3.15.2016

Organizing My Kitchen


Sunday I woke up for a sunrise run with Poppy, we are both doing RnR Dallas this weekend and need to get in a few runs beforehand - with all the traveling and rain I haven't been running like I usually do. The time changes is killing me this week, just so tired when I wake up, but I know it will take a week or so to get my body adjusted. 


Came home to my boys still sleeping, Aiden hasn't been sleeping well in his crib and Saturday he was calling 'Mommy Mommy' around 10pm so I went and made him sleep with me LOL I just want to cuddle and he really prefers to sleep in his own bed. Anyways we found out his sound machine was broken and that's why he wasn't sleeping, he wakes up throughout the night and will push the sound machine on and put himself back to sleep. 


When I was at Smart Success one thing Chalene talked about how your surroundings affect your life. Especially when you work from home your environment needs to be one that fosters success, they asked us to think of one room in our house that causes stress, mine was my kitchen! I spend a lot of time in my kitchen, probably more than any other room in my house and when I first started to work from home I couldn't walk through it with out wiping something down or putting something away. It was SUCH a distraction for me. Things have improved since I've moved my office upstairs, I don't have to constantly walk though the kitchen.

I cook more often now and I can never find what I'm looking for, which just makes preparing meals that much longer to accomplish. So Sunday Oliver and I took a few hours to organize some of the cabinets, we still have more to do, but already I feel more in control and less stressed in there. 


My next house will have a walk in pantry for sure, but until then I have to make due with what I have - I had an entire self dedicated to pasta, we rarely if ever, eat pasta anymore so I got rid of all of it. Anything that's been in there for more than 6 months had to go. Another tip I learned that is SO SIMPLE but made complete sense was to put your trigger foods out of eye sight. You know those items you have a hard time not eating, I put those up high behind other items so I don't see them every time I open the pantry! As you can see we are obsessed with Combat Bars, don't buy them at Wal Mart - they are NOT the same - I bought on sale from Bodybuilding.com


The spice cabinet was another area that was a disaster, we have 2 or 3 of several spices because I never know if we are out!  I put them in alphabetical order, so simple yet makes a huge difference!! 


The same for the baking supples and vitamins, making my protein pancakes is now easier and faster because I don't have to hunt for the baking powder or extracts. 

I'm still needing to find a better way to store my pots and pans and my protein powders - those tubs are too freaking big! I may get some stackable tupperware and transfer them into those for easy storage. 

Do you guys have any simple storage ideas for the kitchen?

22 comments :

  1. Do you take the hair skin & nails by it works ? I see it there in your cabinet :)
    Do you feel they really help ?

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  2. wait! combat bars aren't the same at Wal-mart?!?! WTH!

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  3. Hanging pot racks are AMAZING!!!! Up and out of the way! They have ones that hook to the wall and ones that hang from the ceiling. The one i have hangs from the ceiling and it has a grate on it that lets you put the pot lids on it. Ill see if i can find a picture. :)

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    1. https://www.jossandmain.com/Tremont-Kitchen-Rack-35603-ZNGZ1026.html?refid=GX54925113418-ZNGZ1552&network=g

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  4. If your cabinets allow these are amazing for storing pots & pans. Easy to install and worth every penny.
    http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/real-simple-reg-sliding-under-cabinet-organizer-in-chrome/3242115
    I use the oxo good grips for my protein.

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  5. One thing I've done is to group things together in baskets that I use often. For me, I was making smoothies and needed things like my powder, flax, coconut flakes, and nuts together....so I put all of them in a basket. Now I just grab that basket and make a smoothie and put it back in the pantry. SO easy!

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  6. Stack-able (or just matching in size) Tupperware makes a huge difference for storing the bulk items like protein powder and such. Transformed my pantry! Also, the pot lid holders from Ikea are great for helping organize pots, pans, baking sheets, cutting boards, etc!

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  7. I hung a shoe organizer with clear pockets - clear is best because you can see what's in them (got it at Walmart) inside my pantry on the wall or you could hang it on the inside of your pantry door. I love it to store all kinds of individually packaged items. I store various granola bars, spice packets like taco seasoning etc., oatmeal packets, gum, drink packets - you get the idea. I am now able to have very few boxes in the pantry. I recently got one for my coat closet and store gloves, hats and some other miscellaneous things in it.

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    1. I've done this also on the back of my pantry door it is a fantastic space savor I have water bottles and gravy packets and swiffer puffs in it all kinds of great stuff I bought mine at Amazon because I couldn't find clear ones in the stores over here on the west side

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  8. I put pour all of my tubs of protein powders in ziplock bags, label (including expiration date) and store then in a cabinet - takes up so much less room. Great job!

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  9. To make my spice cabinet even easier I got a couple of lazy susans to put all my spices in alphabetical order...now nothing gets stuck at the back.

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  10. I second the lazy susans. so necessary in our super small kitchen

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  11. I purchased 2 of the $7ish wire racks from Lowes and installed them in the inside of my pantry doors for all of my spices. It pissed me off to reach in my cabinets and pull out a spice, just to watch all of the others fall out. Now, they are more organized, easier access and I gained another cabinet for storage. BOOM!

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  12. Look up Do it On a Dime on YouTube - Tons of great organizing videos and many ideas from the Dollar Tree!

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  13. I just got some amazing Oxo clear containers from SAMs club! They help keep dry food fresh and give a less hectic look to the pantry. I also try to keep as little on the countertop as possible---a tip from "The Act of Tidying Up". It's so nice to have a fresh environment to work with!!

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  14. I lined my wire shelves w foam board covered in contact paper. Makes things less rickety, it's prettier to look at, and you can wipe them down easily. Got the idea from iheartorganizing.com. Cheap and easy and pretty!

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  15. Hi I tagged you to a pic of a hack I use to store my lids now to read the other comments for ideas I can use.

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  16. Definitely look into building a spice rack on the backside of your pantry door! My husband built one for me, took him only a few hours to do himself. I was able to put all my spices, oils, cooking wines, etc. on it. Look up "Pantry Door Spice Rack" on Pinterest....BEST THING EVER and freed up a couple shelves for me!!! This link is an example of what ours looks like; https://www.pinterest.com/pin/425238389794171702/



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  17. It may sound like a lot of work in the beginning, but i have gone through my cabinets and I made a list in my iPhone Notes app of all the (a) Oils, Vinegars and Sauces (b) can goods and (c) spices I have in the kitchen. I then reference the list when I am making my grocery list. My cabinets used to be jammed full with things but now they are very manageable and I find that I am saving money when I shop now.

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  18. Im thinking of doing one of those pot racks with lights on it to hang in my kitchen. I've always wanted one and it makes it easier

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  19. One thing that helped me was flat baskets in the pantry space. For example those spices that you have would go in a few of those baskets and then i could move a bunch of spices at once without them falling over. Also i could move the spices up front that i faithfully use and the ones that i rarely use would go in the back.

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