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33 Ways To Organize A Tiny Kitchen That'll End Up Making A Big, Big Difference

Small kitchen? No problem.

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1. Make the most out of narrow cabinets with a stackable, two-tier basket drawer. The days of standing on your tippy-toes looking for the cinnamon that somehow got lost in a sea of jars is in the past.

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Promising review: "This product has been a lifesaver in our kitchen. We were able to rid out counter tops of the utensil holder, which was totally inefficient. The cooking utensils fell out all the time, were a pain in the rear to retrieve, and just plain unsightly. This new item, is not only efficient, but it is used for multitasking. It serves to hold all this cooking utensils that are necessary to run a kitchen, but it gives us extra counter space by using the top to store our bread and such. I would highly recommend those considering purchasing this item to think outside the box for additional uses." —Janice M. Likens

Find the basket on Amazon for $24.97 (available in three style/color combinations).

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2. Save that important counter real estate by tossing your room temp-friendly produce in a hanging basket. Now whether you eat it before it goes bad is a different story.

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Get this basket from Wayfair for $33.99 or something similar from Amazon for $13.97.

3. Find a new place for your coffee mugs (that always end up consuming sooo much space) by hanging a rustic wood shelf with hooks.

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Find this version from Del Hutson Designs on Etsy (available in three colors) or Amazon for $39.99.

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4. Or for something on the simpler side, use small tension rods and S-hooks to prop mugs up and create extra space below for more glassware.

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These can be used to organize sooooo many other things around the kitchen. Use them in drawers to keep Tupperware and water bottles lids neat, or in cabinets to separate baking sheets. Line multiple of them up in any cabinet for a makeshift shelf that can hold paper towels.

Promising review: "These rods are exactly what I was looking for: strong high tension that stays up! I bought the 18-26" set and have one in my 25-inch cabinet space to hold up coffee cups. After two weeks of holding up six to seven coffee cups at any given time, it hasn't budged at all." —Van

Get a two-pack of tension rods from Amazon for $7.29 and a 12-pack of S-hooks for $7.99.

5. Declutter your pantry from the half-empty boxes and random chip bags by trading them in for air-tight food containers. This is some Instagram-level organization that gets my blood pumping!!!

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Promising review: "Love everything about these! Not only do they look great and help me not stress me out every time I open the cabinet, they work very well. The air lock seal is perfect. Plus the tall ones are great for a box of cereal and cute enough to leave out on the counter for the kids! Hoping they last over time, but right now I feel these are worth the investment. Will buy more soon!" —Michelle G.

FInd this set on Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two different sets).

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6. Try your hand at a DIY project that'll give you trendy kitchen storage for all your utensils. I mean, this is too cute not to add to your kitchen, right?!

A Beautiful Mess

Get the complete instructions on A Beautiful Mess.

7. Keep all those unorganized cans in one easily accessible place with a beverage dispenser. It holds 12-ounce cans so you can keep one in the pantry for soups and other canned goods!

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Find this organizer on Walmart for $15.99.

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8. Hang up a magnetic knife strip to give your packed drawers some relief and more room for other utensils.

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Promising review: "Gorgeous and holds all 10 of my knives, including kitchen shears. I wish I had bought it sooner! Installation was super simple using 3M Velcro strips — we didn't want to drill holes in our tile backsplash. Would recommend this to anyone. I am glad to have the ugly knife block off my counter, this replaced it beautifully!" —Amazon Customer

Get this version from Amazon for $19.95, or a stainless steel option for $13.99.

9. Get your sink a roll-up drying rack that you and your DRY countertops will be thrilled to have around. And for those with minimal cooking space, this can be used for washing veggies!

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Promising review: "We have tried to minimize the amount of stuff taking up our kitchen countertop, so we got rid of the dish rack. I still wanted the ability to dry dishes and big pots/pans after cooking, so I got this rack. Thing is AWESOME. It is extremely versatile and rolls up neatly for storage under the sink or wherever else you'd want to store it. It repels water and makes cleaning it very simple. Gunk doesn't want to stay on it and anything that does stick to it comes right off with a light scrub and some dish soap. It doesn't smell at all and is lightweight, but very sturdy and able to hold two to three big pots and pans over the sink. You can also fold it in half if you want to access the sink but want to dry a pot or some glasses while washing." —Jay C.

Get it from Amazon for $25.

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10. Utilize even the teeniest of spaces with a slim storage unit that you can slip into a narrow crevice or convenient area, and then slide out when you need something because it has WHEELS! It hardly takes up any space, yet holds so much. #Blessed.

