Storage for small kitchens

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Our kitchen was my least favorite room for the first 6 1/2 years that we lived in our house. But even though it wasn’t exactly pretty, we made the most of it until this past summer/fall when we finally bit the bullet and did a complete renovation. Though still on the small side, our kitchen has become much more functional and I couldn’t wait to get to the fun part– organizing!

Organizing a small kitchen can be a bit of a challenge. I was constantly pinning posts about organizing kitchens, but they seemed to have oodles of drawer and cabinet space to organize every pan, plate, and spice jar. I have a grand total of 4 drawers and a limited number of cabinets to work with, and I really wanted to make the most of them. I’ve moved things around quite a few times trying to find the perfect configuration for our new kitchen, and since we’ve been living with our current setup for a little while now and it seems to be working well, I thought I’d share the tips and strategies that have helped me create our organized kitchen.

1. Purge, purge, and purge some more!

If you’ve ever read any of my organization posts before, you probably knew that this was going to be the first step. I really hate when a space feels cluttered, so I try to purge often so that we’re not feeling overrun by stuff.

Our old kitchen looked like this and was not laid out very well…

The corner cabinets were hard to access, the drawers were always breaking, and some of the cabinets were so narrow that they barely held anything. Because this is what I was working with before, I really purged down our stuff so that the cabinets weren’t overflowing.

Even so, when we put in our new kitchen…

…I went through all of our utensils, gadgets, and small appliances again and was able to get rid of even more stuff, leaving us with only the items we truly use. (I should also mention that I am not a big cook or baker, so we probably use less kitchen gadgets than most people.) I’ve learned that if I purge well, and purge often, it will make the rest of the organizing process so much easier!

2. Start with the “had tos.”

Since I was working with a small space, there were a few areas that were pretty limited (aka those areas “had to” hold certain things because that’s the only place they would fit), specifically drawers and large cabinets. Knowing this going in, I chose to sort out these areas first and then fill in the rest of the cabinets afterward.

When it came to the drawers, I knew silverware needed to be housed in one of them. Since the top drawer next to the sink is a double drawer (one of my favorite features of the IKEA SEKTION cabinets!), I was also able to store our knives in that space too. I used a knife block in our old kitchen, which was clunky and took up counter space, so I was glad to get rid of it!

I also needed a drawer to hold some of the gadgets and utensils that we use most often…

acrylic organizer | pizza cutter | measuring cups | measuring spoons | contact paper

There were a few gadgets that I only use every once in a while but still needed (think: strainer, funnel, pasta measure, etc.), so those went in a basket in one of the cabinets so they weren’t taking up the “prime real estate.” 🙂

I ended up using the bottom drawer for our ziplock bags, foil, saran wrap, etc.

I considered putting these items in an organizer on the inside of one of the cabinet doors, but at the end of the day, that arrangement felt a little too clunky to me, so into the drawer they went.

My final drawer is over between the refrigerator and the stove, so I used it to hold my oven mitts and kitchen towels/washcloths.

Once my drawers were situated, I moved on to my other “had to” area, the large corner cabinets. Since these were the only areas that could house some of my larger items, I knew that’s what had to go there. We used a lazy susan in the lower corner cabinet, and since it is right next to the range, I use it to hold our pots and pans. Our large mixing bowls and colander also found a spot in this cabinet.

And since I like to have all of our plates, bowls, and serving pieces together, I ended up putting them in our other large cabinet, the upper corner.

3. Put items in close proximity to where they’ll be used most.

So after I had my “had to” cabinets and drawers taken care of, I tried to be strategic and put the remaining items in “zones” whenever possible. For example, I knew that I wanted the majority of my baking sheets and pans to be close to the range because that’s where they’ll be used most.

I already mentioned that our pots and pans are in the lazy susan cabinet to the right of the stove, and then I used the one small cabinet between the stove and the refrigerator to house my baking sheets with a nifty little organizer to hold them neatly in place.

Since, admittedly, I do not bake much, I was fine with putting my baking pans in the high cabinet above the microwave.

Probably the most used small appliance in our house is our Magic Bullet— both Donnie and I have a shake or smoothie at least once a day…

So in the cabinet directly above the magic bullet, I made a little “smoothie station” with all of the cups, rims, and blades we need to make our shakes. As you can see, this cabinet also holds our storage containers and leftover paper products.

storage containers | mint bin

4. Use organizers that work for the space, not against it.

Another issue that I’ve come across when organizing a small kitchen is that I have to be pretty choosy about which organizers I use in my cabinets and drawers. Since I’m working with a smaller space, some organizers actually hinder my ability to fit things into a cabinet rather than help it.

Take my silverware drawer, for example. When I first moved everything back into the kitchen, I tried to use IKEA’s utensil holders; since our cabinets were IKEA, I assumed they would fit the best. They would have been great, but they don’t make ones that are the exact size of our particular drawer, so I felt like I was wasting a lot of space. I then found these acrylic organizers at Target (that just so happened to have an aqua liner at the bottom!), and they were a perfect fit– so much more functional for our drawer! (Plus, being able to see the pretty contact paper through the acrylic makes me smile every time! 🙂 )

Similarly, we replaced the IKEA knife holder with two of these bamboo organizers from Amazon, and it was a much better fit for the space.

Another way I found that organizers could work for my small space rather than against it was by adding an extra level with a simple riser, like I did in my mug cabinet…

…and underneath the sink.

microfiber cloths | acrylic tub | spray bottle

The under-sink space is also an example of where organizing bins came in handy to corral different items so they were not just a cluttered mess under there.

5. Place like items together, with the most used items down low and the least used items up high.

This final tip is probably the most obvious one, but it will be easier to find things if I put all “like” items together. All of our cups and water bottles are in one cabinet, for example, with the cups we use often on the lowest shelf, and the water bottles on the second shelf.

The cooling racks on the top shelf are another example of “we have a small kitchen and this is the only place they will fit,” but I don’t use them often, so they are up and out of the way.

The Cs’ plates and cups also have their own cabinet. This is another instance where, if our kitchen were larger, I probably would prefer to put them in a lower cabinet where the boys can reach them more easily, but since that’s not an option, this was our next best bet. (The basket on the top shelf holds all of the rarely-used-but-needed kitchen gadgets that I mentioned earlier in the post.)

Finally, the cabinet that always stumps me is the one above the fridge. No one in our family is tall and can reach it easily, so I just ended up using it for a serving bowl and our mini crock pot that we typically only use for get-togethers.

So that’s our organized kitchen! I talked about how we organize the pantry in a separate post, so you can pop over and see that if you’re interested. I thought about including our refrigerator organization as well, but 1. this post was already too long, and 2. when I was working on this post, we were in need of a grocery run, so it felt like cheating to show you an almost empty fridge and call it organized! We’ll save that one for another day! 😉

Have you ever attempted to organize a small kitchen? I’d love to hear your favorite tips and tricks– let me know in the comments! Have a wonderful day!

