The kitchen is not only the heart of the home, if you do it right, it’s also a room that will get your home sold faster and for more. It can be pretty hard for that heart to function properly when it is not much bigger than a postage stamp. Here are some space-saving hacks that will make your tiny kitchen more functional, and get that heart beating properly so home buyers can begin to see themselves using your space efficiently.
Free up some valuable counter space by delegating jobs to your wall or other vertical spaces. The modern-looking organizer above can store your dish soap and sponges as well as dishes, or mount a mesh organizer inside the walls of your cabinets. A board with affixed cans, mason jars or wire cups can hold all kinds of utensils and kitchen gadgets that you can hide inside the wall of a cabinet as well. Also, consider mounting mason jars under your cabinets to store dry goods like pasta and flour. You can also mount magnetic strips onto a wall in combination with other storage solutions, like hooks or wire baskets. Ditch the junk drawer and sort your mail, pens, and lists in an organizer mounted to a wall or side of your refrigerator. Attach a magnetic rack to the inside of your sink and hang your cloth, or stash your sponge. Be careful – wall spaces can get cluttered to so select one small space and make it organized, understated, beautiful and clean.
While a large bowl spilling over with fresh fruit can be inviting, it also eats up a lot of space. A tiered hanging basket will look lovely and doesn’t take up precious counter space; it also allows you to keep fruits and veggies separate. Alternatively, you can stash your fruit in a wire bin that hangs under your cabinets, or store your potatoes and onions in a basket lined drawer if you have one to spare or, once again, go vertical. If you’re feeling creative, the fruit display above looks like a work of art.
HACK #3: BORROW COUNTER SPACE
Who says your cutting board needs to sit on the counter? If you’re selling your home – it shoudn’t. Create a pull-out cutting board drawer or have one built-in to the counter as above for a space-saving and beautiful look. Try using a narrow lower cupboard space to create pull-out trash can with cutting board over top.
Home buyers are looking everywhere so make sure under cabinets and in refrigerators are all organized as well. Clear desk organizers can transform your refrigerator, maximizing space, and make things easier to find. Choosing clear, plastic organizers will allow you to easily see what’s what and they’re also stackable.
You don’t have to have a massive kitchen to have an impressive one. To do that, WOW potential buyers with ingenious kitchen storage organizers that they don’t have to come up with or install…because you’ve done it all for them. Things like this cookware organizer is a brilliant way to rethink boxy, impractical storage areas that will leave you stacking things just to get all of your pots inside.
In a small kitchen, magazine racks are little miracle workers keeping smaller spaces organized. Stash your cutting boards or Tupperware lids, or create shelves for your tiny freezer.
Rolling butcher blocks or carts add that much-needed workspace and storage and can be tucked into a small corner when you are not using them. By putting two butcher blocks together, you can also create a mini-island that has storage underneath and is just long enough to add a stool or two.
Who knew there were so many ways to create storage for herbs and spices? Magnetic spice tins are now available at IKEA, bulk stores and other kitchen supply stores that can transform your refrigerator, backsplash, or the space beneath your cupboard into a spice rack. If you have a kitchen where wall space is at a premium, and the wall space you do have is too shallow to add a cupboard, you might try the idea shown in the photo below. A little chalkboard paint, some neat printing, and some clever use of magnets and you’ve got both herb and spice storage that looks attractive. This is an excellent opportunity to create a beautiful accent wall as well as a functional space.