I thought I was organized in my kitchen… Wow was I wrong. This past month The Container Store reached out and asked if I would be interested in working on a kitchen organizing makeover. I jumped at the chance. All one had to do was open any cabinet door in my kitchen to realize I needed help. From my little pantry to my drawers.. my kitchen was a mess.
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A little background… We moved into our newly renovated home last year and I don’t think I ever fully organized my kitchen the way I had originally planned. I had so much on my mind with the move that I never got around to it. I was so busy trying to get everything else sorted and finalized, my cabinets and pantry simply fell to the wayside.. I had so many other spaces that were more visible that I prioritized… as a result, the kitchen cabinets and drawers took a backseat to everything. I’m thrilled to announce… no longer! Once The Container Store’s home designer came over and whipped up her organizing magic, everything began to fall into place. I can now finally say.. I have a kitchen that I am proud of.
You may remember that just prior to The Container Store coming to help me, Emma and I had tackled our refrigerator ourselves using The Container Store’s clear bins to help organize my wide fridge shelves. To see more of that post click here. It was incredible what they did to transform how we use our refrigerator now. Suffice it to say, we are thrilled with the results. Everything is not only organized but so much more efficient and beautiful!
Before Pictures of my little pantry and several of my kitchen drawers –
The day I opened the doors on my little lower pantry to share on Instagram… items fell out. ( I died..) It’s small size was stuffed full and I knew it needed an entire new approach to organize the space. We couldn’t find a thing.
Poor Jeff… This drawer is where he houses his cooking pans. Because it’s also situated under the coffee maker you may notice I threw in a ton of coffee related items as well.
Who could find anything in this mess?
This is the junk drawer that I had recently organized myself. While I loved it, I really appreciated what Margit did to pull it together even more.
My Kitchen the day The Container Store’s home designer, Margit arrived –
Bags and bags of items to help us organize…
I have never been so happy to see someone as I was The Container Store home organizer, Margit. A little about how the insider organizing experience works. Margit called and scheduled a meeting to come look at the space I wanted to change. She took measurements and asked me a ton of questions. How do we approach our kitchen when cooking, what do we use the most… Do we use everything often? Or not at all? Through Margit’s questions we learned what we needed to keep in order to help organize our space properly and what we needed to get rid of.
The day Margit arrived for install we emptied everything out of our pantry, drawers and cabinets… Then Margit began her magic. I had no idea how many different tools there are to help separate, raise and divide items in cabinets and pantries. Margit brought a ton of amazing products. I’m proud to say that we used ALL.
I love the White Wire Baskets with Wooden Handles. Perfect for keeping things neat and tidy… It’s nice to be able to see what you are looking for. The baskets are large enough to fill and easy to pull out of my lower cabinets using the handles. So pretty too!
The Three Tier Acrylic Cabinet Organizer helped raise all my canned items perfectly. Now everything is visible. Why didn’t I think of this before?
My pantry in a nutshell… I love how it turned out.
Margit added Bamboo Turntables (Lazy Susan’s) to Jeff’s most used cabinet next to the range. This is where he houses all of his olive oils, vinegars and other cooking ingredients. He loves how easy it is to find everything now.
The Square Bamboo Storage Basket that houses the sugar and other dried items looks great here as well. Easy to pull out and it houses everything perfectly.
The Bamboo Drawer Dividers are a welcome addition to helping keep my bowls, plates and baking dishes organized.
The Bamboo Stackable Drawer Organizers helped transform my drawers also. I seriously can’t believe the difference. To help the bamboo organizers stay in place, Margit added rubber sticky dots to the bottom of the dividers. LOVE!
My spice drawer came with the organizing levels already intact but Margit grouped everything together beautifully.
Margit also reorganized other drawers… This is the messy drawer that held a couple of Jeff’s cooking pans. I used to also have coffee items mixed in with Jeff’s pots. Why?! Now everything has it’s own place. (Jeff is thrilled)We are big coffee/tea drinkers in this house. Many of you are probably familiar with the coffee maker that we use daily. We love our machine and share it constantly in stories. Having a tea/coffee drawer was something I have always wanted but didn’t think we had the room for… that is until Margit made it possible!
When Jeff saw his utensil drawers I thought he was going to cry… ;) (I felt the same way and I don’t even use the drawer..)
Even my silverware has a perfectly sized adjustable Bamboo organizer. Everything looks perfect.
I have to admit… Opening my kitchen to everyone hasn’t been easy. I really believe myself to be an organized person for the most part and looking at my kitchen from another point of view has been eye opening to say the least. I have learned so much about the process of organizing through my home expert, Margit. Having someone come in to my home to help give me tips and advice has been life changing. I told Jeff that I’m so happy with how the kitchen looks right now I may even begin to cook with him. ;)
How is your kitchen looking? Is it organized and more pulled together than mine was? If you look around and feel like you may need a little help with organizing then this is the month for you. The Container Store is holding their annual Kitchen Sale March 1st through April 1st with hundreds of kitchen and pantry items at 25% off. Perfect timing! The sale can make a huge difference in your budget and approach.
Let me know in the comment section how your kitchen looks and what you do to help keep your kitchen organized. I really want to know.. Staying neat and clean in the kitchen is a struggle with everyday living. Even for a non cook like me. :)
Hugs and happy organizing!
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