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Promising review: "This thing is awesome. Fits right in the space between fridge and wall. We have so many spices and cooking oils and this helps organize them all which makes it easy when cooking. If you have stainless steel fridge, this matches perfectly next to it like ours does. A few friends have commented how genius it was of us to get this and asked where they could get one." —MP

Find this version on Amazon for $36.99.

11. Add a small wine rack under your cabinets because having vino in an easy-to-reach place is adult rule number one. This will also take you like five minutes to assemble, and I will cheers to that. *clink*

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Promising review: "The perfect storage solution for those of us with a smaller kitchen space! Easily installed, simplistic design, and super convenient!" —Amy O

Get this one from Amazon for $15.99.

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12. Use tiny hook screws (or Command hooks!) and cute decals on the inside of a cabinet door for a measuring cup storage system that takes up practically zero space.

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Get the measuring cup decals from Starstruck Industries on Etsy for $9.50 and an 80-piece screw hook set for $8.99, or the Command hook strips for $3.17+.

13. Organize your never-ending collection of water (...and wine) bottles with a stackable drink vessel rack. This will help you actually see everything and ensure no bottle gets lost in the black hole that is the back of a cabinet.

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Promising review: "These are great! I was searching for a way to organize my water bottles and smoothie shaker jugs. I've moved these things all over the place, from a coat closet, corner kitchen cabinet, lazy Susan thing...always a disaster. They were either inconvenient to get at or constantly falling over, causing a mess. This fixes all that. Now I can keep them in kitchen cabinet where they belong and actually see what's what! They come in a different number of bottle holders from single to six across, and are stackable. So no matter where you need to fit, there is likely a solution." —Hollie

Get a two-pack of these from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three set sizes).

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14. Give your dish-cleaning supplies their own tidy home in the corner of your sink courtesy of this small (but mighty) caddy. It has two drain holes for brushes and sponges, plus suction cups to make sure it stays in its place.

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Promising review: I am so happy with this purchase! It is very functional and handy to have in my kitchen sink. I was tired of having water and soap leaving the kitchen area gross all the time, as well as sponges and scrubbers hanging out behind the faucet or in the sink itself. This caddy saves space at the sink by hanging over a back corner of the sink area. It keeps water from sitting near the hand and dish soap since it drips into the little easy-to-clean tray instead, which tilts towards the sink. The suction cups work great to keep it in place. It is the perfect size. Still holding strong several months later. Excellent product. I love it!" —C.J. Moses

Find this version from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two colors).

15. Transform a plastic file holder into a fridge shelf that'll keep smaller foods — like yogurts, eggs, and leftovers — in neat order and give you more room for other things.

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Get one from Amazon for $14.99.

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16. And, use the magazine organizer version as a convenient way to store baggies, foil, and bottles. You can leave 'em under the sink or attach to the inside of the cabinet with Command strips...and is there anything Command strips CAN'T DO?

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Promising review (left): "Okay I've been wanting to buy magazine holders for ages, specifically to get our kitchen wraps out of the way. When I finally decided to spend the money (I'm very cheap), I was excited to find these ones at their price point. Strong cardboard instead of plastic, bright colors, well reviewed." —Cynthia L.

Get a 12-pack of the cardboard version (left) for $14.87 or the plastic version (right) for $11.99, and Command strips for $2.88+.

17. Treat your cluttered cabinets to a total makeover with a six-piece organizer set. It'll give you a solution to all your storage woes because it comes with three helper shelves and a spice, wrap, and pan rack — basically everything you need to have the most orderly kitchen of your life.

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Promising review: "This cabinet organizer set really helped me organize my kitchen! I've always just stacked pots, pans, and lids on top of each other which causes damage to the pans and me stress when I need to find something. This helped me to separate them neatly which gives me easier access to all of my stuff! I was also able to clean up my cups and plates so I don't have things falling out at me every time I open the cabinet! If you have limited space, or just want to tidy up your cabinets, this is a must purchase for you!" —alimil85

Find this version on Amazon for $28.46.

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18. Use a pull-down spice rack that can store up to 30 (!!!) bottles and comes with labels so you can always find exactly what you're looking for. Ooh, I am excited just thinking about how much ~thyme~ you're going to save!

