Organizing

3 Smart Storage Ideas to Steal from a Cross-Country Camper — Small Space Kitchens

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I've lived in some small New York City apartments, but Jordan and Brittany Griggs have me beat with their 276-square-foot camper. To make their tiny home comfortable, they renovated it completely to create separate areas for work and play and just enough storage for the surprisingly few things they really need. The kitchen boasts a sharp interplay of open and closed storage to make it totally functional — and cute!

You might not be willing to give up your home for one on wheels, but you can still steal some of the Griggs' smart storage ideas.

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If You Love Marie Kondo, Swedish Death Cleaning May Be for You — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

My husband and I are avid antique shoppers and like to joke that when we die (hopefully many, many decades from now!), we're setting our neighbors up for one of the best estate sales of all time. Who wouldn't want a primitive jelly cabinet with a slightly busted corner? Or a six-pack of canned, expired emergency water?

Of course, we say that in the same breath we take to complain about eventually having to clean our parents' houses when they pass. It's a little morbid, we know, but we're not so much focused on their deaths as we are talking about just how much stuff they have managed to stuff into their suburban New Jersey homes.

Why am I telling you this? Because I just stumbled upon an upcoming book that gave me pause: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter.

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Our 5 Favorite Pantry Labels to Download for Free — Pantry Perfect

There's nothing more fun to look at (and, okay, drool over) than a well-organized pantry moment. Neatly stacked shelves, uniform jars, impeccable baskets — sign us up. There's one other thing all the lust-worthy pantries have, too: personalized labels on every single jar and canister.

Even if your pantry isn't totally Pinterest-ready, you can get it one step closer with some super-pretty labels. Not great at Photoshop and have terrible handwriting? Don't worry — we've rounded up five of the cutest pantry labels you can download for free and print at home. Getting closer to your dream pantry is only one click away.

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6 Reasons to Be Proud of Your Ridiculously Small Kitchen — Small-Space Kitchens

While we all might fantasize about having a sprawling kitchen, à la our favorite Nancy Meyers movies, reality is often a lot, um, smaller. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you can either curse the cooking gods for your misfortune or make the best of it.

I mean, some professional chefs can pull off culinary magnificence in small New York kitchens. So you can come close. Or at the very least, love your tiny kitchen a little more. Here are some good reasons you should not only love but also feel fiercely proud of your tiny-as-a-postage-stamp space.

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This Is Apartment Therapy’s Most-Pinned Pantry — Pantries to Pin

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Can a pantry be Zen? This one sure is! We reached out to our sister site, Apartment Therapy, for their most-pinned pantry ever and the winner is this beauty.

In fact, according to reps at Pinterest, it's the most-pinned pantry ever. Like, of all time. It's been saved more than 235,000 times!

What struck me the most was this: Even though some of the pantries out there are totally breathtaking and over-the-top — with their chandeliers, built-in beverage refrigerators, and enormous scale — this one is a little more modest.

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11 Smart Ways to Use the Space Above Your Cabinets — Small Space Kitchens

I seriously don't understand why there is space above my kitchen cabinets. If someone knows of a historical reason, please illuminate me in the comments. Why can't my cabinets just go all the way to the ceiling? I do not know. What I do know is that it's a terrible waste of space and it tends to get pretty gross and dusty.

Do you share my pain? Here are a few ideas to make that space actually work for you — and me!

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