Having an organized kitchen is like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. You may be thinking that there is absolutely no way you can get a Pinterest perfect organized kitchen with a small kitchen.
But I promise it is more than possible! You just have to know how to make the most out of the space you have.
In this post we are going to be going over some of the best ways to organize a small kitchen on a budget. Here’s what you’ll find:
- Kitchen organization ideas for pots and pans
- How to organize your kitchen drawers
- No pantry kitchen organization ideas
- How to organize cabinets in a small kitchen
- Ideas for organizing under the kitchen sink
- How to organize your appliances in a small kitchen
- How to organize your kitchen counter to keep it clutter free
- Kitchen organizational essentials
As you can see, we have a lot of information to cover. I don’t want to keep you waiting any longer, let’s get organizing!
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Small Kitchen Organization Ideas 2021
Kitchen Organization Ideas for Pots and Pans
1. Open Wire Rack
Open wire racks are a great way to add extra storage space when you are short on space in your kitchen.
You can easily tuck this wire rack in a snug corner in your kitchen for your pots and pans to live!
If you want to jazz things up a bit, decorate the top of your rack to give it some character and warmth.
2. Floating Shelves
I absolutely love floating shelves in kitchens! If you have space above your kitchen sink or oven, installing these floating shelves give you optimal space to store your pots and pans.
3. Cabinet Storage Rack
How many times have you gone to grab a pan out of your cabinet and every pot and pan you own comes tumbling out? You won’t have to worry about that anymore with this adjustable cabinet storage rack! This rack allows you to neatly place your pots and pans in an orderly fashion so that everything has a place.
How to Organize Your Kitchen Drawers
4. Adjustable Drawer Dividers
I love these adjustable drawer dividers because they can fit perfectly into any size drawer, and can be adjusted to organize any type of item, unlike regular drawer inserts.
5. Drawer Organizer Inserts
Drawer organizer inserts are a great way to organize smaller items such as eating utensils!
6. Peg Drawer Organizer
I’d never seen this before, and I am going to have to try it myself! This peg drawer organizer allows you to organize your dishes in your drawers without them toppling over.
I’m only 5’1 and having to reach up into the cabinet to grab my dishes can be so annoying sometimes! This is such a game changer!
7. Baking Sheet/Tray Organizer
If you have lots of baking sheets and trays laying around, this organizer will help keep them neat and tidy and will fit right into your cabinet!
No Pantry Kitchen Organization Ideas
Here are a few different ways to organize a kitchen with no pantry. Even if you don’t have a pantry, there are so many organization solutions that you can try to help you make the most out of your space.
8. Slide Out Pantry
Small kitchens especially in apartments are known for having little to no pantry space for food storage.
This slide out pantry is perfect to store your most used foods so that you can easily reach them!
9. Organization Containers
No pantry? No problem! If you thought you couldn’t have the organized pantry of your dreams, think again girl! You can still get a look of a Pinterest perfect organized pantry with no pantry. How?
Use these organization containers to organize the food in your kitchen cabinets and to help you save space. Throw on some cute labels and you will be all set!
10. Shelf Organizers
I love these shelf organizers because they will help you maximize the space in your kitchen cabinets.
Instead of just having one “row” to place your food in your cabinets, this shelf organizer gives you two rows allowing you to get the most out of your space!
11. Use Your Cabinet Doors
One easy to forget place to utilize in your kitchen is the back of your cabinet doors!
Things that you’re not reaching for all the time such as ziplock bags, foil, saran wrap, cookbooks, etc, don’t need to be taking up valuable space in your pantry!
How to organize cabinets in a small kitchen
Now we are going to talk about exactly what you should be organizing in your kitchen cabinets.
The key to organizing is making sure everything that you have has a home.
Let’s face it, we all know life gets in the way and it’s pretty hard to keep everything organized 100% of the time.
But when you don’t have an organization system in place, it’s going to be hard to gather the motivation to reorganize everything from scratch.
When all of your items have a home, it will make keeping everything organized so much easier!
I like to keep one cabinet dedicated to one specific type of item. But if you are really short on space, you can also organize your cabinets by shelves.
So, what do you organize in your kitchen cabinets?
Here are a few common kitchen cabinet categories that will work with most kitchens:
- Water bottles
- Random small items (catch all cabinet)
Below you will find some of the best organization tools to organize these items in your kitchen cabinets!
14. Water bottles
16. Store small items in storage bins
Ideas to Organize Under Kitchen Sink
The one place in my kitchen that never that I could never seem to get organized was underneath my kitchen sink. It’s just so easy to throw anything and everything down there without even having to think about it, am I right?
Well, I know first hand that this method does not work…at all. Sooner or later you won’t even know what’s down there!
Here are some great ideas to help you keep the cabinet under your kitchen sink nice and tidy.
17. Sliding storage drawer
18. Expandable Rack
19. Shelf organizer
How to Arrange Appliances in a Small Kitchen
20. Keep Your Frequently Used Appliances on Counter
Appliances that are used on a daily basis such as a coffee maker, blender, or even a toaster are perfectly fine to keep on your counter.
It’s best to keep the number of appliances that you keep on your counter to around 1 or 2 so things don’t start to look cluttered.
21. Put away less-used appliances
The appliances that aren’t used on a daily basis should be stored in upper or lower cabinet spaces in your kitchen.
Keep appliances such as your standing mixer, food processors, and crockpots in these areas so they don’t crowd your countertops.
22. Utilize your pantry
Do you have extra space on the top shelves of your pantry? If so, this is the perfect spot to store any large appliances that you have that you want out of sight.
How to Keep Your Kitchen Counter Clutter Free
There’s just something about a cluttered kitchen counter that gives me the jitters. Having a clean and clutter free kitchen makes me feel more organized and less overwhelmed.
Kitchen counters are prone to be “catch all” zones where anything and everything just gets thrown around.
If you want to take control of your kitchen counter clutter, here are a few tips that will work wonders for your counter clutter.
23. Only keep necessities on your counter
If you aren’t reaching for it on a daily basis, it shouldn’t be on your counter. Less is more when it comes to keeping things on your counter .
24. Create a space for paper and mail
Throwing paper and mail on my counters is a bad habit that I am trying to break myself. As soon as a couple pieces of paper end up on the counter, it’s almost as if I can’t help myself from adding more and more.
And then the next thing you know, there’s a never ending pile of papers that never seems to go away.
If you are also struggling with paper clutter, try putting a cute basket somewhere in your kitchen to give those papers a home!
25. Use minimalistic decorations
I am all for cute kitchen decor, but like we talked about previously, less is more. Keep kitchen decorations minimal to allow your space to feel more open and clean and less cluttered.
26. Put away dishes
Nothing will ruin a nice clean kitchen like dirty dishes. Dirty dishes are one of my biggest pet peeves! Throw your dirty dishes in the dishwasher to finish off your clutter free kitchen counters!
Kitchen Organization Essentials
If you aren’t ready to tackle your whole kitchen just yet, or just have a few areas in your kitchen that you need organized, here are some kitchen organization essentials that will take your kitchen organization to the next level!
27. Can Organizer
28. Mop and Broom Holder
29. K-Cup Organizer
30. Snack Turntable
31. Tea & Sugar packet organizer
32. Lazy Susan
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