Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Little Kitchen Organization

Is there a part of your house - a drawer or cabinet, perhaps - that drives you bananas because it's such a mess and you can never find what you're looking for but you don't fix it because it always drives you crazy when you're in the moment doing something or rushing somewhere and by the time you have some time to address it you've kind of forgotten about it?  Anyone??

Well this kitchen drawer was that thing for me.


No big surprise, I'm sure, but it was practically impossible to ever find the utensil I was looking for in this disheveled tangle without some measure of digging and disgusted "Ugh!" sounds coming from yours truly.

Finally, finally, this past weekend I took 15 minutes and fixed the problem.  Seriously, 15 minutes.  WHY did I not do this sooner??

First step was emptying the contents of the drawer and separating into two piles: "keep" and "toss."  One only needs so many soup ladles!  The "toss" pile got, you guessed it, tossed, and the "keep" pile went into two further piles: "drawer" and "counter."  Smaller items went into the "drawer" pile and larger ones into the "counter" pile.  I had a spring-loaded drawer separator in the drawer already that just needed to be repositioned a bit before I neatly placed the remaining items back in the drawer.  Approximately 7 minutes later I had this dramatic before and after.


But remember I said it took 15 minutes?  Well it was so easy and gratifying a job I moved on to the drawer underneath and did the same.


The "counter" items, utensils I use often and are handy to have right at my fingertips, went into two containers - one for whisks and spatulas on the counter where I typically prep items and the other for ladles, large spoons, and other cooking utensils, near the stove.



I realized I haven't shared too many photos of my kitchen, so here's a quick little photo tour.

 


Sink side of kitchen

Stove side of kitchen
 
Have you ever kicked yourself for not making a simple organizational change sooner?  I'm so happy with the way this new setup is functioning for me just these last few days!

12 comments:

  1. Smart ideas! And I just love your house :)

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  2. I need to do the same with my drawers. Yours looks great! Love seeing more of your kitchen and love that bench!

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  3. Ok so funny my mom was just here yesterday looking at my drawer over flowing with spoons and whisks telling me I needed to organize it! Job well done!

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  4. great work with your organization! i need to do this too, especially in our pantry. i love your kitchen! i can't wait to get new white cabinets.
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh, you only have 1 (or 2) drawers that look like that? Lucky you. :) Great job, and your kitchen is bright and beautiful!

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  6. Ummm I have a kitchen full of drawers that look like that, plus a pantry. We unloaded boxes 3 years ago with the intention of organizing everything at a later date….still hasn't happened. Kitchen organization is on my 2013 goal list though. I love the boxwood wreath on your door and all the natural light your kitchen gets.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi, thanks! The boxwood was originally a Christmas decoration but I like it so much I've decided to leave it up. Without the gold bow it looks much less Christmasy :)

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  7. You know this is totally my jam. And PS, I LOVE Your kitchen!

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  8. Many of my kithcen drawers look like that, too. Recently, my pantry is looking just as bad....I must take the 15 minutes, or hour, it would take to fix it!

    Love your upholstered bench, the colors, patterns, and finishes in that picture are perfect!

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  9. Loved the tour of your pretty kitchen, (and organized drawers!) your upholstered bench looks great, that fabric is a favorite!

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  10. I love how one 15 minute project is all is takes to kick start the start of something! Great changes and I love your kitchen tile. It looks amazing with the white cabinets.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! The backsplash is tumbled marble and I LOVE it. One of my favorite parts of our kitchen :)

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