So far I’m still trying to catch up to the present! These next two areas were tackled just over a month ago, right before Harvey was born.
Also, I apologize in advance for the incredibly long post, but the kitchen drawers & pantry go hand in hand because of the lack of cabinetry we have in our kitchen. When we remodeled the kitchen four years ago, we took out the wall that separated the kitchen from the living/dining area, and that meant we lost all of the upper cabinetry on that side. We now have just six cabinets in the kitchen:
- Small upper cabinet above the fridge (used for storing liquor bottles, coffee [Charlie’s tall enough to grab this every morning], and baking stuff)
- Upper cabinet above the dishwasher (used for storing all of our glassware)
- Lower cabinet to left of sink (used for small misc. items, Stella’s drawer of dishes, and big junk drawer)
- Lower cabinet to right of dishwasher (small pull out drawer for hand towels & wash rags and a pull out cabinet that houses 2 trash cans for trash & recycling)
- Lower cabinets to either side of the oven in the island (used for storing all of our dishes, pots & pans, and tupperware/pyrex)
I just realized that I didn’t include the storage space under the sink because the guy who built our cabinets didn’t consider that a cabinet because it wasn’t a stand alone box. At any rate, that just holds our dish soap & a few cleaning supplies.
We love the open layout, but it left NO cabinetry available for storing food items or bigger cookware.
When we first moved in, the washer/dryer were located in a little room that was adjacent to the kitchen. I never even took a picture of that room apparently. At any rate, we knew we’d need that space as a pantry, so Charlie built in a space in our attached garage for the washer/dryer and moved them out there.
Back to the project.
Opening up that space for a pantry was essential, but over the past 4 years, we have accumulated a lot of stuff. Some of the stuff was comprised of items we received as wedding gifts (6 years ago) that I felt bad getting rid of, some of it is the vast amounts of food I seem to stockpile just in case one or both of us loses our job again. Basically, gift guilt and a fear of being broke & going hungry have led to a HUGE MESS in that room.
The day before I went into labor with Harvey, I decided to tempt fate by emptying out my entire pantry AND organizing all of my kitchen drawers at the same time. It was a pretty impressive site.
As overwhelming as it was to see everything we had, it was aweomse to get it all organised, and we have spent very little on groceries for the past month because I’ve been making a conscious effort to cook using pantry & freezer items (plus the fresh produce & dairy we are still buying obviously).
Once I got everything cleaned out and shelves wiped down, it was time to put it all back in…
So ya, pictures don’t really show how much better it is in there, but I know, and it makes me happy. 🙂
On to the drawers. These were easy once I bothered to just do it, so I’ll basically just post before & after pictures.
I didn’t take pictures of all of the drawers, but you get the idea. Things are much more organized and streamlined, which is a really nice feeling when I open the drawers.
So there ya go… the kitchen & pantry will be something we need to constantly keep up with, but as long as I don’t let the gift guilt & fear of starvation get to me, it should be easier to do away with the clutter! 🙂