Must-Know Storage Hacks For Small Kitchens

chicago apartments for rentSmall-space living has many benefits, but it comes with challenges as well. When you live in a small apartment, you’re forced to get creative with your storage situation. The kitchen can be a particularly tough room to organize, though it’s not impossible, and we’ve got the hacks to help. Below, check out a few of our favorite small kitchen storage hacks so you can get the most out of your fun-sized kitchen and living space.

Turn Spices into Magnets

If you cook at home a lot, you probably have a collection of small spice bottles to store. Though they’re small, spices can take up a lot of space. Instead of using up your precious cabinet space, we recommend turning your spices into refrigerator magnets. Just purchase some small glass spice containers and glue magnets on the bottoms of them. You can store each spice in a separate container and label them accordingly. Bonus: You can store silverware on a magnetic strip as well. Save drawer space by hanging it on your kitchen’s wall.

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Hang Pots and Pans

Pots and pans can are large in size and often take up a lot of kitchen space. It can also be tricky to find a practical way to store them that doesn’t require you to unstack and restack them every time you need to use a particular pan. We’ve found that the best way to store your pots and pans is by hanging them up. Not only will you gift yourself with more cabinet space—you’ll also be able to easily grab whatever pot or pan you need without a hassle.

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Add Hooks to Doors

Pots and pans aren’t the only things you can hang up. Add some hooks to the backs of your cabinet’s doors, and you can hang small items like measuring cups or cooking utensils. This will save room in your drawers for utensils and other small items that need storage space and can’t be hung up.

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Cutting Board Counter Space

Need a quick-fix for more counter space? Take a sturdy cutting board and place it over your kitchen sink. You’ll be able to temporarily use the platform as additional counter space, no purchases required. (This isn’t a storage hack, but we thought it was worth mentioning for our small apartment dwellers.)