I recently moved from a studio apartment to a one-bedroom in New York City. Thus, I thought that the new space would be spacious and rife with shelving and cabinets. Also, everything I needed for a happy life.
I was very wrong. While I did have more space, my new apartment was lacking built-in storage. In particular, I needed creative ideas for my tiny kitchen. The cabinets were weirdly small and there was only one drawer. (Remind me to check things like that next time I move). I needed clever storage solutions or the spacious, airy apartment I dreamed about would quickly turn into a cluttered reality.
Luckily, I found random solutions that helped me store and organize everything. Who knew that wooden crates and folding tables would be so handy?
In my tiny kitchen, the microwave was sitting on the counter, taking up valuable space. I noticed there was about a foot of vertical space going unused—and I wanted it.
The solution turned out to be a simple wooden crate. Thus, which propped up the appliance while leaving room for me to store my lunch containers underneath. I’m thinking I’ll paint it.
On the long list of charming “quirks” that came with the apartment. Hence, was a long, narrow broom closet where some kind of pantry definitely should have been. I needed a place to put dry goods. But I couldn’t figure out how to utilize the cabinet on its own.
So I scoured the kitchen storage section… and found nothing. But then I moved to the bathroom storage section. And discovered the perfect, stable shelving unit for my pasta and granola bars. Important lesson learned: When looking for storage solutions, branch out.
My fridge is next to the stove, and my mom made the (brilliant) suggestion. Hence, to mount a small magnetic spice rack on the side of the fridge. Also, store the handful of spices I use almost every day.
This sleek option provided the perfect spot for my favorites (Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning, of course). And decluttered the makeshift pantry, making room for a few extra miscellaneous kitchen items next to my lesser-used spices.
Although I’m lucky enough to have a dishwasher, there are many times I wash things by hand, and I needed a place to dry them. This folding dish rack holds a surprising number of dishes, utensils, and other random kitchen items. And then conveniently hides away behind the sink.
Plus, I love that it rests on a rimmed plastic mat, making it easy to clean and dump any water in the sink.