today we’re continuing with our summer retrospective. yesterday, we reposted your favorite blog post from May: a day in the life | my living room refresh. apparently, you all like seeing my home, because your favorite post from June was how to stay organized | a look at my kitchen. it’s not totally surprising, though, as many of us spent a majority of our summer at home.
hopefully everyone was able to catch up on those home organization projects that we never seem to find time for under normal circumstances. but at the same time, i personally am looking forward to fall. not only am i looking forward to cooler days here in Athens, but Georgia football is about to start up again. and although we won’t be able to go to the stadium, i am looking forward to tailgating in my backyard. what are you all looking forward to most this fall?
happy Monday, ladies! as my regular readers will know, home design and decor is one of my favorite things. a key component to this that often feels like a chore is organization. to me, organization comes before decorating because having a well organized home is the foundation of home design and decor. it provides the blank canvas that makes home decorating such a pleasurable experience. we’re starting a new series this week: how to stay organized. today, we’re doing a deep-dive into my kitchen.
what to wear when you’re tackling chores around the house? i am wearing a comfortable outfit today – white (similar) relaxed chinos from Talbots and a sleeveless drapey top from Anthropologie. and to add a little bohemian panache to this ensemble, a woven belt also from Anthropologie.
while it’s not the outfit i’d wear if i were tackling a big project, it’s perfect for reorganizing some cabinets and drawers in my kitchen. i can reach high up or down low comfortably.
today we are tackling the kitchen and pantry. this room feels most like a chore for many of us when it comes to organization. so many gadgets, utensils, spices and canned goods get shoved to the back and forgotten about for who knows how long. but trust me, opening those cabinet doors to a clean, organized storage space will reinvigorate you and relieve a cloud of stress you may not have even realized was there.
i don’t have a proper pantry, so storage in my kitchen can be very challenging. it’s as important as ever for my cabinets to be well organized, so i can see everything that’s inside without having to root around for something. i employ a few handy shelving items to help. I keep my dry and canned goods in a blind corner cabinet and a two-tiered lazy susan means that i don’t have to reach far into the corner for that can of chickpeas.
in my spice cabinet, i use a tiered spice rack so i can clearly see my spices (organized alphabetically) – even the ones in the back are clear and obvious.
thoroughly weeding out what is outdated or mostly empty will open things up dramatically, giving you the opportunity to think about what shelving or organizational tools you’ll need to get. many dry spices do not have the shelf life you may imagine they do, most should be used within 6 months of opening for optimal freshness.then the fun part of rounding out your spice collection or your can food stores can begin. so be brave and toss out that 3 year old jar of marjoram and replenish.
utensil drawers can become a nightmare. they tend to resemble a junk drawer if not regularly tended to and especially if everything is thrown in without a caddy of some sort to keep things organized. and even then, it’s worth reassessing the usage and frequency of usage of many kitchen gadgets and utensils. like cleaning out a closet, consider the last time you used an item and if you can’t remember the last time you used it, make it a goodwill donation or toss it if it’s in bad shape.
with just a few strategic organizational pieces, you can transform your pantry cabinets into a source of inspiration and calming ease of use. what are your biggest organizational hurdles? i am here to help! i have rounded up a collection of fantastic organizational items to help get you started to to inspire you to go a step further in your kitchen organization.
here are many items to get you started. here’s to monday ladies, let’s make it a great week!
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, joins Beth for Fridays with Oscar and shares a new recipe Sunday evenings.
She’s 46, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
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