June 27, 2022

Final week we shared how we painted our cupboards, and at this time we’re taking you thru the entire shebang of how they’re organized. This kitchen has round one 25% of the cabinetry/storage of our final one – and even we have been a bit of nervous about how we’d adapt to considerably much less countertop & cabinetry – however the spoiler alert is that it has been nice! We will retailer every little thing we’d like and use – and issues are fairly straightforward to seize (no digging behind a bunch of things to search out one thing). So in the event you’ve been inquisitive about this specific facet of downsizing – or identical to peeking inside different folks’s cupboards – this put up is for you.

You may describe our final kitchen as gargantuan in comparison with this one – we positively would! It had an enormous ten foot island with storage on three sides in addition to perimeter cupboards on all 4 partitions! If reminiscence serves me, that kitchen had 36 cupboard doorways and 15 drawers (you possibly can see it beneath). By comparability, our present kitchen has simply 7 cupboard doorways and 5 drawers (the 2 below the sink in each kitchens have been false). So for a tough comparability, that’s a depend of 51 versus 12! And most of our present cupboards & drawers are a lot much less spacious than those in our outdated kitchen (wait till you see the drawer to the left of our range).

To be honest, that outdated kitchen positively had extra storage capability than we truly wanted. Neither of us is that into cooking, baking, or another interest which may require a variety of devices and equipment – so we’ve all the time saved a fairly streamlined kitchen. In actual fact, we truly saved a variety of non-kitchen objects in that outdated kitchen (instruments, backpacks, additional equipment, and even vacation decor) You possibly can see how we organized our outdated kitchen on this put up in the event you’re curious.

So the excellent news is that we’re doing completely high quality on this smaller area – and all of our paring down earlier than the transfer positively helped! It nonetheless took much more strategic downsizing as soon as we bought right here, together with some cautious group, however this kitchen has area for every little thing we would like and use (I’m emphasizing the “we” in that sentence as a result of I do know a few of you will notice these pictures and suppose “However the place do you retain your crockpot? your blender?! your stand mixer?!? your COFFEEMAKER!?!!” A few of these issues we’ve by no means owned in 14 years of being householders – and others, like our rarely-used crockpot, bought donated earlier than we moved.

Which will sound blasphemous to some, however downsizing is about being sincere about what you actually need and use (once more, the emphasis is on the “you” – as a result of it’ll positively differ for each particular person or household). However relaxation assured that these previous few months have been the final word take a look at for this kitchen as a result of we mainly prepare dinner & eat each meal at residence – and it has labored out even higher than we hoped.

One massive factor that helped was including these two shelving methods subsequent to the fridge. Chances are you’ll bear in mind them from this primary put up about our new kitchen (that they had been in our outdated workplace). They instantly added 8 giant drawers to the kitchen, together with some open shelving that has ended up being a fairly good steadiness of purposeful (plates, glasses, mugs, bowls, and so forth) and ornamental (you understand Sherry loves her vegetation, vases, and large hardcover books). We use the 4 drawers on the left as our pantry (replace: I bolded that as a result of so many individuals have been asking “however the place is your meals?” – you may also learn extra about that & even see it on video on this put up). The opposite 4 drawers to the correct of them are, properly, largely instruments (identical to we saved in our final home’s kitchen). I assume outdated habits die onerous!

It seems like an excellent signal that we now have these 4 drawers on the correct filled with instruments, as a result of if push got here to shove and we completely needed extra storage for some new kitchen gadget that we all of a sudden couldn’t stay with out – properly, the instruments may simply go in one other room (just like the built-in cupboards that we’re planning so as to add to either side of our hearth in the bed room) and we’d have that overflow kitchen area obtainable to us for extra kitchen-y issues.

Other than these two bookshelves and the 2 floating cabinets that we added to the again wall (extra on these right here), every little thing else is wrangled in these 7 cupboards and 5 drawers. So let’s begin our little cupboard tour du jour with that small nook cupboard that’s between our range and our utility closet (that homes our HVAC system together with some vacation decor, paint cans, and different random stuff like brooms, the vacuum, and so forth).

I advised Sherry it felt bizarre to start out with our smallest, most anticlimactic drawer (not that the others are actually “climactic,” I assume), however I’m a sucker for order, and going left to proper simply feels proper. So right here we’re: our olive oil drawer. Sure, it actually incorporates a single bottle of EVOO and a jar of salt. All of our spatulas and cooking utensils are on the counter, so this drawer didn’t actually match a lot else (even our rolls of foil and plastic wrap didn’t match), nevertheless it’s truly good to have our cooking oil close to the range and in a cool darkish place. By some small miracle Sherry even had a plastic bin that match the olive oil bottle and the drawer completely so errant drips don’t spoil the drawer.

The cupboard beneath additionally it is awkwardly skinny, nevertheless it has been helpful for standing up our plastic chopping boards, cookie sheet, muffin tin, and wire cooling racks. And sure, that’s cookie sheet and muffin tin singular. That was one factor we downsized earlier than we moved. We not often make muffins or cupcakes, however you’ll by no means have guessed it from the a number of tins (and cupcake carrying case?!) we had been storing. Actually by no means used that factor as soon as. We additionally use the warming drawer below the range to accommodate our shallow pans and griddle pan.

