Last year I shared four posts on how we were able to create a high end looking kitchen for a low end price (Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4). The thing I didn’t share was what sat behind those lovely white cabinets… let me fill you in, it was a LOT of craziness. Our kitchen remodel has been done for five years now and I’m FINALLY getting around to making sense of the cabinet contents. Today, I’m proud to share my 15 Minute : Kitchen Cabinet Organizing!
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I took a quick cell phone picture before I started my cabinet organizing so you could see what I was working with. This cabinet holds baking items of all sorts. Nothing except what was directly in the front was easy for me to get to or see.
The top shelf had larger packaged extras (sugars, flour, etc) and when I was done using one of them, no joke at all – I would just package it back in it’s ziplock and throw it up there. I’m only 5’3″ so there is no way I can reach up there easily. My husband would laugh / shake his head each time I started throwing the flour and missing a few times.
The middle shelf held lots of cookie decorating items, sprinkles, cupcake liners, sugar cookie cutters, etc.
The bottom shelf held more baking ingredients, measuring spoons, my salad dressing mixer, etc.
Here is what my cabinet looks like after spending just a few minutes really thinking about my needs and putting them to use. Hello, why did I live with chaos for FIVE YEARS when I could have had this? Also, notice how much room there actually is in this cabinet when things are just organized as they should be!
Ready for my 15 minute tips?
1. Take 5 minutes to remove all items from your cabinet.
2. Take 3 minutes to purge all the expired items! Did you know butterscotch chips expire? Well mine did in 2012, so out they went. It was shocking how many items I threw out simply due to being old.
3. Take 1 minute to evaluate what you have left and what you use most. This is your new plan of action.
4. Take 6 minutes to put your remaining items in CONTAINERS and back onto the appropriate shelf per your step 3 decisions.
If you have 5 extra minutes, label your containers for extra ease. I already had a set of these lovely Martha Stewart Chalkboard Labels on hand. Little tip, for a chalkboard look but no worry of your labels wiping off, I always use a white colored pencil!
During step 3, I realized I had items all on the wrong shelves! I had items I RARELY used taking up valuable middle shelf space. So the first thing I did was contain all the cookie decorating items and place them on the top shelf. Although I do a lot of baking, I rarely need sprinkles or fancy frosting tips on a regular basis.
My middle shelf now contains items that we use on a mild to fairly common basis. It’s surprising how much we go through chocolate chips (Saturday mornings often start with the hubs making chocolate chip pancakes.).
And the bottom shelf now contains items I use every single day, measuring cups and spoons, non-stick spray, etc.
The other side of the stove has a mirrored cabinet that was equally as chaotic. I contained all my sauces + mixes and our plethora of herbs and spices.
I bought a set of two of these Copco 3-Tier Cabinet Organizers. It’s amazing how many spices these guys actually can hold. They come in 10″ and 15″ widths. We have the 10″ size.
Now that these two cabinets are organized, it’s amazing how often I find myself just opening them, taking a peek and sighing with happiness. Now, it’s time to tackle the two or three other “catch all” cabinets!
Have you tackled your kitchen cabinets? Any tips or organizing secrets you’ve found to help keep things tidy? I’d love to hear, so be sure to share in the comments below.