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Tips To Organize a Small Kitchen

I never ever share pictures of the kitchen on here. I feel like it’s so beyond DIY it needs DEMO. I’m talking 80s laminate cabinets and matching laminate counters. I’ve spruced it up by plastering up my kid’s art work all over the place, still, it’s bad! But, it’s a rental so we deal with it because there are many other great qualities about this house… like cheap rent! Beyond it being totally hideous, it’s tiny. Forget two people cooking at one time.  Also, figuring out some sort of organization in such a small space is a struggle.

Tips to Organize A Small Kitchen

I’m always on the hunt for ways to organize a small kitchen. Things like keeping the countertop space free, having an organized pantry, all are super important when your space is the size of a postage stamp. Amen?

I’m helping us both out today and I’m sharing some of the ideas I’ve found for organizing a small kitchen. I can’t wait to incorporate some of this stuff.


I love these tips from Clean & Scentsible to maximize cabinet space.

How to Organize Your Pantry With Labels

Labels, like these free printables ones, are a great way to keep the pantry organized. These stackable canisters  (affiliate link) are also a great space saver.


And speaking of maximizing space. Isn’t this pegboard a great way to organize kitchen utensils while freeing up cabinet space.51eb4f55fb04d6463f00389e._w.540_

I mentioned freeing up counter space. These hanging baskets are great for keeping the counters clutter free.


I love the look of kitchen command centers but there is just no free wall space in my kitchen to incorporate one. I love this hidden kitchen organizer because it’s tucked away behind a cabinet door, hiding the clutter. When you have a small kitchen even the smallest bit of clutter than make the whole space feel unruly.


Baskets in the pantry seem pretty genius to me. It’s a great way to keep clutter contained and everything in its place.


Speaking of genius pantry storage this one is on point. Velcro acrylic containers stuck onto the inside of the pantry to hold the loose packets that always seem to get lost and disappear randomly (until you move and then you discover 12 taco seasonings you didn’t know you had…).


Pretty storage is just as important as storage in general in my book. Putting ingredients in glass containers makes them pretty instantly. These etched labeled glass canisters take it to another level.

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I have a bajillion cook books that never get used because I store them in a completely separate room. When I do get one out I end up leaving it on the counter for days until I get sick of looking it at and finally give in and put it away. I love these metal basket shelves because they make beautiful storage. Having all of your cookbooks nearby is also a huge bonus.vita ranunkler 41

Sometimes you can’t help but have a few things out on the counter. The only way to keep the clutter at bay is to have them all corralled in a tray or beautiful vintage box like this one. Perfect for tucking away those cutting boards, regularly used spices and oils. It would also be great as a coffee station.

I know the struggle of having a small kitchen. It’s real. I feel it. If you are in the same boat, I hope some of these ideas sparked some inspiration so you can start making your kitchen work for you! Or if you have some tips to organize a small kitchen, I’d love to hear them!

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  1. I LOVE the hanging metal baskets idea! Our house is super old, so anything that looks like it could have been used a long time ago fits right in. Thanks for sharing! I might have to try a few of these!

  2. These are great! I think I’ll definitely try something similar to the hanging metal baskets. Having a fruit bowl out is handy but a serious waste of space. Thanks for sharing, xoxo, Sam.

  3. I know I shouldn’t complain about the size of my kitchen because I’ve dealt with way smaller and outdated. But, storage is difficult. I’m already intrigued with the pegboard idea. It’s something I’m hoping to utilize soon. I’m just not sure where I get the peg hooks.

  4. These are some great tips! I just recently saw an idea on Pinterest that I’d like to try – hanging a shower organizing from a command hook on the side of the fridge to keep all the baby bottles off the counter. Would work for other things too…maybe incoming mail!

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  7. So this is whole thing is your kitchen? How did you come up with all these ideas! I really like them! It’s refreshing to see someone do things on their own instead of just stealing ideas and photos from other bloggers and then just mash it all into one post titled “10 life Changing Organizing Hacks! “.
    So good for u! I respect your hard work! 🙂

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  13. Hello, I absolutely love the wooden basket with the cutting boards you have on your kitchen counter. I have found similar crates or baskets. I have a small kitchen also and I was wondering what the dimensions were of you wooden crate/basket for your cutting boards etc. I seem to find baskets I like but seem too large. Any advice?
    Beautiful work and ideas you have!!
    Thank you,

  14. Great tips for a small kitchen, look very neat and clean. I will follow for my kitchen. Thanks for sharing the helpful tip!

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