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Best small kitchen organization ideas?
Ever since we moved into our new home, this is one thing I’ve been researching like crazy.
While I LOVE our cute little kitchen, I’ll admit that it’s been a bit of a challenge figuring out how to store and organize everything.
If it feels like you’re running our of space in your small kitchen, these organization ideas I came across while in research mode should help!
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Small kitchen storage ideas for a clutter-free kitchen
1. Try a roll up dish drying rack
Traditional dish drying racks take up a lot of counter space.
If you don’t wash a lot of dishes by hand, a roll up dish drying rack may be all you need for your small kitchen.
2. Store fruit vertically
My boys love fruit, so we are always running out of counter space right after our grocery trips.
Placing your fruit in a bowl helps a bit, but it STILL takes up counter space.
Try a hanging fruit basket to save counter space. I love this idea!
3. Organize your spices
If you have a pantry, mounting a spice rack on the inside of your door can free up a ton of shelf space.
It’s also a huge time saver because you won’t be digging through your spices trying to find the one you need.
But since you are working with a small kitchen, you may not have a big, spacious panty.
Using your cabinets as your pantry? You can still organize your spices.
4. A storage solution for bakeware/cutting boards/pans
Do you have your cutting boards or pans thrown in the back of your cabinets?
Do you have to dig to find the pan you’re looking for? Here are a couple simple solutions to make your life easier:
An organizer that hangs on the inside of your cabinet door is an easy way to keep your cutting boards organized in one spot.
This one won’t scratch your cabinets and it’s also useful for organizing aluminum foil and other longish boxes.
Not a fan of the “hanging” style? Try a storage rack like this one instead. (You’ll love the adjustable dividers!)
5. Stack your pans the smart way (best pot and pan organizer)
You’ve probably experienced the frustration of trying to stack pans that don’t exactly fit together. Or maybe you’ve tried forcing them to fit (only to end up scratching your pans).
Here’s a smarter way to stack your pans and keeps them organized (You can also turn them on their sides with their handles facing out if you choose):
6. Use a 2-tier shelf to organize under the sink
A 2-tier organizer for the area under your sink can help you tackle the clutter.
Just make sure the organizer you choose leaves enough room for your plumbing like this one does:
7. Prep & store produce in glass containers
Do you have a smaller fridge too?
(Although this is a great hack for ANY size fridge.)
Instead of throwing dirty produce into the bottom of my fridge, I love prepping it ahead of time and storing in glass containers like these.
Not only does it keep things nice and organized, it saves me a ton of time washing and prepping every time my son wants some for a snack.
8. Keep your fridge tidy with bins
You can also keep your fridge organized with bins.
Instead of leaving your La Croix in a box on the floor (guilty!), you can store them in bins in your fridge.
There are tons and tons of different sizes and colors at the dollar store if you’re on a budget, but I love the look of the clear ones like these:
9. Use storage containers vs. boxes
Boxes and bags take up a ton of space! And it’s unnecessary space. Why they feel the need to use SO much packaging when the food only fills up 1/4 of it is beyond me.
One thing I like to do to combat this is to transfer everything to my own storage containers. Perfect for cereal, flour, coffee– really anything!
I use some old school containers my nana gave me, but I really love how clean the clear ones look:
10. Store grocery bags in a dispenser
Did you know this even was a thing? I didn’t! For the LONGEST, I had all my grocery bags stuffed into another bag. And when that one would get full, I’d start on another bag until it came to the point that one entire area of my cabinet space was filled with puffy grocery bags of grocery bags!
This dispenser holds 30 bags at the time and will keep your bags organized and out of the way until you need them:
11. Toss the tea boxes
Do you love to drink tea? If you’re guilty of buying several different kinds at once, you’ve probably experienced tea box clutter.
You can always stack the boxes to save space, but then you have to unstack them to find the kind you’re looking for.
Kick the tea box clutter with a tea bag organizer.
These are my top 2 favorites:
12. Store cans vertically with the best can organizer
Do you have a million cans taking up valuable cabinet space?
A stackable can rack is a simple solution. This one is a winner because it’s sturdy and easy to put together!
13. Store container lids together
Food container lids are at the top of the kitchen clutter list and there’s finally a way to tackle the problem.
A lid organizer will make it so that you never lose another lid again.
14. Add more cabinet space with a basic shelf organizer
Easily double your vertical cabinet space with shelf organizers.
Organize cups, plates, sippy cups, and more!
15. Lacking extra drawer space? Try this!
If it’s drawer space you feel you’re lacking, a 2-tier sliding basket organizer is in incredibly easy way to achieve this (without an actual drawer of course).
These are great for adding a little bit of extra storage for lightweight kitchen items!
16. Get creative with hooks (an easy solution for pot holder clutter)
One problem I’ve had with my own small kitchen is where to put pot holders?
I had been attempting to neatly stack my pot holders on the counter, but it just wasn’t working. Here’s my solution:
I ordered these hooks and I plan to vertically mount them for hanging up pot holders (although they’ll also work for pans, pots, utensils, and more).
Organizing a small kitchen boils down to this…
The two main things to remember to keep your kitchen neat and tidy is 1.) Utilize vertical space as much as possible. 2.) Declutter often– Only keep what you need and use in your kitchen. The rest has no business in your space!