08/28/2012 08:15 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

How To Maximize Your Kitchen Space: Tips For Clearing Clutter, Organizing And More

We've all heard the saying "the kitchen is the heart of the home." That's fine and all, but it doesn't always feel that way, especially when you've got a kitchen that's no bigger than a closet or one that's so cluttered you don't let friends come over for dinner anymore. We feel your pain!

Kitchens don't have to be deep, dark dungeons with bottomless drawers. With some organization you can achieve a kitchen that's a pleasure to cook -- and eat -- in. Most of the time it's just about utilizing space you didn't think you could use, or changing the storage locations of certain items.

Our tips below will help you get on your way to creating a kitchen you can be proud of -- without breaking the bank to renovate.

Maximizing Your Kitchen Space

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