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Kitchen Cupboard Organisation

Two posts today. I actually have a quiet Sunday with boy wonder at a sleep-over, bubs napping and the princess playing quietly, so I thought I would finally share the last of my kitchen posts.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have few cupboards in my kitchen, so I’ve had to use a bit of improvisation to make the most of my space. Here are the before and after shots…

Cupboard 1 (next to the stove)

AFTER

– I’ve moved the cheese graters to a new home, as well as the baking trays, leaving these shelves less crowded.

– I found the raised cooling rack at the op shop for $1. It raises the pots up with room underneath to store the smaller lids instead of stacking them on top of the pots (which always caused an avalanche anytime I got a pot out.

– Larger pots are at the back and smaller ones at the front. Chopping boards on the side. Cake pans are stacked together on the bottom shelf.

Cupboard 2 (under the sink)

BEFORE

AFTER

– My biggest problem with this cupboard is that the mice seem to love it, hence why I don’t keep much in there. I still haven’t figured out what to do with the BBQ utensils, so they’re still there for the time being. I also popped all the mouse traps in there while I’m not using them.

– I found the magazine rack at the op shop and thought it would be perfect to hold all my baking tray and muffin pans, instead of having them all stacked up with my cake pans. I’m hoping since the rack raises them up a bit and they’re on their sides, they’ll be relatively safe from the mice. I won’t know how effective this is until next winter now.

– The large pot lids look kind of weird (attached to the pipes with rubber bands), but it keeps them off the bottom of the cupboard where the mice go.

Cupboards 3 & 4 (under the sink and next to cutlery drawer)

BEFORE

BEFORE

(Don’t you hate all those plastic/tupperware containers! If we ever build our own house I want a big slide out drawer for all my tupperware and containers)

AFTER

– I’m pretty happy with my container solution, not only does it make it easier to find the container I’m looking for, but it also means I don’t have to worry about mice getting into them (before I constantly had to wash and disinfect my containers because of the mice).

– I’m now using the freed up shelf for cleaning products like spare sponges, garbage bags, disinfectant wipes and spare boxes of tissues.

Cupboard 5

BEFORE

AFTER

– I’ve done a switcheroo with my glassware and cooking appliances. Since I use my appliances all the time and very rarely use my glassware, I’ve put my glassware in this cupboard so they’re no longer collecting dust. (I’ll show you the corner in a minute.)

Cupboards 6 & 7 (crockery)

BEFORE

AFTER

– I decided to put all the cups/glasses/mugs on the top shelf and all the plates/bowls on the bottom, I figure it probably makes more sense than how I had it before.

– I’ve labelled where everything goes just so it stays a bit more organised (I hope), though yesterday hubby put dinner plates away where the glasses go, so maybe not.

– You can’t see in this pic, but hidden behind the top lip of the cupboard there are heaps of hooks for hanging mugs. This is actually one space-saving thing that was already here when we moved in and I love it (though guests often have trouble locating the mugs because they’re so hidden).

– Since I took this picture, I actually picked up one of those tiered plate racks at the op shop (for $1, I think) and it has made the bottom shelf even more organised because my plates are now stacked on it.

Corner

BEFORE

AFTER

– After I repurposed the small set of drawers for my tupperware, I bought I nicer looking set of 5 drawers from Sam’s Warehouse (I think they were only $15 or $20). I labelled them so it would be easy to see what each drawer holds (1. tea towels, 2. freezer bags/brown paper bags, 3. cooking bits and pieces, eg: measuring cups, 4. plasticware, eg: disposable plates for parties/BBQs, 5. Party supplies, eg: balloons, streamers, banners)

– I switched the dust-collecting glassware to the cupboard (after culling over half of it). Now the shelves hold all my cooking appliances, making them easier to access. You can see this is also where my cheese graters found their new home.

Bonus Areas

The Bin/Phone Area

BEFORE

AFTER

– I repurposed a tray I picked up at the op shop (another $1 bargain) into a little shelf to go next to our phone. The curved edges make it perfect for holding pens and we now have somewhere to keep our phonebook and write messages instead of on the not-very-spacious kitchen bench.

– An old whiteboard I had lying around now has a purpose and is much more convenient for writing my shopping list and phone messages than the whiteboard out by the coatracks.

– I’d previously been using a recycled cardboard box for keeping bottles tidy beside the bin, but it was starting to break and get soggy on the bottom, so I decided to get a plastic tub instead, which is much sturdier, plus I can clean it easily if any bottles leak.

– I also bought a new brush and shovel as my old one was a bit dodgy after being used to sweep hot coals by the fire over the winter. I love this new one because I can use it standing up! No more crouching to sweep up crumbs. It cost me $8 at The Reject Shop.

