Sooo… I have a problem. Several problems.
1. I have a small kitchen, with very limited cupboard space.
2. My kids keep accumulating dishes and sippy cups.
3. Those dishes and sippy cups are taking over my entire kitchen.
Also, I have random items taking up valuable real estate on my teeny tiny counter.
Today, I finally did something about my cupboard situation because I was sick of knocking over my precariously piled plastic tableware every time I wanted an “adult” bowl or plate.
I had to do a bit of a kitchen shuffle, but it was well worth it, and I am happy to say that the whole project cost me exactly $0. Go me!
Because I’m a total nerd for home organization blogs, I thought I’d share some “before and after” pics with you.
The dish cupboard
The mess that inspired it all. I realize my “after” shot doesn’t look a whole lot neater – ideally, I’d like to pretty up the shelves by purchasing matching dishes, organizing my glasses, and clearing out the clutter on the top shelf, but that wasn’t in the cards today.
The new kiddie drawer
Ummm… Yeah. That WAS my tupperware drawer (read: my shameful secret and Liberté container graveyard). It had been organized SEVERAL times over the past few months, but it was always a disaster within a few days. Now? It’s my favourite spot in the kitchen. I like that the sippy cups and plastic dishes (which always looked junky in my cupboards) are tucked away out of sight. I also love love love that they are in a place that is easily accessible for the kidlettes.
The basket I used to corral the snack dishes and Sprout’s dinnerware used to hold snacks in my fridge before I replaced it with a plastic one about a month ago. To be honest, it was still in my fridge this morning, not holding anything, just chilling out in there, looking all sad-like. I was happy to find a new spot for it.
The new tupperware basket
A peek inside the big tupperware container:
My radiator in the kitchen is covered by a giant shelf with cubbyholes on either end. This basket, originally full of appliances, bibs, and napkins, was in the cubbyhole by my kitchen table. I took the junk out of the basket and put it directly on the shelf, and moved the basket to the opposite end.
Can I tell you that I am in love with my new tupperware organization? Finally that big, plastic container has a home that ISN’T my countertop. And, as an added bonus, my food processor found a home on the opposite shelf, too.
The tea cupboard
Aaah! Finally, the sippy cups are out of the tea cupboard and I have room for the homeless coffee press. Hallelujah!
Aaaanyway, there you have it! If you’re annoyed with something in your home, and the system you have in place isn’t working for you, I highly recommend re-thinking one or more of your spaces. It might take a little bit of rejigging, but you’d be surprised at how much you can get done in an hour, and at how much better you’ll feel when it’s done.