When you rent an apartment, you sometimes have to live with a look that’s less-than-perfect. After all, in most cases it’s not like you can tear down walls or make permanent changes to a space you don’t own. This can feel especially limiting in kitchens, where storage can be short and the design pretty plain. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do some things to make your cooking space a happier place to be. Whether you are in a studio, a two-bedroom apartment, or a two-story townhouse, here are 5 simple options. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you forgotten what the bottom of your sink looks like? Have you taken to using plastic forks because you can’t find your cutlery? Do you hold your breath when you open your (smelly) fridge? Do you avoid opening your kitchen cabinets for fear of a Tupperware avalanche?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in need of an apartment kitchen intervention. The good news is that there’s hope for any apartment kitchen, no matter how messy it may be. The bad news is that you’ll have roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty to put things right. So go on: grab some gloves and consult this list for some handy kitchen rehab tips.
One Step at a Time
Overwhelmed? Don’t be. Tackle one area at a time, my friend, and soon you’ll be on your way to kitchen rehabilitation and a better apartment life.
Start with your refrigerator and freezer. If your foods and beverages are all jumbled together, it can be hard to locate the right ingredient when you want it… or locate the source of that unusual smell. Empty your fridge of everything expired, give the shelves a good scrub, assign each food group a section in the fridge, then rearrange your food so everything is visible. While you’re at it, follow these useful tidbits: Read the rest of this entry »
Most people try to not set their homes on fire. But maybe you’re feeling a bit nonconformist. If so, we recommend starting out by setting your kitchen ablaze* since it’s the number one place where home fires start. With these tips, setting fire to your kitchen will be a snap:
1. Leave the Stove Unattended
If you’d prefer to not be there when the fire starts, we recommend leaving something on the stove unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number one cause of kitchen fires is leaving food unattended while it cooks on the stove. So turn the heat way up, and walk away.
2. Throw Your Timer Out
As your mom probably taught you, you should always use a timer to check your food regularly to make sure that it doesn’t go up in flames. But if you want your food to really burn, throw away that timer and wait. You’ll eventually see a nice, thick smoke, and when that happens, you know you’ve done it right.
3. Collect More Clutter
You should keep oven mitts, paper towels, dishtowels, and anything else that is flammable as close to the open flame as possible. If you’re lucky, one of these items will be set ablaze.
4. Dress the Part
If you’re a risk taker, and a more advanced fire starter, you can wear baggy clothes or flowing sleeves when you’re cooking in the kitchen. Loose clothing is extremely susceptible to catching fire because it tends to get pretty close to heating elements when you’re taking things in and out of the oven or standing near the burner when it’s on.
5. Dirty the Stove
When you’re cooking, if your stove or oven is dirty, you’re just begging for a fire to start. Who knew starting a fire could be so easy? So don’t clean your stove after each use, or wipe up any spills, because grease buildup is flammable.
6. Quickly Throw Grease Out
A cool fire to start is a grease fire. All you have to do is throw your grease in the trashcan when it’s still hot and bubbly. By doing this, the grease has the potential to set things in your trashcan on fire, and create one hot mess. How fun!
7. Disable Smoke Detectors
Batteries in smoke detectors are supposed to be changed twice per year to ensure they function properly. But if you want to watch your work burn for a while, just throw out the batteries that are in all of your smoke detectors and get cooking.
* We in no way actually recommend setting your kitchen on fire. It’s a really terrible idea that can lead to extensive property damage, severe bodily injury, and even the loss of life.
In fact, you should do the exact opposite of everything outlined in this article. Keep a close eye on your food while it cooks and on your timer. Keep clutter, clothing, and spills away from heat sources. Don’t dispose of grease until it has cooled. And keep those smoke detectors in good, working order.
When you walk into your apartment’s kitchen, do you find dishes piled up in your sink, your cabinets filled with an explosion of Tupperware, and half of your knives M.I.A.? If yours is a small apartment, this predicament is understandable. Small apartment living is fraught with plenty of challenges when it comes to finding enough space in your apartment. Living and cooking in a small kitchen can be a challenge, especially if you’re not well-organized. You might even be discouraged from cooking altogether, since there might not be much room to slice, dice, or sauté in the first place. So what’s a small-apartment dweller to do? When it comes to small apartment living, even the messiest among us can make (pardon the pun) little changes that will make a big difference. Use these easy tricks and tools for small apartment living to turn your small kitchen into a clutter-free, cook-friendly zone.
It’s the Little Things
Don’t sweat the small stuff—hang it up instead! Oftentimes, teaspoons, mixer attachments, measuring cups, and other small cooking tools get thrown together into whatever small drawer is available in favor of making room for the big things in other drawers. Separate them and make them easy to access by using under-shelf hooks to hang up little cooking implements to eliminate mess. You can also put 3M-style hooks on the inside of kitchen cabinets to the same effect.
Dish It Out
Drying racks take up valuable counter space, so move those dishes up with a wall-mounted dish rack above the sink. They’ll drip-dry easily and out of the way. Suddenly, doing dishes by hand is much less annoying.
Put up a pegboard on a blank wall and use it to hang large cookware that won’t fit in any other cabinet. In fact, if you get creative, pegboards can be great for more than skillets. Rest your rolling pin on top of two well-spaced pegs, hang a basket up for smaller tools, or use individual pegs to hold up mugs and teacups.
Knives are really something you don’t want lying haphazardly in a drawer. Not only are they dangerous if you’re looking for a cleaver in a hurry, but all that jostling around can dull the blades. Get a magnetic knife strip and attach to your kitchen wall. Your knifes will stay safe and visible, and free up even more drawer space.
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