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    Updated on Jul 18, 2020. Posted on Jul 11, 2020

    32 Ways To Organize A Tiny Kitchen That'll End Up Making A Big, Big Difference

    Small kitchen? These tips, tricks, and products make it no problem.

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    1. Make the most out of narrow cabinets with a stackable, two-tier basket drawer. The days of standing on your tippy-toes looking for the cinnamon that somehow got lost in a sea of jars is in the past.

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    Promising review: "I first bought four for inside a cabinet. Then got two more for another open door area. These things are excellent for organization. I'm using the original four for storing all my kitchen gadgets (coffee bean grinder, garlic press, ricer, etc.) and the last two for onions, potatoes, garlic and the like. Possibly my best purchase at Amazon... And I buy a lot." —J. Standre

    Get it from Amazon for $27.87 (available in three style/color combinations).

    2. Save that important counter real estate by tossing your room temp-friendly produce in a hanging basket. Now whether you eat it before it goes bad is a different story.

    Three-tiered hanging basket displayed in a kitchen holding three different types of fruit in each basket
    Amazon

    One reviewer used it to plant her herbs for possibly the cutest herb garden ever.

    Promising review: "Love it! I had a fruit and veggie bowl on my counter but I was running out of counter space, and it didn't hold much. This is very sturdy and I love the color. I knew it would be more of a rose gold than a copper just by looking at the pics, so I didn't expect a copper color. I now have counter and refrigerator space and a cute way to display my foods. Would definitely recommend!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.94 (available in four colors).

    3. Find a new place for your coffee mugs (that always end up consuming sooo much space) by hanging a cute wood shelf with hooks and compartments.

    Reviewer image wooden shelf with three compartments holding mugs and K-cups, plus a bar with hooks for additional mug storage
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    Promising review: "I love this shelf, it’s absolutely perfect for my drink station space in the corner of my dining room. Fits a ton of K cups, or other items. Very sturdy, but was easy to install. Also, probably weird, but it’s natural wood smell is nice, not overpowering, only when up close.. I think that’s a bonus. Drawers slide in and out easily and the hanger hook are super sturdy. Very happy with this purchase." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    4. Or for something on the simpler side, use small tension rods and S-hooks to prop mugs up and create extra space below for more glassware.

    Reviewer image of tension rod in a cabinet holding up mugs with S-hooks
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    These can be used to organize sooooo many other things around the kitchen. Use them in drawers to keep Tupperware and water bottles lids neat, or in cabinets to separate baking sheets. Line multiple of them up in any cabinet for a makeshift shelf that can hold paper towels.

    Promising review: "These rods are exactly what I was looking for: strong high tension that stays up! I bought the 18-26" set and have one in my 25-inch cabinet space to hold up coffee cups. After two weeks of holding up six to seven coffee cups at any given time, it hasn't budged at all." —Van

    Get a two-pack of tension rods from Amazon for $6.39 and a 12-pack of S-hooks for $7.99.

    5. Declutter your pantry from the half-empty boxes and random chip bags by trading them in for air-tight food containers. This is some Instagram-level organization that gets my blood pumping!!!

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    Promising review: "Love everything about these! Not only do they look great and help me not stress me out every time I open the cabinet, they work very well. The air lock seal is perfect. Plus the tall ones are great for a box of cereal and cute enough to leave out on the counter for the kids! Hoping they last over time, but right now I feel these are worth the investment. Will buy more soon!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two different sets).

    6. Try your hand at a DIY project that'll give you trendy kitchen storage for all your utensils. I mean, this is too cute not to add to your kitchen, right?!

    Three rods holding pretty cylinder containers with different utensils inside
    A Beautiful Mess

    Get the complete instructions on A Beautiful Mess.

    7. Keep all those unorganized cans in one easily accessible place with a beverage dispenser. It holds 12 12-ounce cans so you can keep one in the pantry for soups and other canned goods!

