What can I do to increase storage in my little galley kitchen?

The room can't be made bigger. Outside wall on one side, garage on one, basement stairs on one, and living room on last. Countertop space is very limited. I have to keep pots and pans in the oven. I can't afford to spend a lot of money. Help!
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Taken from the doorway to the living room. Pretty much the only usable counter space and the majority of the cupboards.
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Taken from the opposite end of the kitchen. The garage end.
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Taken from the garage side. Entrance to living room on end, basement stairs on left, outside wall on right.
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This small counter is occupied by the microwave and toaster oven. Pretty useless for anything else.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 06, 2017

  • Lora Lora on Jul 06, 2017
    I've seen where people put shelves up on the wall with the stairs for extra storage.

    • Dianne Johns Dianne Johns on Jul 06, 2017
      Do you mean on the walls going down the stairs? There is less than a foot of space on either side of the doorway, but I guess very small shelves would help there. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Have you thought about a rolling cart for the microwave and toaster oven? You have more room than I do, and we do not have basements. I store a lot of items in clear plastic tubs in my garage.

  • Barb Barb on Jul 06, 2017
    I just helped my aunt out with this same problem 6 months ago. Your truly limited to adding or creating shelfs without making it look cluttered. Try going through all your cupboards and any items you truly don't need or want donate them and items you use for Easter or Christmas or when you make sauce big items store them in the basement this free up alot of cupboard space. The cupboard over your fridge use that for things you use rarely like cockpot or dishes you plan to give to family members later. Now you have room for thing that are on the counter into the freed space you made. Just a thought 😀 Or another closet in the house that's not being used??

    • Dianne Johns Dianne Johns on Jul 07, 2017
      Thanks, Barb. Those are good suggestions. Unfortunately, every closet in my house is currently full. But I am making an effort to get rid of things I really don't use anymore. And to store things more logically. I stack boxes of food on their sides. That way, I can stack them to the top of the cupboard and the tops are all showing so I can see what they are. I fit a lot more in the space that way. I don't use the cupboard over the fridge, but I put a lot of things on top of the fridge.

  • Xxx21862924 Xxx21862924 on Jul 13, 2017
    I have a small kitchen too. I recently put up a shelf on the wall above the counter, below the cupboards. It got some of the smaller items off the counter which has been helpful. The rolling cart for the microwave and/or the toaster oven is good idea. Also, do you have room for a pantry at the end of the microwave counter, next to the basement stairs? If you don't have room for a deep pantry, you could consider something like the Billy Bookcase or Hemnes cabinet from Ikea with doors.

    • Dianne Johns Dianne Johns on Jul 21, 2017
      Thanks for the suggestions. No room for a pantry. I'm not familiar with the Ikea items. I'll check them out.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 22, 2017
    I just reorganized a clients tiny 1910 kitchen. Can't see if there is a wall space to the right of that stove, but if there is put a grid on the wall and get some S-hooks to hang pans and utensils. You could also possible hang a pot rack over your sink made from an old partial ladder hung from the ceiling with eye-hooks on the ladder, chain and plant hooks on ceiling.
    If you have toe kicks under those cabinets, you can make a sliding drawer instead for flat storage of baking sheets, fry pans, cutting boards.
    You could get one of the 3-tiered wire baskets to hang over sink to store onions, garlic and the fruit you have sitting on your counter.
    Would there be enough room to fix some of those appliances as undermounts on the bottom of cabinets?
    Declutter your cabinets of items you haven't used in a year. Then get some of those white wire stacking racks to organize plates, cups and glasses to save cubboard space. Then put away everything on the counter you can. Just declutter will make it feel cleaner and more open.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jul 22, 2017
    I'd take everything that you don't use daily and move it to shelving in the garage. You can group things together ( ie: all baking stuff) and put it in labeled totes. The kitchen would look larger if there were less clutter on the counters, refrigerator and walls.

  • KatAych KatAych on Jul 28, 2017
    use under cabinet space; maybe add a place to hang your pots either on that far wall by the stove or maybe in the window space.

  • Robin Fournier Robin Fournier on May 06, 2018
    FIRST: Get rid of what you haven't used in one year....second, buy used pretty wicker/weaved/wooden baskets (approximately 12inches in diameter so not too heavy to take down when needed) and put items you don't use daily in these baskets above your cabinet open space. Still need more space? My go to: Dollar store clear plastic Sterlite shoe boxes to organize cabinets, you can also use slotted plate holders and turn them vertically/horizontal whichever works best and store frying pans and lids. With a small kitchen you probably should have a Costco Sam's club card due to you have no place to put extra dry goods!