My Life Changed After I Tried This Easy Organizing Method in My Small Kitchen 

published Jun 2, 2024
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When my partner and I first moved into our one-bedroom apartment, we made use of our kitchen’s existing cabinets and built-in pantry space — but soon realized we needed more storage. Originally, we put a little bar cart in a corner near the dining table, plus two other shelving units to store our air fryer, spices, tea, snacks, and more. 

As I started to reassess our kitchen space, though, I realized we hardly used the bar cart. It held items like playing cards, glasses, and other odd and ends, rather than actual cocktail supplies. I didn’t love the other shelving units, either; our spices never seemed organized, even when I tried my best to keep them in their own storage containers. 

I started searching for a piece of furniture that would match the kitchen’s colorful vibe and keep things in order. We landed on a freestanding kitchen pantry from Wayfair, which helped us save space and score more storage for dry goods, extra condiments, and jarred sauces. 

This kitchen pantry includes five adjustable shelves and 10 smaller shelves built into the doors. It’s still incredibly compact, though, measuring just 23.2 inches wide by 11.8 inches deep and 46.5 inches tall. It sits on 8.3-inch-tall legs, so there’s even room to store small baskets underneath if you’d like. It also has doors to hide the random assortment of things I like to keep on hand. 

Credit: Eva Recinos

The piece cost $168 (although it’s currently priced at $142.99!), which felt like an investment, but we knew we’d be able to use it in future homes, too. Plus, adding up the three items that were originally in that same corner of our kitchen — an $25 IKEA bar cart, a $40 Target wire shelving unit, and a $40 black shelving unit with glass top for a grand total of $105 — it seemed like a logical upgrade.

Credit: Eva Recinos

Once we built this kitchen organizer, I did have to rearrange a few things. Our toaster didn’t fit in the bottom shelf, and I also moved our air fryer to the top of the fridge. Otherwise, I got to store everything I wanted inside the unit: spices, snacks, extra glasses, canned food, sauces, and more. Since the shelves are adjustable, we always have the option to reorganize later, too. 

One caveat: The piece felt a little wobbly at first, but our slightly lopsided kitchen floor might be to blame. By buying a slim, freestanding kitchen pantry, though, it’s now so easy for me to grab what I need while cooking, since it conveniently fits right next to our stove. Plus, this Wayfair find totally elevated the look of our space, thanks to the decorative detailing on the doors and the fun blue shade that matches our existing kitchen decor.