    Soda can rack placed in fridge to easily organizer cans. There are two tiers so it can fit 12 cans.
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    Promising review: "When comparing this with other soda or beer can holders for your fridge, know that this one is sturdy, not flimsy. Also note that it has a shelf on top so you get additional square footage in your fridge, two rows of cans plus a shelf area the same size as the footprint of the can holder. Bought another one for our other fridge I liked it so much." —cpnytwenty

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    8. Hang up a magnetic knife strip to give your packed drawers some relief and more room for other utensils.

    Reviewer photo of wooden magnetic strip holding reviewer's knife collection
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    Promising review: "Gorgeous and holds all 10 of my knives, including kitchen shears. I wish I had bought it sooner! Installation was super simple using 3M Velcro strips — we didn't want to drill holes in our tile backsplash. Would recommend this to anyone. I am glad to have the ugly knife block off my counter, this replaced it beautifully!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95, or a stainless steel option for $17.99.

    9. Get your sink a roll-up drying rack that you and your DRY countertops will be thrilled to have around. And for those with minimal cooking space, this can be used for washing veggies!

    A drying rack placed over the sink with cups on top. The rack can easily break down and fold up for convenient storage.
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We have tried to minimize the amount of stuff taking up our kitchen countertop, so we got rid of the dish rack. I still wanted the ability to dry dishes and big pots/pans after cooking, so I got this rack. Thing is AWESOME. It is extremely versatile and rolls up neatly for storage under the sink or wherever else you'd want to store it. It repels water and makes cleaning it very simple. Gunk doesn't want to stay on it and anything that does stick to it comes right off with a light scrub and some dish soap. It doesn't smell at all and is lightweight, but very sturdy and able to hold two to three big pots and pans over the sink. You can also fold it in half if you want to access the sink but want to dry a pot or some glasses while washing." —Jay C.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    10. Utilize even the teeniest of spaces with a narrow storage unit that you can slip into a narrow crevice or convenient area, and then slide out when you need something because it has WHEELS! It hardly takes up any space, yet holds so much. #Blessed.

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    Promising review: "This cart is an excellent way to maximize a small space. We had about 10” in the kitchen where boxes had a tendency to collect on the floor. Now it’s storage space! Came with five hooks that hang off the side, which is a nice bonus." —Erin Grannemann

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

    11. Add a small wine rack under your cabinets because having vino in an easy-to-reach place is adult rule number one. This will also take you like five minutes to assemble, and I will cheers to that. *clink*

    A three-bottle wine holder that's screwed in under that cabinet so wine bottles are off the counters
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The perfect storage solution for those of us with a smaller kitchen space! Easily installed, simplistic design, and super convenient!" —Amy O

    Get it from Amazon for $17.49.

    12. AND! while you're at it, you might as well grab a wine glass holder to store your finest stemware. You're about to have so much empty room in your cabinets, you won't even know what to do with it all!

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    Promising review: "Great product, real wood, and easy to cut to size for your project. I used them to mount some glasses to some burned wood shelves I had installed. They were about two inches too long for the shelves I had, but they cut down easily with a miter saw." —JayS

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $22.99.

    13. Use tiny hook screws (or Command hooks!) and cute decals on the inside of a cabinet door for a measuring cup storage system that takes up practically zero space. This decal set even includes a measurement conversion table, so a quick open of the cabinet will tell you exactly how many cups are in a pint. PHEW.

    Reviewer image of measurement decals pasted inside a cabinet with measuring cups underneath, and six measurement conversions (gallon, quart, pint, cup, 1/4 cup, and one tablesoon)
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Put them on my cabinet and my friends/relatives think I am a genius! So handy, just open the door and there they are no thinking involved! Don't know that my baking taste will be any better but I can't blame it on incorrect measurements anymore!" —Toady

    Get it from Amazon for $14.55, and an 80-piece screw hook set for $8.99, or the Command hook strips for $9.99+.

