Last spring, I got the unexpected opportunity to go to work for an amazing woman that I've admired for the last decade. She is a professional organizer. We bumped into one another in a store, she asked me for some help on a job and it was just my favorite thing ever, so she hired me!!! That's God fingerprints right there.
That said, having your space organized takes a huge weight off your shoulders and I am hoping that I can inspire you to tackle yours if it needs it. The coolest thing about becoming organized, is that anyone can do it. Small tweaks, better choices and you don't have to be naturally wired this way- anyone can organize a drawer to work best for them right now. Anyone. (And then you can change it later if you find a better way.)
So let's start the tour. We're going clockwise as you enter my kitchen, from top to bottom, beginning above the fridge. (above photo)
I live by one very simple question when it comes to organizing my own house. "Is this the best way to do this for my family?" That's it. If it is, I leave it be. If it's not, I change it. And I change it as many times as I need to, in order to make it work. If you have always had those bowls on that shelf but it's inconvenient or doesn't work for the flow of your kitchen.. move them. You aren't married to any of your decisions!
My favorite way to organize my cupboards/drawers, is to make a plan for what dividers I need first.
Then once I've made or purchased them, take everything out of the space I need to organize.
Wipe it clean.
Line it if if necessary.
Toss or donate anything not needed.
Place dividers, trays or containers into drawer or cupboard and then put everything back in an orderly way.
Move to the next drawer or cupboard.
I like to line as many drawers as possible with non stick matting that you can buy in a roll and cut to fit. It keeps things clean and in place. I also like to label things but I do live in the real world where my kids don't read or care what my labels say. That's real life. The principle is that there IS a system... whether or not it gets followed to the letter or not, it's there and easily fixed.
My common sense rules of thumb - Keep things handy where they make sense to live. So, I like to keep dishes near the dishwasher, potholders and baking pans near the stove, baking ingredients together, coffee and tea items near the coffee pot and a junk drawer for those utility items you need to grab occasionally. I like to use above the fridge and microwave spaces for things I don't access often and I like to keep all of my dishes in the kitchen (even special occasion types) so that I can use anything at any time, rather than saving things for "special occasions," which means they are seldom used. Out of sight, out of mind. I keep utensils handy in a container beside the oven, I alphabetize my spices for quick grabbing and I stack pans vertically to save on space. I like to keep my lids with the pots they go with and I hide my toaster on a tray, in a cupboard along wtih other small appliances I don't use often, because I like my kitchen to feel clutter free. The way our home is designed, the kitchen truly is the center and heart of our open concept home and this is a necessary thing or we all begin to feel closed in. I don't keep anything extra and certainly nothing out of obligation (sentiment is different) and I only hang on to what I use and need because if I am not using it, someone else might be blessed by it if I donate it. These are my guidelines. Take what you want from them and make your own set of guidelines that work for your house!
Only...I loved it! So did my family. Open shelving bliss where you can simply reach and grab what you need without banging a lot of doors around. (And I wondered... are we THAT lazy? Ha!)
And if you're still reading... good job! Whew that was a long one!
Go fourth and be inspired to tackle those kitchen projects and organization. It's the heart of our homes and where everyone typically gathers so it's worth it!