Even small kitchen islands can make a big impact.
Keeping a high-traffic kitchen in order isn't easy. Wrangle the chaos with some small kitchen storage ideas and simple storage solutions that are guaranteed to control the clutter, thereby making your cramped quarters feel larger.
Want to make more room in your kitchen? Then introduce an organizational system that keeps your counter free of things you don't use every day. For starters, swap fixed cabinet shelves for rollout options, which are ideal for pots and pans, spices or even stacks of dishes. These storage additions enhance accessibility during cooking prep and prevent pots and pans from scratching against one another.
Next, put cabinet doors to work by adding budget-friendly removable hooks to hold a paper towel roll, or try a wire rack that will bring order to spices. Using dividers, customize an existing cabinet to store narrow kitchen tools such as cutting boards, pans and baking sheets upright.
Finally, conceal space-hogging waste and recycle bins behind closed doors inside a pullout cabinet. If you have airy open shelving instead, then tidily stock away your necessities in plain view for a quick product inventory.
Making use of unused portions of your small kitchen can pump up your storage space. Instead of an out-of-the-way shelf above cabinetry, renovate cabinets to reach the ceiling and pack in extra shelves for storage. Another idea is to transform a bare wall into a home communication center through the addition of a cork board and chalk board. For the gourmet, nail hooks onto the wall to line up a collection of aprons. For the oenophile, put the underside of the cabinetry to use by adding stemware holders to hang wine glasses for a pretty and functional display. Finally, installing a spice or pot rack above the kitchen stove makes the most of the space and keeps tools at hand.
If your small kitchen includes cozy, stand-alone cabinetry elements, like kitchen islands and a decorative baker's rack, then look to them for added storage zones. Equipped with cubbies to store cookbooks, wine or entertaining must-haves, these prime storage locations can keep kitchen tools within arm's reach. Further boost storage capacity in your small kitchen by bringing in organizational accessories with loads of style, like baskets, wine cubbies, hooks and glass canisters. Neatly tuck linens or mail inside a system of hanging or stacked baskets, and nail hooks to an empty wall for hanging aprons or a peg board for pots and pans.