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My kitchen in my apartment is very old and very small. More like tiny. I only have 1 drawer, 3 cabinets, and about 2 square feet of counter space. I don't know where to put anything.

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By Ginn from Tuscaloosa, AL

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May 14, 20100 found this helpful

You can get kitchen "utility carts" in many styles and sizes. They're on wheels, so you can move them where you need them. Some are open shelves, some are enclosed with drawers and doors. These can let you store small appliances, etc. and move them out of the way when you don't need them. Many come with a wood, cutting board top.

Keep stovetop utensils in a crock at the stove. Store large flat objects like cookie sheets in the stove drawer, if there is one. If you're allowed, install a hanging rack for pots/pans. Store cleaning products elsewhere, and use the under-sink space for kitchen storage. You may need to clean it thoroughly and line the bottom with shelf-liner. If you don't use items daily, or at least often, store them elsewhere in the apartment. Get some underbed boxes and keep stuff there easy access, but out of the way.

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Scour the local thrift stores, you may find several utility carts. If they're not pretty, you can add a fabric "curtain" all around it.

Good luck.

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May 14, 20100 found this helpful

I store my baking pans in the oven and my pots, kettles, and skillets in the drawer.

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May 14, 20100 found this helpful

I feel your pain; if two of us are in the kitchen here, someone has to back up so the other can leave. We bought an inexpensive sideboard which lives in our entry way, and it's doubled the kitchen storage. And things I don't use much, like the cake mixer actually stay in a box in the bedroom.

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May 15, 20100 found this helpful

Apartment Therapy has posted oodles of articles on this subject:

www.apartmenttherapy.com/.../search?q=small+kitchen

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They've done a lot of articles on organizing for any room in virtually any size and most recently they had a contest for "Small Cool" apartments that range from under 400 sq ft to 1000 sq ft (link is at the top right now). Those entries may help you as well. Lots of great ideas to pull from their site even if the decor (seems to be mostly mid-century modern) isn't your style.

Hope that helps.

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May 16, 20100 found this helpful

I would store what you don't need daily and find creative ways to maybe hang your pots on the wall. There are cute copper pot hanging accessories in stores. Also, use shelving and other creative storage devices in the drawers and cabinets to maximize your space. Places like the Container Store and Bed Bath and Beyond have space saving gadgets that may help you to extend your limited space. Good luck.

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May 16, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks guys! Great ideas! I am definitely going to install some shelving, put pans in the oven drawer, and I am totally loving this apartment therapy website.

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Thanks to all!

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May 17, 20100 found this helpful

You don't really need a lot of pots and pans. An electric skillet can be used to cook soup, rice, scrambled eggs, chicken, pancakes, fritters, a roast, steak...almost anything! All you need is a plastic spatula and a fork, spoon and knife. Use disposable aluminum pans from the dollar store for baking, too. Use a small bowl (for eating out of) stored inside a larger mixing bowl for baking. Most often used utensils can be hung by nails from the cabinet doors if they are wood. All the best!

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May 19, 20100 found this helpful

That is so true! I never really thought about that! Heck, maybe I should just rid myself of the awful stove too! Thanks Cathy S!

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July 17, 2011

I am moving to a new place and unfortunately the kitchen has little storage space, no kitchen cabinets and little counter space. Does anyone have solutions or ideas for what to do in place of cabinets or how to go about putting in some?

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Thanks so much.

By Laurie C.

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July 19, 20110 found this helpful

Make a pot hanger: you need two heavy-duty screw eyes, one piece of rebar, and some large S-hooks. Choose a location for pot rack so dangling pots will not get in your way. Screw the eyes into your ceiling, about one yard apart. Thread the rebar through, crimp on the S-hooks (or purchase potrack hooks, pricey), and hang up your pots. For kitchen utensils, get a strip of wood about 5" across and 2' long; screw it to the wall at a good height. Hammer in some finishing nails (you can do this beforehand), staggering them in three rows, not too close together. If you have floor space, get some benches or bricks and plywood as a base, and put some cabinets on them; the surface top of these cabinets will be your new counter space. Cover it with anything until something better comes along. You can put boxes under the cabinet, and things inside (table cloth, bowls, cutting boards). Leave a space between two cabinets for your cookie sheets. If your kitchen is really small, you might not have that extra floor space. You can get a fold-out ironing board as an extra counter. A small kitchen is nice and saves steps! If you have any cabinets at all, consider taking off a door or two for an open cabinet and shelf look. I am describing my kitchen, of course! LOL.