    14. Organize your never-ending collection of water (...and wine) bottles with a stackable drink vessel rack. This will help you actually see everything and ensure no bottle gets lost in the black hole that is the back of a cabinet.

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    Promising review: "I had been searching for the perfect way to organize my fridge and create more space. These were just the thing. They allow me to keep my Nalgene bottles, water bottles, wine bottles, etc. cool while not completely taking over my fridge. I haven't found anything that doesn't fit nicely in these. The quality is also quite good, nice smooth edges and well designed for stacking." —mjmendo

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two set sizes).

    15. Give your dish-cleaning supplies their own tidy home in the corner of your sink courtesy of this small (but mighty) caddy. It has two drain holes for brushes and sponges, plus suction cups to make sure it stays in its place.

    A corner caddy that slips into the corner of sink, with part of it able to drain into the sink
    Amazon

    Promising review: I am so happy with this purchase! It is very functional and handy to have in my kitchen sink. I was tired of having water and soap leaving the kitchen area gross all the time, as well as sponges and scrubbers hanging out behind the faucet or in the sink itself. This caddy saves space at the sink by hanging over a back corner of the sink area. It keeps water from sitting near the hand and dish soap since it drips into the little easy-to-clean tray instead, which tilts towards the sink. The suction cups work great to keep it in place. It is the perfect size. Still holding strong several months later. Excellent product. I love it!" —C.J. Moses

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    16. Use a magazine organizer as a convenient way to store baggies, foil, and bottles. You can leave 'em under the sink or attach to the inside of the cabinet with Command strips...and is there anything Command strips CAN'T DO?

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    Promising review (left): "Okay I've been wanting to buy magazine holders for ages, specifically to get our kitchen wraps out of the way. When I finally decided to spend the money (I'm very cheap), I was excited to find these ones at their price point. Strong cardboard instead of plastic, bright colors, well reviewed." —Cynthia L.

    Get a 12-pack of the cardboard version (left) for $14.87 or the plastic version (right) for $39.99, and Command strips for $2.88+.

    17. Treat your cluttered cabinets to a total makeover with a six-piece six-piece organizer set. It'll give you a solution to all your storage woes because it comes with three helper shelves and a spice, wrap, and pan rack — basically everything you need to have the most orderly kitchen of your life.

    A cabinet organizer set with different racks for organizing dishes, pot lids, spices, and baggies
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This cabinet organizer set really helped me organize my kitchen! I've always just stacked pots, pans, and lids on top of each other which causes damage to the pans and me stress when I need to find something. This helped me to separate them neatly which gives me easier access to all of my stuff! I was also able to clean up my cups and plates so I don't have things falling out at me every time I open the cabinet! If you have limited space, or just want to tidy up your cabinets, this is a must purchase for you!" —alimil85

    Get it from Amazon for $30.48.

    18. Use a pull-down spice rack that can store up to 30 (!!!) bottles and comes with labels so you can always find exactly what you're looking for. Ooh, I am excited just thinking about how much ~thyme~ you're going to save!

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    Promising review: "I do not regret getting this spice organizer! I can finally find all of my spices without having to move several out of the way. You know, like when you have to move ten bottles from the shelf just to get to that one random spice in the back of the cabinet that you barely remembered that you even had? This organizer not only holds the standard size spice bottles, but also the medium sized ones, too! This comes with several labels that you can add to the front of the drawers to help further organize your goods. I did find that there were several spice names that were not offered, but the blank labels serve that purpose as needed. I only have one, but it does look like another one could easily stack on top of this for those who are spice hoards!!" —TeamDavidAndSarah

    Get the new, adjustable version of the 24-bottle rack from Amazon for $39.99 (available in three colors).

    Read our full write-up on this spice rack.

    19. Put an end to Tupperware lid madness by storing them in a handy bin designed to keep them upright. Imagine living in a world where you can open up your cabinet and not be attacked by a waterfall of crashing lids!

