How To Organize a Small Kitchen is all about optimizing kitchen space. It’s about why a small kitchen shouldn’t limit your big dreams. Most homeowners long for a spacious kitchen, but it’s just not practical for every dwelling. With a few intelligent considerations of space and styling, you can easily transform your existing kitchen into on that’s the envy of anyone who visits your home.

These five tips will help you on your journey to the kitchen of your dreams.

1. Open shelving

2. Minimal decorations

3. Add more space creatively

4. Utilize the space you already have

5. De-clutter the kitchen

Converting to open shelving can make a huge difference in your kitchen space. The primary goal here is to keep your limited countertops free from clutter, so they’re always available for whatever you need.

Open shelving creates more storage for your small kitchen appliances, and will keep your cabinets clear for storing dry goods and other items you’d prefer to keep out of sight.

Now that you’ve got your countertops cleared off, the next step is to add a handful of visual accents to create a few splashes of color to your newly created space.

You don’t want to overdo it though, you can easily clutter things up and undo all the work you just put in. Open shelves are a perfect spot to place a few decorative elements – a fancy flower vase, a small sculpture, whatever makes you feel at home and creates the space you want.

If you’ve made your shelves into a more practical function of your kitchen, move your decorative elements down to the counter space. You’d be surprised what a few pops of color can do to warm up a stark space.

This is where we start borrowing a few tricks from the tiny home movement to really maximize your space. Look for a sturdy cutting board that will fit over your sink.

Chances are you aren’t doing dishes while you’re doing food prep, which means that you can transform that space into working space. A set of casters can easily be added to a kitchen island, allowing you to move it exactly where you want it, or slot it out of the way when you don’t need it.

The island can also offer some additional storage space down below, and the portability means that you can get at what you need from that space, when you need it.

Next, we really want to make sure we’re maximizing the space available on your walls – look around and see how you can transform any empty wall space into a utility.

Sturdy hooks on the wall can become a new spot to store your everyday pots and pans – or you can use the space on the inside of pantry doors or cabinets to accomplish the same task.

A knife magnet can also free up a ton of counter space allowing you to do away with that bulky knife block while keeping your tools in easy reach. Look around the space you’ve worked so hard to create – its transformation is nearly complete, but look around – is what you see the stuff you use regularly?

Compact spaces thrive on efficiency, and if you’re not using that sandwich press, or the stand mixer regularly, maybe it doesn’t belong in your kitchen. You can either get rid of it entirely, or you can move it into storage until you actually need it.

You’re probably using only a third of your knives with any regularity, so decide which ones you can’t live without, and find a new home for the ones you can.

Optimize for the tools you use daily, and stop making space for the ones you only use once or twice a year. Your kitchen should be one of the most inviting and invigorating spaces in your home – it’s one of the first places you’ll visit as you start your day, and likely where you’ll finish up the last of the day’s work.

Even if it just isn’t practical for you to have an expansive kitchen space, there’s no reason that it can’t be a space that works as an extension of your body.

With a few creative additions, any kitchen can become the beating heart of your home.

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