We love small kitchens- they are cozy, artistic and with individual style. However, they are the biggest challenge when it comes to fitting all things you need to make it comfortable for the activities related to it without making it look too overcrowded and messy.
So here the big question comes. Is there a way to utilize smartly the entire space but in a clutter-free way? The answer to this question is right in front of you!
We have gathered a lot of functional and easy ideas for increasing the storage places in the small kitchen, making the organization an easy and pleasant task.
1. A Coffee Nook for Breakfast Convenience
Even the smallest space or a corner can be utilized in a clever way. Make or get a stand that will cover a small floor space but will provide a lot of storage places because of the tiers.
Turn it into a dedicated nook for coffee by placing all the appliances, supplies and cups you need.
2. A Hanging Space for Squirt Bottle Cleaners
The bottom sink cabinets are usually wide but even though they are not big enough to take up all the detergents and cleaning supplies we use most often.
Have you noticed that you actually pile up all the bottles? Put order in that mess by using the empty space above. Insert a metal or wooden dowel and hang some of the bottles.
via Little Bit Funky
3. A Small Kitchen Accessory Wall
If there is no space left on the countertop or in the drawers for neat storage of the cooking accessories, make a display where you can hang them freely.
Get a couple of plain metal hangers and fix them to the side of the cabinets. You will easily see and find what you need and this organization hack will cost you not more than $2.
4. A Storage Cabinet for Pots and Pans
Organize the pans and pots in the pantry by getting holders for lids and skillets.
They cost only a few dollars but will make a huge difference.
5. A Wall-Mounted Mug and Glass Holder
This coffee rack will accommodate all of the mugs and glasses your family regularly use as it provides 8 tieres where 5 of these can be safely stored.
This type of rack is perfect for small kitchens as it uses only the vertical space of a wall or a cabinet and will give an interesting touch to the interior.
6. Basket Full of Herbs and Cooking Utensils
Group the containers with utensils and seasonings in one place instead of spreading them all around the countertop.
A plain wicker basket or a galvanized pot will do a great job organizing them.
via Baskets Galore
7. Bronze Stackable Expandable Shelf Organizer
If you need another level in a cabinet because there is too much space left unused between the fabricated shelves, there is a way to use it without the need for a carpenter.
Get stackable shelves on legs that can be adjusted on length.
8. Cabinet Door Chalkboard with Measuring Utensils
Turn the internal surface of a cabinet door into a cooking assistant.
You can either paint the wood or seal a chalkboard foil onto it. Then add two or three laths with hooks. Place your measuring spoons and mark their size with a chalk pen.
9. Convenient Trash and Garbage Rolls
It is not a difficult task to make these bag rolls stands yourself. You need to get the proper hardware and two short plastic dowels.
Four braces with a hollow profile create two vertical stands inside the sink cabinet. Fix each pair to one of the sides with screws. Put the dowels through the bag rolls and enjoy this smart kitchen gadget.
10. Countertop Spice and Bottle Organizer
Organize all spices, oil and vinegar in a stylish way. Get a three-tiered metal stand that gives you two types of storage- two deep stands for jars and smaller containers and a middle slant for bottles.
If there is space on the middle tier, you can store the wine bottles as well.
11. Cutting Board Storage
The foil and plastic wrap wire holder can be used as an organizer of many other kitchen accessories.
Placed on the internal side of a cabinet door, it can store all of the cutting boards, lids of pots, foils, detergents, etc.
12. Dish Sink Drain Rack
This type of drain rack is worth every cent! It doesn’t take up any of the countertop surfaces so it is the best solution for small kitchens.
Its design gives many storage places of different sizes and types so every washed piece can find its place.
The best of it all is that it stays right over the sink and therefore draining will be far more hygienic as it will be done in it instead of in a tray.
via Home Uphill
13. Dish Soap Cake Stand
Put the washing detergents onto a stand to reduce the space they cover and to make them look far more organized.
A simple stand from the Dollar store is an affordable, attractive and suitable solution for this type of organization.
14. DIY Black Pipe Coffee Bar Station
Do you need extra storage space in the kitchen? Solve this issue easily by building yourself an open farmhouse stand with industrial accents.
