Day 13. January 13, 2013-It is time to organize the kitchen cabinets

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.

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Dishes all neat and easy to use.

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Drawers all nest.

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Again nice and neat.

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Kitchen is ready.

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Morning coffee ready.

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Spice area.

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Glasses fit in one place.

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Corner upper cabinet with stuff I do not use everyday.

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Lower cabinet all nice and neat.

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