Our apartment is a 2LDK (That is how they refer to apartments in Japan: 2 rooms with a living, dining & kitchen). It is 60 square meters or 600 square feet.
Of the 2 rooms, 1 is where we sleep and the other is like a big walk-in closet (with our television in it).
Our bath is also where our washer is (can you believe in Japanese apartments that they only have cold water for the washers?! in the winter it is like washing your clothes in ice water...). The toilet is in a separate space, literally a "wash closet".
Thought you might like to see my kitchen. It's about 2 tatami mats big...that's about 35 square feet.
It is in the shape of an upside "U", but only because I made it that way.
Actually, my kitchen is connected to my living and dining area. You don't know how many times, Satoshi and I have moved furniture around to "change the atmosphere".
I think right now, we've got a pretty good layout.
Previously, I showed you the inside of my refrigerator here.
Our refrigerator can open from either the left or right side, which is pretty cool.
But the freezer is quite small, only two drawers.
On the side of my refrigerator, I have a magnetic notepad to write down things I have run out of that need to be replenished.
There is also a calendar and another magnet to hold recipes.
Next to the refrigerator is the sink.
The only time I use that drying basket over the sink is when my other drying containers (I have 2) are full of dishes.
Above the sink and stovetop are some cupboards, I keep items that I rarely use at the very top and some cups and spices in the more accessible areas. Usually if I can't reach something, I try to grab it with a pair of tongs, lazy yeah?!
Also, we don't have a garbage disposal, so I use a basket to gather peels and stuff then empty it out frequently so it won't smell.
I also use an old tofu container to collect the used coffee & tea, separate from the peels so that it won't go down the drain.
Below the sink, is where I keep sugar, honey, vanilla extract on one side.
And cleaning stuff on the other side.
This is my really small counter. See it is only about the size of a folder paper (8" x 11"). Next to it is the stovetop.
I'm lucky because I have 3 burners.
Right below the stovetop is a "drawer" to grill fish, but I've never used it because I really don't want to clean it after using it.
Some gadgets that can't fit into my gadget drawer are hanging along the wall there.
Below the fish grilling drawer, is a cupboard where I keep cooking and baking pans.
I also keep extra saran wrap and ziploc bags there too.
There is also a really skinny cupboard to the left of that, but only trays fit in there...
At the bottom of the "U" is where the oven & rice cooker are.
There are also spices there too.
To the left of that is where I keep most of our dishes, most of which I bought at the 100 yen store.
I made the cover for the rack so that the dishes won't get too dusty.
To the left of the dishes is a rack where I dry dishes (in 2 containers) because they can't stay on the "counter" to dry.
My pantry is also on this rack. I have most items in baskets so that I can pull them out like drawers.
(After I drew that rack in my journal back in 2010, I revised what items are there.) This rack also has a cover but this one I purchased with the rack.
So that's my kitchen, everything has its place.