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19 Clever Storage Ideas for Small Kitchens

Maximize your kitchen with these DIY small space storage ideas

By: Ben Bland, Editor, CheapThriftyLiving.com
Updated June 05, 2018
19 Clever Storage Ideas for Small Kitchens

Are you having a hard time keeping your kitchen supplies organized in your small living space? These clever storage ideas for small kitchens will maximize your space ensuring you have enough room for your cooking vessels and pantry items.

These creative storage ideas for small kitchens are convenient ways to remodel and re-purpose your space. This set of tutorials covers projects from building your own kitchen cabinets to organizing your utensil drawers for easy access. 

Some of these small kitchen storage DIY projects upcycle materials you have around the home for homemade storage solutions. Whether you are an upcycle lover or are on a tight budget, these kitchen projects will fit your needs while keeping your space neat and organized.

Try these tutorials today and get organized!

Everything Under the Kitchen Sink: DIY Dish Washing Tote

There's no better place to start organizing your kitchen than the area under the kitchen sink. This easy DIY storage project places all your dishwasing essentials in a convenient caddy. Whether you keep it under the sink or move your new caddy to adorn your counter, you'll feel better having your sink clutter-free.

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Everything Under the Kitchen Sink: DIY Dish Washing Tote

Re-purposed Cocoa Cans Tutorial

These upcycled cocoa cans will keep your odds and ends sorted in a chic container. These small containers are the right size for napkins, plastic silverware, or baking essentials to keep them out of sight but handy.

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Re-purposed Cocoa Cans Tutorial

DIY Collapsible Storage Cubes

These DIY collapsible storage cubes will keep paper products and kitchen cleaning supplies together and organized. You can make these custom storage cubes at a fraction of the store price and use them in every room of your house, not just the kitchen!

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DIY Collapsible Storage Cubes

How to Make Cabinets

This tutorial will show you how to create your own kitchen cabinets that will create extra storage in your small kitchen space. This project will remodel your kitchen at a fraction of the price and make the most of your limited space.

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How to Make Cabinets

DIY Kitchen Cabinets

This small space solution includes instructions for constructing upper and lower cabinets in your kitchen. This will maximize your area with extra storage available in multiple places. The project also includes counterspace to store equipment that needs to be easily accessible or to act as a preparation area while cooking.

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DIY Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen-Organizing DIY Island

This DIY kitchen island gives you extra storage and work space in the middle of your kitchen. If you don't already have an island in your kitchen, this project is a must. You will gain space for cooking preparation and two handy storage shelves. It's a great way to make the most of your open space.

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Kitchen-Organizing DIY Island

Secret Storage DIY Cabinet

This storage cabinet hides your extra space behind a decorative door. This small cabinet will store spices, baking essentials, coffee, tea, or any other small pantry items you need to store. This solution goes right in the wall adding zero clutter or exterior cabinets in your small kitchen.

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Secret Storage DIY Cabinet

How to Install a Pull-Out Garbage Bin

One easy way to keep your kitchen area clutter-free is by hiding the garbage and recycling bins. This tutorial shows you how to install a pull-out garbage bin in one of your kitchen cabinets. You will open floor space and hide your trash with this convenient kitchen hack.

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How to Install a Pull-Out Garbage Bin

Kitchen DIY Storage Cabinets

These cabinet dividers will eliminate your need to pull out multiple pots and pans to access the one you need. This storage hack will make all of your cooking tools accessible, so you'll spend more time cooking and less time fumbling through your cabinet.

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Kitchen DIY Storage Cabinets

Fantastic DIY Floating Shelves

This tutorial will bring all your dishware into the open, making for a less claustrophobic kitchen space. These DIY floating shelves will store your dishes without a bulky cabinet. Make your kitchen an open-concept masterpiece with this easy DIY project.

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Fantastic DIY Floating Shelves

Hidden DIY Slide Out Pantry

If your pantry is overcrowded, don't throw away food, add an extra pantry that will stay hidden until you need to access it. This roll-away pantry shelf will fit between your refrigerator and wall to create a covert area to keep your extra ingredients. Just roll out when needed!

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Hidden DIY Slide Out Pantry

Recycled DIY Organizing Caddy

Keep your kitchen utensils convenient with this DIY organizing caddy. Your important kitchen tools will be within arm's reach, so you won't have to scramble for a spatula as your food begins to burn!

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Recycled DIY Organizing Caddy

Julia Child Inspired DIY Pegboard

This pegboard project will keep your pots, pans, and other cooking essentials where they belong at all times. You can store your tools in this decorative piece and map out where they should be stored, so you can always reach for the right item when you need it.

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Julia Child Inspired DIY Pegboard

Rustic Wooden DIY Wall Shelf

This rustic wood shelf will add flair to your kitchen wall while keeping important items stored. This project will create an open-shelving look, displaying your kitchen items while they are being stored. 

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Rustic Wooden DIY Wall Shelf

Grundtal Bar Hack DIY Mug Rack

Your mugs show off your personality, so why would you keep them locked in a cabinet? This guide will help you create a display rack that will showcase your most personal mugs. This cheap DIY project will add practicality and pizzazz to your kitchen!

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Grundtal Bar Hack DIY Mug Rack

Spice Jar DIY Kitchen Rack

Do you struggle to find the spice you're looking for in a crowded pantry? This DIY spice rack will elevate your spices above other ingredients so you can always see where they are. This hack will demonstrate how to assemble a hanging spice rack leaving your pantry less crowded.

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Spice Jar DIY Kitchen Rack

Ladder DIY Rack for Pots

Upcycle an on old ladder into a convenient rack for your pots and pans. This inexpensive project will keep your cooking vessels above your cooking space to proivde easy access when needed. There's no easier or cheaper way to de-clutter your cabinets and access your tools.

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Ladder DIY Rack for Pots

Sideboard Turned Kitchen Island DIY Hack

Turn a sideboard into a practical kitchen island with this DIY storage guide. This tutorial will allow open shelving to store anything you need to access easily. Add some hooks to the side for additional hanging, and your island will be ready to help in all your food preparation.

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Sideboard Turned Kitchen Island DIY Hack

Budget Friendly DIY Drawer Organizers

Keep your utensils separate and handy with these DIY draw organizers. This easy project will ensure you always grab the right utensil without sorting through your silverware. You can add as many dividers as you wish to maximize your storage.

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Budget Friendly DIY Drawer Organizers

Have any other ways to maximize a small kitchen space? Let us know in the comments below.

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Living in a small apartment space can be so chic these days. All these tips help you organizer your kitchen space without making bit look cluttered or stuffy. You can't go wrong with floating shelves, they let you display your colourful bowls, mugs and plates so if you cannot build your own cabinets this is the best bet. Another cool option I saw here is to build an island that you can use to store your wine bottles.

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