The kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s the place where everyone gathers, tasty meals are cooked and family memories are created.
Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with a huge kitchen and when you have a space that’s barely big enough for one person to turn around in, organizing it can be a challenge.
A well organized kitchen, not only functions more effectively, it also encourages you to actually want to cook in it. More home-cooked meals mean less eating out so ultimately, you will save money.
But never fear, I’m going to tell you how to make your tiny kitchen work more efficiently. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get organized while still making your space look good.
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How To Organize A Tiny Kitchen
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So, in a tiny kitchen where space is precious, if you can’t organize horizontally, utilize vertical space. Hang kitchen utensils on walls and even attach pots to the ceiling using a pot rack.
Cabinet and counter shelf organizers add additional storage space to pre-existing shelves. These are great for mugs, cans and just about anything else you can think of.
Purchase items that easily stack. All of my plates, saucers, bowls and mugs neatly stack into a plate rack and require very little space. My food storage containers are all the same shape. They fit neatly inside one another and the lids sit on top.
Recently, I organized my mother’s kitchen and discarded twelve mugs. Twelve! There are still plenty left for a family of four living in the house. This just goes to show that too often we accumulate items that we can do without.
Go through your kitchen and see what you have lurking in there that you can get rid of. Remove duplicates, discard anything that’s not in good condition and sell the rest. Take the money and use it to contribute to your emergency fund or to pay off a loan.
After you have purged your kitchen, only purchase items you absolutely need. Find items that are multi-purpose for example, a can-opener and bottle opener combination.
If you have an eat-in kitchen, consider storage benches instead of dining room chairs. These seat the same number of people and you have a place to put bulky less-used items like a stand mixer and all the attachments. Make the benches cozy with pretty cushions.
A mobile kitchen island with storage space is a great place to house cook books or whatever you like. It also provides an extra surface for chopping and food preparation.
Think Outside The Box
In a tiny kitchen, you need to get the biggest bang for your buck. Use storage solutions to help you make the most of every nook and cranny that’s available to you.
A Lazy Susan can help you utilize tight corners in cupboards or make groceries more accessible in the refrigerator and pantry. There are multi-tiered ones that maximize storage space.
Storage bins are great for keeping items that might otherwise take up a lot of space. I use them to corral snacks and pasta. You can also use storage bins to disguise anything that’s not particularly pretty to look at and to make it easier to access individual items in high places. For instance, store paper towel rolls in baskets on the top shelf of your pantry to avoid an avalanche when you attempt to remove one. Collapsible bins are good options when you’re short on space. In the event that you don’t need them, fold them and tuck them away.
Attach Command hooks to forgotten spaces such as the sides of cabinets. Hang small or lightweight items like oven mitts or a calendar for your command centre. Use sturdier hooks for heavy items like cutting boards.
Think About Location
Place items close to the area where they will be used. Keep saucepans and cooking utensils in close proximity to the stove. Place glasses near to the refrigerator.
Keep frequently used items handy. Place them at the front of cupboards instead of the back, on easily accessible shelves instead of too high or low. This minimizes the effort involved in getting what you really need.
Group similar items together and label the shelves and storage bins so your family can easily find what they are looking for. They will also know where to put items back.
Sticking to a particular colour scheme makes a tiny kitchen look a lot more cohesive. When I designed my kitchen, I stuck to neutral colours like black, white and silver/ grey. Then, I added one main accent colour, red. My kitchen towels and oven mitts also add a hint of olive-green because my apartment is one open space and that colour is present in my living room cushions.
I used clear containers and baskets whenever possible so that they did not take up too much visual space.
A tiny kitchen needs to be functional but it can also look good. Use these tips to organize your small space so it’s more efficient.
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