This is a before - but she said it was already decluttered
After - notice the shelf expander
Tina showed her progress in week # 2 of the Organized Home Challenge too.
First, I loved the picture of how she organized her flatware, including children's oddly shaped utensils, using these little slim organizing baskets (see picture on the right).
These little baskets are such a great way to organize all kinds of small stuff in drawers, and are one of my favorite versatile and cheap storage solutions.
Next, I wanted you to see how she used a shelf expander (see example on the left) to create more shelf space. It basically uses what would otherwise by unused "air space" and makes more room for you to stack dishes or other items. I think it works well in her cabinet, and is something simple that can really increase storage in a small cabinet.
I've chosen just a few for the hall of fame, but they are here to demonstrate how Lee-Anne really thought about where everything should go in her kitchen and rearranged the contents of the cabinets to match.
First, in her cabinet holding her plates and cups she had to stretch to reach things she used regularly. She was tired of it so she added shelf expanders and moved things around so everything she used frequently was in easier reach.
Further, she had a very deep cabinet (the before and after pictures you see). She explained: "It’s so narrow and deep that it was hard to fit anything in it! It’s main purpose was to store our leftover food containers in there, but I hated it. Unless they were put back “just so” you could never match lids with containers. Believe it or not, it was easy to lose stuff in there!"
So she completely moved that stuff to a different location and replaced it with kitchen gadgets, because that made more sense for the location and the type of storage area available.
Kitchen Cabinet and Drawer Organization Before And After Pictures
Before and After
Stuff I got rid of!
After completing the challenge this week, I was shocked to see how much stuff I had that I didn't need! I broke it down and did the cabinets with dishes and our kitchen storage closet in one afternoon. Then the next afternoon I did the cookware cabinets and the drawers that hold utensils and miscellaneous stuff.
I got rid of stuff I didn't use, moved things to a better location and then organized them in a way that made it easier for me to get things out of the cabinets. I thought about what irritates me when I go into each cabinet and corrected those problems.
I got rid of ten bags of stuff! Now I can't wait to get started on the food storage areas.
It feels so good to look into my cabinets and see the organization and lack of clutter.
Thanks Dawn for sharing those great pictures.
Wow! Ten bags of stuff decluttered. That is pretty darn awesome, and I'm sure it feels so freeing to you. Keep up the great work and enjoy your now more spacious kitchen cabinets and drawers.
Do You Want To Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets Now?
This concludes this first part of the hall of fame for Week #2 of the challenge, all about kitchen cabinet and drawer organization.
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