If you're looking to move into a new apartment, the kitchen is always a main point to consider. Cooking and eating occupies a large amount of the time we spend in our living space, and no one wants to feel like they can't cook comfortably. Of course, one of the aspects of a clean and efficient kitchen environment is organization. As much as we all dream of the enormous kitchen with the two-door refrigerator, marble island and endless cabinet space, that's often not the case. Yet, just because you have a small kitchen doesn't mean it has to feel incommodious. Make the most of the space you have with these five tips for organizing a small kitchen space:
1. Use the inside of cabinet doors
You likely won't be able to fill your cabinets so that 100 percent of the space is used up. However, trying to cram a cabinet prevents the door from closing. Consider installing some racks or hooks on the inside of your cabinet doors so that they align with the gaps in the shelves. This space can be used to keep spices or other small kitchen necessities. Opting for hooks or shelves may depend on the depth of the cabinet.
2. Hang some shelves
In a new apartment, some people may be nervous about putting holes in the wall, but if you're short on space, installing a few floating shelves can give you some extra storage space in your kitchen. Look for blank areas of the wall that would otherwise go unused. Also consider installing shelves above head height to store things you don't use on a regular basis. Near ceiling shelves will provide you with storage space without being in the way of your cooking.
3. Arrange your kitchenware by how often you use it
Though your waffle iron probably comes in handy every so often on a lazy Sunday, placing it in one of your most accessible drawers probably makes little sense. If it's not an item you're likely to use in the course of your daily cooking, find a more remote cabinet in which to place it. In correspondence with tip No.2, consider placing less used items on high shelves or cabinets. On the other hand, utensils, pans, plates and other quotidian kitchenware should be placed in drawers or cabinets around table level. This way, you won't have to constantly stretch for items you use every day.
4. Use an over the sink cutting board
A major concern for many apartment dwellers is counter space. You'll need enough room to accomplish tasks such as cutting fruits and veggies, preparing dishes and allowing food to cool. The kitchen sink tends to take up a lot of counter space, and small kitchens may usurp nearly all of it. To remedy this issue, find a cutting board large enough to extend over the sink. The surface can simply be utilized as extra counter space or provide a large area for chopping up ingredients. Then when you need the sink, you can conveniently wash the cutting board and put it away.
5. Invest in adhesive hooks
Similar to the idea of hanging shelves, adhesive hooks provide a less permanent method of contributing to storage space. While hooks do not provide a surface for placing items such as plates, you can easily hang pans, aprons and utensils. Furthermore, adhesive hooks can be attached anywhere, not just on a wall. Consider placing adhesive hooks on the side of your refrigerator or cabinets so you have a spot to put various items.