So it’s finally that time! I can’t believe it’s been a month already! When this organizational challenge began, we were barely moved into this house. We had serious organization issues in the kitchen, but they have all been resolved and we now have a very functional homey place. As you can see in the before pictures, we could barely use any of the space in our kitchen. Things were piled up onto other “things.” Every available space was filled with stuff. After purging garbage and sorting through what’s really needed, we’re down to a manageable amount of stuff. Everything now has it’s place.
Before pics (I’m so embarrassed to even share these!)
After pics–working from the fridge around counterclockwise:
This is in the kitchen, but the side nearest the dining room. Convenient for cereal in the morning. Mixes are good there, as you normally need eggs or milk to make them so pick up the mix, stop by the fridge (right behind it) and then go to the countertop to make magic.
After pics: Dining Room. I realized everything wouldn’t fit in the kitchen, but I had plenty of room in the dining room and it was more convenient to have the stuff there anyways.
My process was simple:
1. Realize not everything would fit in the kitchen. I can’t believe that a year ago I was in a kitchen 1/3 the size of this one, but I still needed to realize it wouldn’t all fit.
2. Take everything out and sort items into families. Put them together, and throw out what I didn’t need/want/use frequently enough.
3. Clean the cabinets/drawers. Make sure that the space is nice and clean before we put more stuff in it.
4. Buy containers appropriate for the spaces and items. The best ones were found at Dollar Tree, although I am recycling my old recycling bins from the Container Store to hold acorn squash, cereal and cleaning supplies (I didn’t show them in the pics, but they’re under the sink, nicely organized. Little child was around while I was photographing.)
5. Put things away after each use. In this process, I realized some things needed to move as they weren’t in a convenient spot. Dishes ended up moving into the dining room. It’s easier to pull them out and set the table. We always end up needing another plate or glass during dinner and they’re right there within arm’s reach. No screaming baby as we walk away from her to get dishes. All foods ended up in the kitchen near the stove and microwave where I’d need them.
Go visit Laura over at her blog to see who else was organizing and what they were up to this past month.