For many people, apartment living affords many benefits. One of the downsides of apartment living, however, is often a small kitchen. Limited space for storage in a kitchen can be a problem, but with the pantry organization tricks below, you can find the extra space you need to store all your kitchen goods without having to hang anything on the wall.
Use Wire Racks in the Cabinets
Apartment kitchen cabinets are usually small with nary enough room for dishes, much less food. To make more room for everything you need to store, use wire racks in the cabinets. These racks stand alone so there’s no installation required, and since they’re made specifically for dishes, they organize them to house as many plates, bowls, and saucers as possible in as little space as possible, leaving room for all your pantry goods, too.
Use Plastic Containers for Storage
If you look on Pinterest these days, you’ll likely see scores of images showing kitchens that feature pantry goods stored in clear, plastic containers. Not only is this a great way to store your food since it’s airtight, but it also adds a stylish touch to the room’s décor.
Use Freezer Bags
If you buy in bulk to save money, this trick is for you. Remove bulk meats from their original packaging and section it into usable portions using freezer bags. Be sure to remove all the air to compact the bag as much as possible.
If you buy a lot of boxed frozen foods like pizzas and ice cream sandwiches, remove them from their boxes and put them in freezer bags instead so they take up less room in your tiny apartment fridge.
Use Command Hooks
Another downside to apartment living is that you can’t permanently damage the walls in any way, which means you can’t hang things on the walls. If you want to hang something up without damaging the drywall, use Command hooks.
Command hooks use strong, sticky tape rather than nails or screws to hold the hook on the wall. The tape is easy to remove, if needed, leaving behind no visible damage on the wall.
Make Use of the Space Above the Cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets don’t extend to the ceiling, make use of the space above them. Small kitchen appliances like Dutch ovens, air fryers, slow cookers, and other equipment you don’t use regularly can find homes up there out of the way.
Embrace Drawer Dividers
Throwing things willy-nilly into a drawer can make it seem fuller than it actually is. By using drawer dividers, you can organize the chaos, which will give you more space for more things.
You can purchase drawer dividers at a local home improvement store, or you can make your own using cardboard and tape. Either way, group like items together to make your kitchen drawers neat and organized.
Small apartment kitchens can be a problem, but when you implement the pantry organization tricks above, your small kitchen will stay neat and organized.