Check out this little project I worked on.
As far as kitchens go our’s is definitely not the smallest I’ve ever seen but they way it’s laid out does not make very good use of the space. Thus, we have a major lack of storage in our kitchen. As much as I would love to have a beautiful, glamorous kitchen I am not willing to invest the money into making our apartment kitchen pretty. We just need it to be functional and one day when we own a home we can beautify that kitchen.
I don’t have a ton of genius tips to give out but there are a few things we’ve done to make our kitchen a bit more functional.
In the above photo you can see a bunch if stuff I use in my breakfast yogurt – chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds, muesli, etc. These things were taking up so much room in our cabinets and it’s stuff I use nearly everyday so I decided it made more sense for these things to live our on the countertop. We have a section of the counter top that is tucked under the cabinets in the corner of the room that really can’t function as usable prep space so I placed the breakfast stuff in that corner and it’s worked out perfectly there. Keeping everything packaged in the stackable Tupperware keeps it all more organized.
This is a small cabinet Austin’s mom bought us for Christmas. Nothing fancy but it works and was the perfect size for the space we had. So obviously this was a great addition since it gave up tons of storage space, but it also added counter prep space as well. I was really happy to finally have permanent home for my KitchenAid because it was such a pain keeping it in the cabinet above the stove. KitchenAid mixers are heavy and I’ve almost fell multiple times trying to get this thing down by myself. It also provides space for prepping meals so now we can both be in the kitchen contributing to meal prep. And this also gives us a space for drying dishes on our drying mat.
This metal stand is something we’ve has since we moved in. My grandmas bought this on clearance, I think from K-mart, and it didn’t fit the space she had in mind for it. When we signed our lease she offered it to us and it’s been very useful. There is an outlet on this wall in the kitchen so it’s a great place to keep appliances that don’t get put away. The microwave and toaster oven fit perfectly on the sturdy wooden shelf. We use the rest of the shelves for storage of random items. It also had hooks for hanging things, but we really only use those for our cutting boards since we don’t have a lot of things that need to be hung.
So, these are of few of the things we’ve done to create a bit more storage in our kitchen. I would love to know if any of you have kitchen storage tips for apartment living. I would greatly appreciate the ideas.