Last week, I showed you my home office organization. This week, the Organizing Revolution continues with week two - the kitchen.
I once read an article in Real Simple about a fabulously organized but seemingly relaxed mother. Her home was simple but lovely. I'm not saying I believe everything I read, but one thing she said stuck with me. Her secret was to ensure that, at the very least, her kitchen was back to clean at the end of each day.
I so believe in this (not that I am often successful with it). The kitchen is your central command. When it is a mess, everything functions poorly from there on.
This is what my countertop usually looks like. Often it's much worse. It collects every loose toy, bill, receipt and homework sheet in the house.
Today, I took a good look at my kitchen and tried to see it with fresh eyes. I cleaned the surfaces and peeked in the cupboards.
As I said in my office post, I'm certainly not a minimalist. I have lots of stuff. I am comfortable with it, but I like it to be gathered into drawers, cupboards, bins and containers where possible.
I don't think we'll ever get around to doing a backsplash, so I have started putting up pictures, like the portrait my son drew and a photo of the Cabot Trail before it was paved.
I use a wooden caddy to corral utensils. I bought a stand for our Keurig tea and coffee K-Cups. The overflow has ended up in my vintage green glass bowl.
Recently, we picked up some under-cupboard lights from Costco. I don't really like the fact that they shine blue, but they were affordable and easy to put up. They even have a switch with a dimmer and a timer.
I always talk about my owl mugs...but how do you like the Jimi Hendrix mug I got my husband for Christmas?
Now, kitchen things that make my life easier. This drawer for pots. Love that I don't have to stack them.
One of my favourites (that I've shown you before)...I use a jewelry organizer for my measuring spoons. I found spoons that I can actually read (without taking off my glasses and holding them up to my face). I hung them in order of size so I can grab them easily while baking.
When we moved into this house about five years ago, I gave the kids a couple of shelves in the pantry. We put their dishes and straws on a low shelf so they could reach them. This way they can pour their own water and set out their own plates. Even a very young child can do this.
They also have a bottom shelf for some of their art supplies and notebooks.
This cupboard makes lunch preparation easier. It contains all of our small containers, plastic cutlery, small jam jars for sauces and dips, markers, hot and cold food containers and water bottles. The top shelf is for lunch bags.
My freezer containers from the dollar store are still working out well. I have two for frozen veggies and one for fruit. One is for bread and the others hold a mix of stuff.
I bought this cutlery caddy for my mom and she gave it back to me. I decided to leave it on the kitchen table. Inevitably when we sit down to dinner, somebody needs more cutlery for something. Now we don't have to get up...as often.
I keep clips in the kitchen to close the many bags that my daughter opens.
I write grocery items on the chalkboard as we run out of them. The board is also home to magnets from our travels and a picture of me and my brother and sister as kids.
Put up a fire extinguisher...please. I set the stove on fire in our last house and I never forgot it. Don't put anything on the stove that doesn't belong there. You might just turn on the wrong burner and walk away like I did. That baby monitor wasn't meant to be cooked! In my defense, we were moving, so I had stuff piled everywhere. Now, I feel more comfortable having an extinguisher handy.
This is my handy tea drawer. I like to see the varieties easily, although I rarely stray from decaf green.
And the final thing that makes my life easier...the liquor cabinet. Just kidding...sort of. After a long day of organizing, you just might need a drink!
What is your favourite kitchen organizing tip?