Organizing My Kitchen

This week I focus on the kitchen - the heart of a home. Welcome to my kitchen!



As many of you know my family and I moved into our new home at the end of October 2012 so I have a lot of organizing to do. When you move into a new home it takes awhile to figure out where you want your stuff. I stood in my kitchen and really thought where I wanted items, what items did I use a lot, and what cabinet should hold what items.

So I broke my kitchen down in sections starting with the dishwasher side first. I thought about emptying the dishes, some times the dishes drip. Did I really want to carry dishes across the wood floor to the other side of the kitchen? No, so all around my dishwasher are my main, everyday dishes - plates, cups, bowls, serving bowls, silverware, and kids dishes. I kept the kids dishes low so they can access them. Oh and every kitchen needs a junk drawer so I have one of those too for my odds and ends items.




 I have so much space in this kitchen that while taking down the Christmas decoration last week I decided to keep all my Christmas dishes and serving piece in the upper cabinet over my double ovens. I also keep other baking items that I do not use often. The bottom drawer holds my cutting boards and cookie/pizza pans.


The other half of my kitchen contains my cooktop so I knew I wanted my pots and pans close to this area. I also made the two drawers my tools/utensil drawers and they hold my spoons, spatulas, whisk, garlic press, and more. My key in these drawers is bins - everything has a place and they don't slide around and get all mixed up. I keep my larger small appliances under the cooktop and my tupperware has a cabinet all to itself. The last drawer contains all my bags and wraps. 




My coffee maker sits on this counter so I made one side of a cabinet my coffee cabinet. My corner cabinet holds all my entertaining pieces - you know, the nice dishes you set up when your having company over to hold your cute appetizers you made!  Over the fridge the cabinet holds my small appliances, like my bread maker (yes I still have one!) and my larger serving pieces. 


 The other side of my coffee cabinet hold all my pyrex dishes. Over the microwave is my summer dishes that we use outside. My last cabinet holds all my kitchen linens, measuring tools, and my drink ware for alcohol.  



 The hardest part for me was decorating. My old house did not allow me to place items on top of the cabinets. I love/hate this feature now. I love it because I get to put cute decorations up there, and I hate it because it is a new area that I have to add to my clean list! My other problem was - what do I put up there. My theme in my kitchen is wine so I went out on a search for just a few more wine items. I used my new purchases and some items I currently had on hand to decorate.

There are still a few organization steps I would like to take in my kitchen, but organizing my kitchen to be usable and having items that I use the most at my fingertips was my goal.  

Happy Organizing!

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    1. Thank you....it's a work in progress and still lots that I want to do.

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  2. Not only is your kitchen beautiful, but I was really taken with your blog design when I clicked over on your page. Your title graphic is especially attractive, but I also like the simple blue polka dot background.

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    1. Robbie,

      Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind comments. My title is digitally made by me! I am a scrapbooker at heart! Hope to see you again soon on my blog! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Love your kitchen. We moved in with my inlaws two years ago and when they moved out, I rearranged the kitchen. The dishes next to the dishwasher makes sense to me but it confused them when I changed from the way they had it! Lol about the bread maker. My husband just bought one for Christmas! I'm sure it will find it's way to the cabinet above the ovens!

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  4. I love how organized your kitchen is! Ahh, makes me breathe easy! I'd love for you to share this at my link party "Organize My Life" that opens every Monday night. Stop on by http://maryorganizes.com! Have a great day!

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  5. It's good to know that you now have a decent space to store all your kitchen utensils, dishes, and decorative items. It's important that you keep everything in order because looking for a certain item is a waste of time. You can do kitchen work faster and easier if you know where to look for what you need.

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  6. What an organized kitchen. It looks so clean and beautiful. Mine could look like that if we never ate or cooked, ha ha. Found you through Mary Organizes. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Still love it. :) Thanks so much for linking up!

    Mary

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  8. You have done an amazing job of breaking down your kitchen into what will work where. I like that everything has a spot. Which should make clean up go faster. I am sure the styling of the top of the cabinets will come with time. You at least know what style you are going for. :)

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