Small kitchen spaces can be tough to keep organized, but don't let a cramped space get you down. These storage ideas will help you maximize space and create a better kitchen.
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If you have a small kitchen, clutter and disorganization can feel never-ending—especially if both counter space and storage space are limited. The truth is, you'll never feel like the kitchen is truly functional until you take the time to assess how you're storing everything, from appliances and cookware to fragile glassware and dinnerware. Doing so can help you maximize every single inch of space available to you and see to it that you aren't wasting valuable space by storing everyday items incorrectly.
To battle cramped spaces in your kitchen, you'll have to tap into innovative storage solutions that have been tried and tested by organizational experts. The following ideas cover the common features of any kitchen, including pantry spaces, cabinets, shelving, utility closets, and wall space. Plus, there are a few design elements you'll want to consider, like a fresh coat of paint, that can also make your space feel larger.
A few key investments can also go a long way in freeing up space, like freestanding shelves, which are great for storing the everyday kitchen items you reach for often, and pierced corbels to hang the utensils you may not have room for inside your drawers. If you're looking for a well-designed option, take a look at these storage solutions from the Martha Stewart Living collection available at the Home Depot. You may want to consider rethinking your cramped set-up altogether and installing custom cabinetry that includes pull-out drawers and additional shelving. We're walking you through the best uses for customized additions, and how you can maximize existing space with as little effort as possible.
Read on for these tips and more, and then take a look at 40 of Martha's top tips for organizing kitchen drawers and other spaces in your kitchen.
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Optimize Your Pantry
Make the most out of your space by organizing your pantry staples and other dry goods. Keep a rotation of your cereals, dry goods, and spices, so that you're not adding clutter to your shelves with expired items.
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Open Up with Light-Colored Kitchens
Use cool colors, like whites and grays, to open up your space. "Misty grays have a magical quality of making a space seem larger than it is," says New-York based designer David Stark. You can select a white for the trims and window sashes that's close in value to the gray so the colors vibrate.
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Use Vertical Space
With smaller kitchens, cabinet and drawer space can be limited, so get smart with your vertical space. Pierced corbels are great for hanging larger kitchen utensils that would otherwise crowd your drawer space. Additionally, glass-front mounted cabinet doors are a beautiful way to display your servingware and to leverage wall space.
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Maximize Your Cabinets
Modifying your cabinet to serve as a customizable pantry space is a convenient all-in-one solution. Pull-out drawers and racks allow you to pack all of your pantry items into one convenient location in a fraction of the space of a normal-sized pantry.
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Think Outside the Kitchen
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When in doubt, simply streamline your design. One way to do it—and help reduce visual clutter in the process—is to settle on a single pastel or pale neutral color scheme to marry the components in the kitchen while making the room feel larger than it actually is. Martha's helpful tips and tricks for making the most of a small space will keep your kitchen in top shape.