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Kitchen Space Savers

You’ve purchased your dream home, and now you’re thinking that teeny, tiny kitchen wasn’t so cute after all. Or maybe you’re looking to upgrade to a bigger home, but you still need to find a way to cook in the months between now and then. Either way, a small kitchen can be a big problem for those who love to cook or entertain. But don’t let a small space cramp your style! Check out some of these space-saving options to make the most out of your kitchen.


Kitchen Space Savers

Geoff Goolsby

As a fiercely competitive real estate agent with a passion for seeing my clients succeed, I've dedicated my career since 2012 to not just meeting, but...

As a fiercely competitive real estate agent with a passion for seeing my clients succeed, I've dedicated my career since 2012 to not just meeting, but...

Jan 30 4 minutes read

Decorate Your Countertop

For kitchens with sufficient counter space but few cabinets, decorative countertop storage can bring charm and organization to your kitchen. Put dry goods like pasta, spices, flour, sugar, and coffee beans in clear glass or plastic containers on the counter. Little bouquets of forks, knives, and spoons can stand in sturdy jars or in decorative, oversized mugs on the table. Larger cooking utensils, like whisks, spatulas, and spoons, can go in large crocks on the counter near the stove for easy access. Not storing eating and cooking utensils in drawers also means you can put them away wet and they can still dry, which helps contribute to a more tidy, organized look in your kitchen.

Cut Across the Sink

On the flip side, if your kitchen lacks counter space, try using an over-the-sink cutting board. This extends your space for chopping and cutting, yet can be easily moved. Be careful about using regular cutting boards across the sink; the lack of support can make a smooth board slip while in use.

Turn Sideways

Who says shelves have to be horizontal? Storing some kitchen tools vertically can make for better storage with easier access. Vertical shelves can act like bookends, keeping vertically-stacked items like cookie sheets, cutting boards, muffin tins, frying pans, and baking dishes from falling over.

Tame the Tupperware

If your containers for leftovers have a habit of taking over your entire tiny kitchen, try storing the lids separately. Tension rods, book bins, napkin holders, or other drawer dividers can keep the lids stored vertically while the containers can sit stacked inside one another in the cabinet or drawer nearby.

Think Tall

Cabinets and shelves sometimes fall short of their full potential—they don’t go all the way up to the ceiling. Although harder to access, this is usable space for storage! Consider installing shelves that allow you to store items you do not use frequently in the higher reaches of your kitchen.

Think Wall

An empty wall can certainly hold a pretty painting or family photograph, but it can also be put to work as storage. Install free-standing shelves, wall stands, or hooks on the walls in your kitchen. Some wall stands have specially-carved grooves for hanging stemware upside down—a handy storage technique for those unwieldy, space-hogging wine glasses. Other wall stands or hooks can hold even heavy pots and pans, saving you from having to stack and unstack pans every time you want to fry an egg.

Think Small

Many cupboards have extra space between the door and the shelves in the wall. By installing narrow shelves on inside of the doors themselves, you can use this space to store a surprising number of small items that otherwise take up a lot of real estate in your pantry, like spices, canned food, drinks, and other small packages. If you have a door that swings into your kitchen or pantry, measure the length of your door-stopper—usually about four inches from the wall. By adding shelves that are only about three inches deep behind the door, you will significantly extend your storage space. And, as an added bonus, these small shelves make it easy to find what you’re looking for, since they cannot be stacked too deep.

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