One of the (fun) challenges of moving into a new house with not a lot of money is figuring out how to set up the various living spaces to work efficiently within the limitations of 1) how the space is configured and 2) not having much cash.
In the new kitchen, we decided that the refrigerator would take up too much space, as well as block access and light. So the fridge was banished to the utility room just outside the kitchen. In its former slot, Jordanne suggested I use a spare table that had been my dining room table and, later, a right-hand return next to my desk for spreading out books and papers in my graduate student days.
So, now the table is a work space next to the stove. However, its convenient position readily attracts items that don’t belong on it. To solve the clutter problem–stat–we checked out the The Container Store.
Moving tip: If you submit a change of address notification online, you can opt to receive coupons. There are some good ones–for example, I was sent a coupon for 20% off an entire shopping spree at Bed Bath & Beyond. (However, be sure to keep track of expiration dates….)
I found this variation on the peg board concept and bought a few baskets and hooks using a (non-expired) coupon I had received. (More shelves will be built later, but I needed an immediate solution so decided to invest in an already-made, new storage system.)
Okay, so it doesn’t quite fit the 1890 time period, but it works really well! The items I need most frequently when at the stove are within arms’ reach: utensils; matches; salt and pepper; cooking oils; coffee.
Until shelves are built, the table does have three kombucha-brewing containers plus a borrowed sauerkraut crock. But, the rest of the space is clear and available for food prep.
What works just right for you in your kitchen?