As many of you know, I moved to Brighton a couple of months ago. This is my first time having a house of my own and it’s so exciting and liberating to finally have my own kitchen!
However, the kitchen is tiny. Not *deal-breaker tiny* but tiny nonetheless.
So I’ve had to use some hacks and workarounds to fit my ridiculous amount of bakeware, food, props and equipment into it. Amazingly, I got it all to fit, without it being overfilled!
Here are a few ways I managed to do that…
Utilizing Wall Space
The biggest space-saver for me has been utilizing empty wall space.
Above you can see I’ve added a utility rack in the small gap between two cupboards in the kitchen, just above the cooker. This small addition makes a big difference, allowing me to hang utensils and pans in the most convenient way.
This rail is from Cast In Style and comes in a variety of finishes, I chose chrome to match the fittings in my kitchen. It also comes with large hooks which make the utentils easy to grab (essential for short people, such as myself) and they even trimmed it down to the exact size I needed.
Here I’ve used open shelving to display my crockery. Being a food blogger, I like to have a variety of mis-matched plates and bowls for my photographs and it ends up looking quite pretty when displayed on a shelf! Or at least I think it does.
I really love this little 2 tier cream basket which I use as a fruit bowl. Vertical storage is your best friend, when it comes to space-saving.
And speaking of vertical storage, this standing spice organiser is really handy for keeping in the cupboard or on the shelf for easy access to your spices, without the need to install a spice rack. Although, if you have the wall space, a wall-mounted spice rack can be very handy too.
And this wall-mounted shelf from Laura Ashley takes up so little room but provides some very useful extra storage. I LOVE it. I’m currently using it to store my food jars of foods I use every day, such as oats, rice and pastas. I especially like these glass food jars from ProCook which keep things super fresh and look good too.
I also toyed with the idea of adding a pegboard to hang my pots. I think it looks great and can imagine it being super handy! Something like this:
Cupboard Organisers, Storage & Space-savers
My new kitchen only has a few cupboards so I’ve had to use some clever storage systems to fit everything in.
You can find these expandable shelves in many home stores or online and are perfect for food cupboards. It’s essentially doubled the amount of packets and jars I can fit in so it’s made a huge difference.
This bakeware organiser not only saves space but makes it really easy to grab what you need without having to take everything out (or having everything come crashing down on you, which is what used to happen to me. Every time.)
And for organising my cleaning supplies under the sink, I’ve used this kitchen caddy from Laura Ashley which keeps things compartmentalised and it looks good too!
Storing Cutlery without Drawers
Unfortunately, this new kitchen lacks drawers, which is taking some getting used to. But for cutlery and smaller utensils, I have just been using these enamel pots. They look nice, don’t take up much room and are easy to access.
You can of course get ones with compartments too (like this one) which are much better for organising. But since I already had these, I decided to make use of them.
Ideally I will be getting separate storage for my knives at some point (to prevent them getting scratched) but for now, this works!
Perhaps I will get one of these magnetic knife strips:
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and I was not paid to write about any products mentioned. However, a few of the featured products were sent to me free of charge. All opinions are my own.