Small Kitchen Storage Ideas to Maximize Your Space

small kitchen storage ideas

While small kitchens are charming and idyllic, it can be a hassle finding places to store all of your cookware essentials, and the clutter can pile up quickly if you’re not careful. If this sounds familiar, keep reading for all of our best small kitchen storage ideas!

Imagine this: you’re late to work and rushing around trying to find a quick breakfast. You pick up your bag in a hurried frenzy, swing it onto your shoulder, and knock over the clean dishes stacked on the counter straight onto the floor. You groan, and pick them up, banging your head on the cabinet you forgot to close. You hurriedly open your snack drawer which turns out to be a chaotic mess, so you snatch up whatever granola bar is on top and run out the door. 

Sound familiar? If it does, we’re here to help! We have some super useful small kitchen storage ideas designed to help you organize one of your most used spaces. 

Use Your Wall Space

One of the most practical small kitchen storage ideas we have is utilizing your wall space. We mean it. Hang absolutely anything you can on your walls. 

Magnetic Knife Rack

Instead of shoving your knives into a designated drawer, save some space and invest in a handy magnetic knife rack! These hang on your wall, and are a cool visual addition to any kitchen. Plus, they’re in a convenient spot whenever you need them. 

Create a Coffee Mug Wall

Coffee mugs are probably one of your most used kitchen items. Take advantage of this by hanging them on hooks on one of your kitchen walls. This saves you tons of cabinet storage room, and is a charming design element. 

Hanging Pots and Pans Rack

Try out a hanging pots and pans rack (these usually attach to the ceiling). Large pots and pans are clunky and often take up an enormous amount of space wherever they are in your kitchen. Hanging a majority of these cookware essentials will save you a serious amount of room. 

Fruit and Vegetable Storage

Invest in a hanging rack with large baskets to store your fruits and vegetables in. This adds a nice pop of color to your kitchen, and saves you refrigerator space. If you want to add a dash of charm, get some small chalkboards and label the fruit and the vegetable baskets in true farmhouse style fashion. 

Utensils Don’t Have to be Stuck in a Drawer

Larger utensils such as tongs, spatulas, and serving spoons often get tossed in unorganized drawers. Instead, try hanging some adhesive hooks on the bottom or side of your cabinets, and hanging these items from there. Now they’re in a convenient spot whenever you next use them.


Get some floating shelves and put anything you want on them! Mason jars with pasta, clear containers with cereal, little plants for a burst of life- you name it. You can even store your favorite dishes, making the shelves a functional and stylish addition to your kitchen. 

For even more great ideas on organizing your kitchen, click here!

Create Unconventional Pantries 

A great small kitchen storage idea is to create small pantries in convenient locations around your kitchen. The top of your fridge is a great place to keep frequently eaten snacks. You could even invest in a small rolling cart to keep your essential food items in. Get one in a color that complements your kitchen decor for a stylish twist. 

Over-the-Sink Dish Rack

Get an over-the-sink dish drying rack to really maximize your kitchen space. These racks come in many sizes to fit almost any sink, and are often multi-functional, complete with cutting board holders, cutlery holders, baskets, and multi-purpose hooks. This is super convenient for large loads of dishes, and frees up your countertops. 

What Should I Put in My Kitchen Drawers?

small kitchen storage ideas

Drawers are annoyingly easy to clutter up. It can become a habit just to shove as many items as you can in them. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Here’s some things that are actually easy to keep neat in kitchen drawers.


All those little spice bottles can get lost and tossed around your kitchen if you don’t corral them into one spot. A shallow drawer is the perfect place to store them laying down with the labels facing up.

Plastic Wrap, Foil, Sandwich Bags, Pastry Paper, and So On

Any container full of paper or plastic is easily organized in kitchen drawers. They stack on top of each other nicely, and aren’t super aesthetically pleasing, so it’s best to keep them a bit hidden. 

Small Utensils

Your smaller utensils (forks, spoons, butter knives) are simple to keep neat. All you need is a silverware organizer, and the smallest amount of effort to keep the spoons separate from the knives. 

For more great ideas, check out our blog on creative storage solutions for your home here!

Thanks for reading! We at Albuquerque Self Storage are here for all your self storage needs. Contact us today at 505-431-6747 or click here for more information.


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