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Even if you want to declutter your small kitchen as much as possible – and you should – you’ll need to keep a certain amount of staples on hand — rice, pasta, beans, cereal, and sugar, for example — to keep it functional. As a result, even tiny kitchens need efficient small kitchen organization.
What do you do if you don’t have a walk-in pantry, or a lot of extra kitchen cupboard space? Here are some ideas for creating organized kitchen storage space where there is none, and ensuring, via efficient small kitchen organization, that however small your kitchen space is it works hard to make using it as efficient – and pleasant – as possible.
A bookshelf – customized and repainted to match your kitchen decor ideally – can be a great way to add pantry style storage to your kitchen.
If you shop carefully you can find bookshelves that come complete with doors in a thrift store, or you can do what (according to the company anyway) one person in the world does every five seconds and invest in a BILLY bookcase from IKEA.
After you’ve chosen your bookshelf starting point organize its new contents by use and size and understand that you will need to make a little extra effort to keep things organized, as there will be no doors to hide the mess behind! However, the boost in kitchen efficiency you’ll enjoy – as well as aesthetic appeal, will make the effort well worth it.
When your kitchen space is limited, you must make the most of what you have. This will almost certainly call for the installation of shelving or a hanging cabinet in areas that would otherwise be unused. If you go for open shelving, make sure you have stylish storage containers.
By hanging your pots and pans, – either from the ceiling or vertically via stick up holders – you can free up cabinet, shelf, and drawer space for more pantry storage. A stunning Calphalon or All-Clad pan will be much more appealing to the eye than a box of cereal or a bag of chips.
Your kitchen cabinet doors’ interiors are a terribly underutilized resource. To make even more space for larger pieces, use them to store spices or small kitchen utensils. Most home goods stores – and online shopping destinations like Amazon – carry a range of inexpensive pot racks that can be mounted to the inside of a door in a matter of minutes.
Risers in your cabinets are an easy and affordable addition that will not only help you make better use of the vertical space on your shelves, but they will also help you keep track of what you already have and avoid buying duplicates.
If you have more room near your oven than you do elsewhere in the kitchen, or you like to cook a lot but want to save time, keep a rolling cart with all of your essentials nearby. When you have friends over and need more floor space, you can switch it around to wherever you’re cooking.
Take a tip from woodworking shops and attach lids to the bottom of your cabinets to hold jars of your most frequently used pieces close at hand. Just make sure your cabinet can support the jars when they’re complete.
Need help with small kitchen organization? The team at Just Organized by Taya will be happy to help with this, or any other, home organization project. Schedule a free Zoom call here so we can chat about your unique project and just how we can help.
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