My teeny tiny kitchen is currently one of my top frustrations in life. Our back door (the one we use) opens straight into the kitchen. Storage is limited, space is tight, and man oh man I cannot wait to have a "real sized" kitchen some day!
For now, we've had to get creative with use of our space, and I just have to deal with the fact that I have to store stuff on the floor while I cook, and that the oven door won't shut all the way with a cookie sheet inside because it's so tiny, and that my landlord's penchant for chopping up leaves in the fall with his mower means that I am forever sweeping up the bits of leaf that we track inside on our shoes (we have to park a ways from the house).
Here are a couple of things I've done to help with our (plentiful) space issues:
*that's plentiful issues, not plentiful space :)
As I said, if I cook something really intensive, I run out of room and have to start putting things in the floor to free up counter space. I put this plastic tray I had under our toaster and coffee maker. It makes it easy when I need to free up space because I just unplug the appliances and move the whole tray. It also helps catch toaster crumbs and stray coffee grounds, so it makes cleaning up easier.
(Easier said than done, but I'm learning!)
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