The remainder of our pans stay within the bigger cupboard on the opposite facet of the range. We already owned the wire shelf rack that we used within the again to make it simpler to seize a few of these saucepans, however we bought that $15 back-of-door lid holder to make it much less of a clusterfudge in there. All the pieces was stacked and nested in a method that made it alarmingly loud to retrieve no matter pot you wanted – however that door rack for the pot lids & that wire shelf factor made such a distinction. Now it’s straightforward to seize no matter we’d like with out taking a complete lot of issues out or sounding like an unintentional jam session.

It’s a fairly streamlined assortment of pots and pans, nevertheless it meets our wants (we truly didn’t pare down a lot within the pots/pans division – we’ve sometimes simply had a set of this measurement for years – we love Greenpans). We additionally lined the bottoms of the cupboards with this clear non-sticky drawer liner to maintain our contemporary white paint job trying clear. It doesn’t present within the pictures nevertheless it’s on the entire cupboard bases & cabinets.

The drawer above this cupboard is the most important, so it’s the place we hold our flatware and some giant chopping knives. This is similar expandable bamboo utensil organizer we had in our outdated home (it’s adjustable to suit quite a lot of drawer sizes, so it has narrower compartments right here however nonetheless works).

The large sink cupboard wrangles the sorts of belongings you sometimes discover below somebody’s sink: cleansing gear, spare sponges, dishcloths, trash luggage, and so forth, and so forth. We used a smorgasboard of mismatched present bins to assist hold issues from ending up in a single large mess pile, which retains us sane and value us zero {dollars} to implement. Sherry just about all the time has a couple of freestanding wire cabinets, a clear divided lazy susan, and some bins & containers readily available – and collectively they actually assist to make it rather a lot simpler to seize issues.

Within the fortunate breaks class, these two back-of-the-door wire organizers have been truly already right here after we moved in. They usually’ve confirmed to be extraordinarily useful (we simply eliminated them after we repainted the cupboards and rehung them afterwards). Right here’s an analogous one in the event you’re on the lookout for one which, in contrast to a lot of others, doesn’t dangle excessive of the door and present from the entrance.

You’re on the midway level now. The one factor left on this again wall are the two false drawers below the sink, the dishwasher, and the floating cabinets we constructed. The cabinets are every about three toes lengthy, so not enormous, however large enough to carry issues like our strainer, measuring cup, and tea kettle (all conveniently positioned above the range)…

… and our plates and glass mixing bowls are on the opposite facet. A few of these issues had been over on our “pantry cabinets” however we moved them nearer to the work triangle as soon as we bought the cabinets up.

For those who flip 90 levels to the correct, we now have this shorter run of cupboards that’s truly one giant cupboard with three separate doorways.

I want I may snap my fingers and switch the three slim drawers into two bigger ones as a result of there’s a lot of wasted area between these puppies, however we made issues work in addition to we may with a sequence of bins & containers – as is the theme! We’ve bought issues like foil, wax paper, and sandwich luggage in that drawer on the left. Our knives, measuring spoons, can opener, peeler, and so forth. are within the center drawer (corralled in these plastic bins we’ve had for years). And on the correct we’ve bought our junk drawer with these bamboo containers that we utilized in our final junk drawer too. We’re discovering these items fairly universally useful – whether or not you could have a giant kitchen filled with storage or a smaller one with narrower drawers & cupboards.

For those who bear in mind our outdated junk drawer (beneath), this new one is significantly compressed. However earlier than you suppose we carried out some heroic feat of de-junking our lives, we truly simply moved a few of these capabilities to different locations. Like our batteries and loopy glue at the moment are in these aforementioned device drawers. Our stamps and handle e book stuff is within the dresser by our entrance door (you possibly can see that right here). We nonetheless did a variety of paring down, however relaxation assured we nonetheless have loads of junk.

Again to our present cupboards. These have been the three you noticed in our painted cupboard put up final week. These white plastic Ikea bins match almost completely in every opening and assist to create some distinct group zones. We’ve bought some random overflow snacks in a single, glass meals storage in one other (though most of it’s in use within the fridge since our leftover sport is robust nowadays), and our spices & different oils/vinegars within the final one.

On the higher shelf we’ve bought some extra glass cookware/meals storage stuff in addition to one other plastic bin that holds our baking stuff. The cupboard does prolong again into the nook behind the dishwasher, nevertheless it’s tremendous awkward to get issues again there so proper now it simply has some spare empty bins. As a result of by now you understand that Sherry has nothing in need of a storage arsenal.

Talking of much more storage, we’ve acquired requests to see how we organized the lavatory sink cupboard and our linen closet proper outdoors the lavatory, in addition to the HVAC closet to the left of the range, so possibly we’ll get a put up along with these particulars someday. One factor’s for positive…. THERE WILL BE BINS!

P.S. You possibly can compensate for our complete Florida home reno proper right here. From our bed room, the children’ rooms, our household room/workplace, our toilet, and a few fairly main outside updates, it covers a variety of floor.

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