As many of you know, I had a very special guest on the Comfy blog last week! Laura from “I’m an Organizing Junkie” shared some very helpful tips on getting back on track with kitchen cupboards. Nothing fancy, just good old encouragement to purge the things we don’t use and make the best space for the things we do use!
I was SOOOO embarrassed about how messy I let my cupboards get. I knew I had to take a couple of days to get my kitchen back into “working order”. With Christmas baking and children helping put dishes away (not complaining!),things got a little out of hand. Not only that- organizing just is not my forte -I am a “cleaner”, not an “organizer” . I always tell people- you can walk into my home and see that it is clean..but watch out when you open those closet doors! Ekk! I do not like this about myself….
Thanks to Laura’s inspiration now my home is clean AND organized through and through! I must admit-this feels SO good! Laura is right on when she says that organizing makes life a lot easier! I am praying that I can keep up with this…so far, so good!
Are you ready for what you are about to witness??? I am biting my nails!!!!
I will start with showing you some rooms in my home…again, I am a “cleaner” NOT an “organizer”. Bear with me…
Ooooo…but what is in the corner here?! Yep. *Clean and unfolded laundry with whatever I collected downstairs, piled on top and brought upstairs. This is just the beginning…just wait.
Are you ready for project organize? Here are my kitchen cupboards…
Before: UGH- seriously? This is what happens when a 3 and 6 year old play “band” with pots and pans while Mommy is cooking…a few good sashes with the hip and those doors close pretty nicely! haha.
After: Yea! After. I bought an inexpensive rack so that my cutting boards could go in here too-my baking racks slide along the side.
Would you look at these lids….there are no pots to go with them. Who looses this many pots and pans? I pitched these and saved a ton of room.
Before: Our pantry (we do not have a lot of cupboard space as you can see)
After: Again, just by adding an inexpensive rack-it saved a lot of space! I got rid of some items I didn’t need, expired, or could be placed elsewhere.
Before: Is this not HILARIOUS!!!? I am laughing at myself right now….what is THIS?! Does anyone else do this? Am I the only one? For cryin in the mud…Janelle!!!!
After: I placed my “most used” mugs on the first 2 shelves, got rid of some, and placed the others on the top shelf.
Instead of keeping my Christmas dishes in the cupboards year round, I took Laura’s advice and packed them up. No reason for them take up space if I won’t be needing them until next year!
Before: My dishes cupboard…see how I had my Christmas dishes in with the others. LOL…there are times when I see Geoff eating off of a Christmas dish….in July. Ok, ok…they are in the basement now in storage!
Before: This little area in my kitchen was driving me bonkers! My natural remedy/supplement stuff out in the open.
After: I was able to make room for these items inside a cupboard when I threw other things away! Yea! Looks much cleaner!
After: This is better- I was able to put all of the children’s cups in here too. The glasses we use the most at the bottom. Water glasses and throw-away tupperware on the second shelf. Items I use the least at the top. Actually… that Cool Whip container is going to be my jumbo ice cube maker for baseball soon
*Snif* My fondue pot that is just taking up space….no dairy means no fondue. Away it goes to a good home! (shout out to Kristy, lol)
As you can see- there is nothing too fancy about it. But, these simple steps can make life a lot easier getting around your kitchen!
As I was reading over Laura’s blog- this method she brought about caught my eye, loved it so much I had to share:
Plan of attack – plan your project – which area(s) do you want to address – make a list – evaluate present system, what is working, what isn’t working, devise new system – determine budget – develop timeline
Remove items – empty the space completely so you can start from a clean slate – this is much more effective than just shuffling everything around. Remove then sort & purge
Organize into piles – donate/toss/sell/keep/relocate – sort like with like – purge excess – the more you purge the less you have to find a home. Ask yourself some declutter questions. Your goal is to bring back into your space only what you love and use and can fit into the space you have available. Purge until it fits!
Containerize – find storage solutions – containers establish limits and boundaries – designate a spacefor items being kept – consolidate where possible
Evaluate plan – how is your system working for you – are you able to work your system? What needs to be modified? A good system should be easy to maintain
Solve/Simplify any remaining issues. Address anything that isn’t working for you – revise accordingly
Smile, relax and enjoy your hard work!
Ladies, I pray I didn’t have you fooled that I have it all together… As you can see, I am just as human as everyone else.
Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” but the good news? “and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came through Jesus Christ”. Can I get an AMEN!?
Thanks for being my friends and hopefully I made you feel a little more human…and encouraged. High fives all around. Thanks Laura!