Over the weekend, Jimmy and I switched a few items around in the kitchen cabinets so that it would function better.
He hates that chair in the corner. It does block the corner cabinet, but I like having it there. One of us sits there to keep company with whoever is cooking or washing dishes. I also like to use it to get items at the top of the upper cabinets. It stays. Still, I decided to change out some of the frequently used items in that corner cabinet so that we wouldn't have to move the chair so much.
Where tupperware goes to die. The measuring cups, mixing bowls, and colanders all get used quite a bit.
Home to casserole dishes, ramekins, grater, and my favorite Williams-Sonoma mixing bowls and batter bowl. Jimmy never uses this set though since he says they're too heavy. And pink.
All of our Pyrex bakeware and a random butter dish. I had originally planned to move all of this to the corner cabinet, but it was too heavy and I was afraid it would break the lazy Susan.
Tupperware stayed on the top section. It was the only thing I trusted to put up there that was light enough. Instead of nesting the bowls together and keeping the lids separate, I popped the lids on and stacked them. There is nothing more frustrating than the search for a matching lid. We also edited our tupperware collection, pitching the stained, the cracked, and the lidless. On the bottom are the casserole dishes, glass storage bowls, one pie pan and a square baking dish. Just peeking out at the back are these cute Le Creuset petite casseroles that are shaped like fruit. I love them but don't have a good place to display them right now. I really hope our next house has a built-in hutch in the dining room where I can showcase my cool kitchen stuff that I don't use much but I like the way it looks.
Both sets of mixing bowls, glass measuring cups, and an extra set of small measuring cups were moved conveniently next to the stove.
As you can see, some of the Pyrex bakeware had to stay due to weight. It's hard to tell, but we have three large rectangular baking pans and three bread loaf pans. We do actually need all of the bread loaf pans because that is how many loaves that Jimmy's cinnamon bread recipe makes, but the three rectangular pans are overkill. We used to a fourth one too! I think the purple one should go. I can't remember whose it was originally, mine or Jimmy's, but I have no problem getting rid of it. Anybody interested? Okay, back on topic. This drawer also holds all of the colanders, a strainer, and the grater.
We didn't stop at just switching a few items around though. Oh no, that would have been way too easy. I've been holding back on what used to be the worst area of the kitchen.
Whenever I had to get something out of here, I would shake some holy water at it and then reach in, hoping not to dislodge everything. The only semi-organized section was the top part with the plastic bins for baking decorations and mixer attachments. However, the mixer's pouring shield would always catch on the drawer above it and Jimmy would fling it into the depths of the cabinet out of frustration. I'm surprised it has survived this long.
Ooo, I love a good transformation. Jimmy installed some metal divider things from IKEA and we divided up all of our cutting boards, griddler plates, pizza stone, muffin pan, and cookie sheets. We also lowered the upper shelf so that the pouring shield could go with the other mixer attachments without catching on the drawer above.
You're probably wondering what happened to all of the other crap that was in there and the other drawers/cabinet that magically disappeared in the "after" shots. This brings us to another area that I wasn't happy about.
The top of the cabinets became the spot to put random items that didn't go anywhere else. Another issue was my great idea to put all of the cookbooks in a wine crate on top of the fridge. This seemed like a good idea until it soon became apparent that the cabinet above the fridge (vase storage) was now impossible to get to without risking back strain. See all the vases now scattered around? We also never used the cookbooks anymore because they were hard to get to.
This bookcase is at the side of the fridge, facing the dining room. It holds our glassware and the top of it tends to get cluttered. Look, my fruit casserole dishes are getting blocked by actual fruit! As you remember, those got moved to the corner cabinet.
I gathered the overflow from the drawers and cabinets and divided them up as best I could. Pitchers, large tupperware, specialty bakeware, etc. A few of the boxes are not even half-full, so this will come in handy when I tackle the upper cabinets later on.
The boxes fit on top of the cabinets perfectly and now the items on top of the fridge are easy to move if I need to get into the vase cabinet. Do you like our jars of wine corks and bottle caps? Jimmy actually took the time (in the middle of this project, to my dismay) to sort through that whole jar of bottle caps to get rid of the "non-beer" caps. I guess my Coke bottle caps were sullying it. I'll admit to being a little annoyed about it at the time, but really, it makes me love him more. His quirks are just as much a part of his personality as anything else. Plus, I like that I'm not the only weird one in this relationship.
Our favorite cookbooks were moved to the top of the bookcase so that we can hopefully get inspired by them more often. The lesser used cookbooks were moved to the main bookcase in the bedroom.
Our kitchen now functions better than before and we're both happy. We worked on our spice storage tonight but it's not ready to be blogged about yet since I need to get some labels for the jars. I do have a 40% off coupon for Michael's. Hmmm...