If you can’t tell, my kitchen sees a LOT of action each day.
But what you don’t see, is how SMALL my kitchen is. Seriously, it’s tiny.
What it lacks in size, counter space and cabinets, though… I’ve compensated for through some serious organization.
And lots of help from IKEA.
Care to take a peek?
While I love the open floor plan of our apartment, I could have really used another cabinet for storage… so I added a shelf! It’s holds all of my mason jars nicely, and still leaves plenty of room below for my Vita-Mix, along with some usable counter-space.
In my mason jars, I store a variety of nuts, dried fruits, grains and flours.
All easy to grab when I need them!
Over my stove, I keep many of my cooking essentials within reach, too.
On the wall next to my stove, I keep even more tools handy!
I hung another bar, with hooks, from IKEA–> which holds some lids, oven mitts, my cooling rack (which doubles as a “drying rack” for my juicer parts!), and my new mandolin!
(I finally was brave enough to buy this mandolin after training with Doris. She says it’s the best!!)
Over my sink, I’ve hung yet another bar. Are we seeing a theme here?
I keep my cutting boards handy, along with a towel, vegetable wash and scrubby brush.
And to make sure not an inch of wall-space goes unused, I’ve even hung my trivets!
If you have pretty trivets, why not hang them like a decoration, right?
Austin and I recently created some extra-room in our kitchen, too– by ditching our microwave! It used to sit on top of our fridge, but I’ve wanted to get rid of it for a while now… and Austin finally agreed. I love having the extra storage space!
More containers from IKEA– organizing Yasha’s treats, my baking supplies, and lots of other randomness.
You might have also heard me
whine about mention our teeny-tiny fridge situation.
We’ve held onto our ridiculously small fridge, because it leaves us all this extra storage space that we can fill on the side!
These little bins hold my spices, oils & vinegars, and small kitchen appliances (like my Spiralizer)!
(Writing on the lids of my spices makes finding what I need easy!)
Most recently, I also made the executive decision to move my dehydrator out of the kitchen!
I found a little side table that holds it perfectly on the bottom shelf, so it’s out of my way until I need it. Perhaps it’s not the prettiest way to store it, but function trumps style when you’ve got a small living space!
(Also, I’m kinda dumb for ordering such a large dehydrator in the first place. If I had been smarter, I would have ordered the 5-tray model, which would be easier to find space for!)
Live and learn, I guess.
Despite the small space, I’m pretty happy with how everything is organized and easy to find. My streamlined kitchen makes it easier to prepare and enjoy meals, like this, on a regular basis.
Last night’s dinner: Massaged Kale Salad, Thai Coconut Soup, and Spicy “Tuna” Rolls!
Reader Feedback: Do you have to deal with a small living space? Any organization tips you’d like to share?