Kitchen Storage: It’s Okay To Store Sh*t in Your Kitchen

Clever’s newest columnist, Sean Santiago, is a triple threat: photographer, stylist, editor. And when it comes to home decor, he knows his shit. He also does a killer MK&A impression, if you’re into that. Fancy That is Sean’s take on all things domestic.

If there’s anything I’ve learned from Kylie Jenner, it’s that beige is only a neutral if you’re not trying hard enough. Oh, and that purse storage is really important.

Up until a few weeks ago I stored my entire handbag collection on IKEA hooks in our tiny, cramped entry hallway. They overwhelmed the space and were an affront to my roommate’s sovereignty over that particular corner of the apartment. But, try as I might, I couldn’t figure out what else to do with them. It’s not like I had a spare closet, let alone an entire bedroom laying around that I could convert. Enter: my kitchen cabinets.

Heretofore, I had avoided seriously using my kitchen for additional storage space. We’ve all heard urban legends about brave souls stashing entire shoe collections in their ovens, and I didn’t want to be that person. Plus, I make Trader Joe’s frozen pizzas at least once a week, and I didn’t want to have some weird pizza-purse rotation going on inside my oven. And I don’t have the time (or dedication) to keep it clean enough for that.

But the empty, too-high-to-reach-except-with-a-step-ladder cabinets above the refrigerator? Well, I’d written them off because they’re too high to reach—but they’re literally perfect for stashing twenty-odd purses that are decidedly out of season. I cleaned them out, tucked the more expensive purses into drawstring storage bags and organized them by height. Et voila! The entryway is clear and all of that vacant space finally serves a purpose.

Now, if only I could figure out what the hell to do with our always-empty refrigerator . . .

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