My Favorite Organization Tips for a Small Kitchen

We’ve been busy and I have a lot of projects (and some updates) to share, but I know that it’s the season for organizing so I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents with a few of my favorite organization tips for a small kitchen.

Our house is small so I’m forever trying to keep it organized and neat. The kitchen is one room that’s especially difficult. We have limited cabinet space and no pantry so we really have to be careful what we bring in. 

I’m not one to have things on my countertops, I don’t like clutter and I don’t want to clean anything extra, but, with this kitchen, we had no choice. After the remodel of our kitchen in Illinois last year, I had enough cabinet space so our counters were almost bare. I even got a few comments about how bare they were. 

Simple organization tips and tricks to keep a small kitchen organized and looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.com

This kitchen though, doesn’t have all of that lovely hidden storage space. Sniff…I still miss our Illinois kitchen. All that hard work…

Simple organization tips to keep a small kitchen organized and looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.comAnyway…I’ve found that if I corral my things in a pretty basket, jar or tin, I can have stuff out on the counters and I don’t feel like they’re (too) cluttered.

Crocks

Next to the stove I use a simple crock for a lot of my tall cooking utensils, that are too big for my short drawers. 

Simple organization tips using a crock to keep a small kitchen looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.comDecorative Metal Bin

Also by the stove, I keep a pretty metal bin with the salt and pepper, a potted basil plant and a couple of cutting boards. 

Simple organization tips using a metal bin to keep a small kitchen looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Glass Jars for Food Storage

Now this is something that so many of you do and I have never, ever done it. Never…in any house we’ve ever had. I’ve never kept my flour and sugar on the counter before (it’s that clutter on the counter thing) but I’m ok with this arrangement. I have to be totally honest and say that although I like it now, it may not always stay this way. 

Simple organization tips using glass jars and a wooden tray to keep a small kitchen looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Tray for Oils and Vinegar

I found this vintage wooden tray at an estate sale and knew I would use it somewhere in the kitchen. It’s a little wonky but it does what its supposed to do…corralling the cooking oils.

Large Woven Round Tray for the Dining Table

We have a round dining table so, when I found this large round woven tray, I knew it would be the perfect centerpiece. Now I can have flowers, fruit and dishes on the table and when it’s time for a meal, just pick it all up and move it until we’re done. I’ve tried other things in this spot but I always seem to go back to this tray. 

Simple organization tips using large trays to keep a small kitchen looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Besides having pretty vessels to hold my kitchen things, to keep my small kitchen from getting cluttered, I watch what I bring in (including food) and purge when necessary. There’s no sense in having something on the top shelf, all the way in the back of the cabinet, that you never use. It’s ok…you can get rid of it. Donate it to someone who can use it.

None of this is earth-shattering or life-changing, but it helps me stay organized, and sane, in my small kitchen. What are your kitchen organization tips? 

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  • Metal bin for storage – H&M Home 
  • Crock – Bed, Bath and Beyond (3 years ago)
  • Black and white striped pitcher – Target Dollar Spot (2 years ago)
  • Cutting boards – HomeGoods
  • Large glass jars – Target (affiliate)
  • Round wood tray – estate sale
  • Mason jar lamp – DIY by me 
  • Preserved boxwood topiary – West Elm (affiliate)
  • Round woven tray – HomeGoods (several years ago)
  • White dishes – William Sonoma Apilco (affiliate)
  • Wire dome – thrift store
  • Ceramic fruit container – Target (affiliate)

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. Jacky
    Friday,January 13, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Kristi, I’m with you on this countertop subject, no clutter, less is more, love it, always enjoy your little stone cottage blog, Jacky

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 14, 2017 / 2:36 am

      Thanks so much, Jacky. I appreciate you stopping in to read about our little stone cottage. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Margaret Robinson
    Friday,January 13, 2017 / 9:34 am

    Agree – no “clutter” is great! No need for a lot of stuff on the counter. This makes not only cleaning difficult, but I think having to move things all around to get one of two things just makes another mess.

    Love your blog and all your wonderful ideas and great ways to make a house look comfortable and well put together.

    Thanks!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 14, 2017 / 2:39 am

      I always think about what needs to be cleaned when I put it out anywhere in the house. No one wants that extra work, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I love it that much it’s worth the time to dust.

      Thanks for stopping in to read about our little house. I appreciate your support, and your sweet comment.

