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Tips On How to Maximize Space in a Small Kitchen

January 19th, 2024 | 2 min read

By Mara Colleli

This article will describe the different ways to maximize space in a small kitchen for ample storage and organization. 

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the most common space for clutter. Drawers and cabinets can become overwhelmed with kitchen essentials and feel like your kitchen needs to be bigger than average. If you’re looking for smart and efficient ways to store your kitchen essentials, these kitchen organization ideas will inspire you to tackle the clutter.


As for any home project, start by narrowing it down to only what you use in your kitchen. If you question whether you use a particular appliance or tool, toss it, or if it’s in good condition, re-home it. Or, try the box method, put your appliances or devices in a box, and store it. This method can help cut down on multiple items and invest in things that have more than one use.

Ways to Maximize Storage and Space:

  1. Use vertical space: When floor space is limited, utilizing the walls is essential. Install shelves or a wall-mounted storage system to keep dishes, glasses, and spices off the counters. You can even hang pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack.

Grouping your dishes like plates and bowls and stacking them vertically allows for ample storage space and creates a layered look that has become popularized over recent years.

Also, installing storage shelves, either floating or in existing cabinets, can help add vertical storage for pantry items. A popular storage trend is utilizing storage containers with seal lids to store dry goods items like cereal, rice, and flour. These items add to vertical storage and reduce carbon footprint by eliminating cardboard and paper waste.

  1. Get creative with storage containers: Invest in containers that can be stacked or nested, like Tupperware or mason jars. These can be used to store dry goods, snacks, and even utensils. Also, consider using under-shelf baskets for additional storage.
  2. Make use of the backs of doors: Install a hanging organizer on the back of your pantry door to hold snacks, spices, and other small items. You can also hang dish towels or oven mitts with a towel rack.
  3. Use drawer dividers: Keep your utensils and other kitchen tools organized by using drawer dividers. This will prevent them from getting jumbled together and taking up unnecessary space.
  4. Install Pull-Down Shelves: For most, upper cabinet shelves can be a hassle to get items out of. Installing pull-down or pull-out shelves is a simple and easy way to organize your cabinets and make accessibility more attainable.
  5. Consider a rolling cart: A small rolling cart can be a great addition to a small kitchen. Use it to store items like cutting boards, mixing bowls, and small appliances. When not in use, roll it out of the way. Rolling carts are also handy in a kitchen space and can provide extra countertop space for food prep or bar space to make drinks.


When remodeling your kitchen, it is essential to consider storage as it is the most popular want item—research creative ways to maximize storage without compromising space. Small kitchens do not need to feel more cramped by overstuffing your cabinets. Consider downsizing by vetting your cabinets and countertops from unused kitchen items.

You can maximize your small kitchen space by implementing these tips. Feel free to get creative and think outside the box. With a little organization and planning, you can have a functional and clutter-free kitchen in no time!