February 4, 2013

Organizing the Kitchen (part three)

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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We used them again, for our glass storage containers, in the drawer below the microwave.

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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.

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We keep our frequently used pots in the top drawer, and the others directly below.

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(Lizzy photobomb)

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??

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10 thoughts on “Organizing the Kitchen (part three)

  1. Katie

    Jessie – I’m in love with (and inspired by) all of your organization. I couldn’t make it out to the container store this weekend but am really hoping I can do something similar to what you’ve done. I looks so . . . relaxing?? I’m sure that probably makes sense to you.

    My only question is – how did you know what & how many/sizes to get? Do you have a reco for how to start? I’d hate to get halfway through the project only to run out of organizing materials and have to leave the project half finished. Any advice? I’m also kind of scared to ask how much all the cool boxes & bins cost. I would love to know in general what the project ran you . . . but of course you can’t put a price tag on that feeling of having an organized kitchen.

    Thanks!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks, Katie!

      Knowing what specific drawer dividers to buy definitely took a little planning. I basically just took down measurements of each drawer and notes for what I’d need to store in them. That made it SO much easier to plan in the store. There are a million options once you’re there, so I found it helpful to go through the entire store first, and then shop. Because you can pretty much use storage options from any part of the store, not just the kitchen section. I also over bought, which I realize not everyone can do, but it really helped in avoiding that “I’ve run out of options” once you get home. Then I just returned any pieces I didn’t use. As far as cost goes, I spent around $200 for the entire kitchen. Definitely not cheap, but for our family – totally worth it. If it’s a room that you use consistently everyday, an organized space is worth the price. It’s seriously changed the way we live and our complete routine.

      Hope that helps! Happy organizing :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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  2. Amanda

    Getting organized feels so good, doesn’t it? :)

    I noticed your baby cakes maker – have you used it? Was washing it afterwards annoying? I got one for Christmas but haven’t used it yet.

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      So good!

      We haven’t used the baby cakes maker yet, just got ours for Christmas too! Hoping to fire it up for Lizzy’s birthday next month :) We’ll keep ya posted!

      Jessie

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      The pot lid racks were from Ikea, although it looks like they may have discontinued them? Can’t seem to find them online any longer.

      xo,
      Jessie

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  3. Haley

    I took a quick IKEA trip this weekend and could not find those pot lid holders anywhere. How long ago did you get those? Not sure if they just aren’t there anymore or I got tired of searching for things through the crowd. Why is it so crowded on a Saturday night?!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      You’re not the first to mention this, it looks like they may have discontinued them :( Bummer. I can’t seem to find them online either. So sorry!

      xo,
      Jessie

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