Small Kitchen Organization Solutions and Ideas

Revamp your small kitchen with easy space-saving organization solutions and ideas, and learn how to max out efficiency by enlisting features like the kitchen island and cabinets to work double-duty.
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By: Alison Miller

When it comes to small kitchen organization solutions and ideas, it's not how much space you have; it's how you organize it. With helpful storage tools and smart ideas, there are easy ways to maximize your small kitchen's square footage.

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Expanding the space in your kitchen without changing the floor plan is absolutely possible. First, reconfigure your cabinetry, whether that means a customized project or a no-construction-necessary addition. In the first category, consider building out kitchen cabinets to ceiling height. This renovation not only increases storage space by expanding cabinets, but it can allow for more countertop space to make room for floating shelves or a display of your prettiest kitchenware, like containers filled with dry goods. Secondly, introduce order to cabinets by rethinking the interior space. Trading out fixed shelves for a two-tier rollout shelving unit places necessities in plain view, enhances accessibility during cooking prep and prevents pots and pans from scratching against one another.

Put cabinet doors to work by adding removable hooks to hold a paper towel roll or a rack that will bring order to spices. Using dividers, customize an existing cabinet to tuck away narrow kitchen tools such as cutting boards, pans and baking sheets. Finally, conceal space-hogging waste and recycle bins inside a pullout cabinet.

We can't forget the pantry! Without the luxury of space for a walk-in pantry, enlist a vertical cabinet to stash your culinary goods or install a mechanical pullout pantry rack with shelving.

While you're updating the cabinets, pack more use into your kitchen by bringing order to your built-in or removable kitchen island, too. A center island can easily serve double-duty if it's equipped with drawers and open shelves, offering a quick inventory of what you have. The added benefit of an island on casters is that it can be rolled away when more room is needed in your small kitchen.

When space is tight, corralling all of our things is key, so swap chaos for organization inside drawers, along walls and on open shelves. Line kitchen drawers with removable dividers to give everything from eating utensils to measuring cups a proper place to belong. Enlist a blank wall to house a cork board and calendar as your family's information zone, stash wine glasses under a cabinet with the help of a stemware hanger, or install a floating shelf above the stove to line up spices. Who says storage and style are mutually exclusive?

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