I’m not sure if it was when I started to brainstorm how to organize the kitchen better that I realized we didn’t need half the upper cabinets, or that once we removed half the kitchen cabinets, I needed to reorganize everything. Actually, I think it might have been when I mentioned organizing the spice cabinet over on Instagram and someone suggested a spice drawer. Things really went downhill from there 😂 Either way – the kitchen got a mini makeover a few weeks ago and then a complete organization overhaul, and it is SO MUCH more efficient now! One day, we’d love to tear the whole thing out and do a complete renovation. And maybe I already have the entire project planned out. Maybe. But we’re not quite ready to jump headfirst into it yet!
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So, for now, I organized a few of the drawers and cabinets to help everything flow better. Every time I open a drawer or cabinet, I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief – everything has a place and is easy to find! Granted, I may end up opening the spice drawer when I’m looking for a spatula, but give it some time and we’ll start to remember where everything is 😉
Since I rearranged so many cabinets and drawers at the same time, I started by emptying everything out onto the kitchen island. Yes, it was a bit overwhelming at first, but it’s way easier to organize when you can see what all you’re starting with! I sorted all the items out into categories, got rid of duplicates and extras, as well as those random items that hide in the back that we never actually use. I decided to go with all clear containers so it’s easy to see where everything is.
Here’s how it turned out!
I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of a spice drawer but, until now, haven’t had a kitchen with enough space to dedicate an entire drawer to spices. Truth be told, I wasn’t even planning to go this route when I started on the kitchen organization, but I got so many recommendations on Instagram to give it a try that I had to go for it! I love how easy it is to see all the spices – no more digging to the back of a cabinet. It’s really easy to keep clean and organized. Each spice has it’s place and all the jars fit together – I don’t think I’ll ever go back!
I used a set of spice jars from Amazon [HERE], which included a funnel for transferring spices, as well as a couple options for labels. I used the clear & white on most the spices and then wrote in the names of any that weren’t included in the pre-printed set. Highly recommend! I also grabbed a tiered tray from Amazon [HERE] to stack them. Depending on the depth of your drawer, you should be able to just stack the trays and slide them to the correct width. However, this is a pretty shallow drawer, so I had to cut the trays to fit. I used my miter saw with a fine tooth finishing blade, and it worked well. The plastic balled up right next to the cut, but then you can just break it off and you’re good to go!
The one caveat was where to put those spices we buy in bulk – season salt, garlic salt, pepper, etc. Don’t worry – I got you!
Cooking & Baking Cabinet
I designated the cabinet above the spice drawer for cooking supplies, baking goods, oils, and those bulk seasonings.
This set of clear plastic storage containers from the Home Edit Beauty Drawer System [HERE] works great for cookie cutters, food coloring, bouillon cubes, seasonings, medicines & vitamins that we use frequently, etc. I grabbed a mini lazy susan from Amazon [HERE] for miscellaneous cooking and baking supplies – keeps them organized and easy to find!
Last, but not least, I transferred my most used oils into matching jars and added nice labels [HERE]. Make sure to check how many ounces you typically buy oils in – I used 8.5 ounce bottles, 16 ounce bottles, and round 17 ounce bottles depending on the oil.
Kitchen Utensils & Silverware
I ended up with two utensil drawers – one more focused on silverware and kitchen gadgets, the other for spatulas, spoons, and cooking utensils.
For the silverware drawer, I used two sets of the Home Edit Kitchen Drawer System [HERE] and a couple pieces of the Home Edit Beauty Drawer System [HERE] that were left over from the cooking and baking goods cabinet.
The Home Edit kitchen drawer containers were too short for our spatulas, so I grabbed an expandable drawer organizer [HERE] for the larger cooking utensils and moved them to the drawer right next to the stove.
What do you think! Ready to tackle your own kitchen?! I was a bit intimidated by the task at first, but I’m so glad I pushed through and did it. Having an organized kitchen makes ALL the difference – it’s so much easier to work in here now! 10/10 recommend.
Kitchen Organization Supplies
- Glass Spice Jars with Labels
- Spice Drawer Organizer
- Oil & Vinegar Cruet (8.5 oz)
- Oil & Vinegar Cruet (16 oz)
- Oil & Vinegar Cruet (round)
- Oil & Vinegar Labels
- Small Kitchen Organization Lazy Susan
- Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer
- Home Edit Beauty Organizer System
- Home Edit Kitchen Drawer Organizer System
Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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| Tylynn |