Storage Help!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If you don’t have room for a hanging pot rack (they have semi-circle ones that attach to a wall), you might try storing stuff in your oven.  I keep my cookie sheets, broiling pans, and a couple of pans in the oven and pull them out when I need to.  Also, if you think you have kitchen stuff you don’t really use, put it in a box as an experiment and see what doesn’t get pulled out for use over the course of a month.  You’d be surprised at what you don’t actually need.

One thing I’ve done now is pare down what I buy when I go shopping.  I generally do a week’s worth of shopping instead of two weeks and it makes a huge difference.  I always have a couple boxes of pasta, jars of sauce, soup, and mac and cheese on hand, but that’s about it for pantry items.  We waste alot less now, and I love making menu plans during boring meetings at work.

 

Post # 4
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10495 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Magnetic spice jars can be stuck to the fridge.

Post # 5
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1106 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

we have a utensil holder on the counter (for lack of a better word– basically a wire vase for our spoons, spatulas, etc) to help free up a drawer or two, it also makes for easy access when pots need a quick stir before splattering

We also have these clear/ stainless air tight canisters for spaghetti & other dry goods that look nice out on the counter– and it frees up space in your designated pantry cabinet for things that cant necessarily be opened up & stored in another vessel.

Does the oven have a drawer on the bottom? we always store our cookie sheets down there–

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Do you have a picture? That would help a lot!

We had the world’s smallest kitchen in our Boston apartment – 3 upper cabinets, 3 lower, and no dishwasher, so a dish rack took up 1/2 the countertop space. We made it work with a rolling kitchen card with a drawer, cabinet, and open storage shelf (that had a butcher block top for more surface area). We also had a separate tall cabinet with doors in the adjacent dining room that we used as our pantry – the doors kept it from looking so cluttered! We used the dining table as prep space, as well, which really helped since there was so little countertop space. It’s totally workable 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Ah! Something I feel semi-qualified for since I LOVE to cook (AKA have many gadgets and items, pots and pans…) but have a small kitchen!

Hanging pot racks, plate shelves, shelves with wine glass sliders on the bottom…these will all save you space on walls.

A hanging pot rack can be ideal.

Think of storing kitcheny things in OTHER places. For example, we have all cloth napkins, table linens, dish towels, bar mops, dishcloths in an armoire in another room. No one sees them so it’s not like it looks “out of place.” When space is limited, as long as things are hidden they can be in a “good place.”

We have a 5-ft. cutesy storgae cabinet from Hobby Lobby – we use it as our pantry. It is in the living room, though! Near the kitchen. No kitchen space = creative storage places. And the good thing is, everyone comments on how cute it looks in the living room without having a clue what’s inside. 🙂

Good luck!

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