A small kitchen is definitely a challenge, especially if you use it a lot. My daughter-in-law, Ashley, has done an amazing job organizing her small kitchen and it was working really well for her until we moved in! Yes, we’re living with them for the time being since our house sold and we haven’t found a new one yet.
We had to make a few small adjustments to handle the extra food and a few dishes I brought along. But between Ashley and me, we were able to figure out how to make everything fit. And some of the solutions we came up with (and the ones Ashley had in place already) with would work for anyone with a small kitchen.
1. Add extra storage.
Ashley has very little cabinet space so she added a cubicle shelving unit with canvas containers for extra food storage. Unfortunately, the cats love the canvas texture and use it to sharpen their claws. But it still works.
When we moved in, there absolutely wasn’t enough space for all the food I brought from my kitchen. So we purchased these cabinets from Target for $65 each. They are working great.
2. Add storage units where there are gaps.
When Danny and Ashley moved in, we noticed an empty spot between the cabinets and the refrigerator. My husband found a cabinet at Lowe’s that fit perfectly in that empty space. It didn’t have doors which made it perfect for glasses.
3. Take advantage of spaces up high.
The cabinets don’t go to the ceiling so there was extra storage space above them. You can’t put items up there that you use often (unless you’re tall) but you can put items you don’t use daily. We haven’t organized these yet but you get the idea.
Another available spot in Ashley’s kitchen was above the refrigerator. We could have installed a cabinet there but the space was actually more usable without one.
4. Use organizers to make the most of space inside the cabinets.
This organizer for wraps works great on the inside of a cabinet.
We purchased this shelf at Lowe’s for under the sink. There’s one on each side of the plumbing. It allows Ashley to have a lot more storage under the sink.
5. Use smaller stuff whenever possible.
Ashley has a hand held can opener rather than a counter-top model. She also has the smallest cheese grater I’ve ever seen! I was going to get her a new one but it actually worked fine and takes up a lot less spac
6. Get creative with the arrangement of furniture.
Ashley’s eat-in kitchen doesn’t have enough room for the table to be in the center of the room (and under the light fixture!) so she keeps it pushed against the wall. When it’s just the four of them, it works. Since we’ve moved in, we had to modify. We brought up the 2 extra chairs and put them on the other side of the table and then pushed the whole thing back against the wall. When it’s time to eat, we pull the table out. It’s not perfect but it works.
Do you have a small kitchen? How do you make it work?