Written by: Madeline Blake

You just moved. And as soon as you did, you realized you might need some extra space. Well, we all do. It is nothing new. However, sometimes you have to work with what you already have. And if it is a small kitchen – you shouldn’t stress about it. There are still ways in which you can make things work. Keep on reading and learn how to unpack into a small kitchen quickly and efficiently!


The first thing you should do is to clean your new kitchen. It doesn’t matter if it is a new one, or you got an old one in your rental after moving long distance from Georgia. Your kitchen area needs to be clean. By all means. And let us tell you this – cleaning your kitchen while it is still empty is quite easy. You won’t have to move anything. Just find yourself some products, and make it clean and shiny.

Woman cleaning a kitchen.

Clean your kitchen before you unpack into it. Trust us – it will save you a lot of time and energy.

Choose the right products

If it is a new kitchen, and you aren’t already used to cleaning it – make sure to pick the right products. Avoid all sorts of problems and damages that can occur because of using cleaning products that are too aggressive. You can even test some of your products on the side that isn’t displayed. As you already know – it is always better to be safe than sorry!

Unpack into a small kitchen – step by step guide

Once you clean your kitchen area and get to know it a little better – it is time for you to unpack. And these are some of the steps you should follow:

  • Unpack your food first.
  • Sort your things.
  • Check if everything is there.
  • Think about what you need the most.
  • Start organizing everything.
  • Don’t forget about your pantry.

Unpack your food first

The first thing you should do before you start to unpack into a small kitchen is to actually check your food. The best thing you can do is actually to not move any, but sometimes it is just not possible. And if you got yourself into a situation when you just have to move your food, the best thing you can do is to unpack it while it is still fresh. Start with items you pulled out of your freezer because sudden temperature changes can spoil them. Continue with stuff from your refrigerator and make sure you check everything before you put it back in. Look for any odd changes. If it looks or smells funny – throw it away.   


Is your food still fresh?

Sort your things

You need to play it smart in order to unpack into a small kitchen. And that means doing things step by step. One of these steps is actually getting your things out of boxes and sorting them out. This step will allow you to see what you are working with, and create a bigger picture of what and how it needs to be done.

Check if everything is there

Sometimes, things get lost. And that is precisely an inventory list can come on handy. That is – if you have one. This way, you can go through your list and check if everything is in your new place. And if not – contact your mover right away. It doesn’t matter if you have hired a professional long distance mover from Alabama or Alaska – they all have to follow certain rules and laws. And when it comes to your belongings – they can’t disappear into a thin air. Also, make sure you don’t panic. Sometimes, you just can’t find it – but it is there. Or there was a misunderstanding. Call your mover and sort things out in a professional manner. Anxiety free.

Think about what you need the most and start organizing everything

Playing it smart in order to unpack into a small kitchen means being organized. And having a solid strategy in place. Once you sort your belongings, pack your food into the refrigerator and check if everything is there – it is time to start strategizing. You need to work with what you have. That means making a strategy that will help you in days, months and years to come. What do you need the most? What do you use the most? And what you can live without? Asking yourself these questions will help you a lot. And once it does – you will know exactly where everything needs to go.

Don’t forget about your pantry

That is, if you have on. Don’t put everything into your kitchen counters. Use your pantry as much as possible. Even if it is small, it can come in handy. Any extra space will.


Do you really need it all?


Even if you got rid of everything you don’t really need before moving, you might have some junk left over. And since you are trying to unpack into a small kitchen, this might be a good time for you to say goodbye to these items. It could be your old pots you are not feeling like throwing out or your old dining set – it doesn’t matter. If you don’t need it or don’t use it anymore – get rid of it!

  • Sell online.
  • Sell at a yard sale.
  • Donate.
  • Recycle.

Choose an option that suits you the best, and make some extra space. Because you need it! Using a proper packing guide helped you a lot by now. So, follow our advice and make your living situation even better!