Let me begin the Home Neat Home series by clarifying that I by no means think I have a mastered the planet of organization! I realize that some of you live in tiny apartments and others in grand kitchens with five kids. Something else might work best for you. This is what works for me!
Might as well begin with the hardest room in the house to organize:
Unlike other rooms in the house, it seems there is more in the kitchen that HAS to be there than any other room, making it hard to simplify. Still, simplification is still the most helpful starting point.
Everything in my kitchen has a place that has been thought out and chosen. Nothing is thrown in a drawer because I don’t have a clue what to do with it. We’ve tried to utilize the space in such a way that every corner is used yet nothing feels crowded.
Do you really need 10 spatulas?
I thought I did, but I have settled on 3. A sweet mini, a savory mini and a big. Two wooden spoons. Scissors. And a flat spatula. That’s all I need easily assessable on my countertop.
When we moved, I went through each and every kitchen tool and gadget and asked myself if it was something I use on a weekly basis. I also made sure I had ONE of everything – with the exception of a few items like sheet pans and the above spatulas and mixing bowls that one must have at least two of.
I donated many more sheet pans (ones that were gross!), spatulas and mixing bowls though. And I haven’t missed them!
The less used cooking equipment is neatly placed in a drawer next to the stove so my countertop canister is nice and airy
As much as it pains me to spend my dollars on metal baskets that should cost $1, I have learned in my organization life that if you invest once in these expensive metal organizers that they last forever. And with a price tag similar to a glass of wine, they make me very, very happy!
Can openers, garlic press, pizza cutter, ice cream scoop, zester, peelers, masher, mini funnel, food scale – all within easy reach and neatly place.
The measuring drawer is also paired down – I once had two of everything! And while if you’re a super baker you might need two half cup measurers, I do not. I just am mindful of moving from dry to wet when I cook and it makes my drawer more simple. I also believe in separating measuring spoons from their ring so you can wash them individually! In the back there are clothes pins and chip clips -
Tupperware is a PAIN to store, and I’ve tried tons of different ways to manage it all. Guess what worked best? Donate 3/4 of my stash! I’ve learned that you just don’t need 100 tupperware containers “just in case” you have a ton of leftovers at once. If you really get in a pinch you can just put leftovers in a small bowl with some wrap on top. Some of my containers are full in my fridge at this time, but they neatly stack in two piles. (KERF reader Samantha sent me this nice glass Anchor set when she was concerned with my plastic consumption I love them! They definitely make me feel more grown up)
I have one “catch all” drawer for bulky items and don’t go in here everyday. Notice there is still some attempt to group like things with like!
More dividers. Lifesavers in drawers!
We have two large under-the-counter cabinets.
One features all of our big pots and pans (small ones go up top so you don’t have to bend!) as well as large tupperwares and jars on the shelf
The second houses the appliances. I am a stickler about maximizing counter space when you have a small kitchen, so these guys must be hidden!
Under the sink!!!! I linked the bottom of this with some ribbed plastic drawer liner I found in our basement. Makes it all super clean and neat!
We also have a little door for recycling – glass/plastic/bottles on the left, paper on the right
To the right of the stove:
That’s all the under-counter storage. Now we move to uppers.
I always believe in having your everyday pots and skillets up top – so you can easily reach them from the stove.
Also near the stove is our seasonings cabinet – with baking on the top. I love these circle turners for this stuff so you can easily find it.
Whenever you can utilize shelf space and walls (a la IKEA!) it helps!
We have one pantry (I hope someday we have a walk-in pantry!) to the left of the stove. I feel we’ve utilized the door well!
And inside are items we use almost everyday
These stand-up baking pan holders are awesome!!
I also love the addition of the open shelves in this kitchen – they work so well for all the bulk stuff!
Anything else cooking-related is in the basement. It’s all the stuff we don’t use too often, so I don’t mind going downstairs to use it. And I’m so glad it’s out of the way!
Where are all the dishes?
Well that’s another post!!