How We Organized Our Small Kitchen (Hooray For Hidden Storage)

How We Organized Our Small Kitchen (Hooray For Hidden Storage)

It’s time as soon as once more to throw open each cupboard, drawer, and door to point out you the way we organized our kitchen, which we slowly renovated over the past two years (extra on that gradual however regular reno right here). This put up ought to be an particularly enjoyable one since you’ll see simply how a lot we’ve improved upon the unique group of this kitchen, which we shared in this put up virtually two years in the past. And, as traditional, we made a video walk-through of the entire thing too, which additionally explains a couple of future plans involving two outside cupboards that we plan so as to add to the close by kitchen porch. So yeah… heaps to cowl.

We’ll begin with the video, as a result of it’s actually probably the most complete solution to perceive precisely what goes the place in our new kitchen. Sherry additionally snuck some Penny footage in there for you, as a result of she is aware of what you actually come right here to see. Plus you’ll get a sneak peek into our utility closet, which appears fully totally different than it used to when it simply housed our HVAC system & a giant water heater!

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The final time we shared how we organized this small kitchen, it was September of 2020 and we’d solely lived right here for 3 months. We had been enthusiastic about how purposeful we had made it in such a brief time period by working with what we had – and largely had been thrilled that we’d efficiently downsized our belongings from our final kitchen and it really labored for us. At this level within the pandemic we had been cooking nearly each single meal at house and had two youngsters house full time doing at-home-learning… nearly each single meal all of us ate was saved and ready and consumed on this small kitchen. As a reminder, that is what it appeared like at the moment:

Slowly through the years, we added issues like: a pantry cupboard, new (secondhand) home equipment, up to date cabinetry, backsplash tile to the ceiling on that again wall, and so on – and as you noticed in our kitchen reveal put up, the kitchen now appears like this!

So let’s dive into the three main storage areas – the decrease cupboards, the higher cupboards, and the pantry cupboards – to point out you the entire organizational enhancements we’ve made alongside the way in which. Disclaimer: the video is way more thorough than pictures can ever be, plus it mentions these outside kitchen cupboards we ordered, and the way we expect issues will shift a bit once they lastly arrive – so watch that everytime you get an opportunity.

Organizing The Decrease Cupboards

We really LOST decrease cupboard house as a part of this renovation, which seems like a downgrade on paper, however we gained a whole floor-to-ceiling pantry cupboard + 4 higher cupboards (3 alongside the again wall and 1 over the fridge). So it was for positive an enormous achieve in the long term. To jog your reminiscence, these are the three skinny backside cupboards that we took out:

We eliminated them to convert that window right into a door so we’d have easy accessibility to the porch on the market, the place we now have a grill and an outside desk that we use SO OFTEN as a result of they’re so handy to have proper off of the kitchen.

The kitchen porch is sort of a large outside extension of our kitchen, which is fairly nice to have in a spot that’s heat virtually year-round, so you probably have a smaller kitchen with the choice to create a bit of outside extension of it at your home, full with an outside desk and a grill (and perhaps even an outside cupboard or two for storage of issues like grill instruments), we’d undoubtedly suggest it.

That is the previous space for storing that we had earlier than we added that door to the kitchen porch. The cupboards had such thick wooden framing that it felt very uneven and inefficient. It was troublesome to retailer something wider than 12″ in there and it required lots of bending or squatting all the way down to see no matter you had been retrieving from the again of the cupboard or that little half shelf on prime. If you happen to examine that to a pantry drawer or cupboard drawer, which pulls out and comes proper to you with out as a lot crouching, you possibly can see why our up to date kitchen has much more decrease drawers than cupboard doorways.

These three drawers above our skinny earlier cupboards additionally had that tremendous thick framing, which stole lots of room that in any other case might have been used to retailer issues, and like the entire drawers in our outdated kitchen, they had been shallow and slim, which enormously restricted what might be saved in them.

