She explained that since she just recently moved her cabinets weren't in too bad of shape, but she did need to work on her junk drawer. Since before she couldn't even open the drawer all the way, I think the after picture is a great improvement! Great job Crystal!
Lisa shared this picture of her junk drawer after picture on the site's Facebook wall.
I can't tell from the picture if she used a junk drawer organizer (kind of like the one pictured to the right) or used her own individual containers, but either way it looks great. These organizers can help you keep all the little stuff we like to keep in junk drawers separated and found easily when we need it.
She had so many pictures to share I only chose for the hall of fame some of the after pictures, so be sure to check out all her pictures on her blog posts.
I liked how she was so creative with how she organized her drawers, especially. Instead of going out and buying organizers she made her own. For example, she used old baby food jars for her spices, and housed then in the drawer all together in an old shoe box with the lid off.
In addition, she made her own kitchen utensil organizers for her drawer with cut off cereal boxes! How ingenious. Great job Leigh, you did a wonderful job.
Leigh said to me when she submitted her blog post for the Organizing Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers Hall of Fame: "THANK-YOU for putting on such a GREAT challenge!!!! I look forward to spending the year 'working together'!"
Organized Plastic Containers and Reuseable Water Bottles: My Organizing Solution
As part of the kitchen cabinet organization challenge I asked about how people organized their plastic containers, since this is a major organizational challenge for people. Alisha shared her ideas with me.
Plastic containers, lids and reuseable water bottles used to be an issue.
I have very limited drawers in my kitchen and putting these items on a shelf was a constant mess and hide and go seek game. So I created my own "drawer" by purchasing a plastic storage container that would fit my shelf.
I have one that stores all the containers and another on the shelf above that houses all the lids and water bottles.
By adding these two "drawers" to my shelves I can pull them out get what I need. No need to put stacks on the counter or floor while I reach for the one I need that was inevitably in the far corner.
Thanks so much for your ideas Alisha, I think that is a great idea.
I love the idea of having a container especially for the lids of the plastic containers, so they all have a space where they can go and don't slide all around on the shelf or in the drawer.
If anyone else has some suggestions for how they organize these containers, I'd love to hear from you too! You can share your ideas and suggestions here (and I'd love pictures if you've got them, since this can really help explain your organizational method, although they're not required).
First, I liked how she used cabinet shelves to increase the room in her cabinet to stack plates and bowls. These dividers are really helpful and have many uses in your kitchen cabinets.
In addition, I was impressed that she trimmed down her plastic containers from 3 cabinets to just one and a half, so that was a great declutter! Notice that she put all her lids in the red containers she bought from Target's dollar section (they are file holders actually, but they work really well to hold lids).
I also liked how she organized her cutting boards and trays. I can't tell from the picture, but I wonder if she's using an organizer to keep them all standing upright like that?
You can see examples of two different versions of these baking sheet and cutting board organizers below (one is a regular version, and one is a slide out version):
You did a great job Jan! Thanks so much for blogging about the challenge, and I can't wait to see what you do next.
Are You Inspired About Organizing Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers Now?
I hope these before and after pictures have inspired you to organize your own kitchen cabinets and drawers too.
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