Welcome to our kitchen, my most favorite room in our new home!
Do you know what a major positive is to unpacking in a home that you know you’ll only be in a few short years (or less)? There’s zero pressure to set it up perfectly because you know you’ll inevitably be leaving!
Oh, this cabinet is somewhat close to the fridge? I’ll just throw my drinking glasses in here!
Whoops, I accidentally put all of my spatulas on the opposite side of the kitchen from my stove. Oh well!
Where in the world should I store all of these small kitchen appliances? I’ll just chuck them in this random bottom cabinet; No one will see them, and we’ll be moving eventually anyway!
These are all thoughts that went through my brain when setting up our kitchens in TN, AZ, and KS. I really didn’t think twice as I unpacked my boxes and typically just put things in whatever cabinet was nearest to where I dragged the box to.
But in this house, I put the most ridiculous amount of pressure on myself to organize every nook and cranny of this kitchen to perfection! Realistically, I knew that wherever I put things would probably be where they stay for the long haul, because how confusing would it be years down the road to rearrange your kitchen after getting used to where you put everything the first time? I mean seriously, how many times would you reach for a plate or a fork in it’s original spot before retraining your brain that they’re now stored somewhere “more functional”? Oy.
We spend a lot (a looooot!) of time in our kitchen not just cooking and eating, but talking, writing, organizing, planning, and entertaining. We write notes, open/store bills, have before and after-work conversations, chat with friends while preparing food, and so much more. We do so much life in this space all day long, and the organizer in me wanted this kitchen to function as well as it could!
Man, I sound kind of ridiculous right now, right? Ha! I wouldn’t blame you if you think I’m crazy for overthinking my kitchen organization. 😉
So on my quest to create an easy-to-use space, I Googled different kitchen organizing ideas. I wondered if maybe my standard way of storing things actually wasn’t the most functional. What if people store cups and plates differently than I do? What if there’s a better way to store cooking utensils than what I’m used to? These are the types of things I looked up.
During my search, I found two organizing tips that have ROCKED MY WORLD, I tell you.
Organizing Kids’ Dinnerware in Drawers
The first one revolves around storing all of our kids’ dinnerware in a low drawer so that they can occasionally help themselves. We have plates, bowls, silverware, Hadley’s plastic cups, and Sadie’s sippy cups in it.
During our first few days here we showed Hadley the drawer and taught her how to use the water portion of the refrigerator. I’m pretty sure she drank more water in the few days that followed that lesson than she’d drank in the last month. She was obsessed with the independence we’d handed her to help herself any time she wanted – day or night – to water. For Jamie and I, this is awesome because it’s less that we have to wait on her hand and foot. She’s also able to fill up a sippy cup with water for Sadie. This drawer is MONEY!
This drawer is also great because Hadley is able to set their kids’ table when I ask her to. Lots of lesson available when this stuff is at their fingertips!
Organizing Spices in Drawers
The other kitchen organization idea that I saw floating around the internet suggested storing spices in a drawer with the labels facing up. B R I L L I A N T!
We are big fans of cooking with a handful of spices at most meals, but we’ve frequently run into the issue where we’ve wasted money buying a new jar of something simply because we couldn’t find the original jar we had. For example, I currently have three jars of ginger, a spice I have probably only used three times ever! This organization method eliminates that issue because I can see everything so clearly, and so darn quickly too! As seen above, this drawer is located directly to the left of the stove for easy, quick access.
If you move often, can you relate to the idea of not stressing about where stuff goes because you know you’ll be moving eventually anyway?
Do you have any non-traditional ways you store things that makes life so much easier?!
PS: Our chalk painted kitchen cabinet transformation in Kansas
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Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother is today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 4 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo