Holidays are fast approaching and you can only imagine how festive it could get in your home – especially the kitchen. For us at home, the kitchen is where the magic happens, from the sweet delightful desserts and pastries to the mouthwatering dishes. However, there might be a slight challenge if you have a small kitchen in your rented space. Not to worry, because here are small kitchen ideas perfect for you renters to organize and manage your space this holiday.
Make Organizing a Breeze with These Small Kitchen Ideas
The items found in your kitchen might increase as you prepare for the holiday, and it could get messy. Should you have a small kitchen space, proper organizing and maximizing of space will do the trick. Also, if you are renting your space, there are just some things you can’t do right away – like permanently alter your kitchen or do renovations. Don’t make this a problem because there are several small kitchen ideas that can help. I always make sure to have an organized and lovely kitchen because I love spending my time cooking for the family. You can do it too, in spite of its not-so-big space. To do that, below are some ingenious small kitchen ideas you can definitely apply.
1. Kitchen Organization Inside The Cabinet Doors
Cabinets are one of the best things to use to organize items and keep kitchen supplies. This time, you don’t just use its space inside, but also the space on the cabinet door. You can add hooks and small racks for utensils, spices, condiments or other things you feel like putting there. Easy access, convenient storage, no more clutter.
2. Build Burner Covers and Double the Counter Space in Your Tiny Kitchen
It’s the most common problem in having a small kitchen – narrow counter-top space. To create more working space, you can use the top of your burners to create a makeshift countertop. You will have more space for food preparation, chopping, and storing cooked food.
3. DIY Pegboards In The Kitchen
Pegboards are not only found in your craft room, it can well be used in the kitchen too. Attach a pegboard to your kitchen wall – of course without damaging your wall – and add hooks so you can hang pots and other kitchen materials. This is one clever way to make use of vertical storage space.
4. Magnetic Spice Rack for Refrigerator
The sides of your refrigerator are also an often-overlooked storage opportunity. A DIY magnetic rack will be of great help in managing your bottles of spices and condiments. Aside from proper storage, you also have them within arm’s reach. No more frequent opening of cabinets or messily leaving them in the counter-top. Just simply attach magnets at the back of your racks and mount them on the sides of your refrigerator.
5. Pot Rack Pendant For Small Kitchen Space
A small space will surely not guarantee a convenient horizontal space – but it will give you vertical space for splendid use. This pot rack pendant will totally help you in managing your small kitchen space. If you plan to have one, just make sure to have it within your reach. Here’s a DIY version using an Ikea Grundtal Rack.
6. Wooden Magnetic Knife Strip
Skip the usual knife rack that will sit atop your kitchen table or countertop and consume space. You can DIY your way to a magnetic knife rack. You now can arrange your knives in a cool way, have easier access, and have an added element to your decor. What a win!
7. Small, Stainless Kitchen Cart
If your rented house cannot offer more space for storing your kitchen items, you may add a kitchen cart to hold those. The top of your cart can be used as an added space for a counter-top, or a place where your most used items can be easily seen. Just place it strategically so it won’t get in the way of your cooking.
8. DIY Produce Rack
If you can’t afford to have a produce rack sitting in the middle of your kitchen table or on the counter-top, then just hang it. Consider using the space on the sides of your kitchen cabinets. You can attach a rack that can hold produce. It’s totally a space saver.
9. DIY Rustic Wall Rack
Your rustic wall can use some more details, something that a mounted magnetic knife rack can provide. Aside from the cool way you can organize it, you can also easily spot your knives. If you have kids at home, just be sure they cannot reach it.
10. Storage Ideas for Little Upper Cabinets
Sometimes we don’t always care enough about how the insides of our cabinets are organized and utilized. We just stash things up there without caring, so long as it is not an eyesore. Perhaps a basket can help you with that. Place baskets in your cabinets that can accommodate all your kitchen supplies and just pull them out to get what you want. With baskets, you don’t need to rummage just to get at the back portion of the cabinet to get an item – or worse, forego the back portion of cabinets because they aren’t as accessible. Don’t forget to label them! Washi tapes can work wonders with that.
11. DIY Salad Bar for a Healthy Kitchen
If one of your most frequent dishes to prepare is salad, it would be clever to put all your needs in one place. It’s wise storing, actually. Put all the jars of the things you use most often in one place and store them neatly. You can also manage the space more efficiently with this salad bar.
12. Tiny London Kitchen and Its Hanging Tea Towels
It’s usual to see hanging utensils, but what I like most about this small kitchen is its tricky details like the hanging towels. You can also cop this style in your kitchen and try some of the hacks, like these hanging towel racks. It’s hitting two birds with one stone.
13. Overhead Baskets For Easy Storage
If your cabinets are organized already and you don’t need a basket in there, you can put the basket atop them and add more storage space. It would be great to store items that are not frequently used but are needed from time to time on the top most portion. It’s also easily visible.
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14. DIY Hanging Mason Jar Storage
This is one of the most clever things I’ve seen; I can’t help but recreate this in my own kitchen! It’s really cool and an ultimate space saver. Your cabinets now are widely maximized, from the inside, the top, to the sides, and now at the bottom portion, too. Choose what you will store inside these hanging mason jars, like snacks or common cooking ingredients.
15. Customizable Kitchen Drawer Organizer
It’s not enough to have drawers and stuff utensils in. It takes organizing too. Compartments will be your best friend for this. A DIY compartment is highly customizable and can address your needs and design, especially if you store utensils that are varying in sizes and uses. Create yours for a more efficient storing.
16. Long Iron Bar for Kitchen Needs
A long bar will accommodate most of your pots and pans, and if you place it stylishly you are not just addressing storage concerns but also interior design. You can also hang and group your utensils for cooking or even baking. There are so many possibilities, you just have to be strategic.
Let’s admit it, there are just some times that our drawers cannot hold all of our utensils, especially if they are in varying shapes and sizes. When this happens, you can play with your jars and turn them into utensil holders. Place them in your most convenient spot in the kitchen and this way, you have stored them creatively too.
18. Rental Kitchen Update Ideas
You would be so lucky to be allowed to alter some areas in your rented space, but if that does not happen, don’t fret. There are still several ways to upgrade your kitchen in a rented space. Invest in items that can be placed with just adhesives, add a pop of art in there somewhere, and place more baskets for storage because you can’t have more cabinets in. Manage your space efficiently, even if it’s just rented.
Watch this video from AOL Lifestyle and take a look at several more ideas to create space in a small kitchen by organizing efficiently:
Your space may be rented, your kitchen may be small, but there’s always something to do about it. There are items you can add, areas you can manage, and storage you can properly organize. Don’t give in to cluttered holidays ahead, because there’s always small kitchen ideas you can adapt. Do you have your own ideas too? Add them to the list or leave a comment below.
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