Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kitchen- organized!

As part of my 101 in 1001 Days, I wanted to follow an organization challenge. Well I chose iHeart Organizing's challenge and this month it is Kitchen Organization. So I have been hard at work all month getting the kitchen together. My husband and I set out one day to run a bunch of errands and gathered up supplies for our task. So here is the reveal!

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First came the pantry. In our apartment there was this giant cupboard without in shelving so a while back we bought this wire shelf. It doesn't exactly fit the space, but we make it work. We bought the baskets from the dollar store which makes things look a lot better.


Then I made a pantry inventory list that I found at Organized Home. Not sure if I like it yet but we will see as the weeks come. And do you see the cute little labels?


I used cardboard from a Special K bar box, vinyl and a clothespin. I cut the cardboard to 2" by 3" and took the backing off the vinyl (it is kinda like a sticker) and applied to the cardboard. Then I hot glued a clothes pin to the back. Then I wrote on them with a chalkboard marker. And supposedly it will wash off with water- I haven't tested it yet.

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This is the cupboard above the pantry just shown. We are using it to keeping our extra K-cups (top left), extra paper products (top right), extra spices (bottom left) and baking supplies (bottom right). This is all stuff we don't use as often all together. 

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Here is our spice cabinet. Before it would make me so mad because I couldn't find what I was looking for when I needed it. We bought the spice rack at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It was a little pricey, but totally worth my sanity. It came pre-filled with spices which we weren't expecting. We ended up emptying some of the containers for our own spices that we use and already had. And a special thanks to my husband because this cupboard was his little project! Also, we are keeping my husband's k-cups in a basket on the bottom shelf, since the cabinet is right above the coffee machine.

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This space was not exactly unorganized to start it just wasn't being used. So we created a "beverage station" this has tea, hot chocolate and a few other random beverage items all in one basket. And on the left side, we store all of our cookbooks.

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For this space, we mostly just reorganized and took a few thing out (the hand mixer and the silver circle in the left picture is a tea pot). We switched the food processor and the crockpot to the opposite shelves. We use the crockpot usually twice a week and before it was not easy to pull in and out of the cupboard, so we moved to the top shelf. The basket on the bottom shelf is where we keep our onions and garlic. 


I didn't reorganize these two cupboards because they were already in pretty good shape. I just had to share my beautiful, colorful dishes. The pots and pans don't look super organized but it's working so I didn't want to change it

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After rearranging a few glasses and adding our small blender (sort of like a magic bullet) this cupboard was finished.

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Before organizing, this cabinet was just a bunch of coffee cups and water bottles. I decided to squish all the the cups together to make room for our giant plastic bowls that could no longer go in their previous spot. 

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Before, this cabinet was basically a bunch of junk. Things that needed to go somewhere. I changed this cabinet over to "rarely used" items- on the right side. And on the left I put all of our pitchers that didn't have a "spot" before.

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This cupboard was simply a mess. I tried to make it work, but I needed something more. So we purchased a wire rack from Bed, Bath and Beyond to hold our bakeware. This rack makes it sooo much easier to pull things in and out of this cabinet.

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This is the drawer underneath our oven. Before we had a bunch of bakeware and all of our lids for our pots. I pulled out the "rarely used" items and a few baking items to create more room. Then I put the ceramic dish in the drawer. We use this dish all the time and previously, it was stored on top of our cupboards and I had to pull out my stool and climb on the counter to get it down. Annoying. p.s I am really short, less than 5 feet, so we bought a collapsible stool a while back for me to use to reach high cabinets. Gotta love being short.




The two drawers pictured above hold most of our utensils. The first drawer has the items we use more often and the second drawer has items used rarely. 


The rest of our utensils are stored on the counter in the canister pictured on the right.


We also keep all of our knives in the wood block and the white canisters hold flour, sugar and coffee.


I also created a freezer inventory sheet and cleaned out the fridge. I forgot to take a before pic of the fridge so just imagine it all messy. And we have hardly anything in our fridge because it was right before a grocery trip so we were pretty much out of food. I added a basket on the bottom shelf for all of our cheese. Let's face it, we love cheese. And it used to take up the entire drawer on the bottom right. I decided to pull it out so that we can store produce in that drawer since that's what it is intended for.

2 comments:

  1. looks good and inspirational, nice job!

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  2. Wow, you really worked on the whole kitchen! Looks great! Love all the labels! :)

    Thanks so much for linking up last month!

    xo,
    Jen

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