Right here’s the place issues begin wanting up. By eradicating these three skinny cupboards and including that door to the brand new kitchen porch

Open Door View To Kitchen Porch With Trees Outside

… it allowed us to place a brand new 24″ base cupboard in what had beforehand been a completely lifeless nook. As you possibly can see from this older picture under, the outdated cupboards didn’t have a lazy susan or another fancy nook swing-out shelf like most fashionable kitchens do in that nook. The cupboards that had been the place the door is now actually simply blocked entry to something that would have been saved in that nook.

So although we misplaced about 40″ of outdated cabinetry, we gained 24″ proper again the moment we put a pleasant huge cupboard in that nook that was lifeless, blocked off house.

And since we’re huge proponents of drawers as a substitute of doorways in your decrease cupboards (a lot simpler to get issues out! much less bending! everyone wins!), this new 24″ base cupboard… which seems to have 3 drawers however really has 4… is a WORKHORSE.

The highest drawer is our “junk drawer” that we outfitted with two of Ikea’s bamboo storage trays (this and this) that match completely. We had a lot house in it that we added issues like our automobile keys, the canine leash, and my pockets in there too because the drawer is correct subsequent to the door that we use most. It’s actually useful for grabbing stuff you want earlier than leaving, and it’s a pleasant clear look to have them tucked right into a drawer as a substitute of all the time amassing on the counter.

Close Up Of Junk Drawer With Wood Dividers In Ikea Kitchen

The following drawer down is our essential instrument drawer. Sure, it’s bizarre, however we’ve all the time had a instrument drawer (in each kitchen we’ve ever owned, all through the previous 16 years as owners) and it has change into a behavior we simply can’t stop. We have now some lesser-used instruments saved within the corridor closet, nevertheless it’s good to have the stuff we use often down right here so we will seize stuff to rapidly dangle an image, measure one thing, tape one thing off, and so on.

Tools Stored In Ikea Kitchen Cabinet Drawer

The underside drawer is the deepest, which allowed us so as to add one in all our favourite Ikea kitchen options: a hidden drawer! We will retailer ALL of our glass bakeware, containers for leftovers, and college lunch stuff in a single place, which is greater than I can say for the outdated drawers that had been right here.

Hidden Drawer In Ikea Kitchen With Glass Bakeware

We additionally added Ikea’s pegboard organizer to raised wrangle all of our storage containers in our deep backside drawer. It appears a bit of chaotic on this picture (if it got here in white it might mix with the drawers much more), nevertheless it has been a giant assist. Issues don’t rattle round in right here, and there’s much less digging for what you’re in search of. That open space on the again left is the place the children retailer their lunchboxes, however we took these pictures again once they had been at school… therefore the lunchboxes being gone.

Drawer Organizer For Tupperware And Glass Storage Container

I do know it sounds loopy, however this new 24″ cupboard has made us worlds happier than the outdated cupboards we eliminated ever did.

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The Below Sink Cupboard

Okay, let’s transfer on to underneath the sink. As a reminder, that is what our outdated sink cupboard appeared like. The massive wooden divider in the course of the 2 doorways was a bit of little bit of a bummer, however we had pared down sufficient to make it work – particularly with the assistance of these wire cabinets on the doorways.

The brand new cupboard is identical measurement (36″) however the huge full-height doorways make it simpler to entry issues… so we’ve crammed extra in there, I suppose. Ha! I notice that is hardly Pinterest-worthy, nevertheless it’s actual life. We all the time attempt to use the storage bins now we have (even when they’re mismatched!) earlier than spending cash on one thing new, in order that’s what you see happening in right here. We additionally had saved a couple of stuff you don’t see within the picture above in our laundry closet earlier than (like Sherry’s beloved Folex, our wooden conditioning wax, the Lysol, and so on), and now all of them get to stay down right here in a single spot.

Under Sink Storage In Ikea Cabinet

That assertion is true of lots of random objects really. We undoubtedly had been simply looking for a spot for issues three months into dwelling right here once we wrote that preliminary kitchen storage put up – so some issues simply couldn’t be within the kitchen as a result of lack of room – in order that they had been relegated to the laundry closet, the corridor closet, or someplace else. It’s VERY NICE to have issues multi functional spot once more, so there’s not that entire “are the magic erasers underneath the sink…? No they’re within the corridor closet!” factor.

Some issues don’t change although – we’re nonetheless counting on lazy susans underneath the sink (we particularly love this clear divided one) to entry our on a regular basis cleansing provides. And we’ve used the identical wire shelves we’ve had all this time to create two ranges of storage that permit us to condense some issues that had been within the laundry space/corridor closet/and so on. It makes the entire space actually versatile for us.

The Cupboard With Our Utensils and Pots & Pans

To the best of the sink cupboard is the place we retailer our flatware, pots, pans, and different baking dishes (brownie pan, cinnamon roll pan, and so on) because it’s proper subsequent to the range.

To make extra room on the opposite aspect of the range for a way more environment friendly cupboard than the one we had there earlier than, this new cupboard turned barely smaller than the outdated one (solely by an inch or two). However once more, as a result of the Ikea drawers are extra effectively designed with out such thick wooden framing that steals lots of house, it really works more durable and permits us to retailer much more than earlier than. The highest drawer is for our utensils and we used another bamboo tray that Ikea makes (so it matches in there completely with out wasted house) to maintain all our utensils and serving spoons and stuff in place.

3 Drawer Ikea Cabinet With Utensil Drawer And Pans

I do know it appears extremely bizarre that now we have a drawer with only one single pan in it, however that’s actually how our drawer appears. It’s the pan we use probably the most, and I determine if we ever want the drawer house for one thing else, we will simply add it in there too, or we might preserve that pan out on the range. All the time good to have room to develop, proper? And sure, it’s this pan (we needed to see what the hype was about) and since I do know a few of you’ll ask for our overview: we prefer it, it’s simple to scrub, we like the colour, we like that it’s non-toxic/inexperienced, and we use it principally each time we cook dinner dinner, however since so many individuals sing its praises we determine you have already got one too.

The underside drawer has our deeper pots and saucepans (greater than only one – ha! You may see all of those drawers higher within the video, btw), plus we used one other hidden drawer to retailer a few of our steel baking pans for issues like cinnamon rolls and brownies. It’s so good to not have all of that stuff jumbled on prime of itself in a single huge drawer.

Hidden Drawer In Ikea Cabinets For Pans And Metal Bakeware

As a fast reminder, that is what the outdated cupboard appeared like right here. We undoubtedly made it work, nevertheless it concerned much more bending since nothing was a pullout that got here to you.

Now on to my favourite “transformation,” which we’ve gushed about earlier than… as a result of to know it’s to adore it.

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The “Oil Drawer” Cupboard

We’ve shared this image a number of instances as a main instance of how inefficient the outdated cupboard was to the left of the range. That cupboard was 7″ broad, however due to the cumbersome wooden body, the precise space for storing within the drawer was solely round 4″ broad. After some failed makes an attempt at storing spatulas, spoons, and dishcloths in there – every part was too huge or cluttered! – it turned our notorious “oil drawer.” As a result of that’s all that match.

Ikea has restricted choices for small cupboards, so we questioned if their 12″ two-tiered drawer might actually make that a lot of a distinction (that’s nonetheless a slim cupboard, regardless of the way you slice it). However IT HAS BEEN AWESOME. The highest shelf is deep sufficient that we will retailer a complete slew of oils, vinegars, cooking sprays, and small kitchen devices (can opener, peeler, citrus squeezer factor, and so on) all STANDING UP.

Narrow Drawer Next To Stove With Oils And Cutting Boards

Quite a lot of these items had beforehand been saved in these three cupboards we eliminated for the brand new door on the opposite aspect of the room, so it has been nice having it multi functional spot as a substitute of doing that factor the place you open like 3 totally different drawers looking for one thing as a result of comparable issues stay in all 3 locations.

And that’s simply half of the good things happening with this new pullout cupboard, as a result of now we have that entire backside part too!

The outdated cupboard was teeny tiny and couldn’t even be opened all the way in which because of the door molding. It was vertical so it appeared like it might be good for baking sheets and slicing boards, nevertheless it was all the time type of a hard-to-see clutterfest in there, and also you normally needed to squat down and take every part out simply to get to at least one factor in the back of the stack.

Now now we have all that stuff on the underside shelf of this pull-out drawer, and we screwed in a few of these metal partitions to maintain issues from rattling round and to maintain all of them from leaning towards each other. So now we will attain in and seize the muffin tin or the slicing board with out having to take out every part that was previously blocking it. And now as a substitute of fishing round in a darkish slim cupboard, it’s a pullout, so every part rolls out to greet us. Plus it’s all a lot simpler to see as a result of it’s not in a darkish slim cave of a cupboard.

Detail Of Metal Dividers Separating Cutting Boards And Muffin Tins

We nonetheless retailer flat pans and skillets within the oven warming drawer. That’s a behavior that can by no means die. And whereas we would not have a ton of kitchen devices (we don’t personal a crockpot for instance, as a result of we had one for years & by no means used it) however we do have an enormous skillet for pancakes (it’s laborious to see nevertheless it’s the black speckled factor on the underside of the stack under that’s virtually as broad as this drawer). What can I say? I take my pancakes critically.

Warmer Drawer Under Oven Used To Store Flat Pans

One final thing that I identified within the video too, which could appear easy, however discovering a nice knife block that you just prefer to preserve out on the counter can prevent from having to retailer that stuff in a drawer, so even simply making that change can unencumber some extra drawer house and make issues really feel much less cramped.

Upper Cabinet In Painted Ikea Kitchen With Hidden Omsinnad Hood Over STove

Sufficient about these decrease cupboards. Let’s look upward to the uppers.

Organizing The Higher Cupboards

The unique kitchen had uppers once we purchased the home, however we took them down once we had the soffit taken out as a part of our preliminary renovations. So by the point we moved in, this kitchen was sans higher cupboards. Which isn’t really a criminal offense to us. We designed your complete pink home kitchen with out them (and the 2 duplex kitchens simply had hood cupboards over the range & a cab over the fridge).

So for so long as we’ve lived on this home, till the ultimate section of our kitchen reno, we simply had some incarnation of open cabinets. We emphatically love open cabinets in a kitchen (our final kitchen had them too, in addition to the one earlier than that!) however over time we determined that the shiny white cabinets subsequent to our kitchen desk had been loads of good purposeful open storage for us, and we didn’t additionally want all of them alongside that again wall of the kitchen anymore.

In order a part of our ultimate step of the kitchen reno, we determined so as to add higher cupboards – each for the general look of the room (weirdly sufficient, the ceiling appears taller with the higher cupboards as a result of they draw the attention all the way in which up) and greater (perhaps as a result of the muddle is behind them and the fronts are so clean and easy)?

The higher cupboard on the best of the room holds plates, mugs, and mixing bowls on the underside two cabinets. The highest two cabinets are extra of Sherry’s ornamental objects – fancier serving bowls, further vases, and so on. These ornamental objects had been in our bed room cupboards on both aspect of the fireside earlier than this level (vases don’t really feel that loopy in a bed room cupboard – nevertheless it’s so good to have them within the kitchen by the sink!). Plus transferring them in right here freed up more room within the bed room for bed room stuff… you understand like our podcast microphone. Ha!

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If you happen to’re questioning the place our bowls and ingesting glasses are, these are on the (nonetheless remaining) open shelves subsequent to our kitchen desk. As I discussed within the video, we personal extra glasses and bowls, the dishwasher was simply full once we took these pics/made the video. We love storing glasses and bowls on that backside shelf as a result of they’re simpler for the children to succeed in once they make themselves a bowl of cereal or seize a glass of water. Perhaps as soon as they’re taller (which is occurring rapidly) we’ll transfer every part collectively to that higher cupboard, however for now this works nicely.

We’re nonetheless engaged on the group of the higher cupboards on the left aspect of the room. The massive cupboard primarily homes the hidden exhaust fan for our range, however we’ve tucked some bins with further spices, baking items, and different miscellaneous stuff round it. The massive black case on prime accommodates our grill instruments, which is able to ultimately transfer exterior as soon as the 2 outside cupboards that we’ve ordered lastly arrive. In order that’ll unencumber some further house for extra bins of anything we would must retailer as time goes on.

Ikea Kitchen Cabinet Doors Open To Show Omsinnad Hood

There’s one other, narrower cupboard subsequent to this one (you possibly can see it within the video) that holds our strainer, nutritional vitamins, and different miscellaneous baking & cooking stuff, together with Sherry’s coconut oil and apple cider vinegar inventory (she is who she is). You may see it within the video in order for you a peek.

We’ve ordered some further cabinets to profit from that nook higher cupboard, so… get excited. Replace: they got here earlier than we bought this put up up, so perhaps Sherry can share a fast peek on Instagram Tales someday.

The Pantry Cupboard

Our pantry cupboard is by far the largest addition that we made to this room by way of purposeful cupboard storage. The house merely didn’t exist within the prior incarnations of this kitchen and boy are we thrilled to have it.

Previous to having the pantry cupboards, we used the 2 Ikea Fjalkinge bookcases as our “pantry storage” on the other wall, which is the place our fridge was on the time. All of our shelf-stable meals was saved within the decrease drawers. It wasn’t probably the most spacious or versatile resolution, nevertheless it labored for us for a lot of months.

Now these two bookcases stay upstairs in our household room and we’ve earned much more meals storage on the opposite aspect of the room, thanks to those new floor-to-ceiling Ikea cupboards that we in-built round our fridge, which we moved over to that wall (extra on that right here).

The highest half is all shelving and we’ve used numerous bins and trays to wrangle issues. There’s a wide range of pantry stuff in right here, however probably the most notable factor is that the addition of the pantry has allowed us to seize a couple of extras of one thing that’s on sale (like cereal or nutella, you understand the vital stuff), as a result of now we have room to maintain “backstock” meals on the best shelf. That prime shelf is simply “surplus” – so we glance up there to refill no matter must be refilled down under the place our children can seize every part – and if we don’t have it up there, onto the buying checklist it goes. We’ve additionally bought issues like paper towels, coolers, s’mores provides, and even our microwave within the cupboard over the fridge.

Ikea Pantry Cabinet With Shelves Microwave Storage

Many of the motion takes place under, within the three decrease drawers. That is principally snack and dry meals central in our family. Each of our children put together their very own faculty lunches, so retaining these nicely stocked helps that occur simply and with out fuss each weekday morning. It appears a bit of stuffed on this picture, however we had simply gotten again from the grocery retailer. Perhaps it makes up for less than having 4 glass cups on the floating cabinets with the remainder within the dishwasher 😉

Snack Drawers Open In Ikea Pantry Cabinet

That just about covers the entire kitchen cupboards in our new kitchen. By creating higher storage in right here, it has additionally helped us fine-tune the storage and group throughout the remainder of our home. As one other instance, we now not need to preserve keys and the canine leash within the laundry closet as a result of they’re proper in that drawer by the aspect door which we now use every single day (we park on that aspect of the home, so it’s an amazing route for strolling in & out).

And as for our revamped utility closet within the kitchen (which can also be SUCH AN UPGRADE), we’re hoping to write down a complete put up about that quickly. It’s wild to suppose that there used to simply be a giant water heater proper behind that door that blocked us from utilizing virtually the entire closet.

View Of Open Utility Storage Closet Between Ikea Kitchen Cabinets

If you happen to’d prefer to know the sources for something in our kitchen, from the fruit bowl to the toaster or the runner and the pendant gentle (all of the issues!), they’re linked and listed proper right here on this put up for you. Plus this web page is one thing we put collectively to attempt that can assist you discover the sources for every part in our whole home.

And if you wish to dig deeper into some kitchen group posts of the previous (or in case you simply need to nearly snoop by our different kitchens), be at liberty to test these out:

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