Its three tiers are long and wide to accommodate appliances and accessories that would otherwise be piled up on the countertop, creating clutter and embarrassing look of the kitchen.
via Live Simply
15. DIY Cooking Utensils Rotating Storage Rack
This hack is an alternative to the Lazy Susan that has been made to suit the number of storage places and sizes for the particular kitchen.
To make it, get a Lazy Susan hardware, a scrap piece of wood and screw hooks.
Fix the gadget under the bottom of a cabinet next to your cooking stove.
16. DIY Country Store Kitchen Shelves
A few baseboards fixed to an empty wall of the kitchen can solve the issue with the lack of space in the kitchen cabinets and the pantry.
Get them cut at the desired lengths and mount them to the wall using brackets. If you are looking for a more rustic effect, use corbels instead.
To achieve a stylish and organized vertical display, use identical containers. If you don’t want to spend too much on them, go to the Dollar Store.
via Ella Claire
17. DIY Kitchen Island with Trash Storage
When the kitchen is small it is very important that there aren’t too many things on the floor. This doesn’t come only from the need to move around freely. It also comes from an aesthetic aspect.
A handmade island with a hidden compartment for a garbage bin is what you need. Its multifunctional design offers another compartment with open shelves for storage of cutting boards, jars, etc.
18. DIY Pegboard Storage for Pots and Pans
If the pantry can take up all of the stuff you have, think outside the box and use the wall between the shelves as a pot and pan organizer.
In order not to take up any of the shelving space, the organizer needs to be thin and yet strong enough to withstand the loading.
And here the metal pegboard comes to help. Placed along the entire wall, it gives plenty of space without standing in the way of any of the existing storage places.
via Eclectic Recipes
19. DIY Pull Out Trash Cans
Turn an empty cabinet into a pull-out trash can. The whole project requires a trash can cabinet kit and an hour or less of your time.
This idea is very practical and easy to do so if you are looking for a way to reduce the kitchen clutter, start with this.
20. DIY Pullout Baking Sheet Drawer
It is very difficult to find a suitable storage place for the baking sheets unless they are of the exact design and that could be a problem in the small kitchen because they take up too much from the cabinets space.
If you follow the instructions below, you will make a special drawer with three compartments that can be fitted easily into an existing cabinet. It will accommodate all of the cupcake sheets and trays.
via Two Feet First
21. Dollar Store Dish Racks To Separate The Pans
Do you have a narrow kitchen cupboard? Well, it’s time to finally make it practical by turning it into a storage place for all baking sheets and pans.
Get dish racks from the Dollar Store and put them in the cabinet. This hack won’t cost you any effort and money and will instantly organize the baking sheets.
22. Door Attachment for Food Storage Necessities
This holder is suited for door mounting. It can be fixed to any cabinet in the kitchen.
It can store all kinds of boxes like zip bags, wrapping foil or baking paper sheets.
23. Drawer Organization for Wraps and Bags
Instead of tossing the small packages line foil, wraps into the drawer, use a shallower drawer to store them in a more organized way.
Its smaller depth ensures tight alignment of the stored items and finding what you need would be much easier.
24. Easiest Cupboard Pan Lid Organiser
One of the easiest and cheap organizers for lids can be found in the Dollar Store.
Actually, you shouldn’t be looking for a rack or something similar. You need a package of plain adhesive hooks.
Two of these, stuck onto the inside of a cabinet door can hold one lid. Prior to sticking them, measure according to the diameter of the lids you have.
25. Easy-to-Reach Pantry Drawers that Pull Out
If you decide to turn a small corner into a vertical cabinet, don’t forget to use pull-out mechanisms.
They will let you easily get out the stored items regardless of the height.
26. Everyday Kitchen Essentials on a Lazy Susan
This idea uses a round metal and wood tray to gather at one place the most used cooking additions.
Thus it will free some space on the countertop and will create a clutter-free look.
27. Farm’s Market Fruit and Veggie Organizer
If you need an additional storage place for fresh fruits and vegetables but you don’t have any floor space left in the kitchen, start thinking vertically.
A wire basket stand is what you need to add a farmhouse charm to the interior. To make it, get three wire baskets from the Dollar store and screw them to a weathered board.
