Happy Friday everyone! I’m sharing part 1 of my organized kitchen today. Woot woot! A few things! First, I’m breaking this up into two posts (just like I did with my organized office) because I’m sharing so many pictures! I don’t want to break the internet or put you to sleep. ;) Part 2 is coming soon! Second, if you’ve been with me a while you’ve already seen a lot of these organized drawers and cupboards so I’m apologizing in advance for some repeats. I’ve wanted to put this post together for a long time so that when people ask about how I organize my kitchen I have everything together in these 2 posts. I recognize that we have a lot of storage space in this kitchen (something I worked into the design when we built our home after years of living in small kitchens with limited storage!) so items are more spread out and organized differently than I would organize them if that weren’t the case. My hope is that regardless of the size of your current kitchen it will give you some ideas on how you can organize and make the most of your space. I also hope this post better shares where things are located for those of you looking for ideas if you are building or remodeling a kitchen.
A few kitchen details: The counters are Quartz (Caeserstone) and I’ve absolutely love them. The islands are “Organic White” and the perimeter is “Raven.” My wood floors are custom but you can find more info. about them here. You can also find a printable of the paint colors I used in my kitchen (and the rest of my house) by subscribing to my blog here. My sinks are Shaw farmhouse sinks and the faucets are Rohl. Kitchen decor sources will be linked at the end of my post (affiliate links used).
Let’s start with my little butler’s pantry in the back left corner of my kitchen! It’s feeling happy for Spring. :)
I had a lot of miscellaneous kitchen items I wasn’t sure what to do with (KitchenAid and dishwasher components, lids of jars, etc.) so I put them in this left drawer and corralled them in a tray. (Trays work great in drawers for this sort of thing! I find most of my trays here.) I put my flower food packets in two small bowls. The right drawer holds my nice seasonal kitchen towels.
In the cupboards below I store larger baking items and all of the lids to my pots and pans. These pot lid organizers were a major game changer for me! So nice to free up space for my pans in the pull outs I use to store them, especially since I only use the lids once in a while.
And everything closed. :) You can see there is a door to the right of these cupboards and that opens up to our pantry.
I’ve loved having cork boards in our pantry! A perfect place to hang my kids’ school work and art and all of the invites, cards, and other miscellaneous items I love seeing daily.
This was a recent cell pic I snapped quickly of how our pantry is looking today. I use the top shelves to store miscellaneous kitchen items and food is on the left and below. These seagrass baskets are long time favorites of mine for organization and I have them in my bathroom too. (You can see how my entire bathroom is organized here.) I also love the OXO containers and have always used them in my various kitchen pantries through the years.
Drawers are all organized with my favorite drawer dividers.
I also love this Expand A Shelf (in the MEGA size!) for my canned goods. You can see a full post with more details on my organized pantry here.
Moving on to this section of my kitchen! I packed a lot of storage on this wall. The cabinets on the far left are actually our fridge/freezer and then we have our double ovens on the far right. I also put our micro drawer in this section and have absolutely LOVED having it lower vs. a standard microwave. I wasn’t sure when I made that decision building but I haven’t regretted it! It’s perfect for the kids to reach and so easy to just lean over to stir things and then cook them a little longer.
I store dishes we don’t use every day in the top cabinets and then we have appliance garages below that slide up and back into the wall. I keep our most used appliances here and have plug outlets behind them so I can pull things out and just use them right where they are on this counter.
The top left drawer holds paper goods.
Below that I store other miscellaneous appliances.
Below our micro drawer I store our garbage bags and reusable grocery bags. I found this drawer divider for deep drawers and love it in this space!
Everything closed looking sleek and clean..
And everything open.. still sleek and clean!
I store my baking sheets in this organized cupboard with dividers above my ovens. (You can see the molding we added to the hallway to the right of this pic.. can’t wait until I can get it painted!)
Below my ovens are items we use when we grill and other miscellaneous kitchen items I use but not every day. (I corralled these items in a tray again.)
Organizing this section of my kitchen was one of my most recent projects and I’m so happy to finally have it done! Now I smile every time I open these cupboards and drawers. It took me a while to figure out how to make this space work for us and now that I have I know it will be easy to keep organized. Organization is so much more than just making items look pretty in drawers. You have to figure out how to make your spaces work for you. Finding locations for items and setting them up in a way that will make your life easier every day. THAT’S the trick! Once you figure that out, keeping a space organized is easy.
Everything closed! Nothing scary lurking behind these cupboards and drawers anymore. :)
Moving on to this corner of my kitchen near the cooktop!
I keep our medicine, bandaids, first aid items, etc. in this top kitchen cabinet. Once I bought this 3-tier expandable shelf organizer it was easy to keep our medicine organized! I labeled bowls at the top to hold smaller items.
The top drawer is my go-to drawer for cooking! It holds all of our most used cooking items and measuring cups.
The drawer below that holds all of my dish towels/cloths. (These are my favorite dish cloths/towels by the way!)
The bottom drawer holds food storage containers. I used another clear expandable deep drawer divider to keep my lids separated from their containers in this drawer. Game changer! I’m a huge fan of drawer dividers in case you haven’t figured that out yet. :)
I store all of our pots and pans below our cooktop in these pull-out drawers. So nice to have the lids out of the way! These drawers were always so cluttered before I moved the lids.
Then the pull-outs to the sides hold my baking/party supplies and spices. I was so excited about finally getting these cleaned out I felt like they deserved a post of their own. ;)
Another section nice and organized. Feels so good! Everything open.
We still need to move around the perimeter of my kitchen and then there is all of the storage happening in my double islands so stay tuned for part 2 of my organized kitchen!
One more space down! More than a few more to go. ;)
*UPDATE – HEAD TO THE POSTS BELOW TO SEE THE REST OF MY ORGANIZED KITCHEN!