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37 Creative Storage Solutions:

One of the biggest concerns people have when beginning to prepare is…

Where the heck do I put everything?

With pantries shriveling away it makes it difficult to store hardly anything in them, and if you’re trying to store a year supply of food and supplies… you can just forget it!

But don’t worry, there is hope!

I searched high and low for ingenious ideas to help inspire you!

Take a look at these 37 Creative Storage Solutions – you’re likely to find at least a few that work for you!


Go on a tour of your home and find any wasted space! Look up high, down low, behind walls, in corners, and everywhere in between! You might be surprised how much you can actually store in these areas you originally over-looked!

Store Buckets Under The Bed

Put Lazy Susans in the Corner Space of Pantries

Add Shelves Up High in Closets & Pantries

Use Space Under Staircase

Add Strategic Shelving in Pantry

Make Rolling Crates for Under the Bed

Use the Narrow Space Between Fridge & Counters

Hang From the Ceiling

Use the Back of Doors


For all the DIY people out there, these ideas are for you! If you can make your own organizers, then the storage possibilities are endless!!!

Roller Canned Food Cabinet

Wall-Hanging Can Storage

Built-in Food Dispenser


Food & Water Storage

Use Soda Racks for Canned Goods

Organizer For Small Spaces


It’s not just food you need to store, but all your other day to day items. Here’s a few storage suggestions to find space for these too!

DIY Battery Storage Organizer

Make Furniture With Your Food & Supplies

Hide Items in a Bench Seat

Roll-Out Storage

Effectively Use Attic Storage


If you don’t have the time or patience to make your own organizers (or worry about losing fingers), check-out these pre-made creative storage ideas that are ready to be shipped to your door!

Mom’s Mason Jar Hanger

Shelf Reliance Can Organizer

Lazy Susan Storage

Can Rotator For Under the Bed

On the Wall System

Pantry Can Consolidators

Bed for Storage


Here are just a few of my other favorite ideas that I dream about having one day 😉

Magnet Board for Spices

For All Your Canning Jars

Use Air-Tight Containers

Use Glass Jars

Label Your Food

Put Board in Front of Jars

Turn Magazine Rack Into a Can Holder

8 Tips to Clean the Pantry

Do You Use Any of These Creative Storage Ideas?

Share your ideas for where you store all your food and supplies! We all want to know 😉

For more creative storage solutions be sure to follow my Organizing Board on Pinterest!

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I don’t publish every question I’m asked, but I do try to respond to as many as I can!


Need ideas for how to organize your kitchen? These DIY kitchen organization and storage hacks can help you maximize space in cluttered cabinets and drawers, get your pantry and fridge in order, and tackle some of those frustrating kitchen messes. Dive into the 31 kitchen organization tips below!

Organize Your Pantry with Baskets

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Want better kitchen pantry organization? Whether you have a walk-in pantry or you’re using a kitchen cabinet for food storage, baskets and bins can make a world of difference when it comes to finding what you need! You can store canned goods, bread, chip bags, cereal, snacks, spices, and all kinds of items in baskets and bins for quick access. Go the extra mile by adding rollout shelves in your pantry!

Use Clear Storage Containers with Labels

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If you want to maximize space in your pantry, get rid of boxes. They take up a lot of usable space in cabinets and on shelves. Pull your food and ingredients out of their original packaging, and place them in clear food storage containers that you can label and seal tightly. You can buy pre-labeled food containers or you can design pantry labels yourself!

Declutter Your Refrigerator with Bins

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The refrigerator is often forgotten when it comes to kitchen organization, but it’s one of the most important places to keep tidy. Not only does it help you find food, drinks, and ingredients quicker, but it also allows you to see your inventory so you’re less likely to waste food or buy things you already have. Add clear bins to your fridge to keep items visible and organized!

Utilize the Space Above the Fridge

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Small kitchens in particular require some creativity when it comes to kitchen organization. That’s why one of the best kitchen storage ideas is to think vertically—specifically, above your refrigerator! Since this space can be harder to access than lower cabinets and shelves, it’s a great spot to store items you don’t use as frequently, such as china, serving trays, or small kitchen appliances like blenders. Don’t have a cabinet over your fridge already? Learn how to build a DIY fridge cabinet!

Add Shelves for More Storage

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Especially if you don’t have a lot of counter or cabinet space available in your kitchen, shelves can be an excellent addition for kitchen storage. Keeping dishes, glassware, kitchen utensils, and appliances you’re not using out of the way can help you stay organized and clutter-free! Wherever you have open wall space, take advantage by hanging floating shelves. You can also opt for shelves with hooks beneath so that you can hang everything from dish towels and coffee mugs to knives and measuring cups!

Install Tiered Drawers in Large Cabinets

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Do you have large base cabinets in your kitchen? Rather than waste space by storing only a few items, maximize the available height of these cabinets by installing tiered kitchen cabinet drawers! Not only does this allow you to store more items in one cabinet, but it also makes locating cookware faster since you can pull out drawers to find what you need! You can find pre-made cabinet rollout drawers in most home stores, or you can make your own with this DIY sliding cabinet drawer tutorial.

Go with Peg Organizers in Dish Drawers

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Need ideas for organizing your dishes? If you keep your dishes in a deep kitchen drawer, insert a dish drawer peg organizer! These organizer inserts make it easy for you to customize peg placement for your dish size. That way, you can store all sizes of plates and bowls together in a drawer without having to worry about your dishes falling over or scratching other dishes. And if you’re a DIYer, you can make your own dish drawer organizer with a pegboard, dowels, and a few simple tools!

Use Organizers on Cabinet Shelves

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Even if you already have shelves in your kitchen cabinets, you can further maximize storage space by adding dish racks, stacking shelves, and tiered organizers. This kitchen organization idea allows you to fit varying sizes of dishes and glasses in your cabinet so that you don’t waste any available space—not to mention, it makes grabbing dishes easier since you won’t have to move everything else around!

Create a Spice Drawer

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If you need somewhere to store kitchen spices, designate a drawer for your ingredients! By repurposing a drawer, you can free up space in your pantry or kitchen cabinets, and you’ll have an easy-to-reach spot where you can quickly grab the spice you need. You can also transfer your spices into labeled jars to ensure they’re all the same size and get better-looking drawer organization! Learn how to build your own tiered spice drawer insert.

Utilize Baking Sheet Dividers

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Instead of throwing your baking sheets under your oven or into a cabinet without any organization, opt for a baking sheet divider! Whether you want to store your baking sheets up above your fridge in a cabinet, in a thin side cabinet, or in a large base cabinet, there are tons of ways you can keep baking sheets divided and organized in your kitchen. It can be as simple as adding a file organizer to your cabinet or building your own DIY pullout baking sheet organizer!