28. Food Essentials on a Moveable Platter
The cake stands can accommodate any kitchen stuff you would like.
That can be the washing soap, spices, seasonings, mugs. Their design will add some unexpected glam and aesthetic to the kitchen interior and will do a great job as an organizer.
via The Kitchn
29. Fridge Side Shelf Refrigerator Spice Storage
If there isn’t a possibility to attach a wire organizer to the inside of your cabinets’ doors, you can use an organizer for outer mounting.
This design is suited for aligning to the top surface of a tall appliance like the refrigerator.
30. Fruit And Vegetable Storage Baskets with Chalkboards
Lift the wire basket storage to another level by making it a more customized stand in a farmhouse style.
Add small chalkboard labels that identify what should be stored in each.
You can finish the stand with a hanger at its bottom for mugs storage.
31. Fruit Baskets Hanging from the Wall
The same fruit and vegetables stand can be made with shopping baskets with handles.
Instead of a solid barn wood board, attach pallet slats to form the background support.
32. Gather Loose Lids
The file holders from the Dollar store can be repurposed and used as a functional kitchen organizer.
Placed on the internal side of the cabinet door, they can accommodate various stuff that would otherwise be randomly thrown into the deep drawers.
33. How To Organize Pantry Drawers
When choosing drawers for the kitchen stuff, choose according to the size of the stored items. If you are looking for a drawer for your spices, make sure it is shallower.
Of course, don’t forget the special organizers like plastic boxes or otherwise, the bottles will roll all around.
34. Ikea Kallax Kitchen Island Hack
Looking for a small but practical kitchen island that can store kitchen appliances and crockery?
Ikea’s Kallax line is what you need. When the pieces are fitted together, you get a multifunctional item that can even be moved and used as a side table.
35. Kitchen Wrap Organizing Rack with Three Shelves
As the kitchen is the room women spent most time in, it must be well organized to make the activities more pleasant.
There are various racks, stands and baskets that can organize different types of items. This small one is suitable for wraps, foils and similar packages.
36. Magnetic Kitchen Organizer with Paper Towel Holder
Repurpose a spice rack into side storage for various accessories. Thanks to its magnetic attachment, it can be placed on any metal appliance.
37. Magnetic Spice Rack for Refrigerator
The pen holders can be turned into small kitchen organizers that won’t take up any of the countertop.
Glue magnets onto one of the sides and attach them to the fridge.
38. Onion and Potato Storage for Your Shelves
The file holders can be used as vegetable shelf organizers.
Their mesh-like texture will allow access to air which will keep the stored veggies fresh for a longer time.
39. Pegboard for Pots, Pans, and Other Essentials
The metal pegboard can be a helpful storage accessory in the small kitchen.
Placed vertically on a wall it can accommodate many and various stuff. Make sure that it is well secured to the wall with suitable hardware.
40. Pocket Organizer for Smaller Food Items
If you don’t want to invest much money in organizers, there are many items in the Dollar Store that can be repurposed and function as well as an expensive product.
The shoe organizers are meant to be hung on walls or doors so they can store small items like cereals, tea bags, etc.
41. Produce Kitchen Organization
Do you like this industrial stand with charming rustic touches?
This rack is perfect for products that shouldn’t be stored in the fridge as they will lose their good substances. Some of them are potatoes, onions, tomatoes.
via A Night Owl
42. Pull-Out Pot Rack and Lid Organizer
These racks are a space saver as they can store all pots, pans and even their lids in one cabinet.
All items stored on them can be easily found and taken out. The racks can also be pulled out independently so access is ensured.
via Kevin and Amanda
43. Rolling Kitchen Storage Cart
Such a cart can fit into a tiny space like that between appliances or a small corner.
Since its narrow sides hide what has been stored on the levels, there are castors that ease access to them.
via Urban Outfitters
44. Shelf Rack Cutting Board Holder Dish Cloth Rag
This rack is suited for mounting to a flat surface like the bottom of a cabinet.
The open wire levels are two and are perfect for the storage of cutting boards.
The bottom level can be used for drying towels.
45. Simple and Rustic Coffee Corner
If you are a coffee drinker, then a special coffee station is not an extra.
