GOING VERTICAL IN A SMALL KITCHEN

Trying to find space for everything in a small kitchen can be difficult. I know. I have a small galley kitchen and I have to take advantage of every space. 


I did a lot of perusing Pinterest before I moved into my apartment because I knew I was going to have to take advantage of the one wall that is in my kitchen. 

This kitchen has definitely utilized their vertical space. 

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 They have turned their small space into a place where everything is within easy reach.

I wish I could hang my baskets from the ceiling, but unfortunately that is a rule breaker here.

Kitchen counters are prized real estate in a small kitchen so moving things up onto a wall is pretty much a necessity.

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I love the narrow shelves that have been added to the walls and the hanging utensils that are within easy reach for the cook.

I really like the idea of using cork board. and I considered it for my kitchen, but in the end I decided to go in a different direction



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I decided to purchase some hanging bars from Ikea. 


One of the maintenance men came up and hung them for me. I love that they hold a few things that I use often, and I can change it up very easily. I was definitely tired off rummaging around in a drawer for my measuring spoons. 

One thing I have learned is that taking photos in a small galley kitchen with no windows is definitely not easy.

I'm thinking that when my ship comes in I may buy a camera.




  1. You did get some good racks to hang your things from, making them handy. Your kitchen is like my daughter Kathy's. She has no windows in hers either. Your sign makes it cute. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thank you, Susie. I love having an IKEA near me. They have some great things for organizing. I won a hand painted sign several years ago so I designed this one.

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  2. Your kitchen tactics are great. Love your apartment and blog..thank you for sharing. Its amazing how women are able to adapt and make it cozy and unique..to whatever life changes come about. You are doing a great job, and I love your bedroom decor, also. Especially your dolly. :0) Cheers...

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    1. Women are amazing at adapting. I do have to say there are some things I miss about the larger homes I have lived in, but I love this apartment.

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  3. I love my camera. It feels like an extension of me sometimes. Yes, we small space dwellers have no choice but to go up vertically. Sometimes it is a challenge. And I believe your apartment is smaller than mine. I try to turn the challenge into the likes of a puzzle, which I've always loved.
    Brenda

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    1. I am definitely considering a camera and I am researching the Canon Rebel. I think that is what you said that you have. My apartment is smaller than yours, but it is working out perfectly for me.

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  4. I have the Canon Rebel and I love it!

    Before our kitchen remodel we had a tiny galley-style kitchen. Because it was a walk-way to the laundry room and pantry I had a really hard time decorating it while keeping it functional. Some of the ideas here would have been fabulous to know back then. Now my kitchen is 3 times the size and I still can't make everything fit! It's called TOOOOO MUCH STUFF!!!!!!!! Ha!

    Love all the photos!

    <3Rebecca

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. As I live in a high rise Atlanta apartment I am really limited so I have been forced to cut down on my stuff. I am looking into the Canon Rebel.

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  5. I am with you! When you are living in small spaces you have to utilize every inch of space and going up and down works the best. Hope you have a fabulous weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  6. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too, Kris.

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  7. Great ideas! Our kitchen isn't real small, but small enough and we don't have much wall space unfortunately. We have "cup hooks" under the cabinets, and I have our mugs on some (of course, as hubby "collects" mugs!) and by my cooking area, I hang my measuring cups and measuring spoons, plus a pair of scissors that I use CONSTANTLY.... and they are always at hand which I love. We also put some stick on hooks on the tiles behind the sink and hang potholders there and my small cutting board. Hooks are so great! I love the idea of bars too, but I don't have anywhere to put bars. Command hooks work great for places that you don't want to drill into the wall. I'm going to put some on the side of a wood pantry as I don't want to ruin it, so I can hang some of my other things that I use all the time. Marilyn

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  8. I wonder if you could buy one of those shower curtain rods that use pressure to hold in place and go from one area to another to give yourself some 'hang it' space? I love what you have done though. I looks great and I bet it works beautifully! xo Diana

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  9. This makes me think of Julia Child's kitchen. She used her walls to the max. I live in a small house and I just keep getting rid of all but the essentials. I had so many single use items when we moved in a few months ago. They loved seeing me come at the donation center and I was thrilled to donate. Your pots and pans blog from the other day was spot on. I have some heavy French enamel pots that I can barely lift. Even my everyday dishes are feeling really heavy. I was wondering if you or your readers know anything about Corelle ware? My mom had it and loved it. Thanks for your help!

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