Simple and Easy Space-Saving Hacks for Small Kitchens

June 15, 2022

The kitchen at your home should welcome you to cook to provide meals for you and your family. A kitchen that’s more organised and clean is more likely to attract you than the one that’s not.

When the cooking area is less or small but you have more kitchen items to keep, then it will become a hassle for you to keep things streamlined. Inevitably, you will create more clutter and ultimately, your kitchen looks as if a tornado has hit it.

Though you want to renovate your kitchen space to create more area, it requires your time, budget, and planning. In the meantime, you can use some space-saving kitchen hacks to have an organised kitchen even though you have more kitchen furniture. Let’s see how you can do it:

  • First things first: toss away the unwanted items

When you look at your kitchen dishes and utensils, you will find a lot of items that you are not using, broken or damaged. Think of what you can do with them. You can throw away items that are damaged beyond repair or donation. Doing this will make the clutter less and you can focus on organising the items that you use daily or occasionally.

  • Maintain a tray for cutlery

Just like you arrange spoons, forks, and knives separately, you have to maintain separate spaces for spatulas, whisks, etc. If you do this, you don’t have to dig through various tools when you’re cooking in a hurry. For this, you can tray with separate spaces to fit the spatulas and other kitchen items.

  • Hang mugs and cups through hooks

Coffee mugs are the mandatory items if you have a habit of drinking coffee, tea, etc., early in the morning. However, they take up a lot of space especially if the mugs are large in number. So, to save space, you can hang mugs through hooks attached to cabinet shelves. It’s an efficient way to use the vertical space inside the shelves.

  • Get a cutting board that fits in your sink

One of the effective ways to organise your kitchen space is by using a cutting board that fits into the sink. You don’t have to allocate a separate space or platform to cut vegetables or fruits. Moreover, it becomes easy to clean and wash the fruits. Having this will make prepping easy and you can cook faster especially when you’re in a hurry.

  • Use the side of the fridge for storage

Every kitchen will have a fridge that has empty space between it and the wall. You can make use of this empty space as a storage space by hanging mounted shelves. You can utilise this shelf to store dry items such as dry fruits and pulses. Moreover, it’s also handy as the fridge will be near to your kitchen.

  • Use the vertical space to hang pots and pans

Above the kitchen platform, you have the vertical space lying empty. You can turn this shelf into a storage space for hanging pots and pans. If not, pots and pans take up a lot of space which also seems disorganised even though you keep them line by line. The best way is to hand these pots by making use of vertical space in the kitchen.

  • Make use of rising shelves

Another great way to use vertical space in your kitchen is by using raising shelves. You can store items like cups, plates, and other kitchen items so that the drawer shelves are getting cluttered more and more. Make use of these rising shelves to have a proper and clean kitchen. 

  • Mount the dish rack

Many people use dish racks for hanging plates, dinner plates, glasses, small bowls, etc. However, the dish rack takes up a lot of space, especially if the kitchen area is less. So, the next best thing to do is to mount the shelf rack to the wall so that it’s not occupying space.

  • Magnetic knife shelf

Having a knife stand on the kitchen platform is space occupying. So, why not attach them to the shelves by using the magnetic bar. Knives get attached easily and you can access them without much hassle during prepping your food.

  • Use organisers like baskets and bins

Instead of keeping loose items separately and randomly, you can allocate a designated space by using baskets and bins. For instance, you can use small baskets to store fruits and keep them organised on the kitchen platform. It makes your space clutter-free and you can feel happy and welcome to cook in your kitchen.

  • Line the kitchen shelves

Have you ever thought of lining your kitchen shelves with colourful papers? It not only makes your kitchen vibrant but also gives a neat and clean look. If you want to make your small kitchen look as inviting as possible, then go for lining the shelves. You certainly won’t regret placing them on your shelves as it keeps you free from stains and other marks.


Whether your kitchen is small or big, you have to keep it organised and clean to get a clutter-free look. Otherwise, no matter how large your space is, it looks small. If you’re newly constructing your home, then check out different types of kitchen layouts to know what works best for you.

Author Bio

Hello, I’m Erika Rhein, a professional writer, and blogger obsessed with good design and all things pretty. I travel, read, and eat my way through various cultures across the globe. I utilise my writing skills to inspire and render my readers with informative, at the same time, creative articles. However, when not writing, I crochet, cook, or buy craft supplies.

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I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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