Small Space Kitchens: Do You Store Things In the Oven?

We got a kick out of this kitchen pictured in the New York Times last week. The inhabitant, a jewelry designer, uses her home as workspace and showroom as well as for living. So everything is very minimalist and put away. And her oven, it turns out, is used to store party supplies. Do you store things in your oven?

Our first instinct, when we see people who store things in their oven, is to assume that they don't cook much. It's like stacking your sheets on top of your stove, or only ever having film and beer in your fridge. You must eat out a lot.

But now we have at least one friend who simply doesn't use her oven very much at all; she is Asian, and she is a simply amazing cook, but she rarely if ever uses the oven. Oven-baking and roasting just aren't commonly used in her style of cooking. The joke in her family is that the pots and pans she stores in there only get taken out when she is out of town and her husband turns on the oven to bake frozen chicken patties.

So we're curious. Do you store things in your oven? And if so, why? Do you not cook much? Or do you not bake at all? Or maybe you just really, really need the space. Does your oven do double-duty?

• See more of that little kitchen: The Art of Sparkle at The New York Times

Related: Could You Live Without an Oven?

(Image: Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times)