21 Organisational Hacks For Your Tiny Kitchen

21 Organisational Hacks For Your Tiny Kitchen

If your kitchen is small then check out these organisational tips to help maximise the space you do have. Once you've done a re-jig you can look forward to a tranquil cooking space with bags of extra room.

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1. Stick recipes to cupboard doors

Just the right height!

If you frequently make specific dishes for your family, then stick the recipes to your cupboards. You can easily check if you've got all the necessary ingredients and have the recipe to hand at a moment's notice. If you can, add a cork-board for easy pinning.

2. Magnets in wrap boxes

Stick magnets to the inside of foil, cling film and baking parchment boxes and then attach them to the side of your fridge. They will be right where you want them and also free up room in your drawer. Hurrah!

3. Load cutlery by item

Make unloading easier for everyone by loading up the cutlery basket or tray by item - all the forks in one section, spoons in another and so on. Don't forget to tell everyone in the house your plan.

4. Use a whiteboard

whiteboard meal planner
Stick to a plan.

If you're an organised cook, save money and waste less food with a whiteboard. Keep a list of everything that's in the freezer, as well as all those missing items you need to get from the shops. Use the fridge as a whiteboard for extra space-saving points!

5. Buy baskets

If you want to store items on open shelves, get some baskets to help keep the open space look less cluttered. It's a great way to group together those odds and ends and keep everything neat and tidy.

6. First aid kit

Keep a mini-first aid kit in your kitchen. Think plasters, bandages - anything you might need in case emergency. If you suffer a small knife slip, you'll want a plaster as quickly as possible, rather than rooting around the bathroom looking for one.

7. Get a 'Lazy Susan'

lazy susan
You spin me right round.

A Lazy Susan is a rotating tray which you can use in all areas of the kitchen. Maximise space in your cupboards and put all your spices on one, in the fridge use it to store all your spreads. You'll never have to hunt again, just spin!

8. Try chalkboard paint

Paint the insides of your kitchen cupboards in chalkboard paint and then use it how you please! Why not write out cooking conversions for easy reference, or you can list all the food you have, so you don't make the error of buying too many tins of beans.

9. Use ceilings & walls

Free up vital cupboard space by hanging pots and pans from the ceiling or on the walls. There are plenty of beautiful options to choose from, Just make sure you fix them up correctly!

10. Store pan lids sensibly

pan lids
Make use of dead space.

Not sure where to store your pan lids? They aren't exactly easy to stack. Why not use command hooks to store them on the back of cupboard doors? 

11. Have containers for pet food

Pet food storage doesn't have to be ugly! Keep your dog and cat food in stylish containers. They will contain the smell nicely and be easy to manage. 

12. Get a sink shelf

Install a shelf or buy an over-the-sink shelf to utilise that unused area over your taps. You can store cleaning equipment or plants - whatever you like!

13. Store by the frequency of use

Spare cutlery to the back!

Consider organising your pots and pans by the frequency of use. We use mainly small frying pans and saucepans, and leave the cake and loaf tins at the back of the cupboard. Pop spare utensils and plates to the back too. 

14. Buy or make a fold-down kitchen table

Gain extra surface space to help with food preparation with a fold-down kitchen table. This is a real space-saver! 

15. Tension rods under the sink

Hang up those spray bottles using a tension rod. It makes use of that extra space in your cupboard and you can store loads underneath it too.

16. Have utensils nearby

Save yourself from rummaging. 

Keep all your tools, such as wooden spoons, spatulas, tongs close by to your cooking area. This way you'll have everything you need close by for those emergency stirring moments.

17. Hang up a magnetic knife strip

Your knife block is taking up valuable space on your kitchen worktop. Get a magnetic knife strip and store your knives on the wall instead. 

18. Shelves on shelves

So much neater!

You can buy little shelves that go on your other shelves, or put shelves underneath your other shelves. More shelves everywhere! Look at this great example - it makes it much easier to pull out the right-sized plate, rather than trying to pull from under a stack of side plates. 

19. Get an over-the-sink chopping board

Access to surface area is very important in a small kitchen. Expand your options by purchasing a chopping board that can be used over the sink.

20. Sensible food storage

Store food items together for clever organisation and kitchen peace. It will be far easier to see what you can make for dinner and what foods you're lacking!

21. Use a shoe organiser

shoe organiser
Perfect for cleaning supplies, snacks and more!

Not enough room under your kitchen sink? Store all of your extra cleaning products with an over-the-door shoe organiser

If you've got some tips we'd love to hear them in the comments below!

Colleen B


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Gwen on February 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Very good ideas.

    1. Author ann jenkins on February 18, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      I shall put into place immediately - brilliant for my tiny kitchen!

    2. Author Colleen B on February 19, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you Gwen! Glad to hear you liked the post.

