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Organizing a Small Kitchen

October 16, 2009

Organizing a Small Kitchen, A small kitchen painted lime green.I recently moved from a 3 bedroom house to a single wide mobile home. I found I have much less storage space in my kitchen so this is what I did. I don't use my oven regularly, so I store my pots and pans and lids in the oven. In order to cut costs on my electric and water bills, I do not use the dishwasher.

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The top tray makes an excellent place to store the small items like measuring cups and spoons, long handled forks and spoons, tongs, and can opener. The bottom is large so the large dishes, baking pans and cookie sheets fit with no trouble. I also hang a small hand towel and a dish towel over the door.

This puts everything in a place, out of sight, and everything is quickly reachable. This worked so well that I bought a small roll of that rubber mesh used for shelves and cut it to fit the top tray so the measuring spoons and other small items wouldn't fall through. Works great.

By Clynn Altemus from Inglis, FL

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July 1, 2011

My husband constructed two wooden cutting boards to fit my double sink to increase my counter space. The stove is to the left of the double sink; there is no space to the left of the stove for cooking preparation.

Kitchen sink with wooden cutting board cover

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October 31, 2011

My kitchen has lots of floor space, but hardly any cabinet or counter top space. I use a chest of drawers to give me extra counter and storage.

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It has a hard easy to clean surface and holds can goods, aluminum foil, zip bags, etc.

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March 6, 2012

I adapted instructions for a vinyl molding spice rack to fit my space. I used the space just between the counter top and the cabinets.

Spice Rack in Kitchen

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February 8, 2016

I had this handy dollar store over-the-door hook. I wanted to hang it over the top of my cupboard next to the stove for hot pads and towels.

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But, I have the kind of cupboards that are not square on top.

hot pads and towel hanging on oven door

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November 22, 2011

My passion is my kitchen and making it easier to work in, as it is small. I just try different things. I bought one of a set of square boxes from the hardware store, and put it on my upper counter to give me a space to slide things in.

View of small kitchen with white box shelf with many small compartments

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May 1, 2017

I was about to lose it before a dinner party when I ran out of counter space. I opened my utensil drawer and laid my cutting board on top and it was the perfect fit.

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I use this method in the kitchen every day, now, not just for when I cook for a party!

A cutting board placed on top of an open drawer in the kitchen.

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January 10, 2017

I helped a friend move into her first house since a divorce. To say she downsized would be an understatement. Counter space is of a premium to be sure. So, to consolidate two things, I suggested these two options.

An over the door hook with paper towels and hotpads.

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October 23, 2012

Cutting boards and pan lids were always particularly difficult to store, until I found that the upright manila file storage racks sold for office organization work great for upright kitchen storage.

Use Upright File Storage in Kitchen

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January 28, 2010

To match my kitchen, I have a glass cutting board on a plate hanger right at my counter. Near my table is another with place mats, and two hot plates for the table in a multi-level plate hanger.

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November 21, 2011

I use an oval metal planter that has a plastic lining by my kitchen sink for my hand soap container, dishwashing soap container, stoppers, and scrubbers. They are all in one place and in a decorative container.

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July 27, 2010

I have a very small computer desk that didn't have enough surface space. It has one drawer. I had a small metal cookie sheet that I wasn't using, so I covered it with a piece of an old plastic tablecloth.

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June 11, 2014

In addition to making a magnetic knife holder, I also purchased little magnetic spice canisters to hold the spices I use most often. Like the ones that I have recently dried from the garden, or that are "over flow" spices that I bought extra of, like exotic peppers or salts.

magnetic items on fridge

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December 30, 2004

I live in a very small house and the kitchen is tiny. I do a lot of freezer cooking and holiday baking so I never have enough counter space for everything.

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What I have been doing is to pull out the top drawers and using them to rest my cookie sheets on.

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November 11, 2008

I was reorganizing my limited kitchen drawer space (5 in the entire kitchen). I needed to have a place for my plastic storage bags, waxed paper, plastic wrap, and what have you. So I bought a plastic shoe bag that hang in a closet at the thrift store.

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