My Changing Kitchen

This was our tiny kitchen in Baltimore.  We had very limited counter space and our appliances took up much of the space.  We used a table and stools for some extra space in our kitchen.  And the kitchen was completed by my finance’s “man cave” sign above the sink.  I always would tease him and tell him that “I guess that means that I don’t have to do any of the cooking or cleaning”-this didn’t end up happening haha.

In our current apartment, we have a different color scheme.  I love the black and white colors with stainless steel appliances.  We have used the same “mangia” red italian kitchen towel to decorate our stove area.  We have used red accent colors to jazz up our kitchen.  I used a cheap spice rack from The Container Store to put up on our only small wall to house all of our spices.  I have a great recipe book holder, coffee maker, toaster, and KitchenAid mixer from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Also, I was able to find a cheap fruit holder from HomeGoods to hold bananas and other fruit.  My favorite part of this kitchen is my olive oil container on the stove-it is SO useful when cooking dinner!  It is also from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.


5 Ways to Create Space on a Budget

Ok, so anyone who has moved knows how challenging and overwhelming adjusting to a new space can be.  When I moved in with my husband in Baltimore (fiance at the time), we had NO SPACE to work with.  So these are some of the ways that I have saved money and created space.

1.  No closets-no problem!  Buy clothes racks and create your own free-standing closet.  I also used some cheap shoe racks that I put inside the outline of the clothes racks and some cheap hanging shoe racks for the sides of the rack.




2.  One bathroom problems-so anyone who has lived in a one bathroom space with a roommate/significant other knows that the competition of getting into the bathroom is real!  Ladies, use a vanity-this frees up the bathroom and allows you to get your own relaxing space to get yourself ready for the day.


3.  No bathroom space-buy a cheap organizer for over your toilet.  This creates extra storage in your bathroom.


4.  Tiny laundry area-organize my laundry space, I was able to snag a tiny paper organizer that my mom used to use in her classroom to save space and keep my detergent, dryer sheets, etc.


5.  No kitchen counter space-by adding a tiny table with two stools gifted to us from my mother-in-law, we were able to add an area to serve, prepare, and eat food.