I don’t know about you, but my kitchen can get very cluttered. It feels like there are never enough cupboards and drawers! I decided it was time to maximise my space and get organised. I have a ridiculous amount of mugs for one thing. I also bet that you have that one drawer that everything gets piled into? Batteries, pens, scraps of paper, shoe laces. You know the one. I can sense you blushing right now!
Whether you have a small kitchen or a cluttered kitchen, there are ways of saving space
- 1. Stacking Equipment
- Use plastic stacking baskets or boxes to organise all your small cleaning and household items. Label them individually. (e.g “Cloths, scourers”, “Foil, clingfilm”)
- Stack your bowls in size order. All your cake tins and baking tins should be stacked one inside the other creating more space.
- Organise tupperware by putting smaller tubs inside larger ones
- Purchase a plate stacker. It’s a plastic coated wire stand. You can then organise your plates in size order. This can be put in a corner of the cupboard or on a clear work surface.
- Saucepans could be hung up or stacked one inside the other
- If you’re short on work surfaces then a drawer can be adapted. By putting some battens in a drawer you can then lay a wooden chopping board on top. This will give you at least an extra foot square when needed.
- Fix a small shelf with legs above the sink taps. This can then hold your washing up liquid, cloth etc.
- Use work surfaces to store only items that you genuinely need or use on a day to day basis. Kettle, toaster, tea,coffee, sugar jars. Put things like utensils in a drawer, on a rack or in a tall pot.
- Use cup hooks under the cupboards to use up that wasted space. Even if you dont hang cups on it the you could put spare utensils. A lot have a whole in the top these days for that reason.
- To keep your work surface clear whilst cooking, I have a nifty way of keeping your recipe book clean also. Take a skirt coat hanger (the sort with two pegs). Put your recipe into a clear polythene bag and clip the bag to the coat hanger. Then hang the coat hanger from an overhanging cupboard
- Add shelves to your cupboards. You could always squeeze an extra shelf in somewhere. One that you use for baking trays etc needs to only be a small gap.
- Fit a spice rack to the inside of a cupboard door or to the outside edge of the cupboard at the end of the row.
- Attache favourite recipes to the insides of cupboard doors. Nobody will see them and you will know exactly where they are when required
- Instead of having a rubbish bin taking up floor space, attach it to the inside of a cupboard. I confess that we just reuse carrier bags by hanging one on the door handle and then putting it out each night.
- Instead of putting your microwave on the work surface, fit brackets to the wall which will then give you extra storage underneath.
- Use a pot rack for all those saucepans. For some ideas see our previous article “How To Build A Hanging Saucepan Rack”
- 17 space saving ideas on houzz.com
- For even more ideas visit out space saving in the kitchen board on pinterest
Can you think of any other space saving ways? Please comment below.