    A plastic container organizer with three compartments for neatly storing lids and containers in each separate compartment
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product fit perfectly on the shelf of my lower cabinet. I was able to store all of the lids from my containers easily. Now I can stack/store the containers on the bottom of the cabinet without trying to balance them on or around the lids." —Paul Potamianos

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. Think of your fridge as a great storage opportunity for non-refrigerated goods. These magnetic racks stick to the side and offer up more space for utensils, spices, dish rags, and whatever else you can think up.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Small but strong. It's a perfect addition for a small (usually messy) kitchen. Now I always know where the paper towels are. The top shelf is a great place to keep often-used items (honey, Sriracha sauce, garlic powder, etc.), and the hooks at the bottom work well for small pot holders. The magnet holds well — I have not had any issues with the rack sliding down the side of my fridge. I think this is a great product." —C. A. Fuchs

    Get the larger one (left) from Amazon for $45 and the smaller one (right) for $19.79.

    21. Tidy up your fridge and freezer (and then keep it that way) by storing food in this six-piece bin set. Consider this your new way to keep track of everything in your fridge — no more moldy leftovers hiding in the back, stinking up the place.

    Fridge set with six different containers for perfectly holding a variety of things like drinks, dressings, eggs, and yogurts
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very happy with these organizers. They are very sturdy and help keep my refrigerator organized. It's so much easier to find things. Things don't get lost in the back of the fridge. If something spills, it is easy to remove just that container and clean it than to clean the entire shelf. My refrigerator just looks better when the door is opened with these handy organizers. Should have purchased them sooner!" —Thoreauback

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    22. Easily access your pots and pans with the best invention ever: this standing rack. May you never again shout another profane word from trying to remove one pot just to have them all tumbled out on you.

    A five-tiered rack to hold a variety of frying pans
    Amazon

    If you prefer your pans/lids to stand vertically, this can also be used on its side!

    Promising review: "I was tired of stacking my frying pans on top of each other and was looking for something to both organize my pans and give me easy access to them. Before this organizer, I would have to unstack several pans in order to get to the middle pan that I needed. Now, I can just reach in and immediately get the frying pan that I need without having to unstack. The quality of this organizer is pretty good." —Linda Roberson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.87.

    23. Or if you need to save the limited room you have for other things, you can hang your small pans on a wall-mount organizer. It comes with handy accessories (like hooks for pans) that'll give you quick access to all your kitchen essentials.

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    Promising review: "We needed this rack in our kitchen as our cabinets started getting full of pots and pans all over the place including their lids. Our kitchen is small but this rack was the best thing we bought for our kitchen. Very robust metal construction, light for its size and extremely easy to install. I had to drill six screws in the wall. One for each level and finally two more for the supporting bars that are extended to the front. I recommend this product to anyone who wants to organize their kitchens and have their pots and pans they use frequently at one spot." —Niklas Henricson

    Get it from Amazon for $74.98+ (available in two colors).

    24. Add some much needed function to any cabinet with a pullout shelf system. When you need something, just slide out so you can see EVERYTHING, grab, and you're done. Ahhh, so easy.

    A cabinet system installed with two wire drawers that pull out for easy access to bowls and other kitchen items
    Amazon

    Promising review: "LIFE SAVING!!!! I have a very narrow cabinet next to my stove and I could never put anything that I used often in it because it had a useless half shelf, was very deep, and I could never reach anything. This fit perfectly, was installed within 20 minutes start to finish, and now I have a very useful storage space where I can finally put things I use all of the time! The product is built very well, it is very heavy duty metal yet the bins glide easily and smoothly. You will not be disappointed!!" —LMB

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in two sizes).

    25. Keep on takin' advantage of ALL the cabinet doors in your kitchen and use an over-the-door-organizer for holding a variety of things like cutting boards, cleaners, and cooking sprays. Get creative people, the kitchen is your oyster!

