Tip: Big Kitchen Appliances Don't Need to Be Stored in the Kitchen...

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We have a pretty tight-spaced kitchen, so we've had to get creative with storing our appliances. For example, our stand mixer lives in our guest room, at the foot of the guest bed. When we need it... we just go and collect it.

How do you guys store your bigger kitchen appliances?
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  • Treasuredchaos.com Treasuredchaos.com on Jan 27, 2017
    I have way too many canners even though I have a lot of cabinet space. I just like to arrange them so they look like they fit wherever! My ice-cream freezer an pasta maker live in the laundry room. My deep freeze in the family room. We had a water leak and the kitchen got packed up and moved to the barn. I brought back in the necessities but not the rest. Since then the cabinets have filled up. It's now become a storage center for things I left up there and use maybe once or twice a year (Like the bean sheller, crank apple corer/slicer, seasonal platters, etc.) I use my stand mixer almost daily, though, so that's gotta stay close. I'm a kitchen gadget junkie so it's nice to see someone else has resorted to infiltrating the rest of the house/property too!

  • Treasuredchaos.com Treasuredchaos.com on Jan 27, 2017
    I think my canners look pretty out!

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    • Treasuredchaos.com Treasuredchaos.com on Feb 02, 2017
      Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
      Our garden was dissapointing with the strange weather the past few years...but if you hop over to my site TreasuredChaos.com I have done more freezing than canning this year...plan on a wonderful garden and with a new baby in May I'll be stuck inside so I should get those shelves full and share along the way! btw...my pantry is literally less than two feet on either side of a doorway!

  • Judy propoggio Judy propoggio on Jan 27, 2017
    Our freezer is in the master bedroom hidden by a pretty screen 😍

  • Robin Romero Robin Romero on Jan 27, 2017
    I have a small-ish pantry but use it's upper shelves to house my appliances like an air fryer, deep fryer, popcorn maker, wok, blenders, etc. I also use the space to house my many cookbooks. I use a stepstool to get the large items off the top shelf while keeping the food items within reach.

  • Skeg Skeg on Jan 29, 2017
    My favorite thing in my new house is my giant pantry space for this reason

  • Nadine Nadine on Jan 29, 2017
    I could not tell from your photo if you have space in front of the bed. If you do, you should buy or build a storage trunk and use it for your appliances. It can serve as a place to sit as well as storage. If you don't perhaps you can raise the bed up and use under the bed to add large storage boxes to hold appliances. Another option is to use some wall space and add some floating shelves and then use some large baskets or boxes to hold the appliances.

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    • Nadine Nadine on Feb 02, 2017
      3 dogs, 6 cats, canary, bearded dragon plus neighbor's dogs? You must be pet magnet(which means any needy animal within a .5 mile radius will find you). You only hope for your pet family to not grow larger, is to quickly find a loving home for any new ones, before you fall in love.

  • Lyn Lyn on Jan 29, 2017
    I bought rolling racks and put them under the basement steps. I also have clear plastic tubs that rest on PVC pipes so they can be stacked on the pvc structure and slide back and forth without having to move the other tubs above or below it. I think I found it as a kit on the internet. I keep it in the garage, near the kitchen. I inherited all my mom's kitchen stuff, and I don't have the heart to get rid of it, So I store.

  • Sparkles Sparkles on Jan 30, 2017
    I have an old fridge that does not work so I store my things in there on the shelves/\

  • Grace Grace on Jan 31, 2017
    we have the same problem, so most of my large kitchen necessities are in our spare bedroom turned into a closet area on a shelving unit

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Feb 01, 2017
    My whole small, third bedroom is my storage room. Everything is organized on shelving or in tubs. By everything I mean from sweaters folded on a "bookcase" shelving unit to overflow kitchen items and canned goods. From crafts and camping equipment to tools in a tool box.

  • Michelle Michelle on Feb 01, 2017
    I have a dishwasher that hooks up to my sink in the kitchen since my kitchen is small we moved it in out livingroon and pull it into kitchen when needed

  • Laurie Laurie on Feb 01, 2017
    I live in an 800 sq ft cottage. It isn't a kitchen appliance but extra sheets and pillow cases I hide, in the dryer in kitchen trash bags.

  • Mollee Kauzlarich Mollee Kauzlarich on Feb 02, 2017
    I created storage over the basement step to keep large seldom use appliances and pots.

