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The Tightwad’s Almanac: Kitchen Organization Hacks for Your Tiny Kitchen

Cookware and other kitchen goods will be on sale in October and November, which could be a mixed blessing if you are struggling with a tiny kitchen. I will show you how to tame the kitchen monsters that are gobbling up precious space and wasting your time.  These tips will help liberate your kitchen, so you’ll have more room for those great sale items.


Put a Lazy Susan to work

A Lazy Susan is a circular tray that is mounted on top of a rotating base that allows it to be turned 360 degrees. It is an inexpensive solution for the deepest, darkest corners of your pantry because you can reach any item on it with a quick flick of the wrist. They are available in a variety of styles and sizes for less than $10 at dollar stores, department stores, or Amazon.com.  (I found mine for less than a dollar at thrift stores and yard sales.)

File ‘em away

You can fit a lot more cans on a shelf if you put them in file-style bins that most people use for organizing magazines.  Go to www.containerstore.com to see what they look like. Their medium multi-purpose bins are 13″ x 5-1/2″ x 9-3/4″ high and is the perfect size to hold ten cans of food.

Organize the chaos to save time and space

Group items such as pasta, condiments, drink mixes, and snacks into labeled bins, baskets, and Lazy Susans. Put flours, rice,  nuts, seeds,  beans, cocoa, tea and other goodies into glass jars. Use Sharpie Paint Pens to label them. The paint stays put until you wash them off with a scrubby sponge. When everything is neatly organized in containers that you can see at a glance,  you save time and space. Bonus: pantry moths and weevils can’t escape glass containers and infest your entire pantry.

Create instant temporary counter space 

Use an over-the-sink cutting board, or place a large cutting board on top of an open drawer for extra counter space when preparing food. 

Eco Kitchenware sells extra large bamboo cutting boards which are naturally antibacterial, harder than maple, and won’t crack or splinter. 

Prepworks by Progressive sells a poly cutting board which includes a removable, collapsible colander and the handle extends the length of board to 24-inch which fits over most sinks.

Tame the tension in your kitchen cabinets

Use short tension-style curtain rods to create partitioned spaces in your cabinets to organize cutting boards, baking pans, serving platters, cookie sheets. Measure the vertical distance between two shelves to get an idea of the size rods you need to buy. You will need two rods on both sides of each group of items. Insert the rods, twisting them as needed to keep them snugly upright.

Pot lid organizers

Use the inside of cabinet doors or an out-of-the-way wall space as a pot lid organizer: install a towel rack or curtain rod. Slide pot lids behind the rack. The lid’s handle should prevent it from sliding out. Thin metal curtain rack-style rods can easily be cut with a hacksaw to adjust to any size needed and would be ideal for installing inside cabinet doors. Fancy racks can make a decorative statement on your kitchen walls. 

Hang pots and pans

Use towel racks or curtain rods to hang pots from your ceiling and skillets on the wall, using decorative chains and hooks. Be sure to insert long screws directly into studs.

Do you have a frugal tip or opinion you’d like to share?  Contact The Tightwad’s Almanac, P.O. Box 964, Mena, AR 71953.

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