Friday, July 23, 2010

Solutions for a Small Kitchen

We have one of the world's tiniest kitchens.  Therefore, we have to take advantage of all the counter top and cabinet space we have.  After our mini redo, that made a huge impact, we discovered so many different ways to use the space we have.  Now, these ways may not work for everyone or may be common sense to some, but I thought I would share what works for us!

Clint and I are huge fans of no clutter.  The only items we keep on the counter top are a couple cutting boards, our compost bin, canisters, and my lovely orange Kitchen Aid mixer. 

Even though we have a dish washer, sometimes hand washing a few items is easier. 

This dish rack, purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond, fits perfectly in our sink!  It even collapses flat, to store away under the sink!

Even the sponge holder is hidden away by this handy holder from Bed Bath and Beyond. 

We had registered at Crate and Barrel for our wedding and received these canisters.  Not only are they pretty to look at, they are very helpful with holding coffee, flour, and sugar.  Frees up cabinet space and is less messy.

I wanted to, "keep it real" here.  Yes, it is a little messy and not very organized.  Under our sink, we store our garbage can and cleaning products.

Gotta love Ikea!  We found the Grundtal kitchen wall storage and knew it would work to our advantage!  The sleek design makes it not only handy, but appealing.

Even for our Utensils!

Ok, this is not an awesome storage tip, but I had to show off the cool bread box that was left with our home.  We use it to store dish towels and oven mits.

Who would of ever thought wine glasses would not fit in a cabinet??  Well, that happened to us.  Luckily, I found an under the cabinet wine glass holder that worked perfectly!

As you can see, we like to keep everything within reach.  Besides the counter top, using the walls really helped maximize our tiny kitchen.  I know larger spaces are more appealing, but something about our kitchen makes it cozy and perfect for us.

I will be back next week with tips for your broom closet/pantry.


Mrs. Chic said...

I like your spice jars very pretty, I so can't wait to update ours!! Your kitchen is so cute - love it

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I hate countertop clutter. I prefer very little on it, so I totally vibe with this post.

Eva @ the nerdy nest said...

I am so glad you posted this! I was just researching tips for making the most of minimal space. We've lost quite a bit of storage space recently and I can now aspire to your clutter free counters.

The Thriftress said...

Great storage ideas! But I really wanted to see that pop of orange from the kitchenaid! ;) And I love the bread drawer...reminds me of my grandma's house.

alanna rose said...

I love the under cabinet wineglass racks - they make the wine glasses even more accessible ;)

Great use of your space!

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elizabeth said...

like you I hate clutter too - spare counter tops!!!
love your counter tops and tips -

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

Your kitchen is so pretty - I also hate countertop clutter and love those ikea spice racks!

Scientific Housewife said...

Great ideas! We have that colander and it's so handy!

Oonafey said...

Great tips! Bet my kitchen is smaller than yours, though!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

The bread box feature is a scream - oh, the things kitchens used to have!

Anonymous said...

Great makeover! Those are some great tips. I especially love the canisters and the wine glass rack!

Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d said...

What a great idea to use magazine files to hold recipes! I have a ton of them, I should put them to use. Thanks for the inspiration!