We have all been there at some point in our lives – you find yourself living in a place with a kitchen that is less than spacious. If you live in an apartment, this is pretty much just a fact of life, but houses can also suffer from a lack of much needed space from time to time.
So what do you do when you are faced with limited kitchen space? You can always just deal with it, of course, but life is much easier when you have a kitchen that works with you rather than against you. The good news here is that there are things you can do to save space in your small kitchen and give yourself the room you need to move around in.
You do not have to go all out and knock down some walls to make your kitchen more spacious, though that is certainly an option. There are other, simpler ways to go about doing it and many of them do not require too much effort on your part to implement. The first thing to do is take stock of your kitchen in its current state to determine where the most problematic areas are.
On top complaint for people is a lack of available counter space. If your kitchen is low on counter space to start out with, then the addition of small appliances like toasters, blenders, microwaves and coffeemakers eat up prime real estate that you cannot afford to sacrifice. One solution to remedy that issue is to find a cupboard that you can stow those appliances in. Pick one that is easy to access so it is not too much of a hassle to get the appliances out whenever you are ready to use them. An even more convenient solution is to make use of the space underneath upper cabinets. You can get microwaves, electric can openers and other appliances that can be mounted underneath those cabinets, leaving them out in easy reach, but not taking up space on your countertop.
Another way to make use of that space underneath the cupboards is to install some hooks and use them to hang coffee mugs and other items. Those will also be in easy reach, but save space inside your cupboards that can be put towards other uses, like stowing appliances. Cabinet organizers inside your cupboards will give you more compartments and shelf space to organize canned goods, boxed food, dishes and flatware. You can find special rotating racks designed to organize and store your plastic food containers, and a rotating spice rack will allow you to keep your spices readily available without taking up a ton of room.
Those are just a few different things you can make use of to save space in your smaller kitchen and therefore boost how smoothly the time you spend in there goes. With a little elbow grease and some creative maneuvering, you can give yourself more room to work in.