We have a kitchen/dinette combination in our apartment. This is what it looks like right now:
This area also serves as our entry, as the back sliding door (to immediate right of frame) is our main ingress/egress since it's closest to the parking lot. The kitchen part (behind me as I snapped this picture) is small and can only hold the necessary items.
Please help me figure out how to organize this area!
This is the deal with it right now:
At left: recycling, paper shredder. Paper shredder is rarely used and could probably move.
Table: probably a little big for our family of 2 adults and one baby, but we do fairly regularly have enough friends over to fill it. I thought about getting a smaller table and supplementing with a card table, but I'm not sure. This also sometimes gets used as my husband's desk space--it was when this picture was taken, hence the laptop. The counters are small so it's overflow kitchen workspace as well. We have tried having the table parallel to the wall and this arrangement provides the better space utilization. Pulling it out much makes the doorway unusable.
Wire bookshelf: used to organize every last thing that used to just build up on the floor of this area. To wit:
Top shelf: baby bottles and feeding items. As I work part-time, these get heavy use.
Second shelf: "to go out" tote, containing items we are supposed to return to their owners, take back to the store, or give away. We have experimented with having it elsewhere, but we never think to use it. We're still bad at using it here... I'm not sure if somewhere else would really be all that much worse. This shelf also contains the diaper bag, which really does need to be in this area (we come in and if there's no spot for it, it just gets dropped on the floor)
Third shelf: winter wraps. I'd love a hanging rack or a shoe organizer or something for these, but I don't know where I'd put it. At the immediate right of the frame is the sliding door, so there is no wall space for it.
Fourth shelf: tote of my husband's bike stuff (again, this would just get dropped on the floor if not for this space here) and his backpack (ditto).
Coats and jackets get hung on the upright pegs of this bookshelf, or on the chairs.
The floor in front of the wire bookshelf is covered in shoes. We experimented with having shoes on the bottom shelf of the wire bookshelf, but it didn't happen. Other junk also tends to get dropped here.
Any bright ideas? I am not averse to buying another organizey thing, but we do plan to move within the next year or two, and so I would want something versatile.