Organizing a small kitchen can be challenging. Every single inch has to work twice as hard to accommodate a limited amount of space. In my little condo kitchen, I have a total of 4 drawers and very few cabinets! The good news is that, with the right storage systems, your small kitchen can feel twice as big. Here are some products, ideas and a few tips to help you create a well-organized and functional kitchen.
Tackling Your Drawers
To maximize your drawers, start off by purging! Keep only kitchen items you need/use on a regular basis.
If you own multiple sets of accessories or have duplicate appliances, it’s time to part ways and donate make space. Also, if you have any fancy china that you take out only once a year, store them away instead of wasting valuable everyday storage space. Once you’ve narrowed down your essentials, it’ll be much easier to organize the perfect configuration in your drawers.
The easiest way to organize is by using drawer inserts. You’ll be able to see everything and know that each time you return to your kitchen, your items will be in the exact same place instead of sliding around and getting shifted to the back.
The iDesign Collection at Kitchen Stuff Plus is my pick for best in functionality. The collection has so many options and sizes to accommodate your small kitchen needs. The durable clear plastic dividers give a clean feel and allow you to see your items with ease. It also features a ribbing detail on the bottom and non-silicon feet to prevent sliding around in your drawers.
Here are some helpful tips to make your trip to Kitchen Stuff Plus easy:
- Measure out all your drawers before heading to the store. I brought a measuring tape with me to make the process a little faster.
- Make sure to look at what kitchen tools and accessories you own and know a rough estimate of their sizes. This will help with picking out the proper sizes for your compartments.
- Don’t be shy to lay them out at the store and play around with different layout possibilities until you are satisfied.
Time for the fun part: Organizing! Let’s break down the drawers one-by-one.
The most used drawer in my small kitchen is the utensil drawer, so like most, I make it my top drawer. I use the iDesign Linus Expandable Cutlery Tray and love how I can customize it’s size and expand it out to 20”. For cooking knives, I suggest putting them in a stylish knife block that can be displayed on your counter.
The second drawer down, I use to put all my kitchen accessories in. I combined different sizes of the iDesign Linus Organizers to create my own customized organizer. My favourite piece is the iDesign Linus 2-Tier Drawer Organizer. It features two shallow upper compartments and two deep lower compartments to make the most out of my storage space.
My third drawer from the top holds all my kitchen wrap storage, tea towels, napkins and oven mitts. I used the iDesign Linus 6”x 15” and the iDesign Linus 6” x 9” Drawer Organizers to prevent my tea towels from shifting around. The Delicious Cotton Mini Oven Mitts are the perfect size for fitting into drawers without taking up too much space.
The fourth and last drawer down, I made into a mini pantry. I chose the KSP Easy Lock Canisters because of their clear lids, which make finding things easier in a drawer. They come with airtight lids, in all shapes and sizes. And, they’re perfect for stacking in cupboards too.
Tip: Use glass markers to label the expiry date at the bottom of each container.
Organizing Your Cupboards
The iDesign Collection is great for organizing your cupboards as well. The collection features a few must-have unique pieces. First is the iDesign Linus Stadium Spice Rack. This rack makes all your spices visible to the eye for easy access to your favourite spices. So practical and a great way to free up your counter space.
The iDesign Linus Turntable makes your cupboard more accessible. This rotating turntable creates effortless access to almost anything in your small kitchen. No more losing things or having to take out the front items to get to the back! This truly is a changer!
The iDesign Linus Pantry Bins are excellent for sorting out unrefrigerated foods, coffee/tea packages, vitamins, any left-over spice packages and/or miscellaneous items. They are really versatile and are made of clear plastic which makes it a breeze to find items quicker. Their handles make grabbing the bins quicker and easier too.
You’ll never feel like your small kitchen is truly functional until you take the time to assess how you’re storing and organizing everything. So what are you waiting for?! Time for a good thorough cleaning! Trust me, you’ll feel amazing when it’s done.
Cheers to tidy and organized kitchens!