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If you’ve ever lived in a tiny apartment kitchen (or currently are), you know that it can take some creativity when it comes to storage and utilizing space.
My past few apartments have included a teeny, tiny studio apartment kitchen, a one-bedroom apartment with a smaller kitchen than the studio, and a house with a small kitchen for its size.
I dream of renovating my kitchen and expanding it (seriously, I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to it), but for now, I’m making due.
Fellow small kitchen owners, please enjoy these 7 tips on how to make a small kitchen work!
7 Tips on How to Make a Small Kitchen Work
Don’t have enough counter space? Low on storage? If you don’t make the space, create it. Buy a baker’s rack or add shelving to your walls. A tall, slender baker’s rack (above) works well for my space. Another great option is a rolling kitchen cart. I use an affordable, industrial one (below) that’s the perfect size for my bulky standing mixer.
If All Else Fails, Outsource Space
As a professional chef and food blogger, I need a ton of kitchen storage. Your kitchen storage doesn’t necessarily need to be in the kitchen. Add an attractive, tall cabinet or shelving unit in your dining room to store dinnerware or bulky pans. Add a cute rolling island to make a coffee station and clear some counter space. Put a bar cart in a family room and fill it with any glassware that you don’t use everyday. I bought some affordable open shelving to store some of my food props in my office (below).
Hooks, baskets, and shelves are your best friends. Anything that can be stored off of the counter frees up valuable space. That awkward space between your cabinets and ceiling is a great place to fill and store baskets or bins. Pans can be hung from a ceiling rack or you can use a pegboard a la Julia Child. Hooks are great for hanging everyday utensils or mugs. Magnet spice racks are an excellent way to free up cabinet space. When it comes to space, build up. Add shelves or lazy susans to the inside of tall cabinets, like below.
Choose Counter Space Wisely
Keep only the essentials on your counters, things that you use every single day. Keep everyday utensils within easy reach. If you use something often (like a blender, for me) that can stay on the counter. Find other places for things you may only use once in a while, such as a bulky slow-cooker or a standing mixer.
Purge and Condense
Before organizing, go through what you already own and make sure you actually want to keep it. Donate anything you haven’t used in over 6 months. Are you really going to use that gigantic punch bowl? Do you only ever use two knives out of your 12 knife set? Is it time to upgrade your flour sack dish towels? Check your pantry for anything that may have expired. Then condense everything you can. I like to place things in air-tight food storage containers and mason jars. Mason jars are great for beans, pasta, and rice, and they’re stackable. I put Cocoa’s dog food in narrow, large containers instead of keeping it in bulky bags.
Keep Things Neat
One thing that can instantly make a small kitchen feel even smaller is clutter. I’m a big fan of cleaning as you go when it comes to cooking. Working in the culinary world for over a decade definitely taught me how to keep a clean workstation. When it comes to cleaning my kitchen, I use Mrs. Meyer’s® Brand. I love the dish soap and multi-surface cleaner, both of which come in amazing scents such as geranium, basil, and lavender. The concentrated lemon soap formula in their dish soap cuts through grease like a pro. Mrs. Meyer’s® Brand all-natural cleaning products also makes me feel a lot better about cleaning my kitchen. Manufactured in the USA, Mrs. Meyer’s® Brand is packaged in BPA-free, recyclable bottles and made with essential oils and plant-derived ingredients. The amazing scents actually make me look forward to cleaning!
Rethink the Sink
Using an over-the-sink cutting board is one of the best and easiest ways to add counter space. Also consider organizing underneath the sink. Even though no one sees under there, it’s a great way to add more storage. Hang hooks on the inside of the cabinet doors to hang scrubbing brushes, rags, or gloves. Organize cleaners and soaps in storage bins and use tiered shelves to save space. If there’s enough room now, consider placing your recycling bin under the sink.
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Lavern Moore says
These are some great tips for utilizing all the space in a small kitchen. I like the ‘create space’ tip.
Shannon Gurnee says
Storage racks and shelves are a great idea for small kitchen. Using the vertical space is super important.
I have a small kitchen and I LOVE it. Never any clutter and easier to keep clean. Simplicity is everything.
Ashley Rice says
We are still figuring out how to use our counter space wisely! Thanks for all of these tips!
Joanna Clute says
I sure wish I would have had this back in the day. I had such a tiny apartment and hated how tiny my kitchen was!
I love the challenge of a small space. Less to clean and take care of.
Emman Damian says
I usually organize all of my kitchen stuff in one cabinet so I get more space even though the space is small. I also make sure that I clean the clutter.
Steph Social says
Small kitchens are difficult! Lots of shelving is key and definitely frequent purging to get rid of unnecessary clutter!
Ntensibe Edgar Michael says
I love the “Purge and Condense” tip very much. It can never fail you if you got an eye for organising things or simple order.
These are really great tips! My kitchen isn’t small, but it’s not roomy either. These tips still apply. I have some Mrs. Meyers soap too and love it!
These are great tips! It’s possible to use a small kitchen easily.
Emily Fata says
I love the way that you’ve laid out your kitchen! You’ve done an incredible job of making the small space work. 🙂
Mitch Chaitin says
Thanks for this! I live in an apartment, so small kitchen life is what I am used to. Sometimes it gets a little crowded in there!
Melissa Chapman says
Before we moved to our house me and my husband lived in an apartment with a small kitchen. It was harder to cook but we made do. Your tips are helpful to people with less space.
Marcie W. says
Great tips! Our kitchen is not nearly the size I wish it was, even after our remodel a few years back. Utilizing a baker’s rack really does help and sliding shelves inside our cabinets work well too.