Now not everything was wrong with my kitchen. The cans work great where they were and I liked the kids' snacks and potatoes in the cabinet where I had them. But the bakeware was a problem as was the limited counter and drawer space. I had also had an idea that I wanted to find space to implement.
I have this giant shelf in my kitchen that is open with no doors. My mom suggested I put curtains there but to be honest I would HATE the hassle of moving curtains to get to stuff. Lazy? Perhaps but at least I know this about myself and didn't waste time with curtains. When we first moved in I used these two shelves for pasta and cereal and canned goods as well as our plates and bowls and cups. But it was messy. No matter how "organized" it was it got messy quickly and was just an eyesore.
|First before picture|
|old after picture|
The next thing I had to tackle was the counters. I just felt like they were always so clogged and I needed more counter space. So I did something a little bit radical and I took the microwave out of the kitchen. I put it in the laundry room, near an outlet so we could still use it as needed, but it freed up a TON of counter space. In the above pictures you can see that the toaster oven used to be underneath that shelf but now it's not. This is what I did:
Moving the crock pot over here with the toaster oven also freed up more space on the counter near my mixer. There is only ONE spot in my kitchen where my mixer can go because of it's height so I can't really move it around.
Above the stove I added this:
I did a few more things but the last thing I'm going to mention in this post is the idea I had a while back but hadn't found space to implement. I thought it would be cool to have an area where I could put stuff for our weekly meals all together so I didn't have to dig through the cabinets at the last minute. So I did this:
I also moved the kids' plates/bowls/cups and found a new space for our leftover storage containers but I'll do a 2nd post on those areas one day next week. I also added a fun change to the cabinet where the kids' snacks were stored that I will share in that post as well.
Hope you enjoyed the changes I made to our kitchen organization and maybe got some new ideas for your own spaces.