Like most households, my kitchen is the central hub in my home. It's the area we gather and chat, catch up, debrief one another, it's where we snack, prep, plan, bake and cook. So much goes on in my kitchen that it only makes sense for it to be a disorganized catastrophe. The counters never see a day where they are not lined with dirty dishes, crumpled up paper towels, scraps of paper, food wrappings, and then anything random you could think of like screwdrivers or cut pieces of rope. The cupboards face the same fate. Inside are all of my pots, pans, bowls, and electric cook wear. Everything is horrifyingly stacked on one another. Things are shoved in and placed in the most inconveniently way possible. Whenever I go to grab anything from one of the cupboards. I always have to hold pots and pans in place so that they do not all come crashing down on me. Out of all of the organizing, I have done these last few months. I am the most excited for the kitchen. All I want to do is walk into a clean organized kitchen. Where cooking and baking is hassle-free because not only do I know exactly where everything is. I also know that I can pull it out without the risk of injury to myself or to my beautiful pans.
Step One -- Remove Everything
I started my process of complete and utter organization of my kitchen by removing everything from everywhere. There was not a draw or cupboard left unopened. once everything we removed we went through the process of cleaning and wiping down the surfaces of my cupboards and drawers. There were honestly a lot dirtier than I care to admit. After everything was sparkling and smelling fresh. I then proceed to get rid of the dishware I knew my house didn't need anymore. The things I thought were salvageable I placed in a bin for goodwill. While the others like my sad scratched up pan from my youngest adventures into cooking I tossed out.
Step Two -- Map It Out
After the first step, I could have happily just neatly placed everything back where I found it and have been extremely happy with my day's work. However two weeks from now, I want to be able to open a cabinet and know exactly what's in it and that it is not all going to come crashing down on me if I remove the one key pot that is holding it all together. So I decided to map out where the different types of dishware are to be placed.
There is a cupboard for;
Bowls, Cups, and Plates,
Pots, and Pans
Baking Dishes and Serving Dishes
Electric Cookware i.e Toaster, Food Processor, etc.
I have a drawer for;
Spoons, Knives, and Forks
Junk Drawer ... No matter what there just must be one
a chaotic drawer filled with everything and nothing at the same time
*Out most commonly used utensils like our spatulas
are kept in a container by the stove top along.
Step Three -- Turn Your Dream Into A Reality
With everything cleaned and mapped out, it is now time to finally put everything into its new home. As each cupboard was conquered I could feel my heart fill with more excitement and content. That might sound a little absurd to some, but all I want is a clean and organized kitchen. Seeing it slowly take shaped really had my heart leaping with anticipation for the final reveal.
Step Four -- Show Off & Inform
A day's hard work deserves to be shown off and appreciated. So that's just what I did. I showcased our new and improved central hub to my children. While they were polite enough to show me a little excited enthusiasm for our freshly organized kitchen. I knew they couldn't care less. Which is my I made it a point to explain to each of them where everything goes and what dishware belongs in each cupboard. This way when a new pot makes it into the kitchen they can't say they do not know where it goes, therefore, they can not put it away. They know it's those little things that drive me insane which is exactly why they do it.
This month I tackled my kitchen in my spree of a year of organizing. In the last months I have conquered my pantry, linen closet, and back entryway. Organizing my kitchen took a lot more time than I had originally thought, but I am so glad I did it. My kitchen looks and feels incredible. While as much as I would love for my kitchen to stay this way forever knowing my family I know this one isn't going to stick, but a girl can dream.
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