Improve Corner Cabinets with Pullouts

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Corner cabinets (also called blind cabinets) are a pain. They’re deeper than most kitchen cabinets and typically include awkward angles, which makes storing cookware, small appliances, and other kitchen items difficult. One way to get around the inconvenience of these cabinets is to install tiered shelving that can be spun inside the cabinet or pulled out of the cabinet entirely. This kitchen hack makes it easier to find what you need in a pinch! Whether you want a half-moon Lazy Susan, sliding drawers, or swing-out baskets, you can find all kinds of blind cabinet ideas based on the shape of your cabinet.

Go with a Stacked Pan Organizer

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Looking for a simple way to find pans in your kitchen cabinets? Get a pan organizer! These storage racks are set up like a tower, allowing you to stack pans on top of one another so you don’t have to pull out all of your pans just to find the one you need. This is a great space-saving trick for small cabinets, as well as an awesome way to maximize space in a tall base cabinet with no shelving.

Install a Hanging Pots & Pans Organizer

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Another solution for organizing pots and pans is to create a pullout rack with hooks so you can hang your pots and pans in your cabinet versus stacking them. This can be especially helpful for anyone with kitchen cabinets. Check out this video to create your own hanging pots and pans organizer.

Organize Lids on Cabinet Doors

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Pots and pans take up a lot of room in cabinets, and when you add lids to the mix, it can be difficult to manage. If you need a better solution for how to organize pots and pans, move lids to the cabinet door with mounted hangers. This allows you to keep lids and pans together but in a more manageable way!

Separate Tupperware with Dividers

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Food storage containers are notoriously hard to organize because of their varying sizes, and they can easily consume an entire shelf or cabinet when not properly stored. A simple solution for keeping these often unruly items contained in a drawer, on a shelf, or in a cabinet is to use drawer dividers, file organizers, or even bins. Be sure to keep corresponding lids and containers together!

Divide Kitchen Utensils in Drawers

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Having to rummage through drawers filled with unorganized kitchen utensils is frustrating. Save yourself the hassle by getting silverware trays and drawer organizers. With bins of all sizes, you can manage drawer clutter and keep similar items together so that finding what you need is simple!

Use Mason Jars to Organize Cooking Utensils

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If you don’t have a lot of drawer space for your kitchen utensils, mason jars are a budget-friendly solution. Within a large jar—or several jars—you can keep spatulas, tongs, whisks, and other handy utensils on the counter. You can even decorate the jars to match your personal style or home decor. Here’s a pro tip: Put all of your mason jars on a Lazy Susan to make them even easier to access!

Hang Utensils on Cabinet Doors

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You can also save space in drawers and on your counter by moving kitchen utensils to the inside of cabinet doors. Simply add command hooks to cabinet door interiors, and you’ll have a convenient place to hang measuring cups and spoons, whisks, spatulas, tongs, and other cookware.

Declutter the Space Under Your Kitchen Sink

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The storage space under your kitchen sink is a great place to store cleaning supplies, sponges, trash bags, and other non-food items. Adding pullout drawers, two-tiered bins, or hanging racks where you can group like items together can keep this spot from being a cluttered mess. Try this sliding storage drawer DIY for under the sink spaces!

Maximize Drawer Space by Folding Towels Smaller

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Even if you don’t have a lot of kitchen towels, they can still take up plenty of drawer space in your kitchen when not folded properly. Don’t know how to fold kitchen towels to save space? Try the KonMari method made famous by organizer Marie Kondo to maximize space in your drawers!

Use Baskets for Fruit & Veggies on Your Counter

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Leaving loose fruits and vegetables on your counter can take up valuable workspace in your kitchen. Not only does storing fruit and vegetables in baskets keep them in a convenient spot on your counter, but it can also help them stay fresher longer. If you need to save more space in a small kitchen, go vertical with tiered fruit and vegetable baskets!

Opt for an Over-the-Sink Drying Rack

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Drying racks are great to have in the kitchen when you need to hand-wash certain dishes and cookware, but racks that sit on the counter can take up usable space. Rather than get a drying rack that hogs kitchen counter space, find one that can be placed over your sink. Not only does this help dishes dry faster because it allows for more air flow, but it also means you get counter back!

Add a Magnetic Knife Strip

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Ditch the chunky knife block on your countertop, and opt for something a little more versatile and easy to reach! With a knife strip on your wall near your food prep area or stovetop, you can grab the knives you need quickly and get cooking! Learn how to make a DIY rainbow wood magnetic knife strip.

Install a Shelf for Cookbooks

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Have too many cookbooks in your kitchen? Don’t clutter valuable counter space or cabinets. Instead, take advantage of your kitchen’s vertical space! Add a floating shelf where you can store all of your kitchen cookbooks up and out of the way. You can even make a DIY pallet rack to hold your cookbooks!

Store Wine Bottles in a Drawer

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If you don’t have room for a wine bar or wine shelves in your small kitchen, transform one of your kitchen drawers into wine storage! Drawers are a good alternative solution for storing wine, as they keep your bottles in a dark, cool space. To ensure your wines don’t roll around in your drawer, you can use drawer dividers with risers or create a DIY wine rack that can be inserted into your drawer.

Go Vertical with Your Indoor Herb Garden

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Are you growing herbs in your kitchen? Don’t let them take up counter space. Utilize the vertical space in your kitchen! Maybe it’s adding hanging planters in the windowsill over your sink. Or maybe it’s installing shelves on a wall that gets good sunlight. No matter, keeping your herbs up high frees up your kitchen counter space. Discover how to hang an herb garden in your kitchen.

Design a Coffee Station

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Your morning routine shouldn’t include fumbling for the right coffee pod, searching high and low for sugar, or rifling through cabinets to find your favorite coffee mug. You can simplify your mornings and get better kitchen organization by moving all of your coffee items to one place. Whether it’s a spot on your counter with a cabinet overheard, a buffet table, or a bar cart in the corner, setting up a coffee station where you can keep all of your coffee fixings will make getting ready for the day a breeze!

Add Hidden Trash Storage

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One of the best ways to declutter your kitchen is to hide trash cans and recycling bins. These containers can consume a lot of space in a small kitchen or pantry, and they’re often unsightly. Instead of keeping the mess out in the open, convert one of your base cabinets into a hidden trash compartment! This kitchen organization hack allows you to throw things away quickly and is a great solution for keeping small children and pets out of your trash. Check out this how-to for creating a DIY trash cabinet!

Hide Pet Dishes in Drawers

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Have a dog or cat whose food dishes are always in the way in the kitchen? Adding a toe-kick drawer at the bottom of a cabinet is a great kitchen organization idea! With this simple storage hack, you can keep your pet’s food and water bowls in the kitchen without sacrificing any floor space—and it’s easier to contain spills. Find out how to create under-cabinet drawers with this DIY kitchen cabinet tutorial.

Designate a Snack Drawer

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An excellent kitchen storage idea for families is to create a snack drawer that’s easily accessible for everyone in the house! Moving on-the-go snack foods to a drawer means kids can grab what they need without having to dig through the pantry or reach up into high cabinets. Just add a few baskets, bins, or dividers in a drawer to keep chips, crackers, and other snack foods organized. You can also do the same thing with healthy snacks in your fridge!

