Storage Tips for Tiny Kitchens : Smarter, small space storage ideaspauline
Small apartment living is slowly becoming a social movement. Have you heard of tiny living? It’s a philosophy that people are embracing more and more, especially in inner-city areas – the decision to downsize the space they live in, and live with a lot less. The belief is that living smaller provides people with more time and freedom to… well…live life, and worry less about finances, maintenance, and environmental impact.
Does tiny living mean you’ll do less at home?
Not necessarily. Choosing to live in smaller spaces means that you need to be clever and creative when it comes to storage techniques and organisation ideas. Tokyo is a city that thrives in innovative ideas for small apartments; an average Tokyo resident has less than 1,000 square feet of living space, so the Japanese have perfected living efficiently and living minimally but creatively.
Choosing to live in smaller spaces mean that you need to clever and creative when it comes to storage techniques and organisation ideas.
Here are some nifty storage techniques and ideas that may come in handy not only if you’re in the heart of Tokyo or New York, but also if you just want to become efficient and clever with your space:
Small kitchens usually means small benchtop / counter areas and limited cupboards. Look up! Use the unused spaces above cupboards and walls. Invest in storage baskets with handles to line along the top. You can find a stack of these super cheap in places like Daiso.
Fold it away
Invest in foldaway anything in your kitchen – a collapsible table that you can fold away after meals, foldaway chair instead of big bulky seats, and even bench seats with storage inside them
Add some spice
Living in small spaces doesn’t mean you also have to eat things that come in tiny packets. With some snazzy tools, and small shelves, create spice racks behind your cupboard drawers. They don’t need to be complicated, and you most likely won’t even need a drill!
Let’s hook up
Getting clutter down to a minimum is the key in small kitchen area. Invest in a pegboard and some hooks – this is a wonderful and snazzy way to hang your pots and pans and free up your much-needed cupboard spaces.
Out and proud!
Storage doesn’t mean putting things behind closed doors. Smaller areas mean you may have to use areas in full view as nifty storage nooks. Hang little wire baskets against the wall that you can use for items you access often, such as paper towels, the shopping list and pens. Make this storage piece a decorative accent to your kitchen!