After 3 years I’ve finally adapted to life in a small kitchen. I’m not a quick study, it’s taken time and some trial and error. I think I’ve finally got the hang of it, and today am sharing 5 of my best kitchen organizing ideas for small spaces that made this giant task of keeping my kitchen tidy and organized and keeping it that way.
Looking for more organizing ideas? Check out these 28 Creative DIY Home Organizing Ideas, this post on how to Organize a Pantry And Get More Spaceand these 33 Creative Ways to Hide Ugly Things
“Keeping it that way” is the million dollar phrase, right? We all start with good intentions and after hours of cleaning have a shiny perfect kitchen.
Until real life, schedules, kids and spouses come into the picture. Then it goes right back to utter chaos, where it stays until the next round of cleaning and organizing starts.
It doesn’t have to be that way. This collection of the 5 best kitchen organization ideas are what I use. I call them the best because they are not only easy, they are easy to maintain.
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5 Best Kitchen Organizing Ideas
An organized spice rack makes cooking much easier. Hands down, this is the best way to store spices while saving shelf and drawer space!
I made this hanging measuring cup and spoon organizer because it was cute, but after using it for the last year, I’m sold on how easy it is to grab what I need when I need it…OK, it’s cute too!
These drawers were just too big not to have some system of organization! I made these Easy Wood Drawer Dividers out of 1/4 plywood scraps I had. This is an easy project!
It’s been almost 3 years and my pantry still looks like this. It’s not just that I used baskets, it’s how I used them. If you have shelf space to keep organized, you’ll fall in love with my Organized Pantry System, it’s the easiest one ever and you’d be amazed at how much more space you can make!
OH and yes, I know my pantry is colorful, but there is an update coming so stay tuned for that!
Organize A Kitchen And Get More Space is all about finding and using the hidden potential in your kitchen. Learning how to add extra shelves to kitchen cabinets definitely helped me utilize my space well.
I love the simplicity of living in a small space. I loved my kitchen even more after learning and using the best kitchen organizing ideas I’ve shared today.
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Do you have a favorite kitchen organizing idea you swear by? Share it below in the comment section!
I’m having a hard time trying to organize my kitchen but I don’t have really any space whatsoever. I don’t have a pantry, or any drawers. I don’t really have a lot of wall space either. Do you see my delema? Do you have any ideas for me? I’m so ready to move, it gets depressing at times.
Hi Jenny, I can see where you feel challenged with your kitchen. Is there a closet or area where you can locate shelves elsewhere to hold kitchen items? Clearly creativity is the best way to go in a small kitchen! I have a Pinterest board for small kitchens. You may find some ideas on that too. https://www.pinterest.com/h20bungalow/small-space-kitchens/ Good luck!
When My husband and I moved into our current place a few years ago, there was no pantry in the kitchen! The layout is horrible in my opinion. There was a built in china cabinet, so we had to get creative, frosted the glass to the cabinet and turned it into a pantry, so you cant see our food as easily, but I still keep it organized inside with dollar store containers. If it wasn’t for converting that cabinet, we would not have had anywhere to store our food. It’s hard too it being a rental, we had to get permission from the landlord to frost the glass even though the frosting on the glass is removable. I am so glad that my husband thought of that idea, I was going to lose my mind without a pantry…lol
Leslie, Your solution was smart! Our kitchen didn’t have a pantry when we moved in either. I don’t understand how anyone could design a kitchen without making space for storage… Obviously they are lots of them out there! LOL Thanks so much for your visit:)
I like your categories in the pantry. Thanks for the inspiration! Organized pantry…here I come.
Thank you! I hope they work as well for you as they did for me. It’s been about 3 years and everthing stays in place! Thanks so much for your visit today:)
Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood says
I have a super teeeny tiny kitchen so any tips for how to manage it are welcomed! These are great, thanks for sharing!
Hi Morgan, I’m so glad you liked my organizing tips, they’ve made a big difference in our kitchen. I hope they help as much for yours! Thanks for your visit!
Mary-the boondocks blog says
Wendi that little chart with the measuring cups is just adorable. Now if only we could add the metric sysem to it. I read books in both systems and frequently get mixed up…lol. Also love your colorful pantry!!
Hi Mary… Thank you my friend! I think my head would start spinning if I had to cook (or work for that matter) in both systems! You just came up with what I think would be a popular project! How about a conversion chart for inside the cabinet? That would be so handy! ..and thanks on my pantry, I allowed myself to be brave with crazy color:)
wow! great ideas Wendi!
I can never find a measuring cup or spoon…. I should definitely do that!
I love your pantry…. so awesome!
Thanks so much Gail! It’s a time saver and handy. The pantry used to be a hallway to the third bedroom which is now my studio. I kind of got crazy with paint one day and made the inside crazy colorful 🙂
Wendi, I love your organizational skills my kitchen is not that small, but the layout is really bad. This house was built in 71 and still has original cabinets (can you believe it).
Do you know if it is possible to take a section of cabinets out in a corner and put new ones in and not replace the whole section, I want to replace the upper and lower in the corner, the cabinets that are currently there are just wasted space, you can’t get to anything once you put it in there.
Hi Patty! Learning to make the best of my small space was truly trial and error. You can replace a section of cabinets but it could be opening a can of worms work wise and financially. Is it possible to look around and swap the use/storage of those cabinets with another one or something else all together? Just like using the space under the sink for other items like I shared in my kitchen storage post. I also use a deep drawer in the island for pots and pans, a thin 8″ cabinet for baking sheets and cutting boards, the top cabinet above the stove & microwave for items I don’t use often and two Mid Century Modern waterfall nightstands end to end to look like a buffet space in my dining area to store placemats, tablecloths, etc. Hope that gives you some ideas:)
Tracy Krimmer says
I always intend to organize. I never do 🙁 Or I do and it stays like that for only a week.
I hear ya Tracy! Plus finding the time is always tough. I had the same challenges, which is why I picked these for the best ways to do & maintain. I hope some of these tips are useful to you!