Tackle the Junk Drawer Once & For All

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Almost everyone has a junk drawer somewhere in their house. Most likely, that drawer is in the kitchen. What is a junk drawer? It’s where you throw miscellaneous objects like household tools, batteries, pens and pencils, phone chargers, and other items that don’t seem to have a home. If you’re struggling to keep this space in your kitchen organized, grab a few drawer organizers—you can even use silverware trays—to separate items and keep everything visible so you don’t have to root around for what you need!


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How To Create Extra Space for Food Storage – 14 Ideas To Stretch A Small Footprint

If you’re living in an apartment or small house, finding the room for food storage can be a little tricky. And if you have kids, the problem compounds even more. What little space you have shrinks exponentially. But don’t give up hope! With a little creativity, there are likely some underutilized spaces in your home, that can easily be re-purposed for some extra food storage.

14 Places You Can Store Extra Food

  1. Create False Bottoms in Cupboards:

    If you have low cupboards in the kitchen or other areas in the house, creating a false bottom allows you to create additional food storage. Just layer the floor with boxes or containers of the same height, and then cover with a piece of wood, to create your new “faux floor.”

  2. High Shelves in Children’s Closets:

    If your kids can’t reach the high shelves in their closets, this area is likely going underutilized. Store some food on these! Alternatively, some people opt for a false floor in kids’ closets, and storing food on the ground level. If food storage is within reach however, it’s more likely to be played with, moved around, or climbed on.

  3. Moving Spices to Racks On Cupboard Doors:

    Many people have freed up some valuable cupboard space by creating a spice rack on the inside of a cupboard door. Purchase a lightweight rack that can be fastened on the inside of the cupboard door, then transfer your spices to it. This allows your main cupboard area to be open for storage. Spice racks can be fastened inexpensively with pegboard, Velcro, or even magnets!

  4. Furniture That Has Built-in Space:

    Some storage containers are purpose-built to be decorative. These are wicker baskets, chests, hollow footstools, and over sized vases and urns that would otherwise remain empty. Fill them full of food, and never notice the difference!

  5. Space Above Kitchen Cupboards:

    Many people have a couple feet of awkward and unused space in their kitchens, between the tops of their cupboards and the ceiling. This space is ideal for extra storage. To avoid adding extra weight, the best things to store on top of the cupboards are light things like soup mixes, dry ingredients, and cereals.

  6. In or Around Furniture:

    Pull your furniture out from the wall, and store food in the space created behind them. You can then hide the space with a simple fabric covering, table top, or other guise of your choosing. To get even more creative, how about making your own “food storage entertainment center” out of boxes or buckets? Stack them and then drape with fabric.

  7. Below Stairways:

    Create some simple shelving in the awkwardly shaped storage space under the stairs, and cash in big time! Under the stairs works great for cans, and other items that are small enough to fit in versatile spaces. Some houses will even have this space already converted into shelving and “ready-to-use” storage.

  8. Cupboards above the Fridge:

    Just like the space above your kitchen cupboards, the cupboards above your fridge are often overlooked. They’re hard to reach, so they’re frequently forgotten about, or used only as a catchall. Bingo! To go even further, take the doors off of those cupboards, and store food on top of the fridge in front of them as well. Cover the whole area with a fabric curtain, and call it a day.

  9. The Laundry Room:

    “Back of house” areas like the laundry room work great. The nice thing about them is that they are out of sight, and don’t have to be pretty. Stack food along a wall, use empty cupboards, or any other way you want to fit in what you can. If your laundry room has an emergency floor drain, it could be a good place to store water as well.

  10. Under the Bed:

    This is one of the first places people think to store extra food, and rightfully so! There are a lot of different ways you can do it. You can line the perimeter with boxes or buckets of food. Or to get even more involved, you can incorporate a rotating food system, by storing food in rows running underneath your bed, with the oldest items coming out on one side, and new ones being put in on the other.

  11. Suitcases and Luggage:

    Unless you’re a constant jet-setter, stored luggage and suitcases can make a GREAT place to store extra food. Suitcases are usually modular, so they will take up the same amount of total space whether they are full or not. Fill these guys up with your non-perishables! Mylar pouches work particularly well for the area inside a suitcase. And hey, if you forget and leave some food in your suitcase, you already have the first meal after you land.

  12. Attics and Crawl Spaces:

    Although these locations shouldn’t be your first choice, they are worth thinking about. These areas can be subject to extreme temperatures, moisture, critters, and limited access, but could still work out great for non-foods: toilet paper, sanitation supplies, paper towels, toothbrushes, first aid, deodorant, and more.

  13. Elevate Your Bed on Blocks:

    Lifting your bed on blocks to create extra space is an “oldie but goodie.” College kids all over the world know this trick! Although you should be careful, lifting up your bed can double the space you have (or more!). Cinder blocks are really cheap, and readily available. They’re cheap, so knock yourself out.

  14. Standalone Storage Locker:

    If you’ve already maximized the space inside your home, an outside locker is worth thinking about. These are the upright units that hold a ton, and can be propped against the house, in a carport, or anywhere else. Even though keeping your food outside isn’t ideal, it’s better than nothing! Just be sure to get a locker that weathers well. And they can be a little spendy, so if possible, see if you can get one in your local classifieds.

There you have it, 14 ideas to increase the storage areas you have available for food storage. A couple of final reminders:

  • Keep the “longest term” food storage away the deepest. These are the items that you will rarely use, and don’t need to be readily accessible.
  • Most importantly, be real about your food storage. If stuffing your living room furniture with food storage meals isn’t something you can stomach, don’t do it. If lifting your bed up on blocks bugs you every time you go to sleep, it’s not worth it. An occasional nuisance here and there isn’t going to kill you, but on the whole, preparing for emergencies should not be something that makes you miserable.

The places you can store additional food definitely aren’t limited to this list. Get creative and have fun!

For additional food storage ideas like these, check out The Average Joe Prepper’s Guide to Emergency Food Storage, from The Daily Prep.

Who can fit a kitchen?

Many kitchen companies offer an installation service, although you can fit a kitchen yourself (our guide offers step-by-step instructions) if you’re looking to cut the cost of your new kitchen.

If you do choose this option, your extractor and cooker will need to be installed by an accredited electrician, and you may need a plumber to fit your sink and water-based appliances. Due to the cost of most worktops, it’s always best to ask a professional to fit these for you – mistakes can prove expensive.

Alternatively, if you’re working with a kitchen designer, they may take charge of the entire project.

If you’re planning on carrying out any structural work, you might need to find a reliable builder, joiner, plumber, electrician and decorator.

For each of the different trades, you should get at least three detailed written quotes – use our guide to find out how to compare quotes from tradespeople if you’re looking for more information.

That said, recommendations are always the best way to find people to work with, so ask friends and family before searching online.

Bear in mind that the cheapest quote may not be the best if it does not meet all your requirements, and you need to feel comfortable with the people you choose to work with.

