Updated: Sep 2, 2020
Hello blogging world! So sorry I’ve been away for so long, but I promise it’s a good excuse….
My boyfriend and I recently moved across the country, leaving our quaint and cozy hometown of St. Charles, Illinois to live life on the west coast in Seattle, Washington! It’s a BIG change, and we’ve been busy with the move and adjusting to our new lives. We’ve managed to find a charming studio apartment that we both fell in love with: historic building with old-world character, new and modern appliances, lofty ceilings, and lots of natural light. There is just a teeny downside….it’s 325 square feet of space.
I suppose living in a small studio apartment isn’t really a downside, it just creates challenges when it comes to storing all the stuff we’ve brought along for the move, especially when it comes to the kitchen storage. Tom and I both like to cook, so we have plenty of appliances, pots/pans, etc. Fitting it into a small kitchen space has made us come up with creative storing methods which just sets us up for our eventually tiny home!
If you’re living in a tiny apartment, which I feel many millennial living in urban areas are, here are a few ways to maximize your space in your kitchen.
Purge your Kitchen
A lot of maximizing a tiny kitchen is deciding what items you need and what items you can make do without. Do you really need three cutting boards? How about that electric can opener? Sure, it’s nice to have a avocado slicer, but is that really necessary? Go through each of your kitchen items to see what is valuable and essential to your cooking lifestyle.
Opening shelving in leu of cabinets can open up a space and make it feel larger than it actually is. Just remember to keep things neat and tidy or else it defeats the purpose. Display your pretty plates or fancy serving bowls on open shelves to create visual interest while still being practical.
Instead of shoving your pots and pans into drawers, display them by hanging them on the wall. You can arrange them eclectically or create a more efficient and organized look with wall units like the ones from IKEA. Hanging baskets are great for vertically storing produce such as bananas, apples, onions, and garlic.
Need more workspace? Rolling carts are great because you can fit additional storage into your small kitchen while having the ability to roll out of the way if need be.
Aside from wall shelves, you can add shelving to the sides of your end cabinets to maximize on space.
Get Creative with your Food Storage
Root vegetables, such as potatoes, onions, and garlic, do not need refrigerating and instead can be stored in a cool, dark space. Openly display your bulk food in glass jars and containers while leaving room in the cabinets for less pleasing items…unless you can find a way to glamorously showcase your Tupperware.