As we mentioned in our first two posts of this series, a dramatic change would take place in this small apartment kitchen. Decluttering and organizing the cabinets and drawers was a small part, but the real game changer was the addition of a rolling cart.
Previously the refrigerator was positioned directly across from the stove which meant that the client would have to stand to the side of the stove to open the oven door fully.
Since the refrigerator also stuck out six inches beyond the countertop, this was a daily obstruction to traffic flow in the space.
We carefully measured the client’s space and learned that the refrigerator could be moved to the right by 21″ while still using the existing outlet and cord.
A search online led us to a small wood and chrome cart that fit that space perfectly- the AmazonBasics Microwave Cart, $47.
The client’s microwave fits on the cart’s middle shelf perfectly which opened up the countertops and created an open space for more elbow room and better flow. The client can now stand in this small alcove to open the oven door fully.
On top of the cart, we displayed the client’s cookbooks and added three glass jars to store bulk ingredients.
On the bottom shelf of the cart, we set the client’s TV trays for guests along with a box of family recipes, and taller bottles that did not fit in the cabinets.
Dust from the refrigerator coils left residue on the walls, but this will eventually be painted over by the client. Taking note of this, the coils are being cleaned, and now the refrigerator sits one-half inch out further from the wall to allow it to breathe better.
This one simple change has made a significant positive difference in the clients day-to-day routine.