Today was a long day. I started at 10am and it is now 5:30pm and I have not stopped. Taking on the cabinets in one day was a big challenge but I stuck to my plan and actually finished. Well I did get a jump start last night by emptying the big kitchen drawers and the under the counter cabinet. These were the worst. I could never find anything and it got to the point that I was just throwing everything into the drawers. It was driving me crazy.
So last night I also did some research on how best to organize the big drawers. I mainly ended up looking at photos but I got some good ideas so this morning I headed to The Container Store and picked up a couple of things. I got a tall skinny container so that I could put the tops of all my pans and save some room in the drawers and some of the shelving so that you can double stack the dishes.
I started with the drawers. They are easy to access and I wanted to put the stuff I use all the time in there. I started with the pots and pans and then mixing bowls. I was able to put all of them in the drawers. It came out perfect. The next step was the under the counter cabinet. It is a very cumbersome cabinet since it is a corner one. I decided to start putting the things I rarely use in there toward the back. I also wanted my container with all my jamming supplies easy to get to. I know I would make more jams if I didn’t have to pull everything out to get to that container. So I put that up front. Then I organized the glass baking pans by putting the larger ones in the back and the smaller one I use more often to the front.
Then is was time for the upper cabinets. I hated how I had originally stored everything. I had all my dishes in the corner cabinet and it was hard to get things and everything was double stacked and on top of that I could not reach anything on the 3rd shelf. So I emptied those cabinets and brought in the new shelves I bought and everything seemed to fall into place.
I then did the cabinet with my spices. That was in pretty good shape since I had tackled that a few months back. All I did there was clean it up a bit.
As I write this I feel like it really was not than much work but it was. I am exhausted. But my kitchen is ready to go and I am happy with how it turned out. I can not believe I waited so long to do this.
What I learned today is that I really need a 3 step stool for my kitchen. I also learned my laziness caused me grief all of these years and had I gotten off my butt years ago I could have been enjoying my beautiful kitchen all this time. I am really starting to get the do it now message.
Now here are some photos of the after. I forgot to take the before ones but believe me it was a mess.