  3. Pat M.
    Friday,January 13, 2017 / 9:37 am

    It ‘s hard to properly stock a kitchen without clutter and you’ve done a good job. I have limited counters also but am lucky that I have a small pantry where grocery items can be stored. Still, counters seem to be catch-alls regardless of what we do. Thankfully, there are decorative things that can help. Regardless of some of the down sides, I still love your little stone cottage.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 14, 2017 / 2:42 am

      You are so lucky you have a pantry, Pat. I would love one but I guess that’s the price you pay for an older, small house.

      Thanks so much for reading and for your comment. Have a great weekend!

  4. Debbie H
    Friday,January 13, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I like the metal basket you use for cutting board etc. I also use a crock or vase for my utensils, especially the ones I use almost daily. Have a great weekend.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 14, 2017 / 2:46 am

      Thanks Debbie. It always takes me a while to find the right piece (a piece that I think is perfect) but I think I’ve found a few good ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hope you are well. Happy weekend!

  5. Pam Kaufman
    Friday,January 13, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Mine are pretty similar to yours. I use an old crock for large utensils and another for my rolling pins. I have a wood tray for my salt, pepper and napkins. I use glass jars for sugar, rice, cornmeal. I keep my flour in a large vintage tupperware container in a cabinet. I’ve recently added a hanging ladder for my pots and pans to free up cupboard space for my new electric pressure cooker. It sounds like a lot but I have quite a bit of counter top so it really is not as cluttered as it sounds.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 14, 2017 / 2:49 am

      Wow Pam, it sounds like you have some great kitchen storage ideas. It doesn’t sound cluttered to me, it sounds organized. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sue
    Friday,January 13, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I’ve been thinking about the minimalism movement where you only have those things that are functional and do away of the rest of the clutter. I like the idea of no clutter too, and your color schemes help to define that. I have a small pantry and LOVE it. It helps to free up my cabinets for dishes, etc while the food products are stored there and most all at eye level. The best part is the ability to store crock pots, over sized pans, etc there. Whites and neutrals help to enlarge and open spaces. And I love the large window for light and the view, and simple window treatments you have. I like having hidden lights under the cabinets, do you have them? Your new home is shaping up really well.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,January 15, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Sue. I’m sure you enjoy your pantry. It’s been a long time since I had one and I really miss the storage space. I guess you do what’s necessary with the space you have, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for visiting, Sue. Hope you have a great week!

  7. Sue
    Friday,January 13, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Have a quick question: Like most of us who use Smart Phones where do you keep and recharge yours? Ours has landed up in the kitchen on the end of the counter only because it is the handiest place. Have you any suggestions?

    • Kristi
      Sunday,January 15, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Phone chargers are a constant headache in our house. I keep mine in my nightstand, out of sight. I did a post on how I hide my cord here (http://www.chatfieldcourt.com/hidephonecordsinanightstand/). It’s one of my posts from the early days so it may not be my best work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      My husband keeps his in the kitchen but it is kind of hidden behind the flour and sugar. I put the glass jars on a small wooden shelf, so the phone can sit under it and it’s out of the way. Maybe not a great suggestion, but maybe it will give you an idea. I’ll update if I come up with anything else.

  8. Friday,January 13, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    I have very, very few things on my countertops, like you, I’d rather have it all tucked away. Sometimes there’s no choice and you’ve come up with some great ideas.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,January 15, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Thank Kim. I wish I could have it all away but…oh well…
      The fun of having a small kitchen, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. MaryJean Zajac
    Tuesday,January 17, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Yes, that “small kitchen” thing can really be a bummer. Believe it or not, we actually increased the size of our kitchen by bumping out a wall to add all windows and took out a door that was eating up space. It’s still small, but much better than before and we can now look out to our beautiful woods and the deer who loves to eat my plants!
    I try to keep things off the counters as much as possible, but I don’t have a lot of cabinet space so some things are necessary on the counters.
    There is a rule about only moving something once. You know, the salt goes in the cabinet, but we move it from the table to the counter and then again to the cabinet. I’m trying very hard to get my hubby to learn this rule . . . sigh.
    I love the corralling things with bins and baskets and trays. Works for me! I have a wicker tray with all my pods for the Keurig with sugar and creamer. Looks nice and neat and still easy access.

    MJ

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 20, 2017 / 3:17 am

      I think we handle our small kitchens similarly. I don’t like stuff on the counter either but, with minimal cabinet space, it’s unavoidable. You do what you have to in the space you’ve got. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Wednesday,January 18, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    You’ve done very well with the space that you have. Hopefully one day I’ll achieve a clutter free counter so that I have more room to work on it. Love your ideas and I think it’s time for me to purge!

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 20, 2017 / 3:57 am

      Thanks Sandra! I don’t like clutter and it’s sometimes hard for me to keep the counters clear. It’s amazing how quickly they can get out of control and it feels like a never-ending job. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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