Make your customized nook in a corner of the kitchen where the two meeting walls will be the backdrop of the organizers and appliances.
Use a crate, a Lazy Susan, racks to get everything you need in the corner in an organized and stylish way.
via Liz Marie Blog
46. Spice Jar Grip Holder Clip Strips
These strips can be adhered to any place- inside a cupboard or on a wall.
Each one can hold spices different in size and shape.
47. Storage Ladder that Dangles from the Ceiling
The ceiling is an underestimated part of the rooms when it comes to storage.
If you have the proper hardware, you can actually turn it into a valuable storage place.
For example, an old ladder can be repurposed to become a rustic stand for larger items that are otherwise piled up on the floor.
48. Tea Bag Holder and Display Case
Use a special holder for the tea bags that will store them properly and will ease finding the bag you need.
This rack will save quite a time wandering around and searching into a deep drawer for teabags.
49. The Tight Space Kitchen Pantry
This pantry is suitable for super-narrow spaces. Thanks to its castors and handle, it can be pulled out easily so that all items stored are displayed and used as needed.
50. Turn A Bed Slat Into A Wall Hanger
This IKEA hack turns a bed base into a super comfortable wall hanger.
Attach S-hooks to the slats to store items that have a hole or a handle. The distances between the slats can be used for stiffing of notes, magazines with recipes, etc.
via ICH Designer
51. Two-Tiered Adjustable Height Spice Turntable
This useful stand gives two levels for the storage of spices. Since it is turnable, you can easily see and access the spice you need.
It is perfect for decluttering the small kitchen countertop.
52. Two-Tiered Storage Rack with Removable Shelves
This rack is suitable for a countertop or cabinet organizer.
Its uniqueness comes with the opportunity for removing parts from the shelf which allows storage of taller items.
53. Under Cabinet Drawers
Thinking out of the box and needing extra storage places in the kitchen has eventually lead to this genius idea- to make under the cabinet drawers.
This space isn’t special at all, on the contrary- it keeps gathering dirt. Making a shallow drawer there will give you plenty of space for the organization of spices, baking sheets, cutting boards, etc. It is easily opened with a toe-kick mechanism.
via Family Handyman
54. Under the Cabinet Wine Glass Storage
This beautiful metal organizer is a space saver that will organize a set of wine glasses under a cupboard.
Once the glasses are washed and polished, hang them upside down and they will remain clean until the time they are needed.
55. Under the Shelf DIY Mug Storage
Simple items like screw hooks can also help with the kitchen declutter.
Screw them into the bottom of the cupboard and hang your mug collection. Add as many as you need.
via Penelope’s Oasis
56. Under the Shelf Hanging Basket
If the stored things in a cupboard do not go all the way to the top, use a wire rack that will fill that space.
It is suitable for the storage of compact packages like wraps, baking paper, foils, sponges, etc.
57. Utensil Drawers in Unused Cabinet Space
This pull-out pantry utilizes most of a narrow space. In this case, it is intended for the storage of kitchen utensils. It can be a good organizer also for wines and spices.
via Home Depot
58. Wall Ledges for Wooden Kitchen Accessories
This modern and minimalist organizer consists of metal strips fastened on a wall and hooks at their bottom for attaching kitchen accessory holders.
These strips can go along the entire width of the wall use as many holders as you may need. The holders can vary- from intriguing bottle holders to baskets.
59. Wire Baskets Kitchen Storage
Such a tiered wire basket could make a good small kitchen organizer where transparency is needed. It will ease the visualization of the searched item and provides good access to each tier.
It can be placed on any vertical surface with screws.
60. Wood-Handled Dish Rack
This dish rack can look like a typical dish dryer, however it is more than that.
Its design provides handles that help to drain the bottom tray by inclining the whole rack either left or right. Handles can be used to change the place of the rack when the dishes are dry.
The color of the rack is also very attractive making it look like a trendy and specially made product.
61. Wooden Dividers to Organize Your Utensil Drawers
Instead of tossing the utensils in a deep drawer, sort them in a wooden organizer of the drawer’s size.
It will make it easier to find the utensil you are looking for and will decrease the chatter from the clashing metal pieces.