Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring Cleaning :: The Organized Kitchen

Is it really possible to have a super organized kitchen, where you can always find what you need and have plenty of space for everything? Is it possible to open your pantry and smile because it's not only functional but looks amazing as well? I'm challenging myself to find out! After nearly 6 years of living with a small apartment kitchen, the cabinets are starting to bust at the seams and I've literally run out of even an inch more of space...I've had to start putting things in my bedroom closet because I'm flat out of room. However, instead of just accepting that I have a small kitchen with limited space and continuing to live in chaos, I've decided it's time to take control and tackle each cupboard, one by one, maximizing what I have to work with. Currently, I don't have any cabinet or shelf organizers and after researching online, there are endless gadgets and solutions for the kitchen. Why haven't I been using any of them?! I guess when you live in chaos for so long (like a messy closet), you rarely take the time to step back and assess the mess. It's time to start over and here are some ideas that have my brain spinning. I'll post my before and after photos as soon as this project is completed! What about your kitchen? Is it neat and organized or messy and chaotic?

Tip #1: Your pantry can be organized and look pretty too. I love the idea of wallpapering or strnciling the back wall. Even a solid paint color would look great. [Image via House of Smiths]

Tip #2: Maximize the use of shelving by creating dividers to store pans and trays on their side. This was created using curtain tension rods! [Image via Martha Stewart]

Tip #3: Keep food fresh longer and make it easy to find what you need by putting everything in a plastic or glass container. You can use a label maker or print clear labels with your computer to identify each container. This maximizes the use of shelving space by allowing you to stack and place things side by side more efficiently. [Image Source]

Tip #4: Use valuable wall space in a pantry by mounting bins to store snacks, supplies, etc. [Image via Poppytalk]

Tip #5: Use the back of cupboard or pantry doors for even more storage! There are many easy-to-install shelving systems out there. [Image via BHG]

Tip #6: Again, using clear jars to store food, pasta, spices, flour, etc. is an excellent way to maximize shelving space. Small baskets are great for holding smaller items and allow you to slide the basket in and out for easy access. [Image via Pinterest]

Tip #7: Maximize drawer space with dividers and containers to keep everything separated. [Image via Real Simple]

I planned on doing a round-up of several great storage gadgets I'd love to purchase, but my son just woke up from his nap so I must run :( Maybe I'll share another day! In the meantime, some great places to shop for kitchen storage are: The Container Store // IKEA // Rubbermaid // Amazon // Target. For more ideas, visit my Pinterest board: Organizing.




  1. Very useful tips! My pantry ain't looking to grand these days. It's on my TO DO LIST.

  2. Today on my blog I had a #tuesdaystips where you use Ikea picture racks for nail polish and spices. I like the spice idea for those that are really into cooking and have a ton. That can take up prime space that could better serve for boxed and can goods so mounting a few ledges on the kitchen wall or over the stove (if it doesnt have tile) is a better idea. Not only are the spices within reach but when placed in the same containers, it just looks so much more fabulous.

    This was a great post.

  3. truly.....
    in my dreams.
    i would love someone to do this for me.

    i always need help with organization.

  4. Hmm. I like the idea of the storage jars but I find it inconvenient not to have a 'use by' date.
    Lovely ideas. I like the turn table herb tray. xx

  5. This is something I struggle with constantly! I am in some ways an organisation freak, but can't seem to maintain it very long. Kind of a contradiction! My wardrobe is usually beautifully organised but my pantry is a disaster. I like to put things in baskets, and the other half hates it! I might have to try some of these smaller shelves for my deep pantry. Thanks for the inspiration & good luck on your organisation spree :) xx

  6. I can't even imagine living that organized!

  7. Inspires me to tackle my kitchen and pantry!!

  8. So inspiring to come in a well organize and clean kitchen!

  9. I have a very small kitchen and am constantly trying to fit the majority of my pots and pans in a cupboard. Most pieces are old and banged up. So for each new pan, an old one goes out.

    Loved how you keep your kitchen clean and organized.


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