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Promising review: "I do not regret getting this spice organizer! I can finally find all of my spices without having to move several out of the way. You know, like when you have to move ten bottles from the shelf just to get to that one random spice in the back of the cabinet that you barely remembered that you even had? This organizer not only holds the standard size spice bottles, but also the medium sized ones, too! This comes with several labels that you can add to the front of the drawers to help further organize your goods. I did find that there were several spice names that were not offered, but the blank labels serve that purpose as needed. I only have one, but it does look like another one could easily stack on top of this for those who are spice hoards!!" —TeamDavidAndSarah

Get the 12-bottle rack from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes).

Read our full write-up on this spice rack.

19. Put an end to Tupperware lid madness by storing them in a handy bin designed to keep them upright. Imagine living in a world where you can open up your cabinet and not be attacked by a waterfall of crashing lids!

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Promising review: "Stops the lids avalanche! So many times lids fell down upon me when trying to retrieve plastic containers from the cabinet. This organizer has alleviated that problem. Now all of my lids are safely and nicely organized and are easy to access. This organizer is sturdy and made of quality materials." —Geno Taylor

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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20. Think of your fridge as a great storage opportunity for non-refrigerated goods. These magnetic racks stick to the side and offer up more space for utensils, spices, paper towels, dish rags, and whatever else you can think up.

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Promising review: "Small but strong. It's a perfect addition for a small (usually messy) kitchen. Now I always know where the paper towels are. The top shelf is a great place to keep often-used items (honey, Sriracha sauce, garlic powder, etc.), and the hooks at the bottom work well for small pot holders. The magnet holds well — I have not had any issues with the rack sliding down the side of my fridge. I think this is a great product." —C. A. Fuchs

Get the larger one (left) from Amazon for $34.43 and the smaller one (right) for $17.99.

21. Tidy up your fridge and freezer (and then keep it that way) by storing food in this six-piece bin set. Consider this your new way to keep track of everything in your fridge — no more moldy leftovers hiding in the back, stinking up the place.

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Promising review: "Very happy with these organizers. They are very sturdy and help keep my refrigerator organized. It's so much easier to find things. Things don't get lost in the back of the fridge. If something spills, it is easy to remove just that container and clean it than to clean the entire shelf. My refrigerator just looks better when the door is opened with these handy organizers. Should have purchased them sooner!" —Thoreauback

Get these from Amazon for $28.99.

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22. Hang up wall mount baskets to hold fruits and veggies, jarred foods, cleaning supplies, and so on. Really, these things are so versatile so ~go bananas~.

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Promising review: "I adore these baskets. I got two of the the medium size in bronze and they fit perfectly with my kitchen. They hold four of the quart-size Ball mason jars nicely. Nice quality and finish." —Lulabelle

You can get these ones from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

23. Easily access your pots and pans with the best invention ever: this standing rack. May you never again shout another profane word from trying to remove one pot just to have them all tumbled out on you.

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If you prefer your pans/lids to stand vertically, this can also be used on its side!

Promising review: "I was tired of stacking my frying pans on top of each other and was looking for something to both organize my pans and give me easy access to them. Before this organizer, I would have to unstack several pans in order to get to the middle pan that I needed. Now, I can just reach in and immediately get the frying pan that I need without having to unstack. The quality of this organizer is pretty good." —Linda Roberson

Get it from Amazon for $14.87.

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24. Or if you need to save the limited room you have for other things, you can hang your small pans on a wall-mount organizer. It comes with handy accessories (like hooks for pans) that'll give you quick access to all your kitchen essentials.

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Promising review: "We needed this rack in our kitchen as our cabinets started getting full of pots and pans all over the place including their lids. Our kitchen is small but this rack was the best thing we bought for our kitchen. Very robust metal construction, light for its size and extremely easy to install. I had to drill six screws in the wall. One for each level and finally two more for the supporting bars that are extended to the front. I recommend this product to anyone who wants to organize their kitchens and have their pots and pans they use frequently at one spot." —Niklas Henricson

Get this version from Amazon for $74.98+ (available in two colors).

25. Add some much needed function to any cabinet with a pullout shelf system. When you need something, just slide out so you can see EVERYTHING, grab, and you're done. Ahhh, so easy.

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Promising review: "LIFE SAVING!!!! I have a very narrow cabinet next to my stove and I could never put anything that I used often in it because it had a useless half shelf, was very deep, and I could never reach anything. This fit perfectly, was installed within 20 minutes start to finish, and now I have a very useful storage space where I can finally put things I use all of the time! The product is built very well, it is very heavy duty metal yet the bins glide easily and smoothly. You will not be disappointed!!" —LMB

Get it from Amazon for $67.99+ (available in two sizes).

