Many apartment dwellers will often daydream about the gourmet kitchen they’ll have someday. Some might think about open shelving, a farmhouse sink, and a subway tile backsplash, but most are daydreaming about having plenty of room to store their things. Lack of storage is undoubtedly the number one problem when it comes to small spaces. Though it’s great to daydream about the future, it’s also important to enjoy the home that you’re in now and use it to its full capacity. Here are some of our favorite storage solutions for your tiny kitchen space.
1. Double the Shelving
We’ve all seen those infomercials where someone opens up a cabinet and everything starts falling out in slow motion. Avoid the avalanche of kitchen items by doubling up on your shelving with a cabinet organizer. If your cabinets are tall enough you should be able to double up on storage for plates, bowls, glasses, and maybe even some pots and pans.
2. Hang Up Your Wine Glasses
Wine glasses are most likely taking up an entire shelf of your cabinet. A wine glass rack will take care of your storage issue and will also serve as a decorative piece in your kitchen. It’ll also be more convenient for you to grab a glass of Pinot when you’re prepping dinner.
3. Hang Your Coffee Mugs
If you’re avidly consume caffeine then it’s likely that you’ve built up quite the collection of coffee mugs. Though the mugs may be your favorite kitchen items, they take up a lot of space in the cabinet. Hang up a pegboard on a wall in your kitchen and display your collection front and center. Like a wine glass rack, a coffee cup collection on the wall will serve as décor as well as smart storage. Some things are just meant to be seen—and that includes every coffee mug you’ve bought at a gift shop for the last 10 years.
4. Keep it on a Cart
Kitchen carts are very en vogue right now and we couldn’t be happier about it. When you need some extra storage or even an extra prep space, a kitchen cart will fit the bill—and stylishly. When you aren’t using the cart, simply just roll it aside until it’s needed again. Unlike a kitchen island, this versatile storage solution can be taken with you on your next move.
5. Use a Pot and Pan Rack
Pots and pans are something that we use every single day in our kitchens so it’s great to have them accessible and ready to go at a moment’s notice. If your cabinets are small and are unable to hold your collection, go vertical and buy a pot and pan rack. There are several options to choose from to fit the style and shape of your kitchen. If you have enough ceiling space, buy a pot and pan rack that hangs from above, or for a simpler installation buy a wall-mounted one instead.
6. Get Rid of Single Use Appliances
Single-use appliances, although fun to buy and fun to use, can be a big waste of space in a small kitchen. When was the last time you really used that mini donut maker? Or what about that fondue pot that’s been sitting in the cabinet since you got married? If you’re really struggling for space for the things that you’re using every single day then you might want to consider cleaning out a few things to prevent an accident every time you open up the cabinet door. Purchase items with the intent that you will use them for more than one thing and we guarantee that the clutter will take care of itself.
7. Use All Above the Cabinet Space
If you’re lucky enough to have some space above your kitchen cabinets, use it to its fullest. Store rarely used kitchen items there, like juicers, large crockpots, and George Foreman grills. If you have a bunch of small items that you need to store but you don’t want it to look too messy, buy a few baskets to give the space a more cohesive look. Though the baskets may be filled with clutter, none of your guests will be the wiser.
8. Try Magnetic Spice Storage
When you cook you’re most likely going to be using a lot of spices. Though the spice racks that are put together with pre-filled jars are nice and convenient, they take up a lot of counter space that can be used for prepping and holding appliances. A great solution to this is to use magnetic spice jars that go on the refrigerator. Not only will you be saving space on the countertop, but you’ll also be saving money because bulk spices are typically much cheaper than jarred varieties.