4 Easy, Renter-Friendly Storage Ideas to Steal from This Narrow Kitchen in Harlem

published Mar 31, 2022
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YouTuber Celia Williamson has never lived anywhere else in New York City except Harlem. And while her 760-square-foot rental may seem small to others, the founder of the home decor shop Sticki Icki says the compact apartment she rents with her partner, Sean, is actually roomy by Big Apple standards. “The appliances are all a standard size (a big deal in NYC), there is a dishwasher, laundry in the building, and we have a terrace, which is fun in the spring and summer,” explains Williamson, who pulls a lot of her design inspiration from gawking at images on social media.

Still, organizing the kitchen was a challenge. (It somehow always is, no matter how much space you have!). So, Williamson uses a few smart and super-easy tricks to make the most of her narrow space. We took the tour, and we spotted four easy and no-stress ideas worth stealing. Let’s take a look!

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Celia Williamson with her partner, Sean, and their baby Cassius.

1. Invest in a stylish rolling cart.

With such a narrow space, Williamson conveniently relies on a rolling cart next to her kitchen window to store supplies, such as her collection of cookbooks, a few potted plants, and heavily used small appliances. This one, from IKEA, is on wheels, which means you can transport it from one spot in the kitchen to another. And if you tire of seeing it in the kitchen, a stylish rolling cart can be pretty useful just about anywhere.

2. Hang a basket … or three.

By hanging woven tiered baskets near her fridge, Williamson creates space out of thin air. It’s a great way to store fruit, onions, and potatoes. A big bonus is being able to easily see what you have on hand, so that nothing goes to waste.

3. Create storage with a floating shelf.

To maximize her kitchen’s blank wall, Williamson added a sturdy IKEA floating shelf to keep pantry items and cutting boards within reach. Plus, she uses the ledge to decorate with artwork and more plant life. “I don’t have a huge budget, but supporting small businesses and artists as much as I can feels good and makes my home feel like mine,” says Williamson of the art displayed throughout her home. “Some would call it clutter, and say it’s too much, but I love things! I love to be surrounded by the things that tell the story of my life.”

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4. Go with uniform spice jars.

One cute way Williamson has added a little spice (pun intended!) to her kitchen is by organizing a line of spice jars that run along a shelf under her kitchen cabinets. It’s a convenient way to have easy access to everything — while making it so pretty and fun to look at!

How do you make the most of your kitchen space? Tell us in the comments below.