Kitchen Storage & Limited Counter Space

When apartment hunting, there can be a lot to consider. There is probably a list in your head that you are checking off as you go when touring different apartments and properties. Are there appliances included? How big is the bathroom? Will your television set fit against that wall? After completing this checklist, you have finally found the perfect apartment. That is, until you begin to move in and realize that although you can fit a hot tub in your closet, your kitchen is far from full sized. Limited counter space in the kitchen can cause some trouble, but it is not the worst thing that could happen. With some quick and easy tricks, you can help make the most of your kitchen storage.

The simplest and cheapest way to reclaim space in your kitchen is to keep things put away. Instead of having a designated spot for your microwave or toaster, tuck the appliance away in a cabinet or closet when finished using it. If it is a kitchen gadget that you use everyday, like a beloved coffee machine, find a corner to keep it tucked in and refrain from creating your own cafe with rotating K-cup stand and miscellaneous accessories. Do not store your usual spices or utensils on the counter, either. You can also make more space for kitchen spice storage by converting your stove top or sink with a large cutting board when not in use.

What if you do not have any where else to store your kitchenware? No spare drawers or cabinets? With a few, small purchases and modifications, you can optimize your kitchen for storage. If you do not mind displaying your items in the open, consider adding a few, small shelves. Utilize space under the cabinets and above the counter to install small shelves that would essentially double your space. This can also be done on the sides of islands and other shelves. Hanging baskets is another option, and both could be done to the insides of your cabinets as well. Try using small hooks in your pantry or cabinet doors to hang pots, pans and utensils. You can even use some strong magnets and convert the outside of your refrigerator into storage, as well.

No matter how much or how little you spend, a little creativity can help renovate your space and improve your kitchen storage.