Do you dream of an open concept kitchen with counter space galore, more cabinets than you know what to do with, a huge range, double oven, and maybe an island right in front of the breakfast bar? If this sounds like you, then you might be stuck in a tiny kitchen. Many of us don’t have the big kitchen of our dreams and have to deal with the tiny, poorly lit, two cabinet, galley kitchens of our nightmares instead.
But a tiny kitchen doesn’t have to be a nightmare. While you might think it’s impossible to use your tiny kitchen for anything more than a glorified large refrigerator room, you might not be seeing your kitchen’s full potential. By looking at your kitchen just a little differently, you make a big impact and completely change the space. These few tips and some simple changes can help you maximize the minimal space that you do have while still creating and making fabulous meals!
Create a Portable Work Station
You might not be able to fit an island into your minuscule kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use one. Make your own portable workstation. You can turn any old cart into an island that moves from place to place. That way you can roll it into your kitchen while you’re cooking and then store it in a different room once you’re done.
A portable workstation has the benefit of creating more storage area as well as another work surface, which is crucial if you have limited counter space. You don’t have to get super fancy or spend a ton of money to make your workstation, and you don’t have to be an expert craftsman. Just a few simple adjustments and you can create more space in your kitchen.
While there might not be a ton of counter space in your kitchen, I bet there is a lot of wall space. Utilize that space to your advantage. You can find inexpensive wire shelves at most hardware stores that will instantly give you more room to store food or pots and pans. You can also find shelves that fit over your sink area and above your stove that will allow you to create more storage space.
Why not try creating a pegboard for all of your pots, pans, cooking utensils, and anything else that can be stored by hanging. If you don’t have a ton of wall space, then make the most of your cabinets. You can create places to hang your spices on the doors as well as measuring cups or other baking tools. Use hooks to hang towels and oven mitts on your refrigerator as well as hang your broom, aprons, or reusable grocery bags on the wall. Use all of the empty space on your walls to your advantage and you will be surprised at how much you can fit in your kitchen.
Get Ruthless With Your Utensils
Do you really need three different can openers, five baking sheets, and 16 sets of plates? In your small cooking area, probably not. Now is the time to pare down your kitchen utensils to the bare minimum. For one week, go about your normal cooking and eating and put everything that you use during that time in one cabinet. At the end of the week, see what you haven’t used and decide how much you need it.
Obviously, you can keep things like blenders or mixers that you might not typically use in a regular cooking week. But try to get rid of all the things that you never use and have been hanging onto. Now is not the time to be sentimental the dozens of cookie platters that you haven’t used at all … space in your kitchen is a valuable commodity, and you want to keep what you truly need.
Store Pantry Items In Another Area
If you have limited cabinet space, it might be best to store pantry staples like canned soup, beans, and other dry goods in another area of your home. These items don’t necessarily need to be in your kitchen at all times, and they could be taking up space that can be used for things that you need all the time.
You can store these things in a linen closet that has a little extra space, a container that slides under your bed, or even repurpose a bookshelf for storage and keep it in another room. No matter what you choose, moving pantry items out of your kitchen will free up some storage space and give you a little more room to work.
A tiny kitchen doesn’t have to be an entirely horrible situation; you just have to get creative with what little space you do have. What matters most about this room in your house is not how big it is, but the love you put into the meals that come out of it!
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