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How to organize a small kitchen

Those BIG beautiful kitchens you see in the magazines?

The ones with all the cabinet and counter space?

Not our kitchen.

Don’t get me wrong– I LOVE our cute little kitchen, but having a small kitchen does mean less overall storage space.

But it does not mean you’re doomed with clutter.

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Clever storage ideas for small kitchens

If it feels like you’re running out of space in your kitchen, these organization ideas will help you organize a small kitchen!

1. Try a roll up dish drying rack

Traditional dish drying racks take up a lot of counter space. I have tried ditching mine altogether, but still find that I need one for quick washes like baby bottles, etc.

A space-saving roll up dish drying rack is genius!

2. Store fruit vertically

My sons looove those little clementine Cuties, so we are always running out of counter space right after our grocery trips.

I love this idea! 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.

3. Mount a spice rack

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.

4. No pantry? Try this.

If you don’t have a pantry, you can still organize your spices. Spice gripper clips or a spice tower should do the trick.

5. Store cutting boards together

Do you have your cutting boards thrown in the back of your cabinets? 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:

Not a fan of the “hanging” style? Try a simple pantry rack like this one instead:

6. Stack your pans the smart way

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 and ended up with scratched 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):

7. 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:

8. Prep & store produce in glass containers

Do you have a smaller fridge too?

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.

9. 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:

10. 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:

11. 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:

12. Organize your tea bags

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 by using a simple organizer.

13. Organize canned goods with a stackable rack

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!

14. Take advantage of a lid organizer

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.

15. Add more cabinet space with a shelf organizer

Easily double your vertical cabinet space with shelf organizers.

These are perfect for organizing cups, plates, sippy cups, etc.


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