How to Make Most of Your Small Kitchen

The kitchen has become more than a food-preparation area, yet it remains one of the smallest rooms in the house. There are a few easy ways to maximize the space you do have, which will leave your kitchen feeling workable.

Here are some tips on how to make most of your kitchen.

Unique Storage Solutions: Have high pantry cabinets with pullout shelves, rotating inserts and tilt out bins to increase accessibility and storage. Light colored cabinets with glass-front doors will help to lighten the space. Too many dark material cabinets create the illusion that the room is much smaller than it is.

Essentials: If you haven't used your toaster for a year, get rid of it! Reassess what you use when you cook , you don't have to get rid of kitchen items that you don't use regularly, but you don't have to keep them in the kitchen. If you have more room in the dining or living room, consider filling a cabinet with those.

Keep it Clean: Having a small kitchen automatically means that whatever free space you have is precious. A clean kitchen will appear much larger than a messy one. Do your dishes as you cook, out things away as soon as you are done with them. It may seem more work initially, but it all pays off in the end.

Use Wall Space: Don't have enough cabinets for all your pots and pans? Hang them by their handles from the wall. Take advantage of anything that can be hung.

Magic Triangle: Embrace the magic triangle. The stove, refrigerator and sink should be placed within an easy step or two from one another.The right organization will make the kitchen efficient, not just small.

Ceiling Storage: Dust is one of the major factors in the city. Go to the ceiling storage with 44" cabinets, they make most of every inch in the room and top shelves are ideal for plates and dining sets which aren't used frequently.

Lighting: Maintain a mix of natural and ambient lighting. If you can, emphasize the windows! Natural light is great.