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If you plan to design a kitchen as part of an extension, you might find our house extension suppliers sourcebook a handy read; especially as we’ve covered the best kitchen sources.

Aside from that, we’re pleased to recommend the following:

Builders – Federation of Master Builders
Electricians – National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting
Plumbers – Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors
Architects – Royal Institute of British Architects
Architectural technologists – Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
Kitchen installers – The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installers

Finalise the details of your kitchen

Once work on your kitchen starts, making changes can be costly. Agree on all of the final details and then stick to them.

It’s especially important to confirm the location of appliances, kitchen lighting and sockets, making sure sockets are in places that will be convenient, such as by the fridge and kettle. You should also consider where to put charging points and whether you’d like USB sockets.

And think carefully about extraction. Will you have a traditional overhead extractor, or could you install a downdraft model, which slots into your kitchen worktop and can pop up at the touch of a button?

When it comes to artificial lighting, make sure you include a combination of task, ambient and accent lighting. By finalising the details and ordering materials now, you’ll help the project run smoothly.

Start the building work on your kitchen

Now you have the team you want to work with and quotes agreed, it’s time for construction work to start. If you’re having walls demolished or an extension built, you may want to consider moving out while this work is completed. Alternatively, you could set up a makeshift kitchen – perhaps using your old cooker, sink and a couple of units – in a different room.

If you decide to stay, be prepared for the disruption of a kitchen renovation (you may benefit from reading our ). If you decide to move out, make sure you visit the site regularly and are available to answer questions.

While knocking down internal walls and stripping out an old kitchen should take a few weeks, building a kitchen extension is likely to take three months or more. During this time, walls, floors and ceilings will be constructed, cables inserted for electrics and pipes for water.

Decorate the new kitchen

Decorating is an important stage when you design a kitchen and is arguably one of the most fun parts. Once the walls plastered, you should be able to get a feel for how your new kitchen will look when it’s finished.

We’d recommend painting the walls and ceiling before the units are installed to minimised the risk of drips and spills ruining your new kitchen. Although a plain white kitchen is timeless as it can easily be updated with accessories, consider going for a bolder wall colour, such as dark grey or petrol blue, for more of a style statement.

If you’re sure white is the shade for your kitchen, you’ll love our white kitchen design ideas. Alternatively, you might try our grey kitchen design ideas (which promise the light and bright effects of white, without being white) or how about our dark and dramatic kitchen design ideas, for those of you who want an on-trend, atmospheric kitchen.

If you’re looking for practical tips on how to paint rooms and walls, you’l find them in our guide. We’re got how to paint a ceiling covered, too.

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Dos and don’ts of kitchen design


  • Analyse your current space and create a list of its pros and cons;
  • Consider the kitchen as part of the overall redevelopment, not just a space in isolation;
  • Consider a larder and utility to free up room and to move the noisy appliances out of the kitchen – we’ve got plenty of tips in our guide to planning and designing a utility room.
  • Really imagine using the new kitchen – this is more important than just looking at a 3D image provided by a kitchen designer;
  • Research design rules – but don’t be a slave to them;
  • Contrast the various elements – a bank of tall units, a run with no wall units – in different finishes.


  • Replicate what you already have with a different style of units. Changing a design is an opportunity to innovate and improve your daily life;
  • Cram in as much storage as possible. You could go without wall units and create a lighter, airier space. You’ll always be able to find somewhere else for those rarely-used serving dishes;
  • Assume that big is better. Large kitchens be cavernous and create an echo;
  • Just copy what is fashionable now – to avoid it dating quickly, try and have a broader understanding of where kitchen design is heading or stick to classic concepts.

More kitchen design tips and tricks:

  • Find out how to design a kitchen extension to plan for success
  • 10 beautiful small kitchen ideas
  • 25 kitchen cabinet design ideas
  • How to get a stylish kitchen on a budget

Small Kitchen Storage Ideas for a More Efficient Space

If you have a small kitchen, clutter and disorganization can feel never-ending—especially if both counter space and storage space are limited. The truth is, you’ll never feel like the kitchen is truly functional until you take the time to assess how you’re storing everything, from appliances and cookware to fragile glassware and dinnerware. Doing so can help you maximize every single inch of space available to you and see to it that you aren’t wasting valuable space by storing everyday items incorrectly.

To battle cramped spaces in your kitchen, you’ll have to tap into innovative storage solutions that have been tried and tested by organizational experts. The following ideas cover the common features of any kitchen, including pantry spaces, cabinets, shelving, utility closets, and wall space. Plus, there are a few design elements you’ll want to consider, like a fresh coat of paint, that can also make your space feel larger.

A few key investments can also go a long way in freeing up space, like freestanding shelves, which are great for storing the everyday kitchen items you reach for often, and pierced corbels to hang the utensils you may not have room for inside your drawers. If you’re looking for a well-designed option, take a look at these storage solutions from the Martha Stewart Living collection available at the Home Depot. You may want to consider rethinking your cramped set-up altogether and installing custom cabinetry that includes pull-out drawers and additional shelving. We’re walking you through the best uses for customized additions, and how you can maximize existing space with as little effort as possible.

Read on for these tips and more, and then take a look at 40 of Martha’s top tips for organizing kitchen drawers and other spaces in your kitchen.


You move to the big city. You have dreams. The downside: so does everyone else, and this makes the rent expensive! Higher cost of living means that for most us, we have to adjust to making the best out of smaller spaces.

If you’re living in a smaller apartment, here are 10 big ideas that are going to help you maximize your available space.

1. Hideaway storage

“Hey, you’ve got to hide your love away” sang John Lennon, and the Beatle knew what he was talking about. We all love clothes, shoes, scrapbooks, and toys, but the snag is that they take up a whole bunch of space. The answer? Hide ‘em!

Hiding your stuff doesn’t have to look ugly. Head down to Ikea and get some smart storage solutions that can also double up as seating.

2. Be collapsible

A collapsable table, foldaway chairs, these things are life-savers in modest city living.

3. Add furniture to your bathroom

Bathroom storage is an art form unto itself. Just take a stroll around Bed, Bath & Beyond. You will lose three hours looking at gadgets you never knew you needed but now just have to own. Basket storage in your bathroom is a cheap and clever way to keep everything organized.

4. Do you really need that door?

This tip isn’t exactly landlord friendly. But removing a door can open up so much space. You can even turn a closet into a modest home office, giving your living room the zap of space it needs!

5. Hang your stuff on the wall

When your thinking about storage in your small apartment, you have to be crafty and of course thrifty. Hang everything on the wall! You will be amazed at how much space you save, and with the right creative eye, how good it looks!

6. Put shelves. Everywhere!

Shelves are the secret weapon in your personal storage war.

You can get creative as well. Floating shelves on exposed brick look great.

7. Spice racks on the inside of cupboards

Living in the city means you need to know how to eat on a tight budget. That doesn’t have to confine you to a strict diet of Ramen. With the right imagination and a tool set of spices, you can create something thrifty yet tasty. But all of this spice is not going to be nice to your storage. So, rack it up!

