How To Make More Space In A Small Kitchen by Adding Shelves

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I hope this idea can show you how to make more space in a small kitchen. Have you ever wondered why some cabinet makers make cabinets with so few shelves? Well, my husband and I downsized from a house more than 2-1/2 times bigger than the house we are in right now. Believe me, it was hard to downsize…..in the beginning…..

Our previous kitchen was a lot bigger, we actually had a dining room (which we never used) and a large laundry room. Now I can hardly walk by the washer and dryer without bumping them. But I am thankful I have a laundry room. I have had a lot of time to think about the last few years with cutting back…letting go of stuff….Yep, I am still working on my husband…he is not a hoarder…..but cannot bear to part with anything. Need I say more. I LOVE him, though!

Here is one of the cupboards in the kitchen. I have had those plastic cups so long they might not be BPA Free…..oh well, they work. The pink cereal bowls are for when my granddaughters come….the girls always ask “can I use a pink bowl, grandma”? I have a very small kitchen. Very.Small.Kitchen

We Learned How To Live With Less Space

It has almost been two years that we decided to try and get by with one car. I am trying to show you how we can all get by with less…..it is a challenge, but it works for us. Maybe it can work for you, too! Let’s start with small cabinet space….I was bound and determined to make this tiny house work for us. I added LOTS of shelves, thank you to my friends at Classy Closets in St. George, Utah. I would take measurements to them and they must have cut dozens of shelves for me….kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, office, and the garage cabinets! Luckily we had two cars back then and I could haul all the shelves home for installation!

You Can Make A Small Kitchen Seem Larger

Here is my other cupboard where I store my spices and bread pans. By just adding a few more shelves….I have twice the space. I realize I have way too many spices but I love to cook…it’s who I am.

Kitchens need more shelves

Yep, I can downsize and it works!

Organize your pantry by Linda

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6 thoughts on “How To Make More Space In A Small Kitchen by Adding Shelves

  • September 26, 2013 at 7:19 am
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    I have also downsized. I had a large home, but it just didn’t make sense for me to keep up with all that space. We found a small, solid brick (not brick veneer) home with a basement that is not even half the size of my old home but will do very nicely as we get ready to retire. The first thing we did was strip the old kitchen down to the studs and sub-flooring and replace everything—but it is very small. I did something like your shelving for the cabinets. I also found that having the roll-out shelves for the tiny pantry and making one of the corner cabinets a lazy-susan allowed huge amounts of storage that might have been dead, at least awkward, space.
    I still do have the same problem you have—how to get Hubz to down size some of his stuff 🙂

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    • September 26, 2013 at 7:28 am
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      Hi Mary Beth, I am glad to hear that someone else has a husband who does not like to downsize his stuff!!! LOL!
      Isn’t it funny that we soon learn that smaller can be better….Hugs! Linda

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  • September 26, 2013 at 7:50 am
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    Good Morning Linda Loo.

    I hope you don’t mind me calling you that. I have a dear cousin named Linda Lou. Anyways I just love waking up and reading your posts. You are so talented. I only wish we weren’t renting so that I could re-do my cabinets. I have a teeny little galley kitchen and the cabinet space is horrendous. But, we have a roof over our heads and we live in the USA. So much to be thankful for and I am thankful that I met you. Keep on doing this thing you do.
    <3 Kim

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    • September 26, 2013 at 8:02 am
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      Good morning to you Kim! This is so funny….my one son in law calls me Linda Loo! Renting can sometimes be a blessing….our water heater went out we had to pay for it. This might seem really odd coming from a former Real Estate Agent and Mortgage Broker…but purchasing a home isn’t that important to me anymore. Yes, we own this home but if I was renting…I could up and move anytime I wanted to..no real estate fees to sell the home, just finish my contract and move whenever I want too! Yes I might worry about the rising costs of rents…but we have that with home insurance and property taxes…I wished we lived closer…we could go to lunch! Hugs! Linda

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  • September 26, 2013 at 9:54 am
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    Love this Linda! Great way to find extra space. We are hoping to downsize in the next couple of years. Love the pink bowls and hope I will need some someday 🙂

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    • September 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm
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      Raquel, thank you so much! Downsizing is actually good…the pink bowls….yep, I LOVE those! Hugs! Linda

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