It’s that time again — to make dinner for your family.

A task that should be fun and peaceful, but it’s become so chaotic and stressful. All because you just don’t have enough room.

But what if there was a way to get back to the days when your kitchen had plenty of room, cooking was a breeze, maybe even enjoyable?

And what if there was a way to do it without breaking the bank?

We all know making a family dinner can be hard when you don’t have space or the room to store all of the stuff you need to cook freely and make that Sunday dinner everyone looks forward to.

And the good news is that with some of these space-saving hacks for your kitchen, you can.

1. Cut Over the Sink

Need to cut some veggies but lacking that desperately needed counter space? 

Sure, you could try to move a bunch of stuff out of the way and put your cutting board on the countertop – or, you could try an over-the-sink cutting board, and save that counter space for everything else you need.

2. Spice Things Up with Magnets

think of new places to store your spices, like with magnets
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Do you use a lot of spices? There’s nothing nicer than a nice spice rack, but it can take up so much counter space.

What if you used your fridge instead? Try 

Try a magnetic spice rack, all your spices are in a convenient location, and you’re saving plenty of counter space.

3. Install Cabinet Shelves

I’ll be honest – every time I look in my kitchen cabinets, there seems like a massive amount of wasted space, and in turn, they are cluttered and chaotic.

Here’s the trick; look around for some wire racks that can fit in the cabinet(s) of your choice. Get some extra shelf space and organize your cabinets how you’ve always wanted.

4. Make Your Knife Rack Magnetic

use a magnetic knife rack to get them out of the way and display them
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Small purchase, big difference. 

Ditch that knife block taking up all that counter space for your excellent knives. Hey, they deserve something nice, but magnetic strips will display your beautiful knives for all to see.

And, bonus, you can see the knife you need, no need to hunt for the right one every time.

All you need is a little wall space, and you save some on your counter.

5. Ditch Your Coffee Maker

I’ll admit it, I NEED my morning coffee, so I’m not advocating altogether ditching coffee, but the options now are seemingly endless.

Look around; there are tons of sleek coffee makers for you to choose from that will not only shrink the footprint, but they can add a nice element to your kitchen too.

6. How About Your Walls?

Do you have free wall space? Can you put something there?

Think about adding some shelving, or even hooks to hang pots, pans, and cooking utensils.

Want to get creative? Use the same idea for the ends of cupboards if you have space.

7. Don’t Forget to Look Up

Can you do the same to your ceiling?

Hang a pot rack or even a basket for some kitchen odds and ends to clean up your counter or your cupboards.

8. Need Wine Space?

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I won’t fault you for having some bottles of wine around the kitchen, but some of those nice racks, while nice, can take up a lot of space.

Get a single column wine rack, or move it out of the kitchen entirely and onto a coffee table. There are some excellent options out there.

9. Have Room for a Kitchen Cart?

We’ve been working on clearing off your countertop, so you have the space you need, but what can you do to gain counter space?

Maybe you have the room for a kitchen cart? 

A cart can give you that extra little counter space for that big dinner you’re cooking for your neighbors, and you can even find one with a butcher block or stainless steel.

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes; you can even match your current cabinets.

Look around and find the one that works for you.

10. Add Shelf Space…On Your Cabinet

Look at the top of your upper cabinets. Is there a bunch of wasted space?

Is there any way you can get creative with shelving up there? It’s an excellent spot for some of those kitchen items you use very rarely but still need around.

Open Up Your Kitchen Space

Look around your kitchen and see what you can add from our kitchen hacks above. Be creative and think of what you can move around, get off your counter, and out of your way so that you can cook your next family dinner in a relaxed and peaceful manner.

Enjoy your new spacious kitchen!

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