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4 No-Cost Solutions to My Small Space Kitchen Storage Woes

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 22, 2018 01:07 AM
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by Rebekah Hall last modified Sep 21, 2018

We're back with a new edition of A Renter's Diary! Over the next few weeks, we'll continue to follow Rebekah Hall as she and her boyfriend move from a home into a 800-square-foot apartment in Little Rock, Arkansas. From battling with the task of downsizing, to figuring out the quirks of the space, Hall will share all of the things you might forget or underestimate. Last week, Hall shared how she got over the temptation of buying new stuff for her space with a few genius money saving tips . This week she deals with small-space storage solutions on a very limited budget: I am an apartment optimist. I see the potential in every space I enter and in every listing I swipe through on Zillow. I start thinking of the possibilities for arranging the space and what pieces could make the space more usable and efficient. My mind is swimming with floating shelves, vintage Hoosier cabinets, space-saving kitchen carts on wheels, magnetic knife racks, and lazy susans. But when it came to space-saving solutions in my new apartment, I was stumped. For the rest of our home, we've been able to rely on three easy solutions to storage problems: A surprisingly large closet to store bed linens, a set of stackable plastic storage drawers I've had since college, and a hanging shoe rack. We've also been able to store some winter clothes (who knows if they'll see the light of day here in Little Rock) and a few items we just don't know what to do with at my parents' house. We, of course, have that miscellaneous stray box in our closet holding several jigsaw puzzles and a tangle of extension cords that I can't bring myself to attempt to unravel, among other things. But the kitchen was a huge storage problem for me. It only has three bottom cabinets and not one single upper cabinet. There is one solitary usable kitchen outlet and no pantry. Our only counter space is the top of a large cabinet that measures a little over four feet long and two feet deep. Thankfully, this is somehow a more usable counter space than we had in our previous home. The counter also has a little shelving unit on the back of it, so I'm able to house some of my objects there. Every time I enter my kitchen, my brain yells solutions at me: Get a pegboard for over the sink! Invest in open shelving! Buy that three-tier rolling cart from IKEA that everyone has! But all of these cost money—something we're trying not to spend too much of right now. So it was time to be inventive and put to use one of the oldest tricks in the book: Shop from other places in my house (and my family's house, too). Here's what I've come up with so far: READ MORE »





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