Hello my friends.
I have a secret... it's a little embarrassing.
These are my cupboards... it's embarrassing because, as a recovering slob, I don't view myself as being obsessive compulsive, but apparently it comes out in strange ways.
Do these cupboards look cluttered and sloppy to you? I spend time lining them up. Nothing else gets to go in these cupboards so they can stay looking like this.
My pantry doesn't ALWAYS look like this, but this is pretty much the idea.
Speaking of ideas, here is my first 2 tips for organizing your kitchen.
No, it's not line up your food with labels showing, though it doesn't hurt to know what's in there. Do you see the storage bin on the top shelf? It is full of pasta, some beans and rice (at least the rice that can't fit in my rice container). It's great because I never cook an entire package of pasta so I kept having unfortunate pasta spills in my cupboard with shells or macaroni. Keeping all of that in this cupboard freed a drawer in my kitchen and created a spill proof, fresh-saving container ($2.50 for those keeping track). The second tip is those handy little wire shelves (they stack together too two for $10) you see above my soda containers. Those are great because they double the shelf space in your cabinet! You can also use them to stack your mugs!
While we are looking at this picture - check out the little snap containers I have my tea in (well, most of my tea) ... I'll admit, I don't need all of that tea, just can't help myself. BTW - we live by a WinCo, which has a great "Bulk Foods" area, which also sells Stash teas... so this little container holds those tea bags I buy in bulk.
The next MUST HAVE item in your kitchen: a Lazy Susan for your spices! Keeps them all easily accessible, and keeps you from knocking them all out when you reach for the Garlic salt. So nice. This little honey cost me around $8 I think. I have had it for 8 years. It completes me. (Okay, maybe that is overstating it a bit).
Next: Bins aren't just for your closet... did I already say that? My morning coffee area looked like this:
this may have been dramatized for the purposes of this blog
I bought a $0.59 little basket from Big Lots and now it looks like this:
Do you have a drawer FULL of mismatched, chaotic measuring cups? Free up that drawer for something else. Instead, utilize one of those overhead cabinets and store your measuring cups in a little bin for easy baking!
Now that you have had a partial tour of my kitchen cabinets, go forth and do the same.