– I love my Bag Bag for keeping my old shopping bags (which I can then reuse–so much cheaper than buying those nappy sacks for dirty nappies).

Hooks for Frying Pans

– Instead of my frying pan/wok/strainer taking up space in my cupboards, I’ve hung them on hooks by my stove. A great space saver! Plus easy access.

– Kids’ artwork is great for covering up holes in the wall.

Over the Door Hanger

– I found this hanger at the $2 Shop and just knew it would come in handy for something. I’ve popped it onto my pantry door to hang my oven mitts, long BBQ tongs and a cute bucket of cookie cutters.

So that’s my totally reorganised kitchen! What are some of your favourite organisation/space saving ideas in you kitchen? I’d love to hear them.

Next I’ll be sharing my dining room (it won’t be quite as lengthy as my kitchen posts).

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in In the Kitchen

 

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In the Pantry (part 4)

No. of times up during the night: 3 x feeding bubs

Rise and shine: 7.00am

Chocolate consumed: a couple of handfuls of maltesers (I’ve been doing well with the chocolate consumption lately 😀 )

Toilet timeouts: 0

On the menu:  Cheesy potato and bacon soup with cheesy garlic bread.

All kids in bed by: 7.30pm

My bedtime: 9.30pm

Today I…

Washed wet bedding, took the princess to the doctor, went shopping, made a dent folding some of the washing in Mount Washpile.

In the Pantry

Today I’m sharing shelf 4 in my newly organised pantry as part of day 5 of 31 Days to an Organised Home.

BEFORE

Shelf four is mostly dedicated to my cooking supplies, however, in my chaotic pantry it was at the stage where I had to rummage around to find the ingredients I needed. If you look at the before picture, you can’t see any of my cooking supplies at all (apart from some cake mix boxes) as they are so hidden behind everything else.

AFTER

This is actually my favourite shelf. I love how everything is so accessible and easy to locate now. Here’s the breakdown:

– All my cake decorating bits, like food dye and birthday candles (which were previously in an ice cream container or scattered throughout my pantry) are now in a labelled white basket.

– That horrible inaccessible corner is great for stacking up my cake mixes.

*THRIFTY TIP* Washed out coffee jars (or jam jars) make great storage containers.

*THRIFTY TIP* I’ve made labels by cutting out the names from their packaging. For the custard I also made sure to cut out the instructions and taped them to the back of the jar.

*HANDY TIP* I used a couple of egg cartons taped together to lift the jars at the back, making them easier to see. I’ll probably end up covering them in white paper to look a bit nicer (you can see part of them through the breadcrumbs jar).

– Before I had the aluminium foil, baking paper and cling wrap stacked up on one side, but it wasn’t a very good system as I had to remove the ones on top to get to the one at the bottom and they were always falling down. Now they sit at the front of the shelf and are sooo much easier to access.

– The eggs were also a pain to access before. They were also stacked up (in egg cartons) on the side. I had to reach past so many things to get to them and I was always worried about the eggs falling out of the carton as I grabbed it. The eggs are now also at the front. I decided to have them in a basket instead of in their cartons as it solves the problem of having cartons stacked on top of one another and it also looks a lot nicer. Plus I had the basket sitting around not being used, so why not use it?

– Herbs and spices that didn’t fit in my spice rack, as well as stock cubes and other small cooking bits and pieces, are stored in a couple of shallow baskets.

The last shelf is still incomplete, but I should hopefully have it finished for the next post (a LOT of junk was stored up on the top shelf out of sight). Then I’ll finally be moving onto day 6: organising my kitchen. This is already looking like a big project!

In the Pantry Part 1

In the Pantry Part 2

In the Pantry Part 3

In the Pantry Part 5

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Getting Organised, In the Kitchen

 

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In the Pantry (part 2)

No. of times up during the night: 2 x feeding bubs, 2 x take child back to bed

Rise and shine: 7.20am

Chocolate consumed: A couple of handfuls of maltesers, 2 funsize Mars Bars

Toilet timeouts: 0

On the menu:  Sausages & chips for the kids, microwave meal for me (not the healthiest of dinners, especially after take away last night, but bubs was really unsettled tonight so I chucked on whatever was quick and easy).

All kids in bed by: 8.20pm

My bedtime: 9.30pm

Today I…

Vacuumed the house. Wiped down the kitchen. Had swimming lesson with the princess. Continued attacking the pantry.

