While the kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, many still remain inconveniently sized. If you struggle the keeping your tiny kitchen’s clutter under control, follow these tips to maximize your space:

Use up Wall Space

When your storage is limited, taking advantage of wall space can be a great solution to reduce clutter crammed in drawers and scattered on countertops. You can use a chalkboard to write lists and stay organized, instead of a planner or notebook that will take up space and easily get misplaced. Magnets can be your best friend when it comes to saving drawer space. Hang knives, spices and other miscellaneous items (lighters, bottle openers, scissors, etc.) on a magnetic knife strip fastened to the backsplash. You could also choose a pegboard to hang measuring cups, oven mitts, pots, and pans for easy access and hassle-free storage.

Strategic Shelving

In order to maximize all of your space, add small shelves wherever possible, in corners or between other storage to keep items off of countertops. You can also try adding additional shelving to maximize the space above your cabinets. Store infrequently used appliances up high, to be taken down when necessary. If you don’t have the wall space to hang shelving, purchase a metro rack or wardrobe to create your own.

Utilize the Inside of Cabinet Doors

Install a small curtain rod on the inside of a cabinet door to hang handled items such as strainers and serving spoons, to keep them out of the way. To keep your floors clear and open, you can install a small trash can underneath your sink for hidden disposal. Get crafty by repurposing a vertical paper holder (hung inside a cabinet door) to store cutting boards, aluminum foil, storage bags, or plastic wrap.

Take Advantage of Multipurpose Kitchen Appliances

Over the sink cutting boards can be incredibly helpful in reducing stress in kitchens with limited counter space. Simply place over any sink and get chopping! If you have too many baking sheets and nowhere to put them, use your oven for storage. Simply stack and leave inside. Just don’t forget to take them out before preheating the oven. Finally, you can fasten magnets to small baskets and hang on the side of the fridge to store odds and ends.

Less can be more when you implement these space saving hacks. Make your kitchen back into your favorite room in the apartment today!

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