Give it away, give it away, give it away now.
We have actually blogged about our rack but this week I gave our kitchen storage a big overall which means our “Nice Rack” got a new do as well. Like many people we live in a small apartment and kitchen space is always at a premium so we were forced to create some alternate storage. This rack is actually in our “dining room” which we really use an “office.” But honestly it’s more of a storage area then anything else. This small space houses the bakers rack, a dining room table pushed against a wall concealing a stack of assorted things (included a fairly large tool box and tool collection) underneath, and a small bookshelf that holds 12 picture frames (yes I have a thing for photography). We are rarely in this room unless we are getting something so the bakers rack works well and isn’t too visually unappealing. Of course we aren’t going to make onto the pages of Architectural Digest any time soon either.
Since we try to buy as much as possible in bulk that necessitates a lot of bulk storage. If I ever get a chance to build my dream home I want to have built in bulk bins in the drawers. In the mean time we have a collection of glass and plastic containers that we either purchased or reused from something we bought at the store. Mayonaise jars make great containers for popping corn, almonds, and chocolate chips by the way. We also purchased s hooks to hang coffee mugs, pot holders and even a metal mesh bowl which in turn holds our dishtowels. We also have a plastic ( I know- bad human!) storage bin that holds most of our kitchen utensils. Our actual kitchen has exactly three small drawers because that totally makes sense.
The bottom two shelves hold our small kitchen appliances and large tupperware containers.
I could probably find a way to fit all of this into the actual kitchen but it wouldn’t be very functional and we would constantly be frustrated. Our great “invention” though is our styrofoam shelves. The kitchen cabinets are narrow and deep which isn’t function for small things like say spices so when we purchased some new appliance and were left with the cardboard and styrofoam we decided to put it to good use.
Now we can actually see our various spices 🙂 Eventually we would like to put them all in glass containers and store them in stainless steel boxes like this
As you can see we are still kids at heart and in our kitchen. You can also see our great knife storage. It’s great for the blades and it doesn’t take up any additional drawer or counter space.