As we mentioned, the key to a successful small kitchen storage plan is to maximize the space available. The first step is to look around for any unused space. There's probably a gap next to your refrigerator. If you can squeeze 10 inches out of it, you can install a rollout pantry that's great for storing canned goods and spices, both of which take up a lot of room in cabinets. Empty walls also make great storage areas. Pots and pans can be hung, as well as cooking utensils and even coffee cups and tea mugs. You can simply hang them on hooks or put up a pegboard for the ultimate wall of organization.
The next item on the storage list is to increase your shelf space. Shelves, shelves and more shelves are essential to finding places for all of your kitchen goods. You can hang shelves on walls or put freestanding shelves in bits of free floor space. Dividers and shelves within your cabinets often maximize storage for bulky items like pots and pans and cookie sheets. And shelves that pull out are a great way to store smaller items in deep cupboards.
Counter space is often at a premium in small kitchens, so the less stuff that lives on the counter, the better. Forgo the countertop spice rack and store the spice jars in a cupboard. Buy small appliances, like can openers and toaster ovens, that mount under cabinets and can be pulled out when needed. Kitchen tools like collapsible strainers and folding dish racks are great investments for small kitchens. They can be quickly pulled out when needed, and they store flat so they take up a lot less cabinet or drawer space.
Of course, if you cook or bake quite a bit, you will most likely run out of room no matter how crafty you get. In times like these, you just need to think outside of the box. Once-a-year holiday dishes and cooking pans can be stored under the bed along with your seasonal clothes. If you use the microwave more than the oven, don't overlook that prime storage space. The under-used oven is a great place for pots, pans and cookie sheets.
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