5 Organizing Tips to Steal from Petite Paris Kitchens

5 Organizing Tips to Steal from Petite Paris Kitchens

(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

Between our old kitchen tours and the countless home tours on Apartment Therapy, we've drooled over many stunning Parisian kitchens over the years. Above all else, we've been impressed by the ability of our French friends to do so much with their small spaces. (In fact, we just wrote about some small but beautiful Paris kitchens last week!) Here are a few of our favorite organizing ideas from tiny (and thoughtful) kitchens in the City of Light.

1. Make use of all your surfaces.

What strikes us immediately about this Paris kitchen, aside from the bright colors and artwork, is how they made use of all the available surfaces. If your range has a hood with flat surfaces, that's a great place to store items that can handle the heat and might not be used that often. We also like that the rail behind the sink is home to glass jars with frequently used items.

Take a tour: Laurence & Fabrice's Friendly Eclectic Mix in Paris at Apartment Therapy

(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

2. Hang things whenever possible.

Vertical storage will forever be one of our favorite tricks in the kitchen, and hanging vertical storage is even better. Not only does using the wall space above your counters free up some cooking space, but it also enables you to keep things within arm's reach. We especially love the hanging corkscrew on this Grundtal rail system from IKEA — it makes opening that bottle of rosé even easier.

See more pics: Kim's Sunny Small Space in Paris at Apartment Therapy

3. Store related items together.

Okay, this might seem like a no-brainer, but if you keep your knives in one place and your cutting board across the kitchen, you'll be spending unnecessary time and energy moving around the kitchen. No, it won't add that much time to preparing an individual recipe, but it will make you a less efficient cook. Take a cue from this Parisian kitchen and install that knife rack right above your chopping block.

Check out the rest of the space: Siire's Eclectic, Happy Apartment in Paris on Apartment Therapy

(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

4. Get colorful and creative.

When I first looked at this photo, my eyes were immediately drawn to the bright orange folding chairs between the counter and the fridge. We're going to guess that many of you are faced with similar unused spaces in your rental kitchens: Put those gaps to good use by storing extra chairs or your step stool in between. After all, in a small kitchen, all storage space is precious.

For more: Amandine & Amaury's Lovely Little Loft in Paris at Apartment Therapy

(Image credit: Celeste Sunderland)

5. Embrace the cluttered counter.

Again and again when looking at Paris kitchens, we notice how many of the counters have stuff on them. Appliances, ingredients, butcher block cutting boards — they're all left out in the open. Regular contributor Dana Velden once wrote about why you should relax about your cluttered counters, and clearly Parisians agree. Just make sure that the things you're keeping out are ones that you use frequently.

See the rest of the home: Julie's Homey Apartment Kitchen in Paris at Apartment Therapy

Can you spy any other organizing tricks to steal from these petite Parisian kitchens?

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