The Slightly Splurgy Target Find That Solved My Kitchen Storage Woes

updated May 1, 2019
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As a renter of a small apartment, kitchen storage is one of the most frustrating things to overcome. Sure, you can add organizers to your drawers and cabinets, but there isn’t much you can do to add significant square footage. Or, at least that’s what I thought until I found my small rental kitchen secret weapon: the wire shelving storage unit.

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Of course, this solution is simple enough — not exactly groundbreaking — but what I will say is when I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy one for $60, it changed everything for my kitchen.

In my last rental, I was working with a small L-shaped space that had about four usable cabinets. I’m a hoarder of small appliances and serving platters, so finding space for all those items plus my pots and pans and my dry pantry items was nearly impossible.

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Enter: the wire shelving unit. Thankfully, I had a long empty wall on one side of my kitchen that perfectly fit this wide version from Target, and for the three years I lived in that apartment, the unit was my best friend. It was my pantry. It held my mixing bowls and cutting boards and canisters and cereal boxes. Anything I didn’t want to clutter my precious counter space with went on that shelf. I loved it and upon moving into my new apartment two years ago, I nearly shed a tear because it didn’t fit (it now happily lives out on my balcony holding plants, BBQ tools, and other outdoor goods).

Considering it hasn’t gotten all rusty outside, I will likely carry this shelving unit with me to my next home, because I love what it does for a space like a kitchen. It’s at once utilitarian and speaks to my “everything pretty on display” desires. Plus, any chance I get to organize my favorite glasses and kitchen tools on a tray, I’ll take.

I wish I had a photo to share with you of my old kitchen with my shelving unit in action, but hopefully you get the idea from the photos above.

Considering adding a wire shelving unit to your kitchen? Here are 6 in different heights and widths.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: The Renter-Friendly Secret Weapon That Solved My Small Kitchen Storage Woes