    3. Author Colleen B on February 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Glad you liked the post Ann!

  2. Author Aly on February 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    not so impressed by these tips ... just looks like clutter to me! In my small kitchen everything - bar kettle and microwave - lives in a cupboard and in order to have something new something old has to go - if there isn't any spare space then, quite frankly, I don't buy it!

    1. Author Colleen B on February 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Sorry you're not impressed Aly. It's a good idea to not buy though if you don't have the space, I agree!

    2. Author Bethw on April 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Somewhat rude comment Aly... Unnecessary... I have tiny kitchen and found some of these a great idea. Foil and cling film on magnets especially. Thank you for taking the time and effort to post Colleen

    3. Author Colleen B on April 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Beth, I'm glad you enjoyed the blog post. I loved the magnets idea too!

  3. Author Donatello46 on February 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    To keep fresh food items such as steaks, fish fillets, chops and sausages seperate before freezing, save the liners from cereal boxes, cut them to size and place them between the items (wrap the sausaages in the cut liners) before putting them into freezer bags and freezing them. When you take them out, carefully insert a knife between the idividual items and they should seperate easily.

    1. Author Colleen B on February 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      That's a truly fantastic tip, thanks very much for letting us know about it. What a great use for cereal box liners!

    2. Author Lynn on April 4, 2023 at 8:19 am

      Great idea. It’s easier to defrost when items are speared. I’ll defo try this. Thankyou

  4. Author Rosalyn Walker on February 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I have a small kitchen so these ideas are really great and I can't wait to try them out.

    1. Author Colleen B on February 19, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      So happy to hear you like the post Rosalyn, have fun!

  5. Author vicky avenell on February 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    The Rod under the sink is a good idea.I going to try it .

    1. Author Colleen B on February 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      That's great! Enjoy hanging your spray bottles from it Vicky.

  6. Author ray denney on February 19, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Remove tea and coffee stains from cups and mugs. Fill with hot water, add a good squirt of good quality household bleach. Let it stand for an hour, then wash as normal. Also good for teaspoons.

    1. Author liam on June 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Or, you could wash them right the first time and save yourself an hour......

  7. Author Lee on February 19, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Don't like idia of putting paper towels above a tap apart from that all good think I'm gonna get an over sink vegi thing

    1. Author Colleen B on February 19, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Hope you like your new shelf Lee!

  8. Author Lee on February 19, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Use tin foil to clean oven or other things if you don't have scourers

    1. Author Colleen B on February 19, 2016 at 10:58 am

      That's a brilliant tip Lee, thanks!

  9. Author Jill Bralee on February 21, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Hi Colleen I use used cereal packets to keep ham or cheese fresh in the fridge. Thanks. Jill Bralee

    1. Author Colleen B on March 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      That's a brilliant tip Jill, thanks very much!

  10. Author Jacky on February 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Great ideas. I have a tiny kitchen so welcome all storage tips. Thank you.

    1. Author Colleen B on March 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Glad to hear you liked the post Jacky!

  11. Author Amanda on March 3, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Great ideas. Love the pan lids on inside of door. Also recipes on door to. Cling film good idea.

    1. Author Colleen B on March 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Amanda, hope you enjoyed the post!

  12. Author Marion on March 4, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Lots of clever ways to UN clutter your worktops

    1. Author Colleen B on March 8, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks Marion, hope you enjoyed the post!

  13. Author Avianti on April 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I need a foldable table! Thank you for all your suggestions!

    1. Author Colleen B on April 11, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      I hope you enjoyed them!

  14. Author LMcCrory on June 1, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Rather unsure about the shoe storage used for cleaning items. In the picture it appeared to be on the inside of the door of a cupboard containing a heating boiler. NOT a good mix, even though we need to make maximum use of our small kitchens.

    1. Author Anushka F on August 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Oh that's a very good point, thanks for pointing that out!

  15. Author Samira on June 2, 2016 at 1:20 am

    I didn't like the idea of kitchen roll above tap but I will definitely try some of these ideas in my small kitchen thanx a ton

    1. Author Colleen B on June 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Glad you liked some of them Samira!

  16. Author fiona on June 2, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Great ideas can you explain what the magnet and clingfilm idea is bout and ment to do?

    1. Author Colleen B on June 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Hi Fiona, you can free up drawer space by sticking your clingfilm and foil boxes to the side of the fridge, using magnets. They will be easy to access there too!

  17. Author liz gee on June 8, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Hi, I have recently had a new kitchen but the space is limited. My fridge lives behind the kitchen door in the under-the-stairs space, however, although substiantial the space behind the fridge freezer was unusuable. I recently bought a set of castors on plinths (available at Screwfix or Amazon) which are used to move large appliances & sat the fridge on them. This means I can easily move the fridge out of its space to store things behind it as and when required rather than having a totally wasted space behind it.

