store include knives on a magnetic strip, strainer, spatula, spoon soup and a cast iron frying pan.
- Display Other Items Where Possible
Display other household items where possible. Have a blank wall that needs to be filled? You could create a wall rack to display your plates or serving platters.
- Get a Hollow Island
From the front, you have a typical island. From the island’s back, you have an open space to store everything you need or the odd items that you never have room for, such as holiday decorations and cookbooks. Add a curtain to hide the mess if you don’t like the open look.
- Invest in Custom Cabinetry
Invest in custom cabinetry to improve your organizational level and gain a new area to store items. Your unique cabinetry will better fit your household items and give your tiny kitchen a new visual appeal.
- Don’t Forget the Bottom of Shelves
Your shelves have one forgotten surface you’re not taking advantage of — the bottom. It’s the perfect area for a magnetic spice rack—just place magnetic strips under the bottom and one on each of the mason jars or other containers, fill with spices, seal, and display.
- Don’t Forget Your Doors
From cabinet doors to pantry and kitchen doors, these doors are underutilized real estate in your tiny kitchen. Suspend spatulas and oven mitts from hooks to reclaim space and have easier access to household items.
- Organize Small Items with Baskets
Baskets and bins are helpful to organize items that are small or different in size. Use baskets to organize items on a hard-to-reach a top shelf so that you can grab the handle, and the items won’t fall. Never open a cabinet to cascading items again.
- Use the Sides of Lower Cabinets
Some annoying items are difficult to store and end up falling no matter what you do — until now. Hang clunky items on the sides of lower cabinets with hooks or nobs, such as a cutting board or colander. Hang heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
- Upcycle Old Tissue Boxes
Old grocery store bags are handy, but they tend to take over cabinets. Stop this unsightly assault on your storage space. Upcycle old tissue boxes as spaces for plastic grocery store bags.
- Shelve Items in Cabinets More Efficiently
Add a riser to your cabinets, storing plates underneath and bowls on top. They are easier to access and more organized. Then, nestle your wine glasses on the higher shelf by alternating which direction (up or down) that you stand them. This will fit more wine glasses on the shelves.
- Stop Overpacking Your Pantry
Find a system that works for you and your family by assigning categories to particular shelves. On the bottom shelf, you could place snacks. On the middle shelves, section off canned items and pasta items. Above this, place your breakfast items, but leave room on top for overflow.
Another idea is to group items according to how you typically cook. For example, place baking items together and pasta ingredients together on the shelves.
- Love Your Minimalist Kitchen
If your space still cluttered, it’s time to purge. Do you need a handheld can opener and the electric one? How many blenders do you have?
Go through all the gadgets and gizmos and keep the essentials. A few special items are allowed, such as if you love to break bread.
Organize your tiny kitchen in the way that makes sense for your preferences and needs. Keep frequently used items close by creatively hanging or displaying items. Purge what you don’t need.
A small kitchen doesn’t have to feel claustrophobic. When your tiny kitchen is organized, you’ll find it’s the perfect fit for you.
That’s it c4 family. I think Kacey did an excellent job…don’t you? Don’t forget to visit Kacey’s blog and check her out on Twitter as well.
Kacey, thank you for visiting and sharing with us.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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These are great tips. I especially like the idea of using the tissue boxes for grocery bags. I have tons of them.
Thank you. I am glad you found them helpful. I liked the tissue box idea as well.
I would add the magnetic spices can go on the side of the fridge. I use the bottom of my cupboards for the magnetic knife rack and it keeps them nicely in reach without taking up counter space. Loved your list! Very good tips!
My current house has lots of kitchen cabinets. In fact, I have taken some out. haha But the house I had before this one was a tiny cottage with only 2 cabinets for storage, one up top and one below. I had to put most of my food in the laundry room on a shelf that I installed. And I could never buy more than a couple of days worth of groceries.
Hi Nikki, how blessed are you!!! That is a statement and not a question. 😉 To have more than enough cabinet space? Are you kidding me? Now you are just bragging. 🙂 Seriously, you are very blessed but I am happy you enjoyed the article. 🙂
Thank you Sonja. When one is space challenged, one has to be creative. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping in. I’m glad you were here.