I’m in OPERATION: ORGANIZE! mode and have decided to share my adventure with you all! I just love organizing. It makes me smile every time I see an organized closet or pantry or cupboard or car or… ANYTHING! Keeping things organized makes me feel good. My house is clean, I always know where everything is, and I’m saving money by not buying something just because I can’t find the one I already own because it’s buried beneath the clutter.
I’ve decided to organize by week. This week (starting today, ending next Monday) I am tackling the kitchen. The main issue in my kitchen would probably have to be the cupboards. They are really big cupboards but are up really high and are hard to get into. Annoying.
Today I spent 4 hours organizing the kitchen. Here’s what it looked like when I started:
I emptied every single thing out of every single cupboard and drawer. It was a scary job. I don’t like to see so much CRAP staring my in the face like that:
I cleaned all of the cupboards and drawers really well and then I went through all of the stuff I had just removed from them and ditched what I no longer wanted. I looked at an item and had 3 seconds to decide whether to keep, donate or move to another location in the house. I can’t believe how much crap was taking up space in my kitchen and not being used:
After that, I started putting the things I wanted away.
This is above/on top of the fridge. I removed some manuals and now only have cookbooks in the cupboard. I’m not happy with how high up they are. Ideally I would like them out on display. I have to think about how I can do that. On top of the fridge is our 2 cutting boards and plastic serving trays. I may move them out of sight, but I haven’t thought of a good place for them yet. The salad spinner is now put away in a cupboard.
This is above the stove. It’s the same. I’m happy with this set up. In the cupboard on the left we have coffee mugs and glasses/cups. Other than getting rid of a ton that were ugly, had chips or we just had to many of, this cupboard is the same and will probably stay that way.
Oh yeah, I am totally showing you my nasty garbage. Enjoy! I promise I took that full bag out tonight. It does not look that disgusting anymore. Under here is okay, I like how everything is set up. I won’t be changing anything.
This is my CRAP cupboard. A whole whack of stuff goes here. I hate the deep cupboard because it goes around the corner and it’s super hard to put things away and take them out. I also forget what I have in here sometimes because I can’t see the stuff at the back! I’m trying to think of how I can set up this cupboard so that it works better for us. I don’t mind how the pots, pans and mixing bowls are. I might keep those the way they are – but I feel there is wasted space above the pots. I will keep thinking on this one.
This is the cupboard beside the stove. It houses my oils, extra white vinegar and a bag of potatoes. I actually don’t mind this area. I think I will keep it the way it is.
This is my spices/baking cupboard. I removed a bunch of old spices and re-arranged everything. The top shelf has a bin (with a handle, so I can easily pull it out!) with extra spices, the second shelf is baking stuff and my garlic holder (because it wouldn’t fit on the bottom shelf) and the bottom shelf is the spices I use most often. I like the way this is set up right now, but I will probably change it – I think I want to do something different with my spices. I have to look into storage options.
Okay. Top drawer. This has the most used items. I got rid of junk we will never use and changed the bins around a bit. In here is silverware, measuring spoons and cups, bag clips, pizza cutter, can opener, etc. I like this. Won’t change a thing!
Second drawer. I took out the mixer and towels and put them in the lower drawers. Parchment paper is gone. Seriously, when do I use that stuff? Never! Now I have bigger kitchen tools such as a mallet, tongs, wooden spoons as well as plastic bags and aluminum foil in here. I’m iffy about this space. I may change it up a bit. I do think I will move the wodden spoons to a pitcher by the stove.
Third drawer. Completely different! Now all that is in here is a hand mixer, bottle cleaner and BBQ tools. This will definetely be changed, but I don’t know what I want to do with it. I will probably include some type of spice organizer in here. We’ll see!
The fourth and final drawer has lost old tupperware that never got used and is now full of dish towels/cloths and the plastic ware that we use on a regular basis. I’m not 100% happy with this drawer so I will probably somehow change it, but not drastically.
Done! I wiped down the counters and called it a day. I’m tired. Tomorrow I am going to tackle the fridge, freezer and pantry. I will also clean the stove/oven and dishwasher. I plan on cleaning the sink too. Finally, I will research the best organizing items that I need to buy to improve the organization in the kitchen.