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July 19, 20110 found this helpful

If you want wall cabinets, check with a construction salvage place, your County dump recycling department, and check with a cabinet shop to see if they have discarded cabinets. If you buy at Home Depot, there are a million tiny screws, it's a huge pain in the somewhere to assemble cabinets, so get someone to help you.

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For the time being, you can use a shelf system using boards from the lumbar yard and brackets which are screwed in, several types of systems for this.

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July 19, 20110 found this helpful

One place, long ago that I moved into, had a stove, refrigerator, tiny table and no cabinets. I paid 2.00 for an open bookcase and hung it on the wall closest to the table. For the pans I had one of those cheap metal filing cabinets and all my pots in one and pans in the other. If you have wall space take a board and put it across a blank part of the wall. It has to be long enough to reach from stud to stud (what the sheet rock is nailed to) and in your case I suspect they are 18 inches on center. Put up the board (just screw or nail it to the wall) I painted mine white and then I went to the store and bought large fish hooks. Broke off the very end of the barb and screwed them through the eye of the fish hook to the board I put up. If you need a diagram and you'd like to try it, I will be glad to furnish you one even if you don't understand. It is the cheapest way to go and I now live in a brick home but still use the fishhooks to hold my iron frying pans.

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July 20, 20110 found this helpful

I've had a wall mount plate rack for years and would never give it up! It stores all my plates, some mugs and some bowls. They can be a few hundred dollars but if you shop around and get one used you could get lucky, try ebay or craiglist.org.
www.infobarrel.com/Wall_Mounted_Wooden_Plate_Rack

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July 20, 20110 found this helpful

I found a used buffet (sometimes called a sideboard). It has larger openings at either end with doors on them and a shelf inside. Down the center are drawers. I had a piece of glass cut to fit the top (cost maybe $25) and placed a pretty pice of fabric between the glass and wood. You woundn't have to have the glass, but this is a really pretty piece of furniture and I don't want to scratch the top since I use it like a counter top.

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I have a very small kitchen and do not have any space for a dinette table and 4 chairs. I only have 2 adults in my family, and was wondering if there anything else I could use for a table. I thought about a small portable card table, but wanted to get your suggestions first.

Thank you.

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March 9, 2007

Cork Board

My house has a very small kitchen and there's nowhere to put my recipe while making something except on the stove or counter where it gets dirty. I have put up a 12x12 inch piece of cork on the front of one cabinet door so I have a place where I can tack my recipe.

By K. Cooper

Tape To Cabinet Or Use Fridge Magnet

I used to have the same problem when we lived in a tiny apartment. I'd tape the recipe to the cabinet door, or, since the refrigerator was right next to the counter, I'd stick it to the fridge with a magnet.

By Camilla North

Large Chip Clip On Fridge

I have a large chip clip with a magnet, more like clipboard size that works well for putting the recipe up on the fridge.

By Susan Sanders-Kinzel

Use A Fork

Stand a fork in a drinking glass, with the handle down. Slide the recipe between the tines of the fork, and you have an easy recipe holder.

By Patty Zion

Magnet Clip On Cupboard Handles

I too have a small kitchen. Here's my idea and it works great for me. The handles and hinges on my cupboards are metal. This allows me to stick a magnetic clip holding my recipe to the handle. When finished baking, the clip gets placed in with my wooden spoons, spatulas, etc.

By Marian

Wooden Clothespin

What I did is I glued a wooden clothespin inside my cupboard door, just hang the recipe on there. Works for me!

By Greta

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By lisa (Guest Post)
March 9, 20070 found this helpful

Hello,
I have a large magnet I keep my recipes clipped to on top of my stove fan. Works great. I keep several there at a time.
I also keep a typed list of recipes I use often.. (also listing the c-book they can be found in.) taped inside my cupboard door.
One c-board door is painted with chaulk paint for my groc . list.

I just started a recipe cllection for my 10 yr old daughter. I write the recipe cards out and simply insert into the album. Easily kept clean by the wipe off sheet.
Lisa , Ia.

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