In my preparation for this week’s challenge, I reread the chapter, “Organize Your Kitchen Cupboards” (Organize Now! Pages 114-117), so that I could contemplate on how to use Jennifer’s advice before I just plunged into clearing out the kitchen. I giggled at how Jennifer began the chapter – “Would you be embarrassed if a guest looked in your kitchen cupboards?” At the beginning of this challenge I don’t think I would have been embarrassed, but I wouldn’t be exactly super ecstatic to show it off. I agree with Jennifer on page 114 where she states, “Another key to having organized cupboards is to toss the things you don’t use within a year’s time.” I do not have any issues with parting with broken or less often used items. We do not have a lot of “extra” stuff that we do not use or have to store. Since our family lives far away, when it’s time for holidays we visit them. When it’s time to entertain, our lifestyle here in Orlando consists of going out rather than staying home and entertaining.
During my thought process as to how we use the kitchen and how can I improve it’s functionality, I decided to let the kitchen dictate how much I should have in this space, since it really is ample size for the two of us. However, I am often tempted when I’m in a home store and see all the awesome new inventions people make (Cake Pop Maker comes to mind right now). But knowing my spatial limits helps me to stay within my bounds.
We have a 13ft by 8ft galley style kitchen, which includes the pantry. We pretty much only prepare and cook food in there, unlike some homes, where the kitchen serves as the hub of the home. There’s basically not much room to do anything else, perhaps this may be a big reason that the kitchen stays “mostly” organized.
For this challenge I have gone through every drawer and cupboard in order to take inventory of what I have, and looked at the items to make sure they still serve their purpose and that they are in good working order.
I value Jennifer’s advice about storing items near/where you will use them the most. I kept this in mind while analyzing where we store everything.
Here’s how I followed her advice:
We created a “station” where we prepare our coffee in the morning. The coffee maker is on the counter right by the drawer where we store the coffee K-cups. I am using an expandable utility tray in the drawer for now to hold the K-cups.
In one of our cupboards we store just for our water bottles, while the cupboard below it has our milkshake maker and a juicer.
I organized the plates and glasses cupboards:
Storing the pots, pans, cooking items and cutting boards by the stove:
Storing plastic container with the lids:
Storing baking items near each other
I have cleaned out under the sink and placed all cleaning supplies in a plastic casket with a handle.
I tackled the junk drawer
Organized our towel and pot holder drawer (shout out to Williams Sonoma!)
I am NOW happy to be able to answer Jennifer’s question from the beginning of this post with a resounding NO! In fact, I should have an organized kitchen cupboard showing party. Stand by for your EVITE!
***Please also check out the amazing women who are also participating in the 12 Week Organize Now! Challenge: Jennifer @ Mother Thyme, Bonnie @ House of Grace, Pamela @ the dayton time and Michelle @ Eamich ***