In the Pantry

It seems like day 5 of 31 Days to an Organised Home (organising my pantry) is turning into a whole week. At this rate I might get to day 31 by the end of the year! Today I’m sharing shelf two. First, a reminder of what my pantry looked like before:

BEFORE

Now onto the second bottom shelf (cereal, pasta, rice, etc.):

AFTER

Shelf 2

Here’s the breakdown:

– I have an annoyingly designed pantry with these spaces on either side that are difficult to utilise, but I’ve tried to work with it as best I can. I’ve tried to line up the cereals in a way that I can easily see every box, without having some boxes behind others by lining the smaller boxes along that annoying side space and the bigger boxes along the back (all with spines facing out).

*THRIFTY TIP* If you don’t want to fork out for fancy labels, here’s a little trick I came up with: Cut out the name of the pasta/rice from the packet after you’ve put the contents into a sealable container and tape it onto the container. This is especially good for non see-through containers. On the container with the oats I also made sure to cut out and tape on the instructions for making porridge.

– I used to have the kids’ snack box on a higher shelf to stop them raiding it whenever they wanted. Boy wonder is now tall enough to reach it anyway and often leaves it on the floor because he can’t get it back up again, so I’ve decided to put it back at their level. They’re actually getting quite good at asking first now anyway. The snack box works well because a) I don’t have heaps of opened boxes of muesli bars, cheese & biscuits and boxes of sultanas cluttering the cupboard, I just dump all the snacks into the box together, and b) the kids know which snacks are theirs. I’m about to start getting boy wonder to pack his own school snacks in the morning and it will be easy for him to just pick a snack from the box to put in his lunchbox.

– I’ve used a labelled basket to keep all my packet pasta and 2-minute noodles contained in one spot. Behind them are my lasagne sheets, tacos, etc.

– As with the first shelf, I’ve used white paper and a black marker to label where everything belongs.

Next post I’ll move on to the next shelf, so stay tuned.

P.S. I think my pantry organisation is already proving a success with hubby as he reportedly showed it off to my SIL today (and I haven’t even finished yet!).

In the Pantry Part 1

In the Pantry Part 3

In the Pantry Part 4

In the Pantry Part 5

 
 

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In the Pantry (part 1)

No. of times up during the night: 1 x feeding bubs, 1 x take child back to bed, 1 x change pyjamas on child who wet the bed.

Rise and shine: 7.00am

Chocolate consumed: A handful of maltesers

Toilet timeouts: 0

On the menu: McDonalds (after picking up hubby from hospital after a minor surgery, it was around dinnertime, so we succumbed to the golden arches)

All kids in bed by: 8.15pm

My bedtime: 9.30pm

Today I…

Spent half the day at the hospital with hubby. Tidied and vacuumed the master bedroom. Washed the princess’s bedding.

In the Pantry

Still on day 5 of 31 Days to an Organised Home (organising my pantry) and although I didn’t get any more done today I promised photos, so here is a before shot and the first shelf I organised.

BEFORE

Pretty chaotic. I couldn’t fit the bottom shelf into the shot, which has potatoes, onions, bottles of drink and other miscellaneous things. There are bits and pieces of past attempts at organisation in there, such as the stripey box, which holds snacks for the kids (this system has been working really well for me as they know exactly what snacks they are allowed to have). You can also see I have most of my spreads and sauces grouped together on a round tray.

AFTER

Shelf 1 (aka The Bottom Shelf)

I’ve still kept potatoes, onions, drinks, etc on the bottom shelf, but it’s much more organised. Here’s a break down of what I’ve done:

*THRIFTY TIP* The potatoes are in an old Coke box lined with newspaper. I covered the box with white butcher’s paper and labelled it, just so it looks nicer than a Coke box. It’s a cheap and easy way to make a potato box if you don’t have one and the potatoes keep better than if you leave them in their plastic bag (which tends to sweat).

– The onions I’ve put in a cheap white plastic basket I bought in a group of 4 (the other baskets will be used elsewhere in the pantry). I’m hoping this will solve the problem of loose onion skins littering the bottom of my pantry.

– Although I keep a fruit bowl out on the table in the dining room, I find that a) I usually have too much fruit to fit in there (my kids eat a LOT of fruit) and b) if I put all the fruit out at once the kids tend to eat it within a day or two, but if I store most of it in the pantry it lasts a bit longer until the next shopping day. What I’ve done here is use plastic containers (that apples and pears sometimes come in) to store the fruit in a more organised way than in their bags (which round fruit is notorious for rolling out of). The oranges are in a plastic bowl.

– Drinks are now lined up in a more orderly fashion, making it easier to locate what I need instead of having to pull half the bottles out just to find the juice. Oils and vinegar are lined up along the side.

– I’ve stuck labels in front of everything (using white paper and a black marker) in hopes that other members of the household will put things back where they belong.
Next post I will continue with shelf number two.

In the Pantry Part 2

In the Pantry Part 3

In the Pantry Part 4

In the Pantry Part 5

 
 

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