Sustainable Designs

Maximizing Your Tiny Kitchen

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.

Open Shelving

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Image via Bloglovin’

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.

Hanging Storage

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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 such as this one from IKEA.

Kitchen Cart

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Need more workspace? If you have the room, repurposing a small chest into a tiny kitchen island provides not only more storage in the drawers, but valuable countertop space as well. Here is the link to DIY.

Side Shelving

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Image via diyandmag.com

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

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Image via mimiscraftyworld.blogspot.co.uk

Root vegetables, such as potatoes, onions, and garlic, do not need refrigerating and instead can be stored in a cool, dark space. If you have extra cabinet space, you can use file storage to organize your vegetables while still having additional room for cutting boards.

 

 

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