Welcome to my small abode. Literally. It’s small.
I love it though, and have definitely turned it into my special oases. I definitely try to! I like to think I’m good at it, so I’d appreciate you letting me live in that confidence bubble for a while. Or forever, that works too!
Now that we’re all clear on the size of my apartment (and a few more just as important tidbits ;)) lets get to it!
I’ve always struggled to purge ‘stuff’ I am a true keeper! For good and for bad…. My personal way to go about it is definitely NOT throwing anything out (If you can teach me that you deserved a metal, just sayin!) its coming up with ways to storage them functionally (hopefully) and beautifully!
Here goes nothing:)!
Baskets on top of Furniture Pieces
I have never understood the glorified basket obsession people around me had, until I tried it myself. Fair warning my friends, you buy one you wanna have ’em all! You’ve been warned:)! There are so many places they come in handy! The ones I own and am most obsessed with are the ones on the top of my standalone pantry in my kitchen. They happened at Home Goods one lazy, store strolling, Sunday afternoon! I’m so glad they happened! Firstly they hold my small snack bags and my goodies, reason I bought them in the first place… Then, they are such statement pieces that I even made sure to include them in my family photo shoot we had in our home recently! They give off such a rustic, chic vibe and just give the perfect finishing touch to that corner of my home; as any loyal basket in your home should!
Wooden Cutting Board to the Rescue!
Coffee. Spices. Olive oil. Three food products that get used in my home each and every day of the year. (Well almost if I’m being fully honest but you get what I mean;)) the storage places I have been storing them in needed some more space and to be fair they were more often on the course Terry than not… Soo I got the coolest little wood cutting board and viola! More ‘storage space’ for me! I had to find the perfect size so that it’s not to big so that it takes over my sacred counter space but big enough to hold my precious products! So now, proudly sitting at the corner of my counter, next to my stove top, is my trusty wooden cutting board (which I use as a cutting/serving board as well #spacesaving!) I have my metal coffee tin. My wooden salt cellar. And last but not least the three spice grinders with the spices I use most often, like basically in any dish I cook. For me its black pepper (which in my opinion should be used freshly ground ONLY!), and garlic and onion powder freshly ground from dried grinds. (If I’m being fully honest and going semi off topic, garlic and onion should be used fresh at all times! Busy Mamma around here uses her spice grinders as a time saver more often than she would like to admit…)
Standalone Furniture Pieces
Not everyone is as lucky as me to have this tiny nook where they are able to squeeze in a narrow standalone kitchen pantry, or a square cube pi.e up but if you can think a bit and yes find the space for a pieces like these, I can assure you they will be your lifesaver! At least it has been for me! The amount of places i have been able to organize in the most ideal way in my tiny apartment with no built in storage spaces is beyond awesome! All my towels that used to overcrowd my tiny linen/only semi storage closet in my home was easily anxiety inducing when needing to get to anything in that space. I found this thin fourteen inch nook in my bathroom where I stacked up four thirteen inch square cubes to be my saving grace and house my towels! Winner!
For another of my standalone furniture piece wins is my above mentioned narrow standalone pantry! I have been able to eradicate any spec of food from all and any one of my kitchen cabinets! It used to drive me NUTS that there was food being stored in majority of my cabinets since they would not all fit into one. Now there is a designated home for all things food, and I am loving it!
Get on the Extra Storage Game Today!
What I’m trying to say in one way or another, with a bit of thought and creativity you too can come up with ways to add storage to frankly any room or space in your home, office or car even (If your car is your office…). Come on, help us all out here, drop your genius ideas below so that we can all benefit and use them! Thanks in advance! And if I’ll use any of your ideas I’ll thank you again later.
Wishing you only good!