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.
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.|
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?