On to the Kitchen
I thought my kitchen was organized, but when I took a good hard look, I discovered it wasn’t so much. It was to an extent, but needed some attention. Even though it wasn’t too bad, there were some problem areas. Spots that would get disorganized very quickly. So, I started with my storage containers.
I’m a nut for containers. I hate to throw away a container that might be good for some kind of storage. So, imagine my surprise when I emptied the cabinet and had over 50 plastic cold cut tubs! And I had more lids than containers! How does that happen? I decided that I didn’t need more than 5, so I gave the rest to my husband for the garage and told him to put whatever he didn’t need in the recycle bin.
Using the internet and Pinterest for ideas, I got to work. My favorite idea was to use a dish drying rack to store the lids. I could put them in by size, they were contained, and I used the cutlery holder for the small lids.
I put the small loose containers into a bin. It’s easy to pull out when I need something.
TA DA! Finished! And I even found space for my new food sealer that I got for Christmas from my daughter.
(That’s one of my dogs’ tails in the picture. They always have to be in the action.)
Here are 2 before pictures:
Not so bad, but I always need the item on the bottom of the stack! I’d have to empty the cabinet to get it.
And I’m short, so most of this was being done over my head or on a stool which made it a little precarious.
And this needs no explanation! It was the same problem as above. I had to empty the cabinet to get what I needed and put it back. So, it was just easier to shove it in and slam the door before it all fell out! ;)
I used racks to stand up all my trays, serving plates, and baking sheets. I used 2 racks one in the front and one in the back lined up. (You might want to anchor these to the bottom with tape because they will move around.) Using the 2 racks also made it possible to store the smaller pans one in front of the other. Now, I can just grab what I need.
I moved all my baking items to the larger cabinet. I used a rack to stand up the more used pans for easy access. I moved the large cake and pie containers to the pantry for easier access.
I forgot to take a picture of the before, but this is the after shot of my “cup” cabinet. Before, I had all the mugs (and I have a LOT of mugs) stacked on top of each other. This made it difficult to grab one because it was easy to knock one over. I put all the serving supplies on the top shelf. I moved that shelf up because the items didn’t need the height. I put the thermoses (which had been in the container cabinet) and the travel mugs together. and I used the wire shelves so I didn’t have to stack the mugs on top of each other. Like the plastic containers, I did part with a few mugs (ok, a lot of mugs).
With the reorganization of the cabinets, I actually have more space in the remaining cabinets. Remember the before picture of the glass baking pans? Right now, I’m only using one shelf! The other two are empty! But, I’ll fill them soon, because I have some more cabinets to organize. That will be another post.