Have you seen some of those shows out there about tiny houses? They are certainly inspirational when it comes to clever storage ideas, especially in the kitchen. Of course, not all of us have tiny homes and small kitchens, but it is likely that most of us suffer from some storage or organizational issue.
Check out our 1, 2, 3’s and abc’s (and sometimes d’s) of kitchen storage solutions.
Hang stuff! Seriously, just hang it up! Pots, pans, cooking utensils - whatever you can suspend - do it!
A) Hang it: Consider installing a hanging pot and pan rack over your hoodless cooktop or kitchen island. These hanging pot racks are actually a great design accent and the perfect way to instantly add space to your kitchen.
B) Peg it: Hang a pegboard. A pegboard is a super cheap, super easy installation and so versatile! A kitchen pegboard can be used for so many things to ease the strain of drawer and cabinet clutter. You can use it for designated baking items, pots, frying pans, kitchen utensils, and spices.
C) Stick It: Hang a magnetic knife rack and forgo the countertop knife block. Magnetic strips with hooks can also handle cutting boards so you have all your tools in one place.
D) Stem it: Install an under-counter or hanging stemware rack. A stemware holder is both elegant and a super-easy storage solution. Your wine glasses and other stemware will find a hanging home and free up much-coveted cabinet space.
2. Think Outside of the Cabinet
There is more to our cabinets than meets the eye. We all know about the inside of our cabinets, but there is the outside too! When kitchen and counter space is tight, don’t forget to make your entire cabinet work for you!
A) The End: The end of your cabinets is a great place to start. Use hooks or utensil strips to hang hand towels, kitchen cooking utensils, and other often-used items.
B) The Bottom: The bottom of your overhead cabinetry can be put to use! Easily add magnetic strips for a floating spice rack or consider using an array of hooks to hang often used kitchen utensils or coffee mugs.
C) Command Center: Create your very own command center. Use the ends of your cabinet to hang wooden pockets, dry erase boards and small caddies. This is the perfect organizational tool for the ultimate mom-manager office space!
D) Inside out: The inside of your cabinet door or shelving can turn into a handy catch-all storage center. You can hang metal bins to store utensils, spices, and dishcloths. Try adding a tiny shelf for easy to grab sponges and scouring pads.
3. Hide and Seek
Sometimes finding clever storage spaces within confined spaces is a matter of rethinking your current space. Consider the a, b, c’s of these cleverly concealed storage spaces
A) Kick it!: A toekick area is at the very very bottom of your cabinet. Installing a toekick drawer can really expand your storage space. With some ingenuity, you can make the bottom of your cabinetry an easy(ish) DIY project and give you some more storage options. Add these thin toe kick drawers for baking pans, oven mitts, or platters.
B) Mind the Gap: The gap between your refrigerator and your cabinets is a great hiding place for platters and large pans. Keep it dust-free with a dust feather and slide your not so often used platters into the tiny space. If the gap allows, you may even consider using a slide-out storage tower that can hold spices, kitchen utensils and more.
C) Oh-vey, The Oven: The inside of your oven is a clever little hiding spot. Use it for dishes, pans, pots, and even canned goods. Don’t forget to clear it out before pre-heating.
Just remember to think a little outside the box when dreaming up ways to find extra storage solutions in your kitchen!