Last Updated on November 20, 2020 by Ellen Christian
Finding kitchen storage solutions in a small kitchen can be a challenge. As much as I love having a home built in 1865, there’s a definite lack of storage in the kitchen.
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I love to cook and I have managed to accumulate a number of different gadgets. I don’t use all of them every day but when I need them, I need them. Unfortunately, that means that I end up with miscellaneous kitchen tools that I can never find when I need them.
Kitchen Storage Solutions
Do you know where your cherry pitter is right now? How about your olive fork? I need to have some of my kitchen tools available quickly like the wooden spoons and the spatulas. Somehow I seem to misplace them or bury them and then I can’t find them when I need them and end up buying another. I’m really fairly certain that I don’t need five slotted turners or four pairing knives. Unless there are kitchen fairies waiting to help me peel the potatoes for dinner? I didn’t think so.
I either need less kitchen gadgets or more kitchen storage solutions. Before you begin organizing, make sure that you really go through your utensils and see what you need and what you don’t need. Get rid of anything you have way too many of. If something has a broken or loose handle, toss it and get a replacement if you need one. Now is a good time to sharpen your knives as well. I find that a knife block is the most convenient of kitchen storage solutions for knives. I really want a knife block with a built in sharpener.
There are two types of kitchen utensils in your kitchen. There are the forks, knives, and spoons that you eat with each night and there are the cooking utensils you use to make meals. Our silverware used to be in a traditional silverware holder but there was never enough room for everything. I picked up a few bins at the dollar store and they have much more room to store my silverware. I have also seen some people store their silverware on a tray on the counter in coffee mugs or plastic cups. The important thing is to keep them organized and easy to get to.
The kitchen cooking utensils that I use a lot, I placed in a utensil crock on top of the stove. I can get to my most regularly used kitchen utensils quickly and easily. The utensils I use more often but not as regularly I keep in a tub in the drawer. We are prone to get mice and I don’t like the thought of them in my drawers. Those that I use even less frequently like my cherry pitter and my garlic press go in the back of the drawer in a tub. I can get to them but they are not as convenient.
I have seen photographs of kitchens where they have their utensils hung on the wall behind the stove for easy access. If you are short on counter space, that would certainly work well for you. One thing to keep in mind is that anything you store out in the open whether on the counter or above the stove will get dirty easier. Dust in the air will be an issue for things hung on the wall. If you keep things on the stove, grease or food that may splatter from what you’re cooking for dinner may land on your utensils.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.