Thursday, 19 December 2019

Keen Cook but Small Kitchen? Don’t Despair!



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I have been cooking from a very young age, as both my parents were total foodies and I grew up around a variety of foods and dishes that they enjoyed. My passion for cooking is totally inspired by them both. I have also taken great steps to pass this food passion to my daughters. Fortunately both my daughters  really enjoy cooking, but sadly they have restrictions as the shared kitchens in rented accommodation has limited space and they have many restrictions when it comes to storage.
I always say to them, no matter how small your kitchen is, there’s room enough to cook and get creative with recipes and ingredients. Small kitchens might present more of a challenge because you can’t spread out but, with the right approach, there’s always a way.


The Right Storage

Having loads of storage in the kitchen is a must. But what if you just haven’t got the floor or wall space for rows of cabinets and nice long work tops?

Could you work with any of these small kitchen ideas?
  • Fix hooks in the ceiling where you can hang pots and pans by their handles.
  • Put a narrow shelf on the end of a run of cabinets where you can store spices or cook books. Failing a shelf, add a simple towel rail for somewhere to hang tea towels or oven gloves so they’re to hand.


  • Use stacking racks in cabinets to maximise the space and make stuff easier to find.
  • Hang hooks under wall cabinets for mugs, small jugs or measuring cups.
  • Use all the wall space for shelving, right up to the ceiling and including the spaces around and over doors. High up, put things you don’t use often, leaving the lower shelves clear for items you reach for all the time.




  • Put dividers into drawers so you can organise items rather than having them in a jumble. You could use a cutlery divider, but if you want to separate larger items, try crafting your own with card cut from empty cereal boxes.




  • Use the space under the cabinets, on the floor. Take off the kickboards and replace them with hinged or sliding doors. As long as the space is clean and sealed, you can hide all manner of stuff down there, including equipment like the necessary mops and brushes to keep the kitchen hygienically clean. Basically, anything that isn’t too tall.




Organising Equipment

You know what you love to cook most, so don’t fill up your kitchen with equipment you’ll barely ever use. Get rid of house clutter and keep a clean space. For instance, suppose your speciality is baked desserts, but you don’t do much veg prep. A food processor would probably end up as an expensive dust collector, whereas a stand mixer would be working on most days. Determine to only give kitchen space to the equipment you need.


On the other hand, you might find you do need a large selection of items and machines, but not all the time. If your cooking passions run in cycles, put items you’re not currently using into self storage until the next time your inspiration calls for them.

Other culinary or dining passions are also difficult to indulge in with a small kitchen. Wine lovers need plenty of space to store cases or vintage collections, but finding the right conditions can be a challenge. Specialist wine storage units in some self-storage facilities are the answer to keeping fine wines in an optimal environment.

Similarly, if you love entertaining but find storage of additional dining sets difficult in a small kitchen, your local self-storage place will let you keep your best bits pristine in between dinner parties.

Don’t let a small kitchen put you off cooking. It’s a bit of a challenge sometimes, but there are always ways to work around or through any inconvenience so your space works the way you need it to.

When you have a passion for something as great as we have, there is no room for obstacles in the way. We always enjoy cooking, eating, dining and entertaining in the smallest of spaces.

**Post in collaboration with Big Yellow

17 comments:

  1. I never realised just how small our kitchen really was until I had kids and they wanted to bake. I soon discovered we didn't even have enough work top space to roll out pastry! But I managed by moving everything off and making sure the kids understood that before baking, they had to pitch in with the clearing and then putting everything back again :)

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    1. That’s a great idea, may I suggest a folding camping table is great when you are baking and then you can put it away after use .

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  2. So many clever ideas to keep your kitchen work area tidy. i am certainly going to use some of your ideas. I like the idea of keeping stuff in storage as long as it's not too far to go get them.

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    1. Yes it’s a great idea and definitely worth considering .

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  3. So many clever ideas to keep your kitchen work area tidy. i am certainly going to use some of your ideas. I like the idea of keeping stuff in storage as long as it's not too far to go get them.

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  4. Very good and informative post this is specially when you have small kitchen or I would say a food blogger kitchen, where we have so many stuff. Good organising ideas.

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    1. Definitely we never seem to have enough space .

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  5. I totally agree with you Nayna, small kitchens shouldn't stop one from cooking. My son's home in Montreal is small and we helped him to organize it well, using stacking racks, big boxes, spice bottles etc. Its a fully functional kitchen in spite of the space. The key to working in a small kitchen is clearing up constantly after each dish is prepared.

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    1. Less definitely less clutter but making sure you have essentials only on show , store rest of stuff away .

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  6. Our kitchen is quite big - my neice will be inspired with your ingenious ideas

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  7. There are some great ideas here. Like the idea of determining what you cook most and only keeping that equipment.

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  8. I can completely relate to this! My kitchen is so small and odd shaped, we are normally falling over eachother

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  9. great ideas on how to keep your kitchen work area tidy, certainly when working in a small kitchen!

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  10. Some great ideas here, thank you

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  11. Great tips here for a small kitchen like I have!

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  12. What fantastic ideas. No excuses at all.

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