Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

LAST UPDATED: Mar 02, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Sep 16, 2014 | By:

Home blogger Julie Blanner's kitchen renovation

Making the most of a small kitchen with these easy do-it-yourself ideas!

It’s hard to believe, but in our new home, we have so much storage that I’m actually contemplating removing cabinets. Just months ago, that seemed like a distant dream. In our last home, we had minimal countertop & cabinet space. My grandmother always said “waste not want not”, & with a few easy alterations, we didn’t. We made the most of our small kitchen, even finding extra cabinet space! Today, I’m sharing all of those tips & tricks, many of which can be done in just a few minutes.

Rethink your needs. We did not need a convection oven. Replacing it would have been too expensive & I use the microwave to soften butter in a pinch. It was hardly worth the coveted countertop space. Same with the toaster. The solution? Create an appliance cabinet to hide appliances without compromising countertops. Read more about the appliance garage here.

hiding your kitchen appliances with a diy appliance garage

Another particularly happy feature that I am desperately missing in our new home is a trash chute! Does your kitchen share a wall with the garage? If so, it’s a candidate for this life saver. In three years, we never had to take out the kitchen trash. Jealous? Well, you can laugh at us now.

a vintage champagne holder doubles as a utensil holder in this functional kitchen from

Of course one of the best things you can do in a small kitchen is assess your cabinet space. Determine what you need & what hasn’t been used in years. Here are my tips for organizing your cabinets.

simple tips to organize your kitchen cabinets in minutes

Oh, and that pesky under the kitchen sink area? I have a solution for that too!

easy organization tips for that pesky under the sink space

Don’t forget to add storage to your cabinet doors as well.

adding additional storage in your kitchen

Still want more kitchen organization tips? I have a few additional here.

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Creative ideas to organize your kitchen

What are your favorite ideas for adding space to a small kitchen?





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