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26. Keep on takin' advantage of ALL the cabinet doors in your kitchen and use an over-the-door-organizer for holding a variety of things like cutting boards, cleaners, and cooking sprays. Get creative people, the kitchen is your oyster!

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Psst! It comes with screws so you don't have to use the hangers if they don't fit on your cabinet. With that being said, you should definitely measure before buying if you *do* want to hang it over the cabinet door.

Promising review: "I am so happy to have found this major space saver! I always struggle to find a place to store my cutting boards. I worry about how clean they are when I leave them on the counter. I love the fact that they are now tucked away and won't get dirty! I am able to fit two, 3/4-inch thick wood boards, as well as two thin plastic ones. My largest board is 16 inches tall and it fits with plenty of room to close the door. Yes, you can see the hangers on the outside of the door, but they are very discrete. All-in-all a fantastic buy!" —madeline audrey

Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

27. And for the other door, hang a shopping bag holder because we're all adults here and it's time to stop shoving them in the back of your cabinets.

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Promising review: "Holds a ton of those little plastic bags! Very sturdy metal too! Am very pleased with this purchase! Those bags were overtaking our cabinet underneath and now, everything is all neat and organized! Makes me smile every time I open the door! :)" —Shannon O

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in seven colors).

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28. Give your messy drawer the makeover it deserves with a simple DIY project you can handle, promise. All you need is a pegboard, some dowels, and a few craft supplies!

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Watch the full tutorial plus complete written instructions here.

29. 🗣🗣 Recycle the tea boxes taking over your pantry and replace them with THIS: The ultimate tea stand organizer that can hold up to 100 bags!!!

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Promising review: "Do I really need a tea bag organizer? That's what I was thinking when I ordered this and when I took it out of the box... and when I filled the first little bag holder. But as the pile of empty boxes grew larger, I knew the answer was yes, I do need a tea bag organizer. I was using a whole shelf and a half of jumbled tea boxes which I had to sift through to look for a specific tea. In the end, I think this held about eight or nine boxes of tea bags (I crammed some of them). I am so happy that I got this!" —Sarah C.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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30. Trade up any old, bulky measuring spoons for a set of magnetic stackable ones. These are double sided and stick together — and hey we already savin' space here, folks!

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Promising review: "OMG! The spoons are pretty, save space in my drawer and they're easy to clean. There is an added bonus too, since they have a round and an oblong side to them they fit into the narrower herb jars, Big advantage. I am thrilled with my decision to purchase these!" —Lin

Get a set of eight from Amazon for $13.97.

31. And while were on the subject of warm, cozy beverages, slip a coffee pod organizer under your coffee pot or Keurig so you have all your sugar packets, K-cups, and creamers at your disposal (and NOT tossed around the kitchen).

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Promising review: "Great for the price. This doesn't feel or look cheap at all. I had all my pods talking up space in a drawer. Not only did this free up my drawer, but it made my counter look nicer and more modern with this under my coffee maker. It stores so many pods and gives me quick access to all of them. No more walking around my kitchen and searching through my drawer for the right pod. I put a mat in between the coffee maker and drawer as a protective barrier just in case. This holds 36 pods, which is a lot when the pods are as big as as they are. This has made my life easier. I love any product that does that. I have already recommended this to family and friends." —Shelly

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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32. Assign your over-the-door shoe organizer a new job and use it for storing cleaning products, snacks, baby food, and soooo many other kitchen things.

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Promising review: "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product! I used it in my pantry for snacks! I love being able to see everything when you open the door, and the kids love being able to just grab a snack and go. Plus, there are no more empty snack boxes in my pantry!" —Mila McClain

And check out BuzzFeed's write-up on this organizer to find out other creative ways this thing can be used!

Get one from Amazon for $7.97.

33. And lastly, place Lazy Susan turntables in the corners of your pantry to transform it into a tidy wonderland where you can *actually* find the things that get pushed to the back just to never be seen again!

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Promising review: "I put one of these 18-inch turntables in the corner of every other shelf of my new pantry. I arranged the shelves in such a way that I had easy access to them and that tall items could be placed on them. They are super sturdy and the non-slip rubbery surface is such a plus. The lip on the edges is great, too! I would expect a turntable of this quality to be much more expensive (but happy they were so reasonably priced!). Kudos to Amazon for their speedy service, too! I ordered two 10 inch turntables just like these for short bottled items on my narrow shelves, too." —Sherry D. Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes and colors).

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Let's celebrate your very tidy, organized kitchen!

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