Frugal Living

Inexpensive Ways To Maximize Space In a Small Kitchen

Confession: I am a very messy neat freak. Does that comfort you and give me credibility as I write an organizational post? Well, if it doesn’t, it should. If I can find ways to stay (mostly) organized in my super small kitchen when I spend a ton of time in there making a mess, so can you. I LOVE organization – Especially simple hacks that make managing small spaces easier. However, my kitchen, as you can see in the photo above, is TINY. I don’t have a lot of counter space, so the only appliances I leave out are my KitchenAid mixer (It weighs 27 pounds and I use it multiple times per week) and our coffee pot.

Today, I’ll give you a peek into my pantry and cabinets so you too can find ways to maximize the space you have. You’ll be really surprised at how small fixes can make a big impact.

I’ll showing you the real kitchen of a busy mom, who likes to make a mess. These space-saving hacks are simple, doable, and helpful when you’re working in a very small space. And you can start with these ideas right where you are. I’ll link my favorites so you can get them too!

ORGANIZING HACKS FOR SMALL KITCHENS

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Loosely Label/Designate Your Shelf Space 

  • If you have loosely themed shelves/drawers/cabinets (i.e. one space each for baking items, snacks, & canned goods) even if things get a little messy, you can still find what you need.

Throw away anything that’s old, expired, or isn’t useful anymore.

In small spaces, only the necessities are important.


Use a tiered storage unit for baggies, foil, and plastic wrap

(Kitchen Wrap/Zip Top Bag Organizer)

I got mine at Marshall’s for $4! I often find inexpensive storage items like this one there on major clearance!


Use the inside of your cabinet doors and pantry wall as storage.

(Command Hooks)

On the inside wall of our pantry, a Command Hook holds aprons and my daughter’s lunch box.


Organize your cookie sheets, muffin tins and cutting boards in one place.

(Cookie Sheet/Muffin Tin/Cutting Board Organizer)

I actually asked for one of these for Christmas and was very excited to receive it. Now, when I pull out a cookie sheet, 3 more don’t come crashing down on my head!


Vertically store your frying pans

(Tiered Frying Pan Organizer)

I got this one at Aldi for about $7.


Turn one cabinet shelf into two

(Wire Cabinet Shelf)

In so many of these hacks, we’re utilizing vertical storage. This is a must when maximizing small spaces. I love these wire shelves!


Make useful space for your canned goods

(Tiered Can Storage)


Put loose snacks or half full bags  in one larger container.

(Snack Organizer)

Here’s the clear container I use to organize smaller items on our snack shelf.

Add an incredible amount of space by using the back of your pantry door.

(Clear Over The Door Shoe Holder)

If you have space for one of these, it’s the first thing I would purchase. It will clear up so much storage space on your shelves and in your cabinets, and they’re extremely inexpensive. And, on the inside of your door – it’s hidden from the world.


Use magazine file boxes to store cans, foil, etc. (Magazine File Boxes)

I love these things. They’re incredibly cost effective and can be used for so many things! I use mine for my slightly obsessive collection of parchment paper and silicone mats.


Re-home items that come in bags & aren’t easy to store neatly.

I do this with rice, bags of oats, and my muffin liners.

This was an old candle jar – so I didn’t have to pay anything for it! I think my muffin liners look so cute in here and they don’t get wrinkled, smashed, or lost in the back of my deep pantry cabinets.

I hope this encourages you to start where you are. Organization is always evolving and a slow process, especially on a budget.

Show me your real progress. I don’t need a staged photo – I want to cheer on your progress, not your perfection!

 

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