8. Use behind-the-door shoe holders for more than just shoes

Behind the door shoe holders are cheap. Which is a win. Also, you don’t have to use them for just shoes, put whatever you want in there! T-shirts, underwear, all of the clutter you have from that one draw. Tear up the storage rulebook, you are the storage master!

9. Use Pegboard In The Kitchen

Create kitchen zen. So we know that balancing your big city dreams, not going broke, and staying healthy is going to require you to cook. So get your kitchen clutter in order. A pegboard and some hooks is a great way to hang your pots and pans, open up space, and get your perfect kitchen layout.

45+ Small Kitchen Organization And DIY Storage Ideas

If you got bored of your old kitchen design or you want to simply add a fresh touch of color and liveliness to your kitchen, then you should know that you can easily do this on a budget, without having to overspend. Here you will find more than 40 unique kitchen organization and DIY storage ideas that you will come to love!

1. Get Rid Of All The Household Clutter Creatively!

Household clutter is anything but a new thing, and every woman has dealt with unnecessary clutter at least once. Here are 15 creative ideas that will help you de-clutter your kitchen in a fancy, efficient and eco-friendly way!

Project Details – hgtv

2. Unconventional Kitchen Storage Ideas

If you have a small kitchen and you find it virtually impossible to store all the cooking ingredients and the cookware, the these unconventional, chic and creative kitchen storage ideas will certainly come in handy. Just have a look and see for yourself!

Project Details – familyhandyman

3. Practical Rid Racks

Storing your cookware lids can be very challenging, not to mention how noisy they are – the last thing you need is dropping them on the floor, cracking your kitchen tiles! Fortunately, this will never be the case with these great and practical lid racks that will definitely save you a lot of space and hassles.

Project Details – marthastewart

4. Cutting Board Rack

It is a known fact that the cutting board is the second most prolific environment for bacteria, after the dish washing sponge, this is why it is vital to store your cutting boards in a safe and hygienic manner. Here is an idea on how to make the best of your cutting board racks, without too much effort!

Project Details – familyhandyman

5. Kitchen Sink Storage Trays

Do you have a hard time storing the forks, knives and plates after washing them? If so, then here are several DIY ideas for the ultimate kitchen sink storage trays. Save some time and money – don’t buy ready-made trays when you can come up with your very own!

Project Details – familyhandyman

6. Decorative Spice Rack

Storing all your spices and ingredients that you use on a daily basis in an efficient and visible manner can be a very challenging task. Do you always have a hard time finding the right spices? Are you tired of wasting valuable time going through all the ingredients until you find the one you need? Then here is a creative DIY decorative spice rack idea that will save you both time and hassles!

Project Details – diynetwork

7. De-Clutter Your Kitchen Counter

It often happens that the kitchen counter is the first one to become cluttered with all sorts of unnecessary tools, utensils, ingredients and what not. If you want to have more space to prepare your cookie dough or you simply want your kitchen to be a bit more airy and spacious, then here are several ideas on how to de-clutter your kitchen counter.

Project Details – no29design

8. Contemporary Pantry Shelves

One of the most common misconceptions surrounding pantry shelves nowadays is that they are old-fashioned and no longer practical, thus being dispensable for a futuristic kitchen. Truth be told, you can give your current pantry shelves a contemporary makeover and make them look more modern than ever before! Here is how you do it!

Project Details – houzz

9. Organize Your Kitchen Drawer

Has it ever happened to you to realize that you simply do not have enough storage space in your kitchen, in spite of having tens of drawers – literally?! If so, then here are several unique and truly useful kitchen drawer organization ideas that you can use, so that you will never have to worry about the lack of space again!

Project Details – houzz

10. Homemade Kitchen Corner Drawers

Finding the right kitchen corner drawers for your kitchen can be a daunting task, especially since most of the time you have to order custom-made furniture – expensive furniture, for that matter! Here is a straightforward and time-effective tutorial on how to make your own homemade kitchen corner drawers, on a budget. Project Details – youtube

11. Cool Kitchen Storage Ideas

A picture can truly be worth a thousand words, and there is definitely no better example to support that quote than this photo right here! Have a look and get inspired – check out these cool, creative, functional and unconventional kitchen storage ideas.

Project Details – digsdigs

12. Plate Rack Storage

Be honest – how many plates have you broken, due to inadequate storage? You will never have to put your plates at risk every again, thanks to these super original plate rack storage ideas that will help you make the best of the existing kitchen space.

Project Details – thekitchn

13. Pantry Organization Ideas

It is spring cleaning time! Now is the time to review your kitchen pantry and to throw away the old ingredients, in order to make extra room for new ones. Here you will find some outstanding pantry organization ideas that you can use for your kitchen!

Project Details – momendeavors

14. Handy Measurement Conversion Chart

Although this is not a kitchen storage idea per se, it is a truly useful and practical measurement conversion chart that will help you make sure you will never weigh the ingredients wrongly every again!

Project Details – infarrantlycreative

15. Make The Best Of Your Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets are undoubtedly the most important pieces of furniture in the entire kitchen, and they are certainly entitled to special treatment! Here is a great tutorial on how to make the best of your existing kitchen cabinets, and how to give them a fresh new look!

Project Details – bhg

16. Use Containers For Your Spoons And Forks!

This is one of the best ideas you can use in order to store your forks, knives and spoons in a hygienic and efficient way – keep germs at bay with these fancy containers!

Project Details – simplebites

17. Remix Your Pantry!

This is yet another great idea that you can use if you have decided to redefine the look and functionality of your kitchen pantry, without spending a small fortune on new furniture or decorations.

Project Details – thehouseofsmiths

18. Free Printables For Your Storage Jars

Are you tired of seeing the same old dull salt, sugar or cinnamon storage jars? If so, then here you will find several practical and efficient free printables that you can use, in order to make the jars more fashionable and worthy of a truly creative kitchen!

Project Details – thepaintedhive

19. Canned Food Organizer

If you are the type of woman who loves to prepare thoroughly for the cold winter season and make lots of jam and pickle jars, then this tutorial is specifically designed for you! Here is how you can efficiently organize your canned food, in a creative way!

Project Details – classyclutter

20. Reinvent Your Kitchen Pantry!

Truth be told, you can redesign and reinvent your kitchen pantry in tens of different ways, but you will need to find the one that best matches both your preferences and the overall decor of your kitchen. Here is an outstanding pantry makeover idea that you might like! Project Details – classyclutter

21. Hidden Kitchen Organizer

Just as the name of this tutorial suggests, this is a simple DIY tutorial on how to make your own, discrete and space-effective hidden kitchen organizer, in no time!

Project Details – twotwentyone

22. Gift Wrap Station

Are you the type of person who loves to carefully wrap gifts and who, most likely, has tens of different gift wrap rolls? Do you have a hard time storing all of them without crushing or breaking them? Then here is a space-effective gift wrap station tutorial that will definitely help you!

