City-dwellers know all too well the hardship that is having to deal with a small kitchen. At the top of this list is the absence of a pantry and having to deal with the repercussions of such an inconvenience. Personally speaking, my fridge doubles as a pantry, housing everything from cereal boxes to packets of gum (yes, really). And while I have grown quite accustomed to this way of life, it’s neither sustainable nor practical.
So how does one get around said dilemma? Clever storage hacks and a few tricks of the trade are some of the ways—organizational items, crafted with small-spaces in mind, are another. Ahead, we look to a few helpful changes you can make at home, to carve out a pantry, or some semblance of one.
Mount a Pegboard
Lacking shelf space? Pegboards are an excellent way around this common storage issue—short of having to actually install a set of shelves. Affix one to an empty wall and let your creativity reign free. Bring in an eclectic assortment customizable shelving options, such as baskets or hooks, to establish a storage solution that can play to your specific needs. For true organization inspiration, check out our favorite pegboard ideas.
Embrace Negative Space
When it comes to small spaces, it’s all about getting creative with how and where you store your items. Thinking outside of the box is a big one here. Have room above your kitchen cabinets? Store your less-frequently used gear and culinary supplies on top, utilizing lidded baskets to keep clutter at bay and your items free of dust. Think: extra paper towels, cleaning supplies, and other like essentials. And yes, the top of the fridge works as well.
Group Like Items
The obviousness of this aside, grouping your pantry essentials by likeness can help combat clutter and promote a streamlined storage solution. Not necessarily thinking along the lines of pairing items such as spices, canned goods, or cereal boxes together, but, approach it by grouping the more commonly used elements in one bundle. Pair packs of pasta with jars of tomato sauce, canned beans with rice, and so on and so forth.
Tall cabinets? Don’t waste valuable real estate—utilize stackable bins and baskets to create makeshift shelves, and for a more versatile and convenient method, bring in the slide-out variety. If you find that you’re still in need of additional space, opt for an over-the-door cabinet organizer.
Bonus Tip: Adhere a shower caddy or hanging baskets to house fresh fruit, to make the most of an unused corner.
Bronze York Open Wire Stackable Basket,The Container Store, $24.99
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