Organizing a Small Kitchen With No Pantry, It Can Be Done!

Are you stuck with a small kitchen without a pantry? Getting creative with your storage and workspace will help. Utilizing vertical space, adding extra storage to the inside of cabinets, and designating zones for your small kitchen will help get you organized.

You can’t make your kitchen bigger to add a pantry without a full renovation, and even then, you may still not have anywhere to put one.

Maximize kitchen storage space with these practical ideas for how to organize a small kitchen with no pantry. Learn simple, space-efficient solutions to keep your kitchen clutter-free and fully functional.

1. Storing Cookware

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Pots, pans, and other cookware maximize a large portion of storage space in the kitchen, and in small spaces, this can be tricky. Try these ideas to store your cookware to give you more room.

  • Hang Pots and Pans on the Wall: Utilizing wall space in a small kitchen will create ample new storage opportunities. Pegboard and hooks can be used to organize lightweight pots or pans. Hooks and nails can also be anchored into the wall directly to store heavier cookware.
  • Use the Oven Drawer: Most stoves and ovens have a storage drawer at the bottom. This space is perfect for large sheet pans and casserole dishes.
  • Install Pot Racks
  • A wall-mounted pot rack makes your cookware easily accessible while ceiling pot racks store your pots and pans up high. 

2. Cooking Utensils

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Cooking utensil storage can affect countertop space and available drawer space in a small kitchen. Try a wall-mounted option to create new storage. Pegboard is a low-cost material that can hold many utensils. It is also easily customizable to fit any design aesthetic. A wall-mounted kitchen rail with hooks is a stylish option for holding cooking utensils. It can be DIYed with a wooden dowel rod and hooks.

3. Small Appliances

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Small appliances are convenient, but storing them can create a hassle. There are several different ways to store them in a kitchen that doesn’t have a pantry.

  • On the Countertop: If the countertop is your only storage choice for small appliances, place them where the counters meet a corner to save space. Use a small appliance slider to make moving them back and forth easier. 
  • Freestanding Cabinet: A freestanding cabinet can add storage to the kitchen and a place to organize small appliances. If your kitchen lacks floor space for a freestanding cabinet, consider placing it in an adjacent room.
  • Rolling Cart: A rolling cart is similar to a freestanding cabinet but includes wheels, making it convenient to move wherever needed.

4. Spice and Seasonings Storage Alternatives

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Spices are a staple in great cooking, but what do you do when you run out of storage for these cooking essentials? Try the following ideas for spice storage:

  • Wall-mounted spice racks are great for stacking or separating spices. They can be organized to fit any kitchen layout. 
  • Countertop Spice Racks work well in small kitchens with no pantry by freeing up much-needed cabinet and drawer space.
  • Magnetic Spice Racks are an incredible space saver. Attach a magnetic spice rack to your refrigerator and free up storage space on the countertop or inside cabinets.
  • Cabinet Organizers work well to hold large quantities of spices in different sizes.
  • Spice Storage in a Drawer. Laying spice bottles flat in a shallow drawer is a great way to organize in a small kitchen without a pantry. When you pull the drawer open the labels are easy to read.

You can also DIY a spice rack using scrap wood. Learn how here.

5. Storing Canned Goods

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In a small kitchen with no pantry, storing canned goods becomes a problem. Use the following solutions to organize yours without taking up too much space:

  • Bins and Baskets. Baskets and bins work well to stack multiple cans. Place them in a corner of the countertop out of the way or place one in a cabinet for easy access.
  • Turntables: Turntables hold items on a portable shelf that spins. If you use a stackable turntable, you’ll save even more space and fit a lot of cans.
  • Drawers: A deep kitchen drawer can hold a good amount of canned goods. Choose one deep enough to open and close easily when full of cans. 
  • Tiered Stands: Like the tiered storage for spices, there is tiered storage for canned goods. These work well on a countertop or in a cabinet.  

6. Dry Goods Storage Ideas

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Dry goods, like flour and sugar, take up a lot of cabinet space and require creativity to store without a pantry. Placing the dry goods in glass containers makes storage easier in the following locations:

  • Open Shelves add charm to any kitchen, use wall space, and create excellent storage to showcase your glass jars.
  • Countertop storage of dry goods in glass containers is aesthetically pleasing, and you won’t mind displaying them on your countertops. 

7. Snack Storage

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Snacks tend to take over a small kitchen with no pantry. Dedicate a drawer in your kitchen to everyday snacks for easy access. If you have small children, make sure they can reach it so they can learn to become independent.

8. Use Repurposed Furniture as Storage

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Repurposed furniture, like buffets and hutches or freestanding cupboards, make stylish kitchen additions and can serve as pantries. They can be placed in dining rooms if they don’t fit in the kitchen, and they make a lovely accent piece equipped with storage.

9. Efficient Use of Cabinets

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Cabinets are key storage locations in all kitchens, but limited space and short shelves create issues when storing items. You can make efficient use of your cabinets with a pull-out cabinet organizer. 

10. Under Cabinet Storage 

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We’ve covered the wall space, drawers, and inside cabinets; is there any room left? Yes. You can attach storage containers, such as under cabinet baskets to create even more storage space. Under-cabinet baskets are great for kitchen towels and oven mitts. Plus, doing so frees up a drawer for different items.

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Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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