There’s just something about a new year that gives you the encouragement you need to clean all the things! Earlier I shared with you a few tried and true tips that I have learned over my journey to make our house more of a home by ensuring that we live in a clutter-free, organized space.
Today I’m sharing how I have taken the clutter out of our kitchen!
Last year we remodeled parts of our house and our kitchen was one of the beneficiaries. During the remodel, we decided to remove a bank of overhead cabinets which meant that I was losing SIX cabinets. Granted, these cabinets weren’t easily accessible and stored items that were only used sparingly. I knew that by losing these cabinets I was going to have to make some choices. Either I could keep everything and shove in our existing cabinets or I could really take a look at what we had and only keep what I could store. I chose the later and got rid of so much, that at first, it scared me. But, nearly a year in and I can honestly say I haven’t missed any of those items that I parted with!
Keeping these surfaces cleaned off is so incredibly hard. It’s the first flat surface you see when you come into our home and it tends to quickly get out of control!
Here’s a sneak peek into our cabinets. This particular cabinet is probably the hardest to reach so I put glassware in it that we don’t use on a daily basis. These risers have been great for not wasting vertical space in our cabinets. You can find similar risers here but I really wish I would have ordered these adjustable risers!
We use this cabinet multiple times each day. By grouping like items, the kids know exactly where something goes when emptying the dishwasher or when looking for something in particular.
I don’t like anything on our counters so this space, in addition to muffin pans, cookies sheets, etc., also stores our toaster, knife set, and banana holder when not in use.
These drawers previously were overflowing with dishtowels and pot holders. Now the drawers only have what comfortably fits.
This drawer is the one that can get out of control with gadgets we don’t use. If the drawer starts looking overcrowded, then something must go!
A place for everything and everything in its place! After posting these pictures, I realized I neglected to take pictures of the back side of these cabinets which hold glass cookware, our fry daddy, and our crock pot.
This lid organizer has been a game changer! Previously the lids were stacked on top of each other creating a huge mess when they would slide everywhere. You can find a similar lid organizer here.
Because of our stovetop, there is a cabinet underneath with limited storage area. I keep shopping bags here for easy access. This grocery bag holder is perfect and has helped me manage how many bags I keep and how many I recycle.
Leftover/plastic ware can get out of control so fast! Don’t have a lid? Toss. Don’t have room to store them all? Keep your favorites and toss the rest. To control our lids, I placed them in a separate container. It’s made storing as well as finding lids so much easier!
I separated like items and stored them together in drawers. This is our party drawer – themed napkins, candles, plastic utensils, and cookie decorating items are stored here. Now when someone has a birthday, I know immediately if I need to get candles or not!
I also store zip locks and other boxed items in this drawer. We have a small pantry so I needed these supplies stored in a drawer.
Not all drawers are picture perfect! For the longest time, Mike used the countertop above this drawer for all his stuff. In an effort to have clean counter tops, I rearranged some items so that he could have a drawer all to himself (and our essential oils!). This has worked beautifully. We both love that he has a place to store paperwork without leaving a paper trail!
While cleaning out our kitchen, I realized I had way too many serving pieces. Granted some of them were awesome but I realized I only needed what I could store and these pieces made the cut!
I would rather our dishes be in an upper cabinet but they were too wide. 🙁 After a bit of rearranging, I was able to make space for them here.
I keep our sink area simple with Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap and a dish brush.
I mentioned in my tips for home organization post to surround yourself with things you love and I love dinosaurs! Is it quirky? Absolutely but I love little quirky details! I have three of these precious dinosaurs around our house and one at work! And, who doesn’t love candles from Magnolia Market?!
Getting our kitchen to this point was definitely a process but it was worth the wait! What is your best tip for keeping your kitchen clutter free?
Today I’m linking up with Jaclyn, Keri, and Kate for their Clear the Clutter Challenge. Thank you, ladies, for being just the encouragement I needed to get started clearing the clutter in 2018! Below are the upcoming challenge dates. Would love for you to join us!
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