My Top 5 Tips for Small Kitchens

 

1. Declutter

 Making the most of cabinet space is key when dealing with smaller kitchen spaces.

Making the most of cabinet space is key when dealing with smaller kitchen spaces.

Get rid of duplicate items, unnecessary gadgets, or things you just don’t use regularly. Not quite ready to get rid of something completely? Store these ‘not-sure’ items in a box and put it away for a month or two. If you can go the whole time without thinking of or using the item, you probably don’t need it!

 

2. Keep Counters Clear

Counter space can be a valuable commodity in a small kitchen. Utilizing space-saving tools and capitalizing on drawer- and cabinet-space for storage is key!

 

3. Capitalize on Drawer and Cabinet Space

To elaborate on the previous point, in order to keep your countertops as clear and usable as possible in a small kitchen, you should use your storage spaces properly. One technique is the 'two-layer storage rule', meaning that you only stack things up to two layers deep. That way, there’s no digging to find what you need; everything is easily visible and accessible.

 

 
 
 This  collapsible dish rack   rolls up and can be stored away when not in use!

This collapsible dish rack  rolls up and can be stored away when not in use!

4. Invest in Space-Saving Tools

Simple and often-affordable items like a collapsible dish rack or plastic magazine dividers (for organizing smaller items) can make all the difference in maintaining tight (and tidy) kitchen spaces.

 

5. Only Keep What You ‘Know to be Useful or Believe to be Beautiful’

This quote by William Morris can serve as a great principle or reminder to help you decide what truly serves you in your home and kitchen space (and what does not). Using this idea as a rule of thumb can make tidying up and paring down easier than you may think!