Kitchens are packed with drawers, shelves and worktops but can often feel like the most cluttered room in the house. This can be stressful when you’re in the middle of cooking and you need to find a specific pot lid or utensil. It also looks untidy and can turn what should be a place you love into a drag. It doesn’t have to be though. We’ve got 10 clever ways to maximise your kitchen space to help you keep everything neat and tidy.  


Decluttering is essential. We’re all hoarding something that we don’t use often, if at all, so just bin it. Or sell it, give it to charity. Whatever you choose to do, clear out broken or tired crockery, duplicate utensils, warped pans, and old appliances. Be ruthless, don’t keep something ‘just in case’. This step alone will free up loads of space and allow you to optimise your kitchen. 

Turn the Sink into a Worktop

Sink Worktops

The kitchen sink takes up a lot of space in the kitchen. Whether it’s a single bowl, integrated into the worktop, or a classic farmhouse sink, this is another space that could be used. To maximise its use, find a cutting board that fits over the sink and you’ve got the perfect spot to chop ingredients for dinner. This saves you valuable space and allows you to wash, chop and clean all in the same space. 

Install Hooks Behind Doors

Kitchen Door Hook

Your cupboards can be optimised in several ways. One of the most efficient is to install racks or hooks on the inside of your cupboard doors. This is ideal for hanging slim items like pot lids, spice racks, and roll holders. You can even plan out where to install these hooks and racks for quick access. 

Use Jars for Bulk Items

Kitchen Jar Storage

Kitchens can often become cluttered with half-empty bags of flour, rice and pasta. Investing in some big glass jars for staples like cereals and grains is a great way to combine all those packets into a single container. This looks tidy and also allows you to keep up with how much of one ingredient you have. 

For an even more sustainable and environmentally-conscious approach, take your jars to a zero-waste shop. These grocers are set out like an old-fashioned sweet shop allowing you to pack your jars with as much as you need. This reduces your reliance on single-use plastic and waste. There’s no time like the present to invest in green alternatives, no matter how small.

Install Rolling Shelves

Rolling Kitchen Shelves

A deep corner cupboard with long shelves is great for storage but can be a pain when you’re looking for a specific pan or ingredient. Update your shelving with rolling shelves to make finding what you need easier. At Kitchen People, we have a wide range of bespoke kitchen design options to modernise your kitchen. Take a look and see how we can turn a tired kitchen into a modern oasis. 

Divide Your Shelves

Shelf Dividers

Maximising your kitchen storage is often just a case of making sure everything has its place. This can go out the window when you’re stressed, tired or just fed up. Dividers help keep order and allow you to mark out exactly where and how things will fit. Cutlery dividers are commonplace but aren’t the only way to organise a drawer. Pan dividers and cheap containers or lunch boxes can be used to organise cleaning products, pans, spices, sauces and just about anything else. 

Dish Stacker

Dish Stacker

Tall cabinets have a lot of wasted space. Stacking pots and pans on top of each other can make finding the right one a pain too. Avoid both of these issues with a dish stacker. Cheap and easy to find, a dish stacker allows you to store multiple pots or pans without using up the whole footprint of your cabinet. 

Use the Full Wall Space

Pot Hangers

Your kitchen walls can be optimised for style and storage. Pot hangers are a great centrepiece and make a kitchen feel homely but also allow you to store pots without wasting precious cabinet space. Keep your favourite pots and pans on hangers for quick and easy access. 

Much like cabinets, your wall has a lot of potential vertical storage. Installing a small shelf higher up makes the most of your wall space and can be used to create an eye-catching feature. Spices, plants, maybe some of that fine china you never get to use. This is the perfect place to show off. 

Magnetic Strips are Great for Knives, Pot Lids and Utensils

Magnetic Knife Strip

Ditch the clunky knife block and invest in a magnetic knife strip. This handy wall storage solution is not just limited to knives and can be used for pot lids and metal utensils. 

Switch to No-Handle Cupboard Doors

No Handle Design

Last but not least is to update your kitchen with no-handle cupboard doors. Cabinets in corners can be a real hassle with handles stopping you opening and closing doors efficiently. Modernise your kitchen with some high-quality kitchen cabinets and you’ll find your kitchen grow in front of your eyes. 

Making the most of your kitchen needs little more than imagination and clever design. Whether you maximise this with a bespoke fitted kitchen service or a few clever cupboard hacks, a little bit of imagination and time are all that’s needed to clear the clutter and create a little more breathing room.