4 Tips for living with Kitchens with no storage

January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

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It's hard to believe that we've been in our house for over two years. It kind of feels like we just moved in, but memories of living elsewhere also feel so distant at this point. 

Both the house, and the apartment that we had lived in before we bought ours had one thing in common – big kitchens with tons of storage! It was a luxury that's easy to take advantage. Then we moved into our house which originally had the teeny tiniest kitchen. It was oddly set up, but thankfully we were able to knock out a few walls that completely opened it up! It was great, but since we have so many projects we're working on with the house, the actual remodeling of the kitchen has been on the back burner. So when it comes to storage our kitchen has a total of one cabinet. It's the lovely built-in that's original to the kitchen, but the top half has glass doors, which means that our storage space for all of those not so pretty things that we all have in our kitchen, is basically nothing. Over the last few years I've learned some tricks to making a kitchen with no storage (or counter space!) work, that have really helped me from going crazy over the lack of hiding places.


ROLLING CARTS ARE YOUR FRIEND 

Seriously, I love a cute little cart with wheels. Not only can you stick them in any little corner you might have, but I've really loved that I can roll them out of the way whenever we do any construction work in the kitchen and I don't have to worry about totally unloading everything to move it! 

I have both a large utility cart, and this one I thrifted a while back both in my kitchen housing appliances, dry foods, and cleaning products. I also am totally smitten with the cart in the picture above that I bought from Demi-Brooke, that I've turned into my coffee cart! Each cart has a specific purpose and I try to keep them super organized to keep things from getting messy. 

My favorite places to find carts are thrift stores (see this post for the before and after of mine) and garage sales. I also love places like Ikea and Target to find them cute, and at good prices (this one is a total steal, and this one is totally stealing my heart).

 

MAKE YOUR STORAGE DECORATIVE

If your tight on hidden storage space make whatever you need to store out on your counters (or carts) cute! I am obsessed with pretty glass storage containers. I keep almost all of my dry food goods in them. These are super easy to find at almost any thrift store for cheap, but if you're looking for matching ones, places like The Container Store and Home Goods are great places to find them too. 

 

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KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED

This may seem like I'm stating the obvious, but I can't stress how important it is for everything to have it's "own space" especially in tiny kitchens. When every square inch of storage is packed, you don't want to have to pull everything apart just to try to find your favorite spatula. Part of keeping things organized for me, has been going through my kitchen once every couple months and seeing what I really need handy. Do I need that specialty baking pan ready to grab, when I've only used it once in the last five years? Probably not. I always walk away with a new bag to donate, as well as a little box to put into long term storage in my basement. 

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE REST OF YOUR HOME

When things are tight, expand! I was so happy once I brought my coffee cart into my dining room. Not only does it free up a lot of space in the kitchen for more important things, but it looks so cute! Even if we didn't have a dining room, I think a coffee cart would be cute in a living room or office. Think outside the box and take a look around to see if there's anything that's taking up space in that little kitchen of yours that could find a home in another part of your house. Use your imagination, and don't be afraid to experiment and see what works! 

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Animal Stenciled Towels

December 12, 2012 § 5 Comments

animal silhouette towel diy

It's no secret I love simple and easy crafts, especially when they involve cute little animals (or just animal silhouettes). These took only a few minutes and would be great little Christmas or hostess gifts. Plus, who doesn't need a kitchen towel with a moose on it?

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I used Martha Stewart All-Purpose Craft Paint in Arrowhead, a foam brush, animal stencils (you can make these or buy them – I found a whole pack of various animal stencils at Micheals), and plain white kitchen towels. Use the foam brush to thickly apply the craft paint through your stencil onto the towel (youll want something behind to catch bleed though). Let dry 24 hours and then run through dryer on high to set.

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Kitchen Succulents

May 1, 2012 § 7 Comments

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Ever since I started thrifting I've loved collecting tins. I fell in love with these two little ones a while ago and they've just been sitting in the kitchen looking pretty since then. Then I decided they would be perfect as little succulent containers to add a little greeny-ness to the kitchen:)

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Do you have any kitchen plants? What are your favorites?

Wanted Wednesday: Audrey’s Style

September 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

I found these lovely photos of Audrey Hepburn on my computer that I must have saved from my pre-pinterest days (oh, how sad my life was before pinterest!)

She was certainly the queen of style and grace.

If you’re wondering what specifically I’m “wanting,” the answer would be: her hair, her glasses, that adorable stripey shirt, uh- that whole outfit, and, um, HELLO I’d die for that adorable dress! does that clear things up? :)

Living Space

June 8, 2011 § 4 Comments



Our whole living room/dining room/kitchen area is pretty much set as far as furniture and the what-not. We are still waiting for them to redo our cabinets, but it still feels so nice to come home to such a pretty little place in such a pretty little neighborhood. As is probably obvious, mostly everything is vintage (found at either thrift stores or auctions) except for things like our super pretty ikea couch which I had had my eye on for quite some time before it found its way into our living room. Oh and my gorgeous Kitchen Aid Mixer in Pistachio that my mother got me as a wedding gift:)

*sigh*
I might have had too much fun with the furniture buying.
Anyone need an interior designer?
Will work for Starbucks and cupcakes!

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