Small kitchen organization and storage tips
Kitchens are the hub of most households and yet kitchens tend to be overflowing with clutter and unused food options. If this sounds a bit like your own kitchen, then you are in the right place. With these small kitchen organization tips, you can get your kitchen tidy on a budget in no time!
There was a time (before Little Mister came along of course) when I cooked and baked and needed all.the.things for my kitchen. I had a lot of convenience items on top of the normal necessities and it just looked like a lot of really packed drawers and cabinets. My kitchen was in a really bad spot. Then I slowly figured out how to create organization solutions to fit my *tiny* needs.
Storage solutions on a budget
I am a huge fan of thrift stores. Anything from Goodwill to church ministry thrift stores, I love them all. The really awesome thing about these places is that you can ALWAYS find storage solutions there. Baskets, drawer organizers, over the door hangers, really just about anything you need.
Whenever I am in need of something for my home, I tend to visit these places first. Usually, I am not in a rush to make a purchase so that really helps when it comes to my budget. If you are pressed for time, you will end up spending more.
If you don’t want to buy from a thrift store or you just really can’t find anything, visiting your local bargain stores is a terrific option. I just recently discovered a store called 5 Below (everything is less than $5) and they have some decent items like the baskets I use for my pantry. The dollar store will actually have some good, smaller storage and organization items too.
Pantry organization hacks
A big life changer (okay, maybe just pantry changer, but who is keeping track ? ) is to organize your pantry in sections. Example would be snack section, baking section, breakfast foods, canned foods, pastas, and more. As long as everyone in your family knows which section is which, this should be fairly easy to maintain.
One of my favorite pantry organization hacks has been the use of hooks on the door. I love being able to hang up items such as aprons and lunch bags so that they are out of the way and not falling over into everything. If you have a lot of disposable goods (sandwich bags, plastic wrap, etc), putting those into a small wire organizer inside of your pantry is an excellent way to use the dead space and keep your items all organized!
Oh, and for my fellow vertically challenged peeps, keep the rarely used items up on the top shelf. I have a basket full of disposable eatery and brown paper bags up on my top shelf. I may use them once a year, so it is good to keep them high up.
How to organize the countertop
I am a strong believer in the power of cleaned and decluttered surfaces. Living in a small space means that I have even less countertop space so it is important that I keep them cleared off. Think about the items that you use the absolute most in your kitchen and the items that you just LOVE. You will want to keep those out most likely. I love my mushroom garlic smasher and mortar and pestle. I use them very occasionally, but they bring me joy, so they are displayed!
Having a crock with your most used utensils is a great idea for any kitchen, but especially one in which you cook frequently. Think about your small appliances though, do they need to be on the counter? Chances are probably not! Which items can you store in the cabinets and just pull out as needed?
Clever storage ideas for the cabinets
At one point, I was getting quite overwhelmed by the small items that just seemed to take over my pantry and cabinets and fall everywhere. They are difficult to wrangle in…that is until you put them in a basket! If you are feeling the same way, my most clever storage idea is to utilize baskets!
Tupperware or food storage containers are probably the most organized when kept in a drawer, but if you don’t have an extra drawer like most small kitchens, then getting a basket will be a sanity saver for sure. Also, try putting small appliances into baskets even if you use that appliance frequently. I use my Ninja almost daily, but couldn’t keep it organized in my small kitchen until I put it in a basket. Now, I just pull down the basket and make a smoothy, and put the basket back up. Easy peasy!
I have also found that spices do really well in drawers, but if you don’t have a free drawer, putting them in a basket can be just as effective except that you will have to pull out the basket when you need to use spices. In order to make this successful though, you need to label your spices on the top of the containers so they are easy to read. If you are looking for easy DIY spice labels, then I have you covered there too!
One last tip and probably the most useful and clever storage idea…a pot rack. If you are like me and have a lot of (and large) pots and pans, this is going to be the key to saving cabinet space for things like normal dishes. They are super easy to install and come in a variety of sizes and styles. I love ours because it is extendable and has the top shelf for our big All-Clad pans.
Keeping a small kitchen organized can be a bit of a challenge especially if you are on a budget. Use these pantry, countertop, and cabinet organization hacks and tricks to help you get your home and life in order. Seriously, it will help you feel better able to tackle kitchen duty and just generally be more productive and less stressed.
What is your favorite tip? Are you ready to get your kitchen in order?
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