Kitchen Organizing

kitch-cupboard1Martha has inspired me to do some kitchen organization, with the post on her blog showing her neatly organized kitchen. The absolute worst spot in my kitchen was my baking cupboard. As you can see, it was a total disaster. What really made me get going was one day my good cobalt blue ceramic pie pan fell out and broke. It was time to take action.

At Lowe’s we found this great two drawer system you can install in a kitchen cabinet. It was about $82, but as you can see, it made a huge difference. Now things don’t fall out and I can actually get to them.

I’m going to be totally upfront and honest with you here though. You know how you always see those HGTV shows where they do projects like this and you scratch your head wondering how they fit the same amount of junk into the same space? Well, they don’t. I purged this cupboard and threw some things out and sent some seasonal

Ta da!

Ta da!

things (such as a heart shaped cake pan) to the basement. I also purged some other areas of the kitchen so I could move items over there.

One thing I thought of that I am SO proud of myself for is the new organizational system for all of our plastic bags, plastic wrap, parchment paper, foil, etc. This was in the drawer above this kitchen cupboard and somehow the drawer is just a tiny bit not tall enough, because the boxes the bags were in always caught when you opened the drawer. They would rip and bags would spill out everywhere. It was a disaster. Well, in trying to reorganize the pantry, it occurred to me that the entire

Pantry door

Pantry door

back of the door had nothing on it. So we installed some shelves and all of the bags are now kept there. This then freed up the drawer which has become my baking drawer – rolling pin, measuring cups and spoons, etc. Also on the door, I have placed some of the things I use the most from the pantry and which I can never find – baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon and syrup.

Baking drawer

Baking drawer

I just love the feeling of getting a big mess like this cleaned up! It makes me feel so productive!

4 Responses to Kitchen Organizing

  1. BigSister says:

    I love what you did with the pantry door. I am going to do that too!

  2. marthaandme says:

    It freed up an entire drawer plus some pantry space – definitely worthwhile – and fairly cheap! I think we bought 2 wire racks for $20 each.

  3. This is really inspiring to me. You couldn’t pay me enough money to photograph our “before” kitchen photos; maybe, I’m thinking, I’ll work on the “after.”

  4. marthaandme says:

    I’ve now reorganized two bathrooms and a kitchen. It really makes a huge difference in a lot of ways. Now if I could just get Martha to figure out a solution for our basement!

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