Organizing Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers Hall Of Fame (Part 2)
Lots of people took the Organizing Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers Challenge for week #2 of the Organized Home Challenge, and so I've got lots of before and after pictures to show you.
In fact, this is part 2 of the hall of fame, and I'm also planning a part 3 for week #2. I think the main takeaway from these photos is that there are lots of ways to get this area organized and decluttered, and as long as it works for you it is perfect!
Before - junk drawer - couldn't even open the drawer all the way
After - junk drawer
Crystal did week #2's challenge.
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!
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'!"
She said of the first before picture: "It has cookie sheets, pyrex cooking dishes, my crock pot, waffle maker, and quesadilla maker. It was a mess. I always felt like I was going to break something when I got out a dish."
So she moved things around a bit, and took everything out and put it back in a more organized and straightened out way.
She did a great job. She explained, "I recently moved into the home I’m in now. When I moved, I made sure to tackle this task before I put things away, so really, it was already done a few months ago. Here’s what I came up with."
She explained: "Because my husband and I both lived on our own for years before finding each other, we brought a lot of kitchen gadgets into the marriage (not to mention all of those we received as wedding gifts six and a half years ago).
While we have worked hard on pairing down items, there are still some drawers and cabinets that you don't want to open for fear never being able to close them properly."
Further, she said of the first photo: "This cabinet used to just get filled with miscellaneous items (the baby monitor and children's medicine). I realized I had to keep the cd's in here because there is a cd player/radio mounted to the underside of this cabinet."
You did wonderful! I like how you really thought of where things needed to be located and moved things around to make them go in places that made sense.
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 To Get Organized Now?
I hope these before and after pictures have inspired you to organize your own kitchen cabinets and drawers too.
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