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47+ Small Kitchen Storage Ideas To Save Your Small Homes Sanity

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If you’re a renter, the kitchen storage options are likely not amazing. It’s a common problem to have one or two drawers and a cabinet or two, but no more. When you’re living in a small space, storage is everything. And kitchen storage is the most important kind of storage (since it’s where you prepare your food).

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and there are few rooms in your house that will be used as often as this room. It’s where you’ll cook, prepare, eat and do just about everything else. Having a well-organized kitchen is an absolute must for improving your quality of life in general—not to mention reducing stress.

It’s time to take this kitchen chaos by the scruff of the neck and sort it out once and for all. Here are some small kitchen storage ideas from real people that will help you get more organized in your small kitchen.


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Use Small Storage Units

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Storage is an important part of your home. Make sure you have enough storage in your home to keep things organized with small storage units.

You can’t just throw everything away or move it somewhere else. Purchase storage units to fix this job!

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Plan a storage space for your dishes, utensils, and cleaning supplies

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Dishware doesn’t need to hide away inside a cabinet. Make your kitchen even more stylish and functional by storing dishes where you can see and access them easily. These creative dish storage ideas will help you organize your kitchen in style.
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Add shelves with hooks 

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These storage shelfs can be hung on the wall or placed on top of a kitchen cabinet. It is very useful for kitchen items, such as cooking utensils, spices, cutlery and other small things.

Hooks can also be used for hanging utensils or other kitchen tools like your garlic press. Small kitchen storage ideas can make all the difference when it comes to getting organized.

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Add drawers or storage boxes to organize your items 

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Storage containers are a great way to organize your stuff.

Place storage boxes or drawers in your kitchen to keep your things organized. These small storage boxes are a great way to add drawers or storage boxes to organize your items in the kitchen.

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Store food in jars 

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Jars is not only beautiful, but also practical, see-through and easy to clean! These glass containers can be used in the refrigerator, microwave oven and freezer. Its suitable for long-term preservation of food and drink.

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Use narrow shelves for your kitchen items 

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This is a very practical storage idea for your kitchen. These narrow shelves are great for storing things you can’t fit into your cabinets. They are also great to use under the sink for cleaning supplies, paper towels, etc. It is nice to have everything in easy reach without having to take out the entire cabinet door.

This way you can free up more space under your sink.

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Seriously, hang everything you possibly can.

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Pots, spoons, mugs … anything that can be hung should be hung. Hanging things up frees up cabinet and counter space. And it turns your stuff into decorations!

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Decide how you want to organize your kitchen, and which cabinets you want to use 

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Kitchen storage is the key to creating the kitchen of your dreams. The first step is to decide how you want to organize your kitchen, which cabinets you want to use, what you want to add, etc.

Maybe you want to keep all your herbs and spices together, or your pasta and sauces, or all your pretty glasses in one cupboard – it’s totally up to you. Maximize storage for the things that matter most to you by using a few simple organizing tricks, like using baskets as shelves or hanging baskets from cabinets.

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Know how to keep it neat and clean! 

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Organize your kitchen and keep it that way! Build a system around keeping your home clean and tidy. Such as a monthly clean out for each room, including your kitchen

It’s not always easy to find the right storage solutions in your home, but small planning steps can make that process go easy.

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Add hooks all over the place!

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We’re hooked on hooks! They can turn your apron collection or all your cutting boards into a focal point! And free up other space.

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Try using a cabinet organizer that doubles as a shelf or countertop organizer. 

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To prevent snack packs or boxes of rice from getting lost in the back of the cabinet, sort them into see-through cabinet organizers. These storage organizers are a great way of optimizing cabinet space.

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Put little corners to good use.

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Keep a vintage wooden crate in the corner of the kitchen to store jars and display plants. The point? Even teeny tiny spaces can be turned into storage.

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Mount a Double-Duty Shelf 

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Here, one shelf gives you two smart ways to store your kitchen essentials: Stick seasonal platters and pretty dishes on the top shelf for all to see, and hang cutting boards and oven mitts on the lower hooks.

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Use the tops of your cabinets.

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The tops of your cabinets offer prime real estate for storage. Way up there, you can stash special-occasion serving platters and even extra pantry supplies that you don’t need just yet. If you’re worried about how it will all look, consider using some pretty baskets to hide your stash.

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Make the Most of Your Drawers

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Find ways to make your drawers work for you. Carve out spaces to hold your most-used utensils, baking supplies and spices. In this case, an ice cream-obsessed family dedicated an entire drawer to their sundae-making essentials.

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Designate a Drawer for Dishes

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Keep your dishes protected and in place with adjustable plate holders, perfect for deeper drawers. Opt for holders with carrying handles, so you can lift them out of the drawer when it’s time to set the table.

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Turn cabinet and pantry shelves into drawers.

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We love a shelf when it’s on the wall but when it’s in a cabinet or a pantry, it can be really hard to see what’s buried deep in the back. That’s why, especially in small kitchens (where there’s not a lot of room to get in there), we prefer drawers. If you can’t renovate, simply add baskets to these shelves so that you can pull them out to access what’s in the back.

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Try a Pull-Out Pantry 

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In this kitchen designed by Emily Henderson, spices, dry goods, and other cooking essentials are stored in a pull-out “pantry.” This keeps them tucked away but still provides easy access.

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Turn the top of your fridge into a pantry.

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We’ve seen the top of the fridge used to store all sorts of stuff. Sadly, it often looks messy or wasteful, but a curated selection of your most-used pantry ingredients will look nice. And it’ll make things easy to grab in a pinch.

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Turn One Shelf Into Two 

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With wire shelf risers, you can multiply vertical storage space, giving you even more room to store all of your dishware. See? Just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean you have to compromise your love of cute mugs and dishes.

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Convert a Closet

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Another zone in Williams Sonoma’s San Francisco test kitchen, this walk-in pantry/ closet is stocked with all the baking essentials imaginable. Employees test every single product they sell, so there’s inevitably an expansive collection. These shelving units provide ample surface space for all.

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A small kitchen can be a great thing. It forces you to be organized, prioritize the things that matter most, and it encourages you to spend more time outside of the kitchen in other parts of your life. Still, nothing is worse than being squeezed for space when it comes to storing your cookware. Take a look at these 47+ small kitchen storage ideas that will help to declutter your countertops, cabinets and drawers.

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