Project Details – theavidappetite

Kitchen Organization And DIY Storage Ideas For Crafty And Practical Moms!

23. Storage Boxes

Just when you thought nobody uses storage boxes anymore – surprise! They are coming a nice comeback, and they are definitely here to stay. Here is a great tutorial on how to take your kitchen organization to the next level, cost-effectively!

Project Details – manditremayne

24. Useful Tips And Hints On How To Organize Your Kitchen

This is a collection of useful and practical tips as well as life hacks that will help you exploit the available kitchen storage space to the maximum, without investing in any extra furniture.

Project Details – listotic

25. Practical Ways To Store More Things In Your Kitchen

Storing all the kitchen appliances, cookware and all the other tools can be very challenging, especially if you have a modestly sized kitchen. Do not despair! Here are several practical ideas that will make you ask yourself: “How come I haven’t thought of this earlier?!”

Project Details – bhg

If you have a smaller kitchen, then you know how difficult it is to find space for your pots and pans, your plates, your silverware, your glasses, and any other kitchen equipment that you may have. That is not even including food, and I find that without a pantry, there is never enough space to store everything that I need. Instead of stacking things in an unsafe way, I decided to look into storage ideas for a small kitchen organization job.

35 Fantastic Storage Ideas for a Small Kitchen Organization and Optimization

During my search, I discovered quite a few small kitchen storage organization ideas for a project that I could take on to give me more space, and during the process, I found that utilizing the walls of my kitchen and my cabinets could be a great help.

I now have storage ideas for my knives, my baking dishes, and even my spices, so I wanted to share some of the projects that I found to be the most useful. In this guide, you will find 35 different ideas that are easy to create in your kitchen, but if you find one particularly interesting, don’t just recreate the storage ideas for a small kitchen organization project, expand on the idea and make it your own.

1. Door Attachment for Food Storage Necessities


Free up cupboard space by moving hard-to-stack food storage supplies to a more easily accessible location. Mount a magazine rack on the back of a cupboard door. Measure the boxes to determine the necessary depth for the magazine rack, then measure the cupboard door to determine the maximum width. A space-saving idea that provides easier access to food storage supplies.

2. Basket Full of Herbs and Cooking Utensils


Grab a basket and a few items to use as holders, such as measuring cups, crocks, jars, and mugs. Then, gather items you use the most often for cooking from drawers, cupboards, and counters. This idea provides easier access to your most used items, uncluttered counter space, and new space in your drawers and cupboards.

3. A Hanging Space for Squirt Bottle Cleaners


Cleaning supplies can get jumbled under the kitchen sink. However, if you put a rod across the cupboard underneath the sink, you can hang spray bottles over the rod by the nozzle between the trigger and the bottle, making them easier to sort and reducing the number of items on the bottom of the cupboard to get cluttered.

4. Convenient Trash and Garbage Rolls


For quick and easy access to garbage bags, buy garbage bags in rolls. Then, mount some inexpensive curtain rod holders and rods on the side of the kitchen sink base cupboard, and slide the garbage bags onto the rods. The garbage bags are easier to access and no longer taking up space on the bottom of your cupboard.

5. Lid Storage on Your Cabinet Doors


To organize pan lids, use sturdy adhesive hooks on the back of the cupboard door to hold them. Make sure the handles of the lids won’t hold the door open by resting against pans. Place hooks on an angle at the four o’clock and eight o’clock position for each lid. Now you have easier access to your lids and pans.

6. Utensil Drawers in Unused Cabinet Space


Narrow, unused cupboard space in your kitchen can become usable with pull-out cabinets like this one. They can hold all manner of items for quick and easy access, and the shelves can be adjustable. You can do it yourself, or if you are not handy, hire a contractor to install the pull-out cabinets.

7. Shelves for Cooking Essentials and Snacks


Adding shelves to hold matching jars on an empty wall space creates an attractive, extra storage space in your kitchen. It removes clutter on your counter and gives you more cupboard space by eliminating flour, sugar, cereal, pasta, chips, and snack packages from your cupboards and counters. It also provides easier access to these items.

8. A Wall-Mounted Mug and Glass Holder


Mugs and glasses are one of the items in kitchen cupboards that do not stack well. So, they end up spread out. Hanging a rack in an empty wall space frees up more cupboard space, gets the mugs and glasses out of the cupboard, and puts them within easy reach.

9. Cabinet Door Chalkboard with Measuring Utensils


Chalkboard paint makes this idea easy to accomplish. Remove the door, paint the back with chalkboard paint, frame it with molding, and add the hooks. Then, rehang the cupboard door. Now, you have easy access to your measuring cups and spoons, and the bulky measuring cups are not taking up drawer space.

10. Fruit Baskets Hanging from the Wall


Try this idea for another use of empty wall space that clears up counter space and makes room in overcrowded refrigerators. Just attach some boards to the wall; add some sturdy, decorative baskets; and you have a place to store fruit to provide healthy snacks for your family within easy reach.

11. Out of Sight Cutting Board Storage


Cutting board storage was created with a plastic-coated wire frame holder for food storage supplies. Zip ties added across the bottom keep cutting boards from sliding through openings, The holder was hung so that it was low enough to accommodate the largest cutting board, and would not hold the door open by resting on anything in the cupboard.

12. A Storage Container Lid Organizer


For easy storage of plastic bowl lids, attach a wall-mounted file folder holder to the back of the cupboard door. The lids will be contained and will not be falling out of the cupboard onto the floor. The lids can also be sized so that you can find the small lids easily without having to dig for them.

13. Simple, Space-Saving Under Cabinet Drawer Add-Ons


These under-the-base-cabinets, do-it-yourself drawers add new storage space to empty space in your kitchen. However, you can also add drawers under upper cabinets. You can do it yourself, or use kits to add the drawers under your upper cabinets. These drawers are not super deep, but you can still get a lot of items in a 3″ drawer.

14. A Storage Cabinet for Pots and Pans


If the ideas listed here have given you enough extra space, you might be able to use your pantry for cookware instead of having it stacked in a base cabinet. The easier access is amazing. When you add the skillet and lid holders, it makes the thought of getting cookware so much less of a hassle.

15. Wooden Dividers to Organize Your Utensil Drawers


Using some of the previous tips, items have been moved out of the utensil drawer. Now, organize your utensil drawer with divides. There are lots of choices available. Divides make it easier to create more room in the drawers by sorting and compacting similar items. It also makes it easier to find the items you want.

16. Wall Ledges for Wooden Kitchen Accessories


Using strips fastened on a wall with hooks on the bottom of strips and a space behind the top of strips allows the cutting board with a curved piece to hook over the top of a strip and kitchen accessory holders with slots to hang on the hooks. The holders include baskets, bottle holders for spices, and a knife holder.

17. Easy-to-Reach Pantry Drawers that Pull Out


Replacing the shelves of the pantry with drawers makes it easier to fill the pantry and reach everything it contains. The drawers make better use of the pantry space. You can buy them and install them or build them yourself. Whichever you choose, this will make the best use of an already existing space in your kitchen.

