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Organizing Your First Apartment Kitchen

Getting maximum usage out of your kitchen

by Brad

Moving out on your own for the very first time is daunting in and of itself. And once you secured your apartment, there's the whole process of organizing EVERYTHING in EVERY room. Because most apartments are somewhat limited in the amount of available space, new residents are faced with the challenge of maximizing every inch, and the kitchen is a particularly difficult area. Luckily, The Container Store offers a wide variety of easily-customizable starter kits to help you make the most of the space you have!

Pantry Storage

If you're lucky enough to have one, the pantry is a great place to start organizing your new kitchen. It's typically the place to store larger food items and appliances that won't fit in drawers, so bins and canisters are typically the best way to go. Our Pantry Starter Kit includes several sizes of Omaha Stacking Bins (great for boxed food items and snacks), a set of OXO Good Grips POP Canisters (ideal for sugar, flour, coffee, etc.), and even a cereal dispenser! It also includes a 20-Bottle Spice Rack that can either by placed on a shelf or mounted to a wall.

Upper Cabinet Storage

However, because many apartments do not have pantries, you may need to focus on the kitchen cabinets instead. Our Upper Cabinet Organization Starter Kit is equipped with a variety of shelves, baskets, and other accessories that can help organize your plates, mugs, stemware, food items, and more. The Chrome Undershelf Stemware Holder does and excellent job of keeping wine- and cocktail glasses uncluttered and protected. The Chrome Shelves do the same for servingware and mugs. You can also use the Chrome Undershelf Storage Basket to maximize the height between your shelves and gain extra space for things like bowls, towels and placemats.

Under Sink Storage

The area under a kitchen sink is often a cluttered no-man's land relegated to housing extra dish detergent, sponges, and a host of other unsightly cleaning supplies, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be well-organized. (After all, when a creepy six-legged intruder is spotted and every second counts, who wants to have to fumble and dig for bug spray?) That's why we've put together our Stackable Under Sink Organization Storage Kit, which includes one of each size of our Clear Stackable Storage Bins. Designed with convenient easy-pull handles and removable dividers, these fully translucent bins keep everything tidy and easily accessible at a moment's notice.

Fridge Storage

Ah--the refrigerator: it can either be an olfactory heaven or somewhere farther south of that, depending on the presence of outdated dairy products. (As the old saying goes, one man's trash is another man's microbiology thesis.) To prevent your fridge from inadvertently becoming a Petri dish, we recommend clear, space-saving containers that allow you to easily determine what should be re-stocked or thrown out. Our Linus Fridge Starter Kit is a great place to start, and it includes bins perfectly-suited for eggs, deli meats and cheeses, beverage cans, wine bottles, condiments, and more.

Drawer Storage

Speaking of fabulous products, we also offer Linus Drawer Organizer Starter Kits for corralling any stray utensils and flatware. As the size of kitchen drawers can vary wildly, the modular Linus Shallow Drawer Organizers are a great option that can fit many different types of spaces. They're also really easy to remove and hand wash when needed!

Countertop Storage

Many apartment kitchens don't have much countertop space , so it's good to be extra careful about what you decide to put there. If you happen to have a fair amount of counter space, we recommend our Kitchen Countertop Starter Kit to help utilize it efficiently. It contains a trio of POP Canisters, a Spice rack, a Banana Holder/Fruit Bowl, and an Umbra Paper Towel Holder. With the spice rack, banana holder, and paper towel holder boasting beautiful metallic finishes, they'll definitely add a touch of style to any kitchen!

Our Kitchen Starter Kit page also has a number of other great options, including our incredibly versatile Elfa Door & Wall Racks, a Kitchen Sink Starter Kit, and even a handy serving cart! Best of all, these kits are easily customizable, so you can add or remove items as needed. No matter how big or small the space, our Starter Kits make organizing your new apartment kitchen a breeze!