Regardless on the size, our kitchen it’s the heart of the home. We eat in our kitchen, teach in our kitchen and sometimes even cry in our kitchen and because of it’s multiple uses, it’s important we keep it organized and clean. With that said, when you have a small kitchen it’s a lot more difficult to keep it organized due to lack of storage. With less storage, you are prone to throwing items into the closest drawer to try to fit it all in or on to the countertops. If you want to create more room in your small kitchen, you’ve got to declutter and get it organized. Here’s how to do so.
GET RID OF ALL USED ITEMS
If you’re looking to organize any space in your home purging is the first and most important step to start at. Take out everything from your kitchen and place them on a flat surface. It’s best to do this in sections, of course! Sort through all items and only keep the items you love and/or use. For all other items, get rid of them by either selling them, donating them or throw them away (only if they’re damaged, duh).
ADD BINS TO CABINETS
Because you lack storage adding bins to your kitchen cabinets help create division especially for those items that are either in multiples or not appealing to look at. Binning items like cleaning cloths, shot glasses or even wine glasses are a great way to organize your cabinets without cluttering your cabinet.
USE UTENSIL DRAWER ORGANIZERS
I can not stress the importance of using drawer organizers in kitchen drawers especially in a small kitchen. Drawer organizers help you use all the space in your drawers which is perfect when you have a limited amount of drawers and helps you create more space to store your kitchen items. They also help keep your drawers neat which is key to maintaining an organized space.
USE BACK OF KITCHEN CABINET TO HANG KITCHEN TOOLS
Hanging kitchen items like measuring cups and spoons on the back of kitchen cabinets is a great way to use unused space in a small kitchen. Using hooks allow you to take advantage of the vertical space in the cabinet which of course is important when organizing a small kitchen. If using the back of the cabinet doors isn’t an option for you, try using the back of the cabinet to hang your items.
ADD PULL OUT DRAWER FOR EASILY ACCESSIBILITY
When things are easily accessible it’s not only easy to grab them, it’s easy to put them away. Choose a cabinet section you want to install the pull out drawer. I would suggest choosing the cabinet space you place your pots and pans in or in your largest cabinet. Installation takes less than hour and once you’re done, you will have a functional storage system.
KEEP COUNTERTOP CLEAR
As simple as this may seem, keeping our countertops clean is not an easy thing to do for a lot of us. When your countertops are clean, it gives the illusion that your space of any size is organized especially in a small kitchen. One way to clear off your countertops is to first make sure everything on your countertops have a home. One of the main reasons why we keep items on our countertops is because there’s no other place to put them. To combat this issue, you need to dedicate at least an hour to the cause, go through your kitchen and see where you can create new homes for these items and get rid of all unused items. Once that’s done, place the items on the countertops in their new home and label the area for easier accessibility.
GET RID OF JUNK DRAWER FOR MORE SPACE
This was probably a tip I juggled with because I believe a junk drawer is important to have in the kitchen. The reason why I’ve mentioned it is because if you have a small kitchen and storage is your issue, removing the junk drawer will free up the drawer, therefore, give you a new area to designated other important kitchen items to. To avoid overwhelm when doing this, try creating a junk bin which replaces the junk drawer. You can also create a list of the items that are in this bin so if you’re looking for a certain item, you can read the list to make sure the item you are looking for is in the bin before going through it. Place your now junk bin in another location maybe in the kitchen or in a nearby area and now you have a new drawer to use.
Whether you have a large kitchen or a small kitchen, creating an organized kitchen provides great benefits for you, your family and the overall value of your home. It not only makes a small kitchen appear larger, it makes it safer for anyone to use. Just be sure you put items back in their place after each use so that it stays organized for good.
If you need help organizing your small kitchen, feel free to comment below and let me know what your concerns are! I’m always happy to help.