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Small Kitchen Organization: 10 Tips to Help Make the Most of Your Space

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We're speaking from experience here - we have a small kitchen

There are pros and cons to having a small space. The first obvious con is that you don’t have a lot of space! But, the first pro is that you have less to clean and you have to be more economical with the space that you do have (that might be a pro AND/OR a con depending on how you see it).

We put together a list of all the things we use in our kitchen that help maximize the space we have while keeping everything organized. Whether you own or are renting we have solutions and products that allow you to hang items without leaving any holes. Yay!

So, keep reading to find out the 10 things we use to help make the most out of a small kitchen space.

TL;DR... here is the list of products we use

This is the list of products we use to help organize our small kitchen. You can click any of the links below to be taken directly to Amazon to purchase. If you’d rather shop by photo, hear about how to use these products, and what we love about them, then keep scrolling and read this post.

Tip #1

Hang what you can

If you can get things off of the counter, you can save a lot of counter space and cabinet space by moving things to shelves or baskets on the wall.

We used to have a fruit basket on the counter but I decided to get this 2 pack of wire hanging baskets on Amazon, that double as shelves, to hang on the wall. I got these to store fruits, snacks, and other items and to clean up some counter space in our kitchen.

These shelves are really easy to assemble – it took me less than 15 minutes from unboxing, assembling and mounting. The basket is mostly assembled, you just unfold it and snap the sides together then you screw the shelf to the top with three screws provided. To mount, the shelves come with screws and wall anchors if you mount them to the wall, but you don’t have to hang these if you can’t drill holes for one reason or another.

You can actually stack these on top of one another on your counters. Stacking allows for vertical utilization of your counter space and can increase the storage in the space you have. They will take up a bit more space on your counters versus the wall, but they will still increase your storage space!

You can buy these exact wire hanging basket shelves on Amazon by clicking the images above or the button below. They come in a two pack!

Tip #2

Make items in your cabinets and counters more easily accessible and organized

Adding a lazy susan to a cabinet or counter makes the space more organized and everything on it more easily accessible. Little things like spices and medicines get lost in cabinets if not properly organized.

If you’re like me, you will buy something that you need but don’t often use, and it gets sent to the back of the cabinet. With a lazy susan, you have 360 access to everything on that lazy susan so even if something is in the “back” it can be sent to the “front” with just a spin!

You can put these turning lazy susans in your spice cabinet, in a medicine cabinet, under your sink to organize cleaners, in a closet to store your makeup and skincare products, on your desk to organize your pens and post its, and more. The amount of use cases for lazy susans is endless and if you don’t have any, just buy them already! You will find a place in your home to use them – I promise you.

I keep a lazy susan on the counter, right next to our stove, with all of our cooking oils. I have olive oils for cooking, some for flavoring, and other oils for baking. They’re all right there with a turn of the lazy susan and I’m not rummaging through the cabinets while moving and knocking over other bottles to get to my favorites.

You can buy these exact wooden lazy susans on Amazon by clicking the images above or the button below. They come in a two pack!

Tip #3

There's room on the back of almost every cabinet door for something

Just when you think you don’t have any more room in your cabinets, you do if you get an over-the-door hanging basket. Over-the-door hanging baskets create easy to access storage space for so many things.

We have a hanging basket on the back of the cabinet door under our sink for our kitchen sprays, trash bags and sponges. You can put oven mitts, produce, cutting boards, and anything you want in them.

This pack (shown in the images below) is so versatile. First, you can choose the height your baskets hang with the different hanging arms provided. Short works for things like soaps and sponges and long works for storing tin foil and baking papers or muffin trays.

You can also stack these baskets over each other if you have the space! Just make sure you measure to make sure the baskets will work with your cabinets.

You can buy these exact over-the-door cabinet baskets on Amazon by clicking the images above or the button below. They come in a three pack!

Tip #4

Use Command Hooks to hang your most used items

Command hooks can be used anywhere in your home and I highly suggest having a pack on hand to keep your space organized. You will find that adding a command hook to an unorganized space is the solution to some of your biggest problems.

Take oven mitts for example. If you are battling oven mitts in a drawer that never seems to open when you need it or close when you’re finished, you might want to try using a command hook on the back of a cabinet door!

We use a command hook on the back of the cabinet door near our stove to hang pot holders and oven mitts so they don’t take up space in our drawers. You could also hang a towel or specialty cooking items like rolling pins, and other utensils that have a handle, loop, or spot to hang from.

The biggest pro to using Command hooks is that they are adhesive so you don’t need to drill any holes to use them and they can be stuck almost anywhere. They are also easy to remove and are non-damaging!

