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Hi all! I’m so excited to be sharing my kitchen organization project with you all and inspire you to organize yours.
The Kitchen Stuff Plus Organization Event is currently on, which means almost all organization items are on sale. Everything that I got from the store for my kitchen can be found on one page here. You can use my discount code “inspiredaccountant-10” until Feb 11th, 2018 to get an additional 10% off your purchase on-line and in-store. Don’t miss this opportunity to get things under control in your kitchen 😉
Let me tell you – it’s one of those projects that are super tiring but so rewarding! I had thoroughly organized my kitchen in mid-2016 and had now reached a point where, except for some everyday-use items, I had to forage for items in my cabinets every time I needed them. This year, a major goal of mine is to get all organized on the “inside.” I feel like I always pay attention to my house decor and furniture, but I tend to ignore the mess behind closed closet and pantry doors. Very naughty, I know haha! So when Kitchen Stuff Plus reached out to me during their organization event (happening now till Feb 11th), the timing couldn’t have been better! I’m loving the idea of starting the new year with an organized kitchen!
Now let’s get into some pictures, shall we? I have linked individual items I got from Kitchen Stuff Plus (or similar items where I already had something) under each picture.
First up is my favourite cupboard of all – the one with all the spices! Before organizing it this way, I had some spices in here, others in my pantry in plastic bags or store-bought containers, and then some that were just tucked away here and there in plastic bags. By investing in some new spice jars and organization racks, I was able to put everything in one cabinet. Any plastic bags with the leftover “extra” spices are stored away in the top two storage bins for future refills. I’m amazed to see how much empty space is still left in here!
Non-skid 3-Step Cabinet Organizer | Magnetic Spice Rack – Set of 6 Jars | Marble Pestle & Mortar | Cylinder Canisters | Small Round Turntable |
Storage Bins | Counter-top Utensil Jar | Counter-top Paper Towel Holder
Next up is the the cupboard with the everyday essentials. Or should I say, every-moment essentials? This is the cupboard where I keep all my plates, cups, drinking glasses, and some basic serving dishes. I’m so happy with the way this is arranged now. It’s not super crowded and everything has it’s own spot.
This next cabinet just has all my lovely, fancy items in one spot. As you can see, I haven’t used any racks or organizers here. Sometimes you just need to re-think the placement of items in a cupboard and stack them in a neat fashion for a refreshed and more organized look!
Now the fun stuff – the pantry! Needless to say, there’s so many cans, nuts, condiments, and bottles to store in this space. If it’s not nicely organized, it can be very easy to lose everything. This has been my favourite part of the organization because this was by far the messiest part of my kitchen. It’s too bad I got really excited and didn’t take any “before” shots. Just imagine a whole lot of mess and you’ll get the idea!
As you can see, it’s not the biggest cupboard. But it makes me so happy to see that everything fits in there but there is still some empty space. My favourite item here is the divided turntable! I’m using it to store items I use very frequently such as maple syrup, honey, Nutella and closed jars of mayo and peanut butter. Then I used another step-organizer for some basic canned foods and jars like pasta sauce, condensed milk, chickpeas and beans. I readily reach for these things and I’m so happy that they’re all visible now and have their own fixed spots.
I used some glass containers and my favorite air-tight OXO containers to store items like pasta, lasagna stips, macaroni, chia seeds, flour, cookies and cracker. I find it really helps if you get rid of boxes and packaging and have things out in front of you. Makes it so much easier to see what you have and what you don’t have on hand, and also prevents you from going out and buying something that you had already had (That would be my story. I found multiple packets of certain items while organizing my kitchen because I didn’t realize I had them buried somewhere in my pantry full of boxes)!
And in case you are wondering what my chalk markings mean, those are the different type of lentils commonly used in South Asian cuisine. I thought these chalkboard glass canisters were perfect for labeling them, especially because three of these lentil names start with “M” and I can never tell which one is which haha! I also have them out up front because I want to start cooking more lentils. I feel like they always stay out of sight and therefore, out of mind. Hopefully I will reach for them more often now that I see them right there in front.
I dedicated one section to breakfast items like cereals, rusks, crackers and bread and used bins to organize my tupperware and glass containers.
And of course, no kitchen organization would be complete without doing the drawers.
Now my drawers are smaller than most drawers, but it seems they were big enough to use standard cutlery and utensil trays. They fit perfectly and I love how organized they look now! I’m using a holder on the counter-top to keep items that I readily reach for. This way I’m not frequently opening up or over-crowding my drawers.
Next I want to show you a part of my freezer that I organized with deep plastic bins. Though these are normally used in the fridge, I decided to use them in the freezer to hold some small items that I normally find slipping and sliding through the freezer racks. In the picture below, you can see that I used three bins: the first one at the top holds all my smoothie goodies (blueberries, cranberries, and some ziploc bags with prepared smoothie packages), the one in the middle contains some more ziplock bags with items like grated cheese & ginger and garlic paste cubes, and lastly, the bottom once contains bags of frozen chicken breast cubes & peas.
Lastly, I just want to show you how I organize my pots and pans. I have quite a few so I have no choice but to stack them. but keeping the lids separate really helps.
So that’s it for my mini organization project. I’m so happy to be sharing this with you and hopefully motivate you to organize yours. In fact, some of you on my Instagram already sent me pictures of your pantry organization progress. Keep those coming because I love to see them, and once again, don’t forget to use my code “inspiredaccountant-10” to get 10% off your purchase from Kitchen Stuff Plus until Feb 11, 2018! Happy Organizing! 🙂