Post # 1
Our apartment is a violent looking tornado of wedding gifts and random kitchen items strewn everywhere. We don’t have a lot of cupboard space or storage space and walking on top of or around everything is getting really tiresome! Please share your tips for storage and organization in your house so that I don’t trip over ten different things while trying to find the bathroom at night and so I can actually use my kitchen!
So far something helpful I found: my salad spinner was taking up an obnoxious amount of cupboard space, but I found a Martha Stewart collapsible salad spinner at Macy’s! My colander was also taking up an obnoxious amount of space, but I found a set of two collapsible ones at Costco! Martha also has an adjustible/slider measuring spoon- so instead of having a zillion little spoons in your drawer, you can have just one!
Post # 3
Anywhere you can add additional shelves or storage space?
Your ideas you mentioned are great. I didn’t even know they had collapsible items such as these. Awesome!!
I don’t have any good tips except just to utilize the space you have as best as possible. Good luck and congrats on your new kitchen goodies!!! (And marriage!) 🙂
Post # 4
We have a tiny apartment too, and I have tons of hooks everywhere. They could help in the kitchen with towels, pots, pans, anything with an opening to hang. Of course, near the door they help with coats, dog leash, bike helmets, purses, tote bags, backpacks, keys. We have a granny cart hanging on the closet door. I have a hook facing the inside of the clothes closet door that has purses, belts, and ties. Also bathrobes, sweaters and sweatshirts, a couple items on hangers, towels, bras, all that stuff goes on a set of hooks just inside our bedroom. We also made a board with hooks on it and hung all of our mugs on it. It freed up a whole shelf inside a cupboard, and looks kind of cute. I love hooks – I learned it from the berenstein bears.
Post # 5
@Shelli Berenstein Bears!!!! OMG..I used to love them..so cute!!!
Post # 6
love the adjustable spoon; try your best to make a purge/giveaway box.There’s a ton of stuff probably waiting to be donated or given to friends, if you could only let it go. Also you can buy flat containers and store wrapping, ribbons and anything else you can fit under beds.
Post # 7
Great ideas, girls! I have a (now overflowing) box in my closet of crap to either get rid of on Ebay or donate to Salvation Army. Underbed storage and hooks are really good ideas, too!
Post # 8
I’ve seen some awesome racks and shelves for the kitchen from ikea. They go on the wall and you can hang your pots and pans from them, as well as store things on top. I’m trying to something similar at lowes or Bed, Bath and Beyond, since I’m not near an ikea and they are store only.
We’re in the same boat as you, and about to move into a house with a TINY kitchen!
Post # 9
The shelves I mentioned are like this, in the kitchen photo, from a blog here.
 bed bath and beyond has the pot/pan wall hooks here.
Post # 10
We live in NYC and our kitchen barely fits the two of us, like we have to be careful not to burn or cut each other if we are both cooking. We have almost no counter space to begin with , so we store our pots stacked neatly on top of the stove, all pans/casserole dishes are stored in the oven and the collander, blender and some large bowls are on top of the fridge. There is a small but deep corner space that we’ve put our knife block and serving/cooking utensils, other than that there’s just enough space to fit a cutting board on the counter while we’re cooking.
We will probably have to reorganize our coat closet which is next to the kitchen in order to store wedding gifts. It’s not that we won’t ever use them, we totally will, there just isn’t any space for them.
Post # 11
Let’s see.. here are a few things I’ve done recently that have saved us space.
pot rack, little cardboard inserts in my sock and undies drawers (the dividers keep things organized and fit more stuff than stuffing them in), buying those space bags that you vaccum the air out of and slip under beds etc, really evaluate your clothes and sheets etc and hit goodwill, drawer organizers in the kitchen, buying those white closet and pantry expander options at home depot (example, little tiered shelves for your cabinet, or little spice rack dangly things, etc), same with the laundry room, I installed hooks in my garage to hang a bunch of things (bikes, tennis rackets, mop/broom/etc).
I also rip stuff out of magazines that i like and store in one general location instead of saving every magazine. I can’t help but love holding on to them so that’s a good compromise for me.
Post # 12
purge purge purge. my hubs and i are taking a long look at EVERYTHING and keeping only what we really need which has enabled us to fill box after box with give-aways and create a ton of space for our shiny new wedding gifts. We added shelving to every kitchen cabinet to really use the space well, we measured the cabinets and bought shelving from the Container Store. get creative and make sure you maixmize every inch and be really honest about what is useful and what is just taking up space.
Post # 13
We use drawer dividers, especially for underwear and socks. We also have very little drawer space in our bedroom so we both use hanging drawers in our closet.
I use baskets for my toiletries and I have them double stacked on a rack.
We actually have a lot of storage space because we’re in a two bedroom, but the second bedroom closet is mostly full of his drum set.