When it comes to clutter, less is definitely more in a modest-sized kitchen. All it takes is a few stray plates and a misplaced utensil and the space can suddenly seem smaller. However, having a petite kitchen shouldn't stop you from making it a space that's functional, stylish and clutter-free – you just need to get a little smarter when it comes to storage. This guide is packed with tips to help you maximise every square-inch of your kitchen.
Before you even begin your storage strategy, now is the time to have a purge. Take a look through your collection of cutlery, crockery and kitchen utensils and be brutally honest; do you really need all of it?
Brass or silver pans and other kitchen utensils such as whisks and ladles don't necessarily need to be stored away in a drawer. Hang them above your work station using chrome or stainless steel hooks and you have a stylish and convenient storage solution.
Make the most of any cupboard space you have by investing in a unit that features a corner cupboard. Designed to make the most efficient use of the space, this can be the perfect place to store away secondary crockery and other kitchen utensils that are used less frequently.
Larders are a great place to store bulky cereals, tins, herbs and spices. If you don't have the space for a walk-in pantry, consider installing a pull-out larder instead.
This contemporary space-saver makes finding items a breeze thanks to being open on several sides, and can be neatly pushed away to blend in with your kitchen cupboard unit when not required.
Bulky bags of sugar, rice, oats and other everyday essentials can soon fill your modest cupboard space before you know it, leaving little room for anything else.
Storing these items in decorative glass jars on a shelf can turn these otherwise mundane items into a feature wall, which can be tweaked to suit rustic or modern design.
A worktop knife block can often be just another item cluttering up your work station, so why not get smart with a magnetic strip along the wall to hang them from?
Alternatively, an integrated knife block in one of your drawers keeps your knives clean and safely tucked away, without taking up valuable counter space.
Make the most of the cabinets you have and invest in some wire cabinets to go inside. This will enable you to conveniently store away your crockery and utensils, maximising the space from top to bottom.
Wooden spoons and baking utensils can often encroach limited drawer space, however they can look great placed against your work station wall in a pretty ceramic jug in a colour which perfectly complements your kitchen. Simple but effective, especially if you're trying for a particular theme.
If you're something of a cook and a bit of a foodie, then it's likely that your cookbook collection seems to grow and grow after every Christmas. If you're short on shelf space, then perhaps it's time to go digital and download recipes to your tablet instead.
But how best to cook and follow along at the same time? Using a tablet stand, you can track the steps easily from the screen while your books can remain stored away in pristine condition.
If you happen to have a spare wall, but not enough room for another cupboard unit, then some creative shelf space could provide an easy-on-the-eye answer. For example, two pairs of wooden step-ladders and some reclaimed wood can become a makeshift shelving unit used to display your best kitchenware.