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In my previous home, I organized my pantry using matching food storage containers from Ikea which I labeled using my P-touch labeler. I loved it because it was practical, streamlined and looked great. When we moved to our current apartment last year, since the containers unfortunately didn’t really fit in our new awkward sized narrow cabinets, I decided to give them to my mom who was reorganizing her kitchen at the time. The plan was to get new containers that better fit our new cabinets and in the interim keep items in their original bags and boxes and/or use whatever (mismatched) containers we had on hand. A year has passed though and I still haven’t gotten the new containers.
These photos below from the kitchen of Jen of the Social Home are giving me the inspiration and push I need to get my pantry looking beautiful again. Jen used matching containers from the dollar store and created her own lovely labels, which she generously offers as downloadable freebies here and here. She also offers custom labels in her shop The Paper Society.
p.s. Check out her post on how to smudge-proof your labels
Hope you all had a very merry Christmas yesterday!
My hubby and I spent a few days before the holiday, baking goodies to give to family and friends. We don’t bake all that much and our kitchen storage is very limited so we keep all our baking specific ingredients and supplies separate from items we use more often, in harder to reach upper cabinet shelves, and pull them out as needed a few times a year. Someday when we have a bigger house, and make the time to bake more often, I’d love to have a whole cabinet dedicated to baking items, beautifully organized like this:
Such a perfect little station! Everything has a spot within the cabinet to make time in the kitchen efficient and enjoyable. Like items are placed together: spices, extracts and flavorings on the bottom; baking powder, baking soda and salt in the middle; and pastry bags and tips up top. White hooks on the inside of the cabinet doors, holding mixer attachments and measuring spoons, take advantage of a frequently untapped storage area. Risers placed in the back of the the cabinet give shelves multiple levels and make things easily visible. Clear glass jars, canisters and bottles, not only makes it easy to take stock, but also creates a neat and uniformed look, free of visual clutter. Love the labels too! The ones used here are from Paper Source.
Do you like to bake often? Do you have a spot in your kitchen where you keep all your baking items?
When we were newlyweds, my husband and I struggled on a constant basis with not knowing what to make for dinner each night. He’d come home from school, I’d come home from work, both mentally tired, and one of us would ask “what should we make?”, to which the other would reply, “I don’t know….ummm….” Finally someone would think of something, and then we’d check to see if we had the ingredients for it and though sometimes we’d luck out, more often than not we’d be missing at least one or two things. We’d then either, scramble up something with what we did have, make a run to the grocery store, or give up and order take out.
Over time we started to get the hang of things. After trying out a few different ways to organize the process we’ve settled upon this current system (outlined below), which has eliminated excess trips to the grocery store, helped us cut down on food spending, and overall has worked really well for us:
- We sit down together one day during the week (usually Saturday or Sunday morning after breakfast) and decide on what we’d like to eat each night. If we’re having a hard time coming up with ideas, we turn to food websites, blogs, our cookbooks, and/or Pinterest.
- Using the (free!) Real Simple Dinner Planner (which to take make things convenient, we keep copies of in a transparent pocket adhered to the inside of our pantry door), we write the dishes in the Menu column (furthest left). When deciding on what dinner to slot on what day of the week, we keep in mind which ones rely on more perishable groceries and/or ingredients we already have on hand that need to be used soon.
- Again using the planner, we write down the ingredients we need to buy for each meal in the appropriate columns to the right (Produce, Dairy & Refrigerated, etc). I love the way the planner is organized because the columns correspond to the aisles of most grocery stores, making it easy to shop down each column.
- So we don’t forget what we decided upon for what day, we write the dishes on a dry erase board we have in the kitchen, which serves as a menu. We use the Magnetic Glass Dry Erase Weekly Planner from Three By Three Seattle. We love it because it’s conveniently labeled with the days of the week, it has a handy little shelf for a marker, and it’s magnetic, so we can post up printouts of any recipes we’ll be using.
Hope sharing this was helpful to anyone out there who may also struggle with dinner planning!
In continuation to the ‘coffee bars’ post earlier this month, a few stylish coffee canisters pretty enough to keep out on the counter:
1- vintage storage canister, 2- bristol canister, 3- clamp canister with chalkboard, 4- caffeine 5- english charm canister, 6- storage coffee jar
Which one would you pick for your kitchen?
When organizing and arranging things in a kitchen, I like to keep similar-use items together. For frequent coffee drinkers like me, it’s nice to have a dedicated spot near the coffee maker, to everything you need to make your morning cup – the beans, mugs, sugar, etc., – essentially creating a convenient little coffee bar. Depending on the space items could be arranged in a cabinet, a shelf, or a tray on the counter:
Are you coffee person? Do you have a dedicated coffee zone in your kitchen?
If you have insufficient cabinet space, and happen to have an empty expanse of wall, making use of that by adding shelves, is a great way to create additional storage. Kelly of the Glamourai did just that in her kitchen and I love how it turned out:
Have you utilized empty wall space to create extra storage in your kitchen? The cabinet space in our new place is definitely limited, but luckily we do have an empty wall, so we’ll likely be adding one or two shelves as well as a pot rack similar to this one. I’ll share on here once we do!
image credits: all courtesy of the glamourai
Love what Callie did in her kitchen. Not only did she beautifully arrange and organize her dish, glass, and serve-ware, she went an extra step by adhering black and gold mums paper from Paper Mojo to the inside of her glass cabinets:
It’s all in the details! By the way, the rest of her home is gorgeous. See it here.
p.s. In case you missed it – along similar lines, another beautifully organized cabinet.
This week’s guest participating in the ‘How I Organize’ series is the lovely Shauna of Satori Design for Living who takes a holistic approach to design and organization in helping others beautifully transform their homes. She gives us a peek inside her kitchen and shares with us how she organizes her spices:
I have always loved using spices in cooking, but it usually meant searching through a basket of miss-matched packages, jars and tins to find the one I was looking for. Quite often I’d end up buying multiples of the same spice because it was buried at the bottom of a disorganized mess. I also never kept track of how long I had a particular spice and knew that in order to get the most flavor, whole spices should only be kept for three years and ground spices for just a year. (When a spice is ground, it releases the oils responsible for its flavor and aroma. As the oils dissipate, the spice becomes less pungent.)
To start with, I took stock of all the spices I had and weeded out the ones I never really use. I then bought small jars from the Dollar Store to transfer the spices into. It’s always much better to keep items the same to prevent an area from looking cluttered. I used small jars for most of the spices and larger ones for spices we use in greater quantities. I then found labels from the Martha Stewart line at Staples, printed the spice names using the computer and affixed them to the jars. Next, I applied a clear protective film over the labels to keep them looking new. On the bottom of the jar I affixed a small label and wrote the month and year the spice was put into the jar.
Currently I keep the spices on simple white trays on a shelf in my pantry closest to the stove. I store them alphabetically, with spices used more often at the front. This new system looks visually appealing and makes finding spices a breeze. I like the fact that I’m doing something good for the environment by purchasing small packets of spices (that can be recycled) to refill the jars. I also feel confident that dishes will be flavorful because of the freshness of the spices I use.
Stumbled upon this photo of these beautiful glass pantry canisters and found out they were labeled with DIY decals.