  • Don't fret Hillela, I have the same problem. I do have a shelving unit in the garage that houses "party stuff" or seldom used items, but it is still not enough.

  • Libby Libby on Feb 02, 2017
    Read in an earlier post that you're close to IKEA - They are a study in small space living! So in line with IKEA thinking, can you use your wall space? Hanging cubes, shelves, cabinets?

    or- Space within. Such as boxing in under your chairs, leaving open the side that faces the table, for easy access. (if unappealing you can hide with slipcovers).

    Is your table able wide enough to add a storage cubby screwed beneath it? You could put smaller items there to free up cabinet space.

    Use tension rods across the window, add hooks and hang utensils and bins!

    In my kitchen I've also gained cabinet space by doing away with stocking extra food. In an effort to eat healthier, I've eliminated canned goods all together. One box of pasta will do. In 50+ years I've never needed a second box.
    The bargain deals at the supermarket weren't a fair exchange for my kictchen tools. Often a waste of money too as they'd outdate before using them up. - So my small appliances all have a home in my well functioning kitchen and my food is fresh from the market (with the exception of the two cabinets for protein fiber bars, snacks and cereals. My husband even has room for his own drawer for his easy access breakfast routine. (Oatmeal, honey, bagged nut mixes, agave, vitamins).

    Using Lock-n-Lock containers that I bought from QVC on special, really helps me fit the snacks into a smaller footprint. In fact, using organizing tools makes everything work better, like dividers that hold and separate pans and lids for easy access.

    Have Fun!

  • Lyn Buerger Lyn Buerger on Feb 02, 2017
    I am not in a small house and I also have problems with storage so you just have to get creative. Look around and see if you have what I call FREE AIR SPACE. If you had a shelf there would anyone hit their heads on it????If is is truly free air space then figure out how to build a drop down hanging storage area. Think like a hanging shelf for stem ware or pots and pans. Good luck girl.

    • Janet Laughlin Janet Laughlin on Feb 05, 2017
      Hi Lyn .Do you have any room in the furnace room, I put up shelves just buy metal tracks, screw them on the wall hook the brackets into it than put on the shelves. space them for different heights for whatever use you need. i have them on two walls. it's like an extra pantry.


  • Joan Joan on Feb 05, 2017
    The previous owners of my house installed the old kitchen cabinets in my attached garage. I house many kitchen items in those great cupboards. I highly recommend utilizing your old kitchen cupboards this way if you're remodeling your kitchen. You're recycling and at that same time getting some additional storage.

    I also purchased some great plastic free-standing shelving units from Sears (the kind that take 5 minutes to put together without any screws--also available at Lowe's, Home Depot, and Ollie's) and created a pantry and kitchen item storage area in my basement laundry room.

  • Lyn Buerger Lyn Buerger on Feb 05, 2017
    No furnace room except for a closes 18x18"?? (just enough room for the unit. But I am a master in finding ways to store things. I love my junk since I am a craft person. Worry that I am also a hoarder, but don't think so. Some people's junk is really just stuff hunting a home.

  • Jpc15346815 Jpc15346815 on Feb 12, 2017
    You might have more space than you think. Another poster mentioned IKEA, and that is a great idea. I would go cupboard by cupboard with a very critical eye and make certain I'm not storing stuff I haven't used in years. I didn't think I had much of anything, but donated mixing bowls, a popcorn air popper, blenders (did I REALLY need more than one?) and a crapload of travel coffee mugs, water bottles and plastic food containers. Even though I corralled most of these items in boxes, it's amazing how stuff breeds MORE stuff. What helped me the most was to stop thinking about how much I paid for these items. The money has already been spent, wasted, and I'm not earning any money storing it, so I just keep reminding myself to "get over it!" lol. Especially when seeing things I don't use reminds me that I wasted the money. I don't need the guilt trip. :)

  • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Feb 12, 2017
    Ours is a medium sized kitchen with a nice tall ceiling. To take advantage of the "extra" (no such thing  ) head space we attached wire shelving. With this kind of shelving I can use S hooks to hang pots, pans or whatever. Plus on the top of the shelves, I can put "stuff" that I rarely use out of the way. Bought the shelving at Home Depot and it wasn't very expensive.

  • Sharon Roscher Sharon Roscher on Feb 12, 2017
    Recently diagnosed with diabetes so now I have to do "portion control" and take better care of US. So, I've really become OCD about all of this nonsense. Check out the refrigerator and menu board. Planning REALLY helps.