Friday, January 4, 2013

Cleaning & Organizing [Kitchen Storage]

On this fine day, [Day 2 of my overwhelming organizing project], I focused on the kitchen drawers & cabinets.  I started off by purging the kitchen of EVERYTHING I can live without... if I haven't used it in the last year, it's gone.  For example: A pineapple cutter & corer.  I've cut dozens of pineapples...without it.

Next, I wiped down all of my [newly lined] drawers & shelves.  I also put my new silverware tray to work [as shown above.]  After lining the drawers, I didn't like that I couldn't see the pretty contact paper through the plastic storage tray I was using.  I switched to wire & I love it.  No regrets there.

If it worked before, why mess with a good thing?  After a nice wipe down, the cabinets still look freshly organized, though I didn't make any changes with my dishes.  I started grouping items by use.  I kept the things I need to grab in a hurry in convenient locations, based on where I'd be using them.  [For example, dishes: directly above the dishwasher, for easy unloading.] 
 
I keep hot pads, wooden spoons, spatulas, olive oil, etc. - within reach of the range.  Although in my kitchen, everything is within reach.

 I freed up two entire drawers by moving my kitchen towels to this pretty wire basket & my cookie cutters to this pretty cookie jar.  Also, I stored all of my measuring cups & spoons and other various baking utensils in cute glass canisters.  All of this found a new home on my baker's rack!

& here's that handy baker's rack.

After lots of thought on "what are my biggest issues in the kitchen??" ...I have to say SPICES have been very inconvenient to find.  I kept them near the stove for convenience, but since the spice cabinet provided near the range is so narrow, I had to pull all of the spices out to find one.  I decided to lay the spices in a drawer, label up.  This is much more efficient.  & Other than the spice issue, I can't complain much, my little kitchen has been pretty good to me! 
 
 I have also condensed all of my kitchen goods down to the basics & necessities.  I went from 3 "cooking utensil" drawers down to one, 1 "baking utensil" drawer to 0 [it's all aesthetically camouflaged on the baker's rack now], etc.  As I sorted, I asked myself a few questions; "Does it serve a purpose I cannot live without? Can I do the same job with a different smaller object, perhaps a knife?  Does it take more time to clean than to use?  & If I have no use for it, is it pretty enough to take up precious cabinet/countertop/drawer space & store for another year?" 

I stored all of our food in two large [double door] cabinets.  I bought a little bin to store on-the-go snacks for the kids, so we just combine them all into the bin, discard the boxes & save on space.  Other than canned goods, everything else was grouped & stored according to where I find it in the grocery store.  This coordinates with how I write my grocery lists. 

After several kitchen re-organization projects in the past, I think I found a system that works.  It's all about trial & error & taking notes on what works, what doesn't, & what could work better.  Does the process ever really end?




 

6 comments:

  1. ok. stop posting things about cleaning and organizing. it is making me get up off my butt and do stuff...gawd... ;)

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  2. Love that cookie jar! What a sweet kitchen you have. I had the same problem with my spices and I came up with a solution that really works for me. Just thought I'd share it with you. Have a great day! Here's the link to my spice solution: http://roo925.blogspot.com/2012/12/kitchen-doings.html

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  4. You have just my style and I have an issue I wondered how you would tackle...the unending paper that comes from the mailbox and ends up on my bar! How would you organize and store it??
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  5. I really love the contact paper with the basket utensil holder - where did you get the contact paper from?

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