    1. Author Colleen B on June 9, 2016 at 9:58 am

      That's a brilliant idea Liz, how resourceful! What do you store behind it?

    2. Author Liz Gee on June 10, 2016 at 1:10 am

      Hi Colleen, I am storing the kind of things that you only need once in a while e.g. a large stock pot, serving platters & dishes used at dinner parties & baking & roasting tins only used at xmas etc. Its made all the difference. Also its a lot easier to ckean behind the fridge. I hope others find this tip useful.

  18. Author Karen Skeer on July 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Some great tips for space saving but isn't it dangerous to keep cleaning sprays etc under the sink when you have children or grandchildren around , I have used a few tips from this post myself it's a great source of information .

    1. Author Colleen B on July 7, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Great point Karen, always good to have a few safety locks if there are children about.

  19. Author Clair Worsfold on July 1, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    The net bags you get lemons and onions from in supermarkets make good pan scourers. I love your ideas I just need someone to come and organise the whole kitchen.

    1. Author Colleen B on July 5, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks for your tip Clair, and good luck with finding someone to organise your kitchen!

  20. Author Luxus on July 5, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Shelves on shelves was a neat idea.

    1. Author Colleen B on July 7, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Glad you liked the tip Luxus!

  21. Author Wilhemina Stoutgarter on July 13, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Screw wire spice racks to the insides of cabinet doors, to hold spices, rolls of clingfilm, and all your small and frequently used cupboard items. If you rent, use command hooks. Stick on mug hooks on the underside of shelves or topcabinets = instant mug rack. Also good for pot holders, etc.

    1. Author Colleen B on July 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Great tips, thank you so much for sharing Wilhemina!

  22. Author Jade on September 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Great post! I love the fold down kitchen table and the pan lid holders.

    1. Author Colleen B on September 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you Jade, hope you'd enjoy looking at the rest of our blog!

  23. Author Amy on January 7, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Some brilliant ideas that I'm definitely going to look into :) thank you!

    1. Author Anushka F on January 16, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Oh fab! Good luck let me know if anything is a success.

  24. Author eva on July 22, 2017 at 10:20 am

    cool ideas, thanks very much :)

    1. Author Stephanie C on July 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Hi Eva. I'm glad you enjoyed the article - thanks! :)

  25. Author Kerry on August 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I use clear plastic bins on the pantry shelves, that way I don't have to pull the basket out to see what's in it. I love love to over sink shelf - any idea where I would get it? I've wanted one for years!

    1. Author Stephanie C on August 2, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Hi Kerry. The plastic box idea is great - thanks for sharing :) The over-the-sink shelf is great, right? It seems to be more of an American thing, although I did spot this lovely one on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/271592286/ornate-over-the-sink-shelf-wrought-iron?&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_uk_en_gb_-home_and_living-kitchen_and_dining-kitchen_storage&utm_custom1=e6c75584-aefa-487c-b1cb-f8344da8376b&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8MPOjZy41QIVUbobCh2CLAhHEAkYByABEgKldPD_BwE I hope that helps! :)

  26. Author Justin on May 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Over the sink shelf is a good idea, but having the paper towels that close to water isn't....

  27. Author Laura on March 13, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for these ideas :)

    1. Author Joanne A on March 13, 2020 at 11:50 am

      You're very welcome, Laura!

  28. Author Dee on March 24, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    I keep all my everyday table cutlery upright in one pot in a cupboard, it takes up so little room & is very convenient. It frees up drawer space.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 25, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      That's a brilliant idea!

  29. Author Sandy on June 7, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Excellent articles that I truly enjoy and enjoy that I try to incorporate into my daily living. I have a suggestion though for your articles. Please use spell-check! You don’t put z’s into your words and I always get hung up on the mis-spells.

    1. Author Joanne A on October 14, 2022 at 10:17 am

      Hi Sandy! We're based in the UK, so we don't use American English. Using "s" instead of "z" is correct in British English.

  30. Author David Curran on November 27, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Many keen cooks struggle to find space for a growing pile of cook books. About time someone came up with a way of accessing electronic recipes, which could be viewed on a wall-mounted monitor screen or on the Kitchen TV, where such exists. "Alexa, show recipe for Chicken Kiev", or "Alexa, what can I make from the following ingredients...."

    1. Author Joanne A on September 14, 2022 at 5:07 pm

      Sounds great!

  31. Author Jean Dudley on February 1, 2024 at 6:27 pm

    I put my baking trays, wok, frying pan and anything that fits in the oven. Only thing is, you have to get them out to use oven, but, as I don’t use the oven much, it works for me.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 15, 2024 at 11:11 am

      Sounds like a good system!


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