Sometimes storage in an apartment presents an extra challenge. In my apartment experience, which I trust is typical, I’ve had only cupboards for kitchen storage–no island, no hanging pot rack, no custom-anything you might find in a real house. Bummer.
It’s perfect because our tall kitchen trash can, which doesn’t fit under the sink, does fit beautifully under the shelf. The upper racks serve as a more-accessible solution for cookware and a resting place for spices.
In our last apartment this shelf sat by the refrigerator, but here with the fridge opening one way and the dishwasher (hallelujah, the dishwasher!) opening the other way, there’s no leeway for a shelf. The placement is a bit awkward so I hope to blend it in with a curtain eventually. I’d like the curtain to hang over the lower part of the shelf, definitely covering the trash can and maybe even long enough to cover the spices and lids too. I haven’t made it to that stage of visual polish yet, but as with many things I consider this a work in progress.
As you can see, I haven’t found aesthetically-pleasing containers for the spices yet either. In our last place I kept them in the cupboard next to my stove, but here the cupboards are smaller and the spacing between the shelves is such that I can’t reach anything in the back without moving everything in the front. Grrr…. (The shelves are not adjustable; I checked.)
Despite some room for improvement, the set-up has proven functional. I’m pleased with this solution to the too-many-pots-not-enough-cupboard conundrum.