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Organizing a Small Kitchen

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July 1, 2011

My husband constructed two wooden cutting boards to fit my double sink to increase my counter space. The stove is to the left of the double sink; there is no space to the left of the stove for cooking preparation.

Kitchen sink with wooden cutting board cover

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I recently moved from a 3 bedroom house to a singlewide mobile home. I found I have much less storage space in my kitchen so this is what I did.

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My kitchen has lots of floor space, but hardly any cabinet or counter top space. I use a chest of drawers to give me extra counter and storage.

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It has a hard easy to clean surface and holds can goods, aluminum foil, zip bags, etc.

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I had this handy dollar store over-the-door hook. I wanted to hang it over the top of my cupboard next to the stove for hot pads and towels. But, I have the kind of cupboards that are not square on top.

hot pads and towel hanging on oven door

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I adapted instructions for a vinyl molding spice rack to fit my space. I used the space just between the counter top and the cabinets.

Spice Rack in Kitchen

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November 22, 2011

My passion is my kitchen and making it easier to work in, as it is small. I just try different things. I bought one of a set of square boxes from the hardware store, and put it on my upper counter to give me a space to slide things in.

View of small kitchen with white box shelf with many small compartments

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I was about to lose it before a dinner party when I ran out of counter space. I opened my utensil drawer and laid my cutting board on top and it was the perfect fit.

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I use this method in the kitchen every day, now, not just for when I cook for a party!

A cutting board placed on top of an open drawer in the kitchen.

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I helped a friend move into her first house since a divorce. To say she downsized would be an understatement. Counter space is of a premium to be sure. So, to consolidate two things, I suggested these two options.

An over the door hook with paper towels and hotpads.

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My kitchen in my apartment is very old and very small. More like tiny. I only have 1 drawer, 3 cabinets, and about 2 square feet of counter space. I don't know where to put anything.

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By Ginn from Tuscaloosa, AL

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May 14, 20100 found this helpful

You can get kitchen "utility carts" in many styles and sizes. They're on wheels, so you can move them where you need them. Some are open shelves, some are enclosed with drawers and doors. These can let you store small appliances, etc. and move them out of the way when you don't need them. Many come with a wood, cutting board top.

Keep stovetop utensils in a crock at the stove. Store large flat objects like cookie sheets in the stove drawer, if there is one. If you're allowed, install a hanging rack for pots/pans. Store cleaning products elsewhere, and use the under-sink space for kitchen storage. You may need to clean it thoroughly and line the bottom with shelf-liner. If you don't use items daily, or at least often, store them elsewhere in the apartment. Get some underbed boxes and keep stuff there easy access, but out of the way.

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Scour the local thrift stores, you may find several utility carts. If they're not pretty, you can add a fabric "curtain" all around it.

Good luck.

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May 14, 20100 found this helpful

I store my baking pans in the oven and my pots, kettles, and skillets in the drawer.

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May 14, 20100 found this helpful

I feel your pain; if two of us are in the kitchen here, someone has to back up so the other can leave. We bought an inexpensive sideboard which lives in our entry way, and it's doubled the kitchen storage. And things I don't use much, like the cake mixer actually stay in a box in the bedroom.

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May 15, 20100 found this helpful

Apartment Therapy has posted oodles of articles on this subject:

www.apartmenttherapy.com/.../search?q=small+kitchen

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They've done a lot of articles on organizing for any room in virtually any size and most recently they had a contest for "Small Cool" apartments that range from under 400 sq ft to 1000 sq ft (link is at the top right now). Those entries may help you as well. Lots of great ideas to pull from their site even if the decor (seems to be mostly mid-century modern) isn't your style.

Hope that helps.

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July 17, 2011

I am moving to a new place and unfortunately the kitchen has little storage space, no kitchen cabinets and little counter space. Does anyone have solutions or ideas for what to do in place of cabinets or how to go about putting in some?

Thanks so much.

By Laurie C.

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Cutting boards and pan lids were always particularly difficult to store, until I found that the upright manila file storage racks sold for office organization work great for upright kitchen storage.

Use Upright File Storage in Kitchen

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