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    We recently moved to Central Florida from Michigan. My husband and I
    had designed and built our house in Michigan and I had a huge kitchen
    (I love to bake and cook). My new kitchen is small....only two large
    upper and lower cabinets and a small pantry. I am having a difficult
    time finding room for bakeware, cookware and dishes much less
    groceries! Does anyone have some very inexpensive ideas on how I
    could get some additional storage in the kitchen? I have looked
    through a ton of catalogs and they have some really neat storage
    ideas/solutions but they cost tons more than I can afford to spend
    (which is next to nothing!) Any thoughts/ideas would be greatly
    appreciated. Thanks, Kerrt
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    Sorry, it won't let me add photos. Anyway, it looks like black iron.
    It comes with something to hang it from the wall on. Ikea is a great
    place to look for storage ideas.

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    I have a very tiny Kitchen. What I did to help with space was to
    install a dish rack on the wall behind the sink. The dishes drip dry
    into the sink itself. I got the dish rack at Ikea. I'll post a
    picture of it in the photo section here. Look under "jas" for it.
    This has helped give me more counter space.

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    I too am dealing with a too small kitchen and way too many pots and pans.
    My solution so far has been to store my cookware on top of the cabinets.
    Its not great but its better than nothing. The biggest problem is that
    our old place had a decent sized pantry. This has none. I have a big metal
    shelf (6FT) that I got at target for maybe 30 dollars that I am putting the
    groceries on for now. Its not a long term solution though because that wall
    has
    a sort of cut out into the living room and it blocks that. The only other
    place I could store things would be in the utility closet but I was worried
    about
    the moist heat.

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    I don't know if it helps but I have a short dresser in my kitchen.
    It's 4 drawers high and holds my towel and utensils. I guess I could
    put short baking pans in it too. The great thing is it's short so I
    use the top for extra counter space, too.

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    I have seen ladders hung from the ceiling and you can
    hang your pots and pans from the rungs~~~~looks very
    decorative.
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    Re: Small Kitchen storage ideas


    My last kitchen was much smaller than the one I'd had and I facedt
    the same problem. I was able to hang a pot rack from the ceiling
    and hang most of my pots by the handles. My only problem with it
    was that the rack I bought had hooks that were not welded on (so I
    could place them whereever I wanted them)so sometimes as I'd get a
    pot down a hook would come flying down with it. It saved me a lot
    on cupboard space so I learned to deal with it. Also, I had a
    second bathroom off the kitchen that had a tub/shower we never
    used. I bought a piece of ply wood cut to fit and lay it on top of
    the rim of the tub, covering it. I then put up a set of plastic
    shelves and use this area as a pantry. I also stored ribbons in a
    plastic grocery bag hung over the shower head and got a hanging bag
    for my gift wrap and hung that from the shower rod. I was lucky
    with the layout of the room that I could hang a tension rod and
    curtain and screen off the shower and floor area outside it. I kept
    my vacuum, mop, bucket etc. all back there.

    Perhaps you have a different room somewhere in your house you could
    use for storage of items not frequently used. I will say that it
    also caused me to really think about what I need and use. We moved
    last month and the kitchen here is no bigger and I don't have the
    area to make into a pantry but with the help of some cabinets over
    the washer/dryer and my getting rid of stuff I wasn't using it all
    fit in.

    Hope you find a solution that works well for you,
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    Re: Small Kitchen storage ideas


    Hi Kerrt:

    some suggestions:

    -look at "riser racks" that double your cupboard space - often part of
    the cupboard is wasted with deadspace.......Regal has many of these
    types of racks for a relatively cheap price
    -are there shelves you can add to your pantry to make more room? Often
    we forget that shelves can be attached to the inside of doors as well
    -plastic containers to help organize foodstuffs
    -simple racks to hang pots/pans
    -do you have duplicates of appliances that you are trying to make room
    for? Check & perhaps get rid of those you don't use.
    -put a cupboard on wheels - it can double as a chopping block plus
    provide extra storage.
    -do you have room for storage elsewhere in your home for those things
    that are not used often (my aunt made a small pantry in her laundry
    room in the basement which allowed for storing canning equipment, extra
    food, etc.)

    HTH,

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