If you live in a tiny apartment, condo or a small home, there’s a good chance you have an itty, bitty small kitchen. But some larger apartments and houses also present this particular organizing challenge. The first step with a small kitchen is to pare down your belongings to the essentials.
1. Test and Evaluate Your Appliances
Kitchen gadgets are tempting, and can make some tasks easier. But if you have limited space in a small kitchen, they can be more trouble than they’re worth.
When deciding which appliances and gadgets to keep (or to buy) remember that the work of all those specialized fruit slicers can be done with a knife. And everyone wants a standing mixer, but if your grandmother mixed her cake batter with a spoon and her own two arms, then you can too.
Similarly, are you hanging onto appliances and gadgets that don't work any longer? Test your appliances and gadgets.Do they work? If they don't work, get them repaired. f they don't work and you don't use them, get it repaired and donate it.
2. Downsize Your Tableware
You only need as many plates, bowls, cups, glasses, and utensils as you are likely to use at one time. But because they’re fun to buy, and often given as gifts and souvenirs, they can end up crowding your cupboards. So unless you have large parties often, you don’t need 30 wine glasses. If you are keeping them around because you have gatherings once every ten years, it might be easier to ask a friend to bring extra glasses instead.
If you host 1-2 times a year, move these plates into storage. You can stack them into a cardboard or plastic box, label it, and store them in a closet or another storage space.
3. Make Your Pots and Pans Multitask
The number of pots and pans you own will vary depending on how elaborate your cooking style is and how many people you regularly cook for.
But it is probably smaller than you think. Small pots, for example, look cute but do nothing medium-sized pots can’t do. The same is true of frying pans. And this applies beyond your stovetop: a fruit bowl works as a salad bowl and a mixing bowl too.
When in doubt, buy a bigger pot or plan. They are more versatile.
4. Limit Bulky Items
Many goods sold for kitchens are primarily decorative. But a small kitchen demands more practical items. Though a huge, whimsical cookie jar can be a nice touch in a large kitchen, it eats up precious counter space in a small one. This doesn’t mean you have to forgo anything fun in a small kitchen, though. Cool magnets on the fridge or art (or attractive pot-holders and pans) on the wall decorate without poaching space.
5. Check for Duplicates
Make sure that your kitchenware is not cloning itself while you are not looking. Did you buy another cheese grater when you last moved, forgetting you already had one? Did your mom give you a nice blender, but you are holding on to your old one just because? Get rid of those double items to free up more room.
6. Know Your Culinary Strengths
If you never bake, you don’t need cupcake tins cluttering your cupboards. Most people don’t need a special cheese plate.
But if you really love baking, cupcake tins might be worth making room for. And if you have wine and cheese parties regularly, a dedicated cheese plate or two counts as a staple of your kitchen rather than a space-waster. Ask yourself if you really use what’s in your kitchen, or if you purchased it for the cook you idly dream of becoming…someday.
7. Choose Products With Multiple Uses
Kitchen stores full of specialty products are lovely places to browse and fantasize about cookie presses. But if you have a small kitchen you don’t have the luxury of buying everything you covet. Many common tools will, in fact, perform many functions. If you have a hand-mixer, you probably don’t also need a whisk; one of the mixer attachments will work just fine. And if your cooking dishes are both oven- and fridge-safe, you don’t need as many plastic containers.
8. Stay Current With Your Kitchen
If you have a small kitchen, you probably don’t have a ton of cabinets or a separate pantry. So you are likely to be storing food like rice and pasta in your cupboards next to your plates. This food needs to be checked periodically to see if it is too ancient to eat or if you just don’t want it anymore. While you are doing this, check your kitchen drawers too. You never know when an extra spatula may have snuck in there.