A small kitchen can be frustrating, especially if you love to cook or entertain. But even the tiniest spaces can be functional (and even fun to be in), and these clever storage solutions for small kitchens will inspire you to take your kitchen from cramped and cluttered to organized and airy.
From behind-the-door storage to lazy Susans and stackable bins, here are small, easy tweaks you can make so your space feels bigger and more organized. When you have a space for everything, you can spend more time cooking and eating and less time looking for a spice or gadget you know you have crammed deep in a drawer elsewhere in your home.
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Under Sink Storage
Maximize storage space under the sink by stacking bins or plastic drawers filled with sponges, dishwasher pods, rags and more. Clear storage assures you don't forget about what you already have.
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An Organized Refrigerator
Even the smallest refrigerator can get a makeover. Not only does storing food in clear bins help you see everything, it can also make for more vertical space if you stack them.
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Drawer Dividers for Kids' Plates
Adding dividers into deep drawers keeps plates, bowls, and even utensils tidy and organized. Plus, putting kids' plates in a low drawer makes it easy for them to grab what they need.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Make your drawers do more by adding dividers. This way, everything has a spot and the drawer is less likely to get stuck on stuffed-in tools.
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Pantry Storage on the Back of a Cabinet
Using the inner side of cabinet doors is an easy way to add storage for smaller items. As professional organizer Laura Cattano proves, spices and tea bags don't have to take up precious real estate inside the cabinet; instead, they nest seamlessly inside the door.
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Even small kitchens can have a designated spice drawer. This design makes it easy to spot what you already have so you don't end up with two of the same spice.
Spice Drawer Organization from Mika Perry
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Woven Pantry Baskets
When your pantry or cabinets are organized and clutter-free, the space in your kitchen goes further. Labeled woven bins are as practical as they are pretty, and everything has a clear place with this system,Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Risers for Storing Canned Goods
An easy way to gain vertical storage is to add risers to pantries and cabinets. They help you fit more in a small space, plus you can see what you have so you don't end up with a bunch of duplicates. You can buy risers, or get creative by making them from something you already have.
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Open Shelves for Pots & Pans
If you're short on shelf space or drawers, follow professional organizer Laura Cattano's lead and try a hanging bar for pots and pans. Simple S-hooks and a bar that can withstand the weight of pots is all you need, plus it lends any small kitchen a slightly industrial edge that can look chic and modern.
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Food Storage Containers Organization
Storing food storage containers is tricky, no matter the kitchen size. When you get matching pieces, everything nestles together whether it's in a cabinet or drawer.
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Pantry Storage With Baskets
Baskets and canisters are always helpful, but the small-space stand-out piece here is the lazy Susan that stores oil, vinegar, and other bottles.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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Hanging Storage for Pots and Pans
Hanging pots and pans is a great way to free up storage and counter space in a smaller kitchen. Here, white canisters add storage and style while a lazy Susan in the cabinet keeps everything easily accessible.
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Wire Behind-the-Door Storage
If your pantry is small (or non-existent), adding wire baskets to the backside of the door or even inside a cabinet maximizes storage space in a tidy way.
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Open shelving adds some interest to bare kitchen walls while freeing up cabinet space. If you don't have a ton of space, even a narrow shelf for storing glasses can make a big difference.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Make the Most of Counter Space
Having an island instead of a table is one clever way to add space to a smaller kitchen. Here beautiful wood shelves display glassware and art, but the countertops also work as storage for everything from cutting boards to wine glasses and plants.
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Organize Corner Cabinets
A major part of maximizing storage space in a small kitchen is figuring out how to organize your cabinets in the most effective way. This tutorial explains how to make the most of your corner cabinet so everything has a spot and it's all easy to pull down when you need it.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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Maximized Cabinet Space
It's hard to believe this stunning kitchen is in a garage. White cabinets make the space airy and bright, and smaller appliances mean more counterspace. Ensuring upper and lower cabinets (like those beneath the bar here) are functional and accessible helps you make the most of every bit of space in a small kitchen.