Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kitchen Storage Solutions

Yes, I'm on a storage rampage. I can't stand clutter, yet my house is more cluttered than ever -- comes with the territory when you have four males living at home.  I'm always in the kitchen (when I'm not in my office or bedroom) so kitchen clutter drives me nuts. I thought I designed the perfect kitchen 17 years ago, but I've learned that drawers need to be deeper for utensil storage and those corner lazy Susan's don't always work.
The other day when I reached for a lid, everything spilled out.  I emptied out the cabinet and purged an entire bag of unneeded stuff and searched Pinterest for ideas...nothing seemed to work. Then I remembered these cool wire containers I purchased at a garage sale! Perfect for lids without looking too messy. Now everything is within reach. (I apologize for the photos...I think something is wrong with my camera. I took these on a tripod and they are still blurry.)

Next, I had to tackle the utensils. Everytime I reached for a spatula, they got tangled and then the whole thing tipped over. ERRRGG. I hated it. Inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, I gathered my seldom used (but pretty) Polish pottery pitchers (gotta love the alliteration). After I stored my toaster (which we seldom use), I arranged them on my counter, but didn't overcrowd them. I like the look and they are easy to grab.                                                        Before:
After:
I use the cute these jars (above) from Anthropology to hold my sugar, sweetener packets and chia seeds (put them in my smoothies).
My drawer (below) now holds all measuring spoons and my Keurig coffees!

I think I've finally found some solutions!
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10 comments:

missgefreubel said...

I like the way you stored the lids.

Ali Richardson said...

Awesome!!! I love all of these pretty solutions :)

Melissa Bishop said...

I love the colorful pitchers.

stacie said...

Looks great!

Maria said...

Looks great! My mother-in-law has lots of the Polish pottery too. So pretty!

Donna said...

Great ideas! I am in love with that gorgeous wire basket, what a lucky find! And I've always loved Polish pottery, what a great way to put it to use!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Great solutions, Renee! Love the Polish pottery...perfect to keep your utensils close at hand!

K Coake said...

I love the jars/pitchers you used for your spatulas and utensils. They look great!
KC

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

Wow, great job! Our utensils could use some serious organizing. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this at The CSI Project!

Beth said...

I need your help organizing my kitchen