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Happy Saturday friends! I’m sharing more of my organized kitchen today! I thought this would be a 2 post deal but apparently I take too many pictures (especially when it comes to organized spaces!) so it has now turned into a 3 post deal. Are you surprised?
I didn’t think so. :)
If you missed my first organized kitchen post you can find it HERE. I also shared often asked kitchen details in that post (counters, paint, floors, etc). Today we are moving around the perimeter of my kitchen and then starting to tour the storage in one of my islands. Let the tour begin! Or should I say continue..
(All kitchen sources and some fun weekend sales are linked at the end of the post! A lot of my favorite things are marked down this weekend!)
We knew we wanted to entertain a lot in this kitchen so I added two trash pullouts (with two trash cans in each) in the design. One set is in my first island that we use daily and then we have this set that we mostly just use when we have parties/people over and need more trash cans!
I labeled them so people could easily tell which to use for RECYCLE..
When the trash pullout is closed you can open these lower cupboards that I use for our mixing bowls and strainers. You might remember me mentioning how crooked this top shelf is when I first shared the before of this cupboard (you can see how bad it’s slanting!). It has been driving me crazy for a while and my carpenter was just about to fix it when the stay at home order hit so we’re living with it like this a little longer. :)
The drawer above it holds our silverware.
The upper cabinets above our silverware drawer hold our every day dishes. I bought this Cambria Stoneware Dinnerware Set in Stone over a year ago for my birthday and I’ve loved it! Beautiful, durable dishes that have worked great for both every day and special occasions.
It just felt right to place them that way. Ha.
Here’s a shot of this section with some of the cabinets open. (If you couldn’t tell how bad that bowl shelf was sagging you can now!) ;) I have two sinks in my kitchen and a dishwasher next to each sink. I wasn’t sure when we designed the kitchen if I would love having two dishwashers or not. Six years later I absolutely LOVE having two. I definitely use one more than the other, but at least every other day I’m using both. If you are building or remodeling and have a big family or entertain a lot I would absolutely recommend two dishwashers if it works with your design and budget.
Let’s look inside everything in this little section!
We have our filtered water system under our sinks so I just use this cupboard to store dishwasher soap and hand soap. We have Thermador appliances and I was told that Finish is the best detergent to use with a Thermador dishwasher so that’s what I use!
Moving to the 3 drawers to the right of our dishwasher. I didn’t photograph the first drawer because it just holds Addison’s Asthma medication and inhalers. This second drawer is our official “kid drawer.” Cheap, plastic cups, bowls and plates that they use when they are fixing themselves a snack. It’s kind of funny to me because I started this “kid drawer” in our previous house when my kids were little. I wanted them to be able to reach their own UNBREAKABLE dishes. It doesn’t make as much sense now that my kids are older, but they like it and it sort of stuck so we still have a childproof kid drawer. For my teenagers. Ha. ;)
The bottom drawer is for our water bottles. (Hydroflask and Swell) The small containers hold my husband’s cooling towels and stuff he uses when he exercises. I mentioned this in my first organized kitchen post – 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. This is one example of that. I would never have a drawer of just water bottles if we were short on space. In my previous smaller kitchen I used something similar to this organizer. A great option if you want to keep them in your pantry or a cupboard and save space!
Nice and organized! I even got all of our dishes washed for these pictures so I could show you empty dishwashers. NOT an easy task. If that doesn’t show you all how much you mean to me I don’t know what will. ;)
Ok.. island time!
These are our most used every day trash cans. I have labels on the top of the grey cabinet front that show RECYCLE and FOOD. One of my favorite features I added to our kitchen design is this pull out cutting board over the trash. I love it! I chop vegetables and food on this and then just slide the trash right off. It’s the little things. :)
There is a small drawer below the cutting board that I use to hold my dish brushes and sponges and odds and ends. I use the full circle dish brushes and love them! I just use small porcelain plates to hold them. (Similar plate here.)
I don’t store much under this sink because our filtered water stuff takes up so much room. Just dish soap and then a little hook on the door for a hand towel. This is our most used dishwasher. I’m surprised it hasn’t just shut down on me I’ve used it so much the past month! Anyone else doing an insane amount of dishes with everyone home? Or is this everyone’s normal and just a shock to me because we usually incorporate a little more take-out in our menu? ;)
I took this picture to show the location of the 2 dishwashers. Both empty! It’s a modern day miracle! And will never happen again. I love you all and you’re welcome.
Ok.. that wraps up post 2 on my kitchen organization! I’ll be back very soon with the last post in what has now become a mini series. I’m sorry if my picture overload is putting you to sleep!
Clearly kitchen organization is a topic I’m passionate about. I’m hoping a few of you feel the same way.
I knew I loved you guys. Maybe I’ll empty both dishwashers for you all again soon. Give me some time to think about it.
*KITCHEN SOURCES AND FUN WEEKEND SALES ARE LINKED BELOW!
*UPDATE – HEAD TO THE POSTS BELOW TO SEE THE REST OF MY ORGANIZED KITCHEN!