I get so excited when I get to work in kitchens! There’s something about a kitchen that I absolutely love. It may be because cooking fun new meals has always been a hobby Bill and I love, so I appreciate when a kitchen is organized efficiently. We’ve all been there when one pot may or may not be boiling over and you do not have time to go searching through your drawers to find the lid!
Today’s kitchen transformation took me to Hudsonville, Michigan in an adorable neighborhood with matured trees and unique two story homes. I’d previously done a quick bathroom cupboard organization for the W’s, and couldn’t wait to tackle this next project!
The challenge: Organize the kitchen so it would make sense without spending money on organizing tools.
After moving into their first home, this new family of three were ready to tackle their kitchen and really utilize the gorgeous sea foam colored cupboards and cabinets the most effectively.
The great part about this kitchen was that they had a lot of storage space; it just needed to be re-thought. The first thing I did was the lower cupboards. I removed all of the items and placed them in a large space so I could organize and categorize everything into a group that made sense.
Once that was complete I went back through to vacuumed and wipe down the cupboards so the newly placed items would have a clean start.
Then I looked through each before photo to see where each item was originally placed. This helped because I was on my own this day and didn’t have the homeowners there to let me know which items they used the most that needed to be the most accessible. By looking through the photos I was able to devise a plan to put items that were most used, easily accessible and to see how much space each category and item needed.
I then did the same for the top cupboards. Pulling everything out, categorizing and then being strategic about which items needed which amount of cupboard space and needed to be located in a certain spot for ease while cooking.
It seems like a lot, but when you sort everything by type and really consider how often you use each item, organizing can be easy!
After that it was on to the drawers. The drawer I was most excited about was the “everything and anything drawer”. You know the one that you toss 75% of your cooking utensils in and usually have to dig for something you could have sworn was just up front yesterday ;).
I had a lot of fun re-organizing these drawers. One thing I really wanted to accomplish was putting the silverware and knife drawer by the drying rack. This move made it easy to put these items away, since they will be ones that are most used and most cleaned.
I was really excited with how this transformation came together! And even more excited because other than a handful of items to donate, we didn’t need to purge! Just rethinking the space and having a fresh set of eyes is the best way to begin organizing your space.
I can’t wait to return and work on their garage in a few weeks! I love being able to transform more than one space in a home and see multiple rooms come together!
What did you think of the transformation?