Welcome to our fourth and final week of organizing your home! This week we’re focusing on the kitchen and any miscellaneous rooms that weren’t covered in previous weeks, like the garage. I only did the kitchen this week but at least made a bit of progress on it! I have a fairly big kitchen with lots of cabinet and pantry space, but I’m still finding myself having trouble making everything fit. I’ll give you a tour and show you how my kitchen works and how I organized this week!
When we bought the house, we saw that there were new cabinets put in fairly recently, and the pantry next to the fridge was added in. The previous owners made the kitchen bigger by removing a lot of the closet space in Allison’s room, which worked out really well because I really utilize this pantry!
The pantry goes pretty deep, and to keep things organized I labeled each area for specific things. The very top space is for pasta; the one below it is for jars and miscellaneous items, and the one below that is for bottles and cans. This allows me to automatically know where things are and makes things easier!
And here’s our snack/cereal/bowl cabinet. Mostly organized already!
Seriously, the previous homeowners did a great job on these cabinets! We have plenty of room for all our pots and pans, as well as some of our casserole/muffin pans.
My dishes cabinet was getting a little cluttered, so I looked through it and took out all the things we haven’t used in forever. I actually found some bottles that Allison hasn’t used since she was a baby. And we still had a bunch of teethers! All of that stuff on the counter has now been taken care of.
I love these racks that my sister got me for Christmas! I keep a lot of produce on the counter, which can take up space, so having another platform to put things on really helps to give me more room to cook. She got me a set of two, similar to these, and this second one is great for our small coffee/tea station.
I really wanted to organize my fridge because we tend to waste food that we forget is in the back of the fridge. What I’ve done is designate specific areas for the food. The bottom shelf is for the main entree, so we know how much leftovers we have; the second to top shelf, the larger of the middle shelves, is for side items; the small middle shelf is for any sauces/condiments and overflow side items. This should really help in keeping track of our leftovers!
Here’s the before and after of my “kitchen gadget” drawer. We use it for all the measuring cups/spoons, whisks, and other random kitchen tools. I took out the duplicates/things we don’t ever use, placed the holiday cookie cutters in bags to put up in the attic with the other Christmas stuff, and… just kinda threw everything back in. My goal is to head to the dollar store and buy some plastic bins to organize some of these tools so nothing gets pushed to the back again, lost to the world.
My freezer is in desperate need of organization! We’re actually in the process of emptying it so we can defrost it to get it ready for my big freezer cooking day in March. I want to buy a couple plastic crates so I can at least organize a little bit! I highly suggest either getting an app, or making an inventory list of everything in your freezer so you don’t forget what’s in there… like I do.
I hope you were successful in getting your home more organized! I’m definitely not done at all. The office still needs a lot of work, and we didn’t even touch the garage, mostly due to it being so cold. Hopefully in the next couple months I can get this office done and show you the cool things we have planned! Thank you for sticking with me these past few weeks, and don’t forget to post your progress here as well!
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