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Welcome to Quarter-Life Living, my outlet to help others bring style and sophistication to their twenty-something homes. Everyone deserves to love where they live, no matter the square footage.

LIVING WITH A TINY KITCHEN

Ever tour an apartment or house and have a Zoolander moment?

 "What is this a kitchen for ants?" 

Sadly, in pretty much every renting or buying scenario, you end up making trade-offs, and that can often lead to a less-than-spacious kitchen. Our current apartment isn't too terrible, however, we did lose a lot of cabinet and counter space from our KC apartment. Jonas and I love cooking together, but it can feel like we are practically on top of each other at times. If you find yourself cooking in cramped quarters, then here are some tips and products to help maximize every inch of your kitchen.

1. Go Over and Under

If cabinet space especially is a premium, then find creative ways to store things above or below them. The last thing you want is to open a cabinet door and have items topple out because it is so overloaded. 

2. Stack It Up

While it might be an added expense, buying storage systems for your cabinet and/or fridge will help keep everything organized and spare you from a lot of headaches. This especially helps if you have roommates and struggle with precious refrigerator real estate.

3. Shelf Yourself

Open shelving systems are crazy-popular right now, so if you are less-than-thrilled with storage space, then add some floating shelves and show off your dinnerware, cookbooks, glassware, and more. 

4. Make It Magnetic

For smaller odds and ends items, get crafty! You can buy cheap storage baskets and super glue magnets on the back for easy refrigerator mounting (although definitely keep it on the side so it isn't at risk of getting knocked off). 

5. Keep It Together

If you have to keep some stray items on your counter, then try to de-clutter by displaying them together in a tray or basket. This will help make it look both sophisticated and intentional - not like you just don't have any other place to put them. Note: try to reserve this method for your most aesthetically-pleasing items.

Image Credits: Cover - Ladny Dom ||

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