|16 Ideas for \Organizing A Small Kitchen|
We had a lovely Easter day, too. We did not go to any service, but did read the Scriptures and prayed together. As a believer in Jesus, I find this day to be a day of hope and joy, because it points to serving a God who is alive and all-loving. Without my God, my life is useless, and I have to confess this today, on Resurrection Sunday!
So my GH (gorgeous husband) and I had a few days of pure laziness, where we simply did what we felt like doing. Like web surfing, T.V. watching, and walking:
|A walk through the woods, to Lake Winnipeg.|
To the lake:
|Lake Winnipeg: it looks like waves, but it is ice formations.|
And I wanted to share some cheap-o organizing ideas for the kitchen. Of course, these ideas are not all original, but every kitchen is a little bit different, and applied in slightly different ways, and all these pics are straight from our kitchen.
Our kitchen is fairly small, and it's been a bit challenging for me to try to find spaces for everything. Plus, we don't want to spend
It's not super-pretty but it's working. From a
1. Use empty Walmart boxes for holding spices. This is an empty box I got from the shelves from Walmart. (I got this idea, from my teacher-friend who gets many of her containers for the classroom this way. You go in and ask permission first, and then you can grab containers from things that have sold out on the shelves.)
|Store spices in this.|
|Store cheese graters in a repurposed chocolate bar display container.|
3. Store your toaster and other appliances in an old dish rack tray, or other tray. This will stop the crumbs from going all over the bottom of the cupboard. I got the idea, of toaster on a tray, from one of my fave organizer gurus, Malitose79.
|Store your toaster and other appliances on a tray.|
4. The travel mugs we have acquired have been the bane of my existence, for all of my marriage. They took up one shelf of the cupboard, but we could never find a cup ad lid together, without exceptional effort. So, I thought of this:
|Store your travel mugs in a box.|
5. Break up your egg cartons into two sides, and use both sides to store items that would go in your big utensil drawers, such as can pizza cutters, and potato peelers. Use these to have specific places for all of your utensils. To keep the utensils organized, you can also use the tray containers, found at the Dollar store, or Walmart.
|Break up egg cartons and use to store utensils.|
and for your knives:
|Egg carton halves used to store knives.|
7. Use plastic containers from for your rice and beans.(These pour!) I got these at the dollar store, for $2 each.
8. And cereal in a cereal container. Got this at the dollar, for about $2.00.
9: Put your spaghetti in a pourable container, with a lid. This one from Walmart was about $5.00.
|Bulk food in containers.|
|Rubbermaid containers for flour and sugar.|
12. These sweet baskets from the Dollar Store for small loose items, like gravy packages, or chicken coatings, or extra salad dressing bottles, whatever you need. These are great because they keep these items up, and easy to access.
|Baskets for small food items in the pantry.|
13. Store your plates and bowls in a drawer (if you have an extra big one.) My husband suggested this, and it's brilliant! This was a totally new concept for me, because I have never had a house with big strong drawers like this, before.
And it made me realize how much space we waste by storing them in a cabinet.
|Plates and bowls stored in a drawer.|
14. Store your pots and pans with all the lids on, so you never have to find the lid again! I know this idea is not original, but I had always tried to save space by stacking the pots, and storing the lids elsewhere. Now that I have tried it this way, I honestly feel less stressed, because I know that pots won't fall down, and I won't have to search everywhere to find a lid that fits.
|Store all your pots and pans with the lids on! |
16. And this next one, I want to give credit to this very cool blog/Youtube channel I came across yesterday, called A Slob Comes Clean. She is so inspirational! She says to store your plastic containers with the lids. Those that don't have lids or containers, throw away.
|Store your food containers with the lid on!|
I have now purged out those mysterious lids without containers, and voila, I present the "every container has a lid" drawer. I swear this is the first time this has happened in my life. Love it! Thank you, Dana White!
And that's all I have time for. I will try to get more ideas in a later post.
A related article:
Storage Ideas for Small Bathrooms
And now, just one more picture from our walk in the woods, in this rather reluctant spring, here in Canada. Hope you have an excellent week, and have had some refreshing this Easter weekend.
|The time between frozen and spring: life in a Canadian forest.|