7 Storage Lessons to Steal from This Stylish Airstream Kitchen

updated May 1, 2019
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Some people can live together in just 200 square feet of space. And they can do it beautifully, too. Just look at this Airstream trailer, which is home to Natasha Lawyer and Brett Bashaw. Nicknamed the Tin Can Homestead, it’s a marvel of smart, stylish storage.

Here are seven smart storage ideas you should steal from their functional-yet-small kitchen and implement in your own tiny space.

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1. Use hooks.

Natasha and Brett got a brass rail and hooks from Schoolhouse Electric to create a versatile hanging space for dish towels, greenery, gadgets, and more. Because the hooks aren’t fixed, they can add or subtract them as needed.

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2. Put shelves in the corner.

By using an L-shaped shelf in the corner, the couple added a storage space for everyday bowls and glasses without making the space feel too cramped. Also note: There are more hooks on the bottom of the shelf to store coffee mugs!

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3. Add drawers to your cabinets.

Cabinets are the standard for kitchens, but it can be hard to reach the things in the way back — especially if you’re in a narrow kitchen where you barely have space to bend down. Enter: pull-out drawers. I especially like these because they’re deep (sometimes shallow pull-outs allow your stuff to flop all over).

4. Downsize your fridge.

If there are only two people in your house — and you mostly eat your produce right away — you might not need a full-sized fridge to store your food. These guys have a mini-fridge that tucks under the countertop.

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5. Use clips.

While these antique-looking binder clips hold picture frames in this Airstream, they could just as easily hold up a recipe or a bunch of herbs to dry.

6. Corral stuff in trays.

Okay, the soaps are probably in a little tray to keep them from sliding around when the Airstream is in motion, but they serve a storage duty, too: They keep a collection of items from looking junky.

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7. Use your stovetop as storage.

Here’s an excuse to splurge: If your cookware is pretty enough, you can totally store (read: display) it on the stovetop.

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What other smart ideas do you spot in this beautiful Airstream kitchen?