What up fools. Just kidding.
Continuing today with the third and final post on our newly organized kitchen (catch up with the first and second here). Throughout our entire space, the lower cabinets were probably underutilized the most. For example, this cabinet directly beside the pantry:
With the exception of a cake pop maker and a random sponge (?), we’d pretty much ignored this cabinet altogether. It’s not that we didn’t need the storage space, but more that it was just annoying to bend over just to be able to see into the shelves. Let alone, actually accessing the things in the back of the cabinet – not happening. So, just as we did in the pantry, Ricky whipped up a few interior drawers. Since we didn’t have much in this area to begin with, I deemed the top drawer a baking section. If you didn’t notice throughout the previous posts, baking materials were thoughtlessly scattered throughout the entire kitchen. Welcome home cup cakes.
I didn’t line these drawers as I had with the others, but it may be something I do in the future. I access these drawers a lot less, so it seemed kind of excessive. And a little pricy since they’re larger and would require more than just scraps of fabric. I’m still loving the clear drawer dividers though. Maybe I’ll try wrapping paper without the contact paper. Who knows. It could get crazy.
The bottom drawer is a work in progress. It’s definitely getting more use than before, but still a little mix matched. Toaster, mixing bowls, air fresheners/ candles, extra bottle drainer, vegetable oil. It seems so much better when I type this. No, no it doesn’t.
Moving on. We have a second lower cabinet to the left of the range, which also had a few shelves. In here, we just removed one of the shelves and used a few $5 pot lid holders from Ikea, to organize all of our bakeware.
Ikea sells organizers specifically for baking sheets (here), but we liked repurposing these instead, which don’t require anything permenant. The others had to be screwed down to the shelves. Plus, these are adjustable, meaning that while you can use them for thicker things like cake pans, you can also use them for skinny lids and baking sheets.
We used them again, for our glass storage containers, in the drawer below the microwave.
And since a few of you were asking about our pots and pans, here’s a little look at them. We didn’t change much here, these two drawers to the right of stove have always housed them. It’s not overly organized, but it works for us. Like I’ve said before, we’re not big on cooking at this point in our life. We both enjoy it, but finding the time just doesn’t happen. Hopefully, down the road as the girls become more independent we can change this.
We keep our frequently used pots in the top drawer, and the others directly below.
So, how about you guys? Any organization projects going on with the new year? I say that like it’s not already February. Where does this time go??