Wise Ways to Use the Space in Your Tiny Kitchen

Helpful hints on how to get extra space in your already cluttered kitchen – by keeping it neat and tidy.

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DIY Kitchen (Image Source: celfan)

If you have a small kitchen that’s overloaded with spices, jars, cans and boxes that you just can’t fit into those cluttered cupboards, then here are some tips and tricks to get that extra space you need.

  1. Hooks

Install hooks wherever you can. If you have limited draw space, putting hooks on the inside walls of your cupboards will guarantee easy access to things like towels and oven mitts.

  1. DIY it

If you need more space in a compact kitchen, look up how to build cabinet storage compartments, or pull out shelves that’ll give you twice the room for your herbs and spices. Give this DIY pull out shelf a go here.

  1. Think outside the box

If you don’t have a pantry, or if your pantry is too small, create another one by buying an old wooden wardrobe at an op shop or on Gumtree, and use that to store all of your dried goods. If the problem is your tiny kitchen, put the wardrobe in the room or hallway closest to your kitchen instead.

  1. Use the Oven

Instead of having a separate place for your oven dishes and muffin trays, keep them stacked in your oven. When it comes time to use the oven, however, don’t forget to take them out before turning it on!

  1. Clean as you go

This may seem like an obvious one to some, but seriously, you’ll be surprised at how many people jut leave dishes around for days (I lived on campus, I know the struggle). There won’t be bench room to cook on if there are pots, pans and dishes in the way, so make it simple for yourself and clean as you go.


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Amanda is an imaginative and enthusiastic writer currently studying a Masters of Writing and Literature at Deakin University. She is passionate about her family, friends, good food and good music (and maybe that glass of Sav Blanc too). Catching the travel bug at fifteen, Amanda liked what Europe had to offer and after graduating high school she took on a work and travel gig with her twin sister in 2012. She spent the adventurous and rewarding year waitressing in England, bike riding in Tuscany, getting caught in the rain in Spain (literally) and visiting family in Croatia. Now Amanda lives in Melbourne where culture and cuisine come alive and while she completes her post-graduate studies, she will work towards landing the job of her dreams within the writing, editing and publishing industry.