It seems that kitchens never have enough storage space for all of your culinary gadgets. And if it is a small kitchen to start with, the problem is exacerbated. Ideally, you’d simply renovate and have a kitchen guru do the job but for most people that is cost prohibitive. So then, here are six ways to add more storage to your kitchen without a renovation.
- Use the space above your cabinets. In many kitchens, the cabinets don’t reach to the ceiling. That’s extra space you can use for storage. To make things neat and tidy, put storage bins that match your décor, such as wicker baskets for a country kitchen or metal bins for a modern look, on top of kitchen cabinets. Use them to hold infrequently used appliances or other items or to hold extras such as unopened bottles of condiments or spices.
- Use the space under your cabinets. It’s easy to install hooks under your cabinets to hang cups or frequently used utensils or pans. You can also nail mason jar lids to the underside of cabinets and use the jars to store food such as flour, sugar, rice, or popcorn.
- Make better use of the space inside of cabinets. Use stackable shelves inside cabinets to make full use of the cabinet’s height by, for example, putting dinner plates on the bottom of a stackable shelf and salad plates on top. Hang an office file holder on the inside of a cabinet door to store Saran wrap and aluminum foil or cleaning supplies. Hooks also work well inside cabinet doors things like scrubbers, gloves, rags, utensils, or potholders. Use buckets or bins in the cabinet under your sink to hold and organized cleaning supplies. Hang a metal rod that can be used to hold pot lids—the handle on a pot lid makes a natural hanger!
- Use the outside cabinet space next to your sink. Don’t overlook the sides of the cabinets that border your sink. Think of them as empty walls. You can hang cutting boards, rolling pins and other semi-decorative kitchen items on them. You can even install small shelves and use them to store spices.
- Rethink your pantry. Use bins to hold and organize the items in your pantry. For example, you might have one for items like garbage bags, sandwich baggies and aluminum foil and another for snack items like instant soups or oatmeal and still others for chips or cookies.
You can also install a pegboard inside a pantry door that you can use to hang everything from utensils to measuring cups to a clipboard where you can write down items you need to replenish.
- Make your kitchen drawers do double duty. You can install an extra sliding shelf inside almost any kitchen drawer. You can keep sharp cooking knives on the bottom of the drawer and eating utensils on the top section. Or you can keep two different sets of silverware in one drawer with one set on the bottom and the other on the top.