You can buy these Command hooks on Amazon by clicking the image above or the button below. They come in a 19 pack!

Tip #5

Add magnetic shelves to your fridge

We have these strong magnetic spice shelves that are hanging on the side of our fridge and they are by far my favorite thing in the kitchen and the most used thing in our kitchen. They hold all of my favorite spices that I use everyday and there is room to hang measuring spoons, a bottle opener, or really anything you want.

These shelves are strong. You could put olive oil and other sauces on them and it would hold them with ease. The best part, these are removable and non-damaging so you can put them on any surface that is magnetic in your kitchen.

You can buy these exact magnetic spice racks on Amazon by clicking the images above or the button below. They come in a two pack!

Tip #6

Add floating shelves to your backsplash

If the sides of your fridge aren’t accessible, you could add little hanging or floating shelves to your backsplash. Things like spices and garlic or little bottles could go on these to make more space on your counters.

These shelves can be flipped upside down to hold a dish towel on the wooden rod (see the photo below) or kept right side up to hold items like recipe books in place. If you need storage in other areas of your home, you could use these in the bathroom, a children’s room, or a craft room.

There are two lengths for these shelves that you can choose from: one is short and one is long. I like the shorter shelves where I want to stagger two of them over each other and I like the long shelves for filling up more wall space and I think they work best upside down.

Short Shelves

(Short option) You can buy these exact wooden floating shelves on Amazon by clicking the images above or the button below. They come in a two pack!

Long Shelves

(Long option) You can buy the exact wooden floating shelves featured above on Amazon by clicking the image above or the button below.

Tip #7

Ditch the bulky knife holder

If you have one of those knife holders that takes up a lot of space on your counter consider getting a magnetic knife holder that mounts to the wall. You could put it on your fridge or on your backsplash.

This particular knife holder gives you the option of how you want to install it so if you’re renting, or don’t want to put holes in your walls you don’t have to drill. You can choose between drilling or using the strong adhesive that it comes with – the choice is yours!

You can buy this exact magnetic knife holder on Amazon by clicking the image above or the button below. They come in a two pack!

Tip #8

Hang your paper towels

Most people have a paper towel holder that sits on the counter, but you can save a lot of counter space by hanging your paper towel holder. I personally prefer the hanging paper towel holder to the counter holder.

You can mount the paper towel holder under a top cabinet or directly on the wall. You can also choose to have it store your paper towels vertically or horizontally (I prefer horizontally because it looks neater).

I love that this paper towel holder has lots of different color options so you can get the color that matches your cabinet and sink hardware. This is another product that you can drill in place OR stick with adhesive making it perfect for renters or anyone that doesn’t want to drill holes.

You can buy this exact under cabinet mount paper towel holder on Amazon by clicking the image above or the button below.

Tip #9

Store items in baskets, neatly, over your fridge

Your fridge might have space at the top, and if it does, you can use it as a shelf for things like cereal, rice, and other dry or canned goods. If you have storage space over your fridge, you need these baskets.

Baskets create order where there is chaos. You might have a bunch of items loosely placed on a shelf, but as soon as you put those items into a basket and back on that same shelf, things look and feel much more organized.

These waterproof wicker baskets are perfect for use anywhere in the home but great in the kitchen (and on top of your fridge)! Their trapezoid shape allow you to neatly organize your things while still getting a glimpse of what is inside the basket.

They have handles on all four sides so you can grab them at whatever angle you need and you can choose from different colors to match the style of your space. If you don’t want to put them on top of your fridge, they work well inside cabinets too!

Wicker Basket with Handles, Waterproof Trapezoid Decorative Baskets, Wicker Storage Baskets for Organizing Kitchen, Woven Storage Baskets for Shelves, Nature, 2-Pack
Wicker Basket with Handles, Waterproof Trapezoid Decorative Baskets, Wicker Storage Baskets for Organizing Kitchen, Woven Storage Baskets for Shelves, Nature, 2-Pack

You can buy these exact baskets on Amazon by clicking the images above or the button below.

Tip #10

Appliance storage

A lot of us have air fryers, rice cookers, microwaves, and toaster ovens that can quickly take up room in our kitchen, on our counters, and in our cabinets. Use the space above and around those appliances to store spices, small containers, cutting boards, and utensils so you can get the most out of your space.

This adjustable storage rack is perfect for utilizing the space above a counter top microwave or in cabinets while keeping everything tidy.

You can buy adjustable over the microwave storage rack on Amazon by clicking the images above or the button below.

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