Friday, September 4, 2009

Organization 102

Here's the second installment on my quest for organization. This week I'm focusing on the kitchen area. How do you organize your kitchen, especially if you don't have a lot of space. Do you tuck your small appliances away (crockpot, blender, etc.) or do they sit on the countertops? Do you store your lids with your pots? How about that always chaotic storage bowl cabinet? How do you keep from scrounging for a bowl with a lid that fits?
What about your pantry or food cabinet? Do you alphabetize your fruits and keep your canned vegetables all in one place? Or is it a scavenger hunt every time you open the doors?
Do you have some kind of schedule for cleaning out your refrigerator, or do you tackle the job only when you can't shove another item in and still get the door closed?

As for me, the small appliances that I use all the time are on the countertop, but I try to have them all in matching colors so they are part of the decor. I store my lids with my pots, I avoid my storage bowl cabinet whenever possible (mostly because everything falls out when you open the doors) and my pantry has some organization, but I don't alphabetize because that seems a little obsessive to me. As for my refrigerator--well, how does it get that bad that fast?

So what tricks work for you? Share with me and possibly help some others in their quest for organization as well.

If you'd like to read my first post on organization, you can click here.


  1. I have a good sized kitchen but I also hate hauling out appliances we use on a daily basis, so i just leave those out. With four kids I figure I have a license to look a bit messy. ;)

  2. I leave the most used appliances out (coffee pot, ice-tea maker, toaster). The rest I put up in the closet and pull them out when I need them. That way I feel like I have more counter space and less clutter!

  3. I group my canned goods together: fruits, veggies, sauces, etc. My small appliances I put away but have easily accessible. My lids stay with their container or pan. However, I put small containers inside of big ones as much as possible. My only messy areas are my utensil drawers. (I don't think it's possible to keep those neat!)My kitchen is the only room in the house that stays organized, because Tim stays out of it! Good luck Jill!

  4. Wow, that looks great! I'm not a good organizer. It seems like once I put something up, I need to get it right back out again.

  5. Jill - can you call me please! 256-270-0121 Sorry, don;t have any other way to caontact you!


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