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16 Small Kitchen Organization Ideas to Maximize Space

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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.

Homexpect Roll up Dish Drying Rack 17 inches x 13.5 inches, 304 Stainless Steel Over The Sink Dish Drying Rack, Foldable, Rollable and Easy to Store, Black
  • 💦Dimensions: 17 inches x 13.5 inches(43cm x 34.2cm/we recommend your sink size is samller than this sink rack); please check your sink size before purchasing. Chrismas Gift for family.

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 or vertical 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.

Spice gripper clips or a spice tower should do the trick.

4. A storage solution for bakeware and cutting boards

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 frying 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 (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):

SimpleHouseware Cabinet Pantry Pot and Pan Organizer Holder Rack, Bronze
  • Great pan organizer to save cabinet and countertop space, stores up to 5 pans

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.

Pyrex Simply Store 18 Piece Meal Prep Storage Containers Set, Large and Small | Round and Rectangle Glass Food Storage Containers with Lids | Doesn't Absorb Food Odors, Flavors, or Stains
  • Includes (1) 1-Cup Round Glass Storage Containers with Lids, (1) 6-Cup Rectangular Glass Storage Containers with Lids, and (1) 7-Cup Round Glass Storage Containers with Lids, (2) 2-Cup Round Glass Storage Containers with Lids, (2) 4-Cup Round Glass Storage Containers with Lids and (2) 3-Cup Rectangular Glass Storage Containers with Lids

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.

Sorbus Fridge Bins and Freezer Bins Refrigerator Organizer Stackable Food Storage Containers BPA-Free Drawer Organizers for Refrigerator Freezer and Pantry (Pack of 6)
  • Refrigerator organizer set – ideally sized to fit fruits, vegetables, and other food items in the fridge, freezer, or pantry – All drawers feature a built-in handle for easy pull-out and transport

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.

DRAGONN 9 Piece Airtight Food Storage Container Set with Labels, Pantry Organization and Storage, Keeps Food Fresh, Big Sizes Included, Durable, BPA Free Containers, DN-KW-FS09
  • Best Range of Sizes - No more plastic storage container sets that only have a bunch of small canisters, the Dragonn pantry storage set has the perfect combination of small, medium, and large sizes!

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.

SVVSS Wall Mount Grocery Bag Holder,Dispenser,Saver,Anti-Fingerprint and Mounting Screws Included, White, 30-45 bags
  • ★ The bag dispenser convenient and economical to save you from kitchen mess.The bags are easy to get in and easy to get out.

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.

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!

SimpleHouseware Stackable Can Rack Organizer, Chrome
  • STACKABLE DESIGN: get multiple sets and stack them together in a second

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.

YouCopia StoraLid Food Container Lid Organizer, Large, Adjustable Plastic Lid Storage for Kitchen Cabinets
  • FLEXIBLE STORAGE: Five adjustable dividers help you configure different spaces to keep food container lids upright and accessible

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!

SimpleHouseware Expandable Stackable Kitchen Cabinet and Counter Shelf Organizer, Silver
  • Great for organizing plates, cups, bottles, and cans in your cabinet, counter top or even refregiator

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!

SimpleHouseware 2 Tier Sliding Cabinet Basket Organizer Drawer, Bronze
  • Sliding basket for easy access in limited space

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).

November Spring Kitchen Adhesive Hooks for Hanging Wall Towel Hooks Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Waterproof Hook Wall Hanger for Bathroom Office,Adhesive Coat Key Hook Stick on Wall (4 Pack)
  • 【Easy to Install without Drilling】 - Adhesive hooks no damage to wall surfaces. our adhesive hooks suitable for smooth tile, painted drywall, glass, metal, painted/varnished wood, and all smooth surfaces

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!

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