Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Order in the Kitchen

Creating order in the kitchen is the most important way to have an organized kitchen. Everything should have a place. Kitchen items should be stored by similarity or by use. 

organizing the kitchen, organized kitchen

If you have a baking center then keep all the baking items stored nearby all in one place. If you can, also keep flour sugar and other ingredients in the same area. Organizing and older kitchen can often be difficult because we do not have the fancy new options someone does with a remodeled or newly built kitchen.

I have one of those minds that drowns in chaos and thrives in order. Now, I am not an organized person by nature and I have to work at it everyday to keep things in order. I love to open my cupboards and see exactly what I need right where it should be. That isn't easy with kids in the house. My simple old cupboards are a time warp. So many of the items I own are from my mother and hubby's grandmother. She was the original owner of this house and every cupboard is lined exactly in heavy vinyl. Makes it so easy to keep clean. Why would I ever get rid of them. I can just see her taking exact measurements and cutting these all out with precision.




I have really purged the items in my drawers as I don't have a lot of them. People in the 50's just did not have all the gadgets we have now. So first when you set to organize your kitchen, throw away or donate duplicate items you do not need. One or two of many items is all you could ever use.


I always had spice bottles all over in my cupboard so I decided to contain them in labeled little baskets from the dollar store. It has worked wonderfully.
Hands down five years later the basket organizers in my spice cabinet is the best way to organized spice bottles I have ever used. We still use it and and it prevents the little bottles going everywhere as well as it is a cheap way to organize your spices.

organized spice bