Your kitchen holds a great number of items that need to be properly stored. However, most kitchens are rather limited when it comes to available space, so you have to make the most of what is given. What follows are some simple, yet effective kitchen storage solutions that will make the most use of the space that you have.

Shrink your Appliances

There are several types of appliances that can be shrunk in order to get more space. A combination microwave and convection oven is a popular appliance that does two jobs at once while taking up less room.

Horizontal or Vertical Cabinets

These are the spaces between drawers and cabinet doors that too often go unused. Here, you can store long, thin flat items such as pizza pans, cookie sheets and the like. Shallow drawers are perfect for storing spice, flatware, specialty knives and the like.

Below Cabinet Storage

This is the area on the floor under the main cabinets where items such as a fold-up step ladder can be easily stored for use. This clears away even more floor space and can be used for similar items as well.

The Island

This is a very common way to expand the storage in your kitchen while taking up very little space. The island sits in the center of your kitchen with the top used to prepare food while the cabinets can hold recipe books, cutlery and all types of kitchen ware for your needs. If you put the island on rollers, you can move it out of the way when needed.

Pot Racks

This simple, old fashioned solution hangs the pots on racks instead of having to store them in cabinets. By adding a pot rack, you can clear away a lot of items and maximize the use of your cabinet space.

Wall Mounted Dish Rack

Like hanging up a good pot rack, having a wall mounted dish rack will also clear out your cabinet storage space by putting you most used dishes on a separate rack. In addition to storage, it also makes it more convenient to remove and replace the dishes when needed.

In Drawer Storage Organizers

These are usually made from plastic and are an ideal place to put pot lids or silverware. They come in many sizes and can be used for different items. This can really open up the space in your kitchen area and provide a place for small and large items.

Hooks

The hook is a simple, handy way to hang many different types of items along the sides of cabinets, walls and even large appliances if necessary. You can use hooks to hang dustpans, small brooms and other cleaning items or practically anything that is designed to be hung on a rack.

Basically, the idea is to pull as many items as possible out of the cabinets so that you have more room to store what you need. By following these tips you can create a lot more storage space in your kitchen. 

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