Could you use some extra storage space in your kitchen?
You’re not alone! Here are 10 creative tips to find more room in your kitchen.
Try as many as you like and enjoy the extra space!
|Wall Baskets for Produce|
1. Use shelf organizers wherever you can. These are usually metal racks covered in white rubbery plastic. You can set them up inside cabinets to make a second shelf for dishes or food packages/cans. It can double the use you get from a space. These work well in a pantry closet also, if you are lucky enough to have one. I particularly like the rack you attach to the bottom of a shelf that holds foil, waxed paper, plastic wrap, etc. It frees up a whole drawer! Of course you can add organizer shelves to the inside of a pantry door. And here’s a way to add extra storage to the sides of a pantry closet at DomesticImperfection. Just screw in desk drawer organizers to the side walls. They make similar bins to store potatoes and onions that can go on the bottom of a pantry closet or on a counter. If you can find racks that attach to a wall, they are fairly decorative. Any kind of decorative rack works for this, including floral baskets and bicycle baskets. They don’t take up valuable space on the counter or on the floor of your pantry.
|Add Side Shelves|
2. Look for storage space near your kitchen. If you have a washer/dryer closet in your kitchen, you might have room to install shelves above the machines. My son put in wire rack shelving in their laundry closet all the way to the ceiling. They store items there that are extras or things that they don’t use very often in the kitchen. It works very well for them.
|Make Your Own Canisters|
5. Use canisters on your counter top for whatever staples you need to store. Traditionally they were for flour, sugar, and salt, but put in whatever works for you. Make your own canisters with any large jars. The ones in the photo are from IKEA (no affiliation) that have had vinyl lettering added. You could just use a Sharpie or paint. I bought a decorative set of canisters for just $7 at a going-out-of-business sale. And they match my kitchen decor! You can probably find some nice ones at a garage sale also.
|DIY Drawer Organizer|
|Mop Holders as Spice Rack|
10. Store your spices on a wall spice rack. Don’t store your spices on a shelf; they take up too much room. You can install mop holders inside a cabinet door. They hold standard sizes of spice bottles well. You can buy a spice rack to hang on the wall or make your own. Hang a steel cookie sheet on the wall. Put your spices in little jars with metal lids. Hot glue a strong magnet to the lid. Paint the jars with chalkboard paint and write the name of the spice on the jar with a white or silver Sharpie. You might want to paint just a stripe of the chalkboard paint around the jar. That way you can still see what’s inside and if you are getting low on the spice. Use masking tape to get the stripe even. You can buy small jars for this, but baby food jars work well. Paint the lids with the same chalkboard paint or any color you want.
|Inexpensive Lid Holder|
Bonus: Attach cheap curtain rods on the inside of lower cabinet doors. They will hold pot lids right where you can grab them, and they won’t take up extra space. Love it!
There are tons of organizers at discount stores and also specialty organizing stores. Before buying any item, consider if it will really save space or solve a problem for you. Organizing can cost a lot of money, so watch for sales on these items and maybe buy just a few items at a time. Look at items you already have to see if they can be used as part of your organizing project. I love using repurposed items to add interest and character to a space.
I love an organized kitchen because it makes it much easier to cook! Keeping things organized saves your sanity and saves money because you don’t buy duplicates of things you already have.
Want more ways to make your kitchen work for you? Click here for how to use every bit of space in your refrigerator AND how to use your kitchen cabinets to organize your whole family!