A tiny kitchen space

by Carol
(UK)

My kitchen is in a rented house and therefore we cannot really modify it very much. However, it is very tiny, almost a galley kitchen with very little space to work in. Do you have any ideas for making the most of such a small kitchen?

MY ANSWER:
In a really small kitchen, storage and counter space are the two biggest issues. In fact, they seem to be at war with each other - what you don't have room for in your cabinets ends up sitting on the counters!

Here are some small kitchen ideas that might help you:

Limit yourself to keeping things you use often, and try to find a spot to store the rest somewhere else in the house. Keep only a basic amount of everyday glassware and dishes, for instance, so you have room for other needed items in your cabinets.

If you can get away with hanging something on the wall, shelves or even a single shelf can help. So can roll-out metal shelves installed in the sink base, a cabinet where we usually store cleaning supplies that could be put somewhere else.

And make it clear to the rest of your family that no cell phones, school books, spare change, etc. are allowed on the counters!

If you haven't already done so, check out my page on Kitchen Storage Ideas.

Good luck to you!









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