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By Brett Malvin | Agent in New York, NY

My Kitchen is my Closet: New Yorkers Choose Clothes Over Food

Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw is known for her fashion fetish – the girl can’t get enough of designer duds. However, she’s a New Yorker with a glorified studio on the Upper East Side, and her closet simply doesn’t fit all of her Dior. Carrie also can’t cook to save her life, and so, as she often tells her friends, “I use my oven for storage.” Turns out, Bradshaw isn’t alone. According the New York Post, many a New Yorker, pressed for more closet space, has turned to their kitchen for storage. With the plethora of take out options swarming our fine city, there’s really no need to cook, and few kitchens in New York are outfitted for the making of a full meal. Sure, you can plug in your coffee put, but turn on the oven? As if!

In this story from yesterday’s Post, we’re introduced to multiple “kitchenistas” who have gotten creative when it comes to storage. Their refridgerators double as shoe racks; their cabinets store seasonal sweaters and tee shirts. Jeans and high heels can be found in the oven (provided that the super turns off the gas), and wine glasses sit on shelves next to $600 Louboutin heels.

We’re dying to know – are you a kitchenista? Do you know anyone who stores sweaters in their oven, taking advantage of the sliding racks inside? Do you open up your cabinets to grab both heels and champagne flutes at once? Or do you keep your clothes where they belong: in your closet? You might recall that we’ve written before about the serious lack of closet space in New York...but this, we think, is taking it a bit too far. We’ll take our sweaters without the scent of burnt cookies, thank you very much.

Comments

By Emily Erekuff,  Fri Apr 16 2010, 11:57
This is so funny Brett. I'm glad that I don't have to choose between my closet and my kitchen. I think I love clothes and cooking equally.
By Sharon Go,  Fri Apr 16 2010, 14:57
love, love, LOVEEE this post! :-) I wouldn't know what I would if I was in that situation considering I love both the same. However, even though I live in SF, I'm starting to experience the issue of shortage on space for my clothes and shoes and bags. I love how creative the kitchenistas are, but I'm not sure how I feel about storing my shoes or expensive handbags in the oven in case someone should accidentally turn it on. It's a risk! Keep up the fun posts! =]
By Jenet Levy,  Mon Jul 5 2010, 11:13
I actually did once show an condo in the Financial District where the seller had all her sweaters in rainbow color order neatly stacked in the oven.

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