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    Psst! It comes with screws so you don't have to use the hangers if they don't fit on your cabinet. With that being said, you should definitely measure before buying if you *do* want to hang it over the cabinet door.

    Promising review: "This organizer is so useful! I recently moved and ended up with a much smaller kitchen, so I've been doing everything I can to make sure there's a place for everything and no wasted space. Luckily, I have pretty wide cabinets, so this works out perfectly. I have one holding my cutting boards (four standard plastic boards) and another holding my foil, cling wrap, and parchment paper boxes. The organizer is super easy to assemble and it's completely versatile: hang it over the cabinet door or attach it to the wall/cabinet door, which means it's great for renters and owners." —Kerry

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87.

    26. And for the other door, hang a shopping bag holder because we're all adults here and it's time to stop shoving them in the back of your cabinets.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Holds a ton of those little plastic bags! Very sturdy metal too! Am very pleased with this purchase! Those bags were overtaking our cabinet underneath and now, everything is all neat and organized! Makes me smile every time I open the door! :)" —Shannon O

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in eight colors).

    27. Give your messy drawer the makeover it deserves with a simple DIY project you can handle, promise. All you need is a pegboard, some dowels, and a few craft supplies!

    Kitchen drawer pulled out with wooden pegs on a peg board, organizing a bunch of containers and lids
    BuzzFeed

    Watch the full tutorial plus complete written instructions here.

    28. 🗣🗣 Recycle the tea boxes taking over your pantry and replace them with THIS: The ultimate tea organizer that can hold up to 100 bags!!!

    Review image of organizer attached to the wall with nine drawers for holding tea bags
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    Promising review: "I have a lot of tea that I typically just toss in a basket. Finally caved and ordered this tea bag organizer. 100% recommended. It's amazing and a real space saver. The drawers are great and easily slide on and off the tracks. The bottom drawers make great use of bigger bags or misc things. The whole piece itself is very thin so its easy to fit places without it being in the way." —Juliet

    Get it from Amazon for $14.96.

    29. Trade up any old, bulky measuring spoons for a set of magnetic stackable ones. These are double sided and stick together — and hey we already savin' space here, folks!

    Stackable measuring spoons holding different ingredients
    Amazon

    Promising review: "OMG! The spoons are pretty, save space in my drawer and they're easy to clean. There is an added bonus too, since they have a round and an oblong side to them they fit into the narrower herb jars, Big advantage. I am thrilled with my decision to purchase these!" —Lin

    Get a set of eight from Amazon for $13.97.

    30. And while were on the subject of warm, cozy beverages, slip a coffee pod organizer under your coffee pot or Keurig so you have all your sugar packets, K-cups, and creamers at your disposal (and NOT tossed around the kitchen).

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    Promising review: "For me this works perfectly! Fits just right under my coffee maker and between a couple of other countertop appliances. I use the drawers for a variety of the pods so it provides a convenient selection. What's really great is the study metal construction that supports the coffee maker yet allows the drawers to open and close easily. Just terrific!!" —Timothy N.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

    31. Assign your over-the-door shoe organizer a new job and use it for storing cleaning products, snacks, baby food, and soooo many other kitchen things.

    Three reviewer images showing how the shoe organizer can be used to also hold cleaning products, baggies, and snacks
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    Promising review: "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product! I used it in my pantry for snacks! I love being able to see everything when you open the door, and the kids love being able to just grab a snack and go. Plus, there are no more empty snack boxes in my pantry!" —Mila McClain

    And check out BuzzFeed's write-up on this organizer to find out other creative ways this thing can be used!

    Get one from Amazon for $9.87.

    32. And lastly, place Lazy Susan turntables in the corners of your pantry to transform it into a tidy wonderland where you can *actually* find the things that get pushed to the back just to never be seen again!

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    Promising review: "These are great for organizing! I have several in my fridge and pantry and I feel like I can see everything now. They also spin easily." —Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and colors).

    Let's celebrate your very tidy, organized kitchen!

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