18. Hook and Ladder Project for Cooking Essentials


Another wall space storage idea is to use strips of wood like a ladder and hang things from them with S hooks. It is one of the least expensive and easiest ways to create storage in a small kitchen. The S hook hangers make it easy to rearrange items, and it is decorative.

19. Onion and Potato Storage for Your Shelves


Potatoes and onions are unwieldy and take up a lot of space. However, if you store them in magazine holders, they are contained in a uniform space that fits easily on a shelf in a pantry, and the magazine holders can be pulled out to remove however many potatoes or onions you need.

20. Hidden Trash Unit in Your Cabinets


Using space in a cupboard for your wastebasket removes an eyesore and provides more floor space. Having the space tilt open with the waste basket fastened to the tilting door makes it easier to throw things away. This could be incorporated into your kitchen if you move the hinges on a cupboard door to the bottom of the door.

21. A Pull-Out Drawer for Your Baking Sheets


Stacking cookie sheets, pizza pans, and muffin tins along the side of a cupboard requires you to do a little digging to get one out. This do-it-yourself drawer separates and organizes these items. Just build the drawer, add the slides, and install it in your cupboard. You will love this organized space for these items.

22. Dish Soap and Sponge on a Pedestal


Having your dish soap off the counter keeps even the smallest amount of slimy soap and water from getting on your countertop and potentially doing damage. The pedestal is a candlestick that was spray painted and had a plate glued to it. Putting a dish towel under the soap is not just for aesthetics. It absorbs soap and water.

23. Everyday Kitchen Essentials on a Lazy Susan


Much like the basket idea in tip 2, this idea uses a lazy susan to gather your most used cooking items together on your counter in a decorative way. It creates more room in your storage areas, and it gives you quick and easy access to items that you are continuously digging out of the cupboards and drawers.

24. Vertical Cabinet Shelves Above the Refrigerator


The cupboard above the refrigerator is hard to reach and is either not used at all or is used for items that you rarely want. However, with vertical racks, you can store baking sheets, pans, muffin tins, and cooling racks up there. These are easier to reach and pull out from this space than vases or similar items.

25. A Bookshelf-Style Shelf for Important Appliances


This shelving provides easy access to bulky appliances while freeing counter and cupboard space. It is easy to build, or you can find similar items in stores. Arrange appliances on the shelving in a manner that works best for you, such as having the microwave next the coffee station to heat up a quick bite for your coffee break.

26. A Corner with All Your Coffee Needs


For coffee drinkers, creating a coffee station in your kitchen keeps everything you need together by your coffee pot. This coffee station is arranged in a corner. The wood crate helps organize all the related items. The mug tree keeps the cups right beside the coffee pot. It all makes getting that cup of coffee quicker for coffee lovers.

27. A Coffee Nook for Breakfast Convenience


Another coffee station takes over a small counter space and is arranged vertically. Some items needed are on the shelving above and below the countertop, Coffee mugs are hanging from the shelving above the coffee pots. Going vertical works in a small space like this. Again, including the microwave, completes this coffee and breakfast or snack station.

28. Food Essentials on a Moveable Platter


This elevated stand works like the basket in tip 2 and the lazy susan in tip 23, but it gives you room to have items underneath the stand. All of your most used items are on the stand, but you are creating more space in your kitchen by going vertical like the previous coffee station in tip 27.

29. Storage Ladder that Dangles from the Ceiling


Another way to find storage space in a small kitchens is to suspend items from the ceiling. In this kitchen, a ladder was hung from the ceiling using chains and used as shelving for storage baskets. You can store items here that you do not use as often. It also adds a decorative touch to your kitchen.

30. A Small Kitchen Accessory Wall


The end of cupboards can be used to hang items, such as coffee mugs, pot holders, or the utensils shown here. This also removes these large, irregularly shaped utensils from a drawer. When arranged carefully, they can give a kitchen an attractive focal point while also being a practical use of space.

31. A Kitchen Cart for Produce and Snacks


This rolling cart with six baskets for produce creates space on counters, in cupboards, and in the refrigerator. It makes accessing potatoes and onions easier for meals, and puts fresh fruit in easy reach for family snacks. The individual pullout baskets and the ability to roll it wherever needed in the kitchen adds to the accessibility of the produce.

32. Magnetic Spice Racks on the Refrigerator


These magnetic spice racks make use of the space on the side of the refrigerator. Access to your spices will be easier than if they are stored in a cupboard, and the magnetic racks remove them from space-consuming countertop spice racks. While you are cooking, you only have to reach over by the refrigerator to get the spices you need.

33. Pegboard for Pots, Pans, and Other Essentials


Stores use pegboard because it is inexpensive and flexible. It can be cut to any size and shape you need. It also offers flexibility when arranging the items you are hanging. It can help create a lot more storage area in your kitchen. You can use shorter or longer hooks depending on the item you are hanging.

34. Pocket Organizer for Smaller Food Items


An over-the-door shoe rack with pockets can be hung on the back of your pantry door. It can be used for those small items that can get lost or damaged on pantry shelves. It makes it easier to find and organize small items.

35. Storage Baskets for Your Cabinet Ends


The ends of your cabinets and island can also be a site for hanging storage baskets. These are available in various sizes and styles, and can be used for a variety of items.

For many of us, kitchen is one of the places in our home where we spend a lot of time. Organizing and tidying up our kitchens is not an easy task, especially when we have limited room space and with so many stuffs and clusters like cooking tools, kitchen gadgets, utensils and supplies of food. Luckily, there are always some ingenious organization and storage tips out there that can help us organize our small kitchens wisely. Here is a round-up of more than 40 organization and storage hacks to help you save space and have a neat and organized kitchen. These hacks are easy and budget-friendly. From taking advantage of the space inside the cabinet doors to using tension rod to maximize the space under the kitchen sink, these space-saving hacks will help to make your small kitchen cleverly organized and your cooking pleasant. Hopefully you will get inspired and put some of these ideas into practice. Enjoy!

1. Make use of the inside of your cabinet doors to store spices and kitchen utensils

Tutorial via Jenna Burger

2. DIY canned food organizer to fit the narrow space in your kitchen

Tutorial via Classy Clutter

3. Turn unopenable kitchen drawers into real storage by installing kitchen sink tip outs

Tutorial via Domestically Speaking

4. DIY kitchen corner drawers

Tutorial via Instructables

5. Use wire closet racks as cabinet organizers for canned food

Tutorial via Family Handyman

6. Use tension rod to hang cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink

Tutorial via A Thousand Words

7. Improve your pantry with slide out shelves

Tutorial via Slide Out Shelf Dallas

8. Turn a vertical bakeware organizer on its end and use it to stack pans horizontally

Tutorial via Martha Stewart

9. Stick magnetic spice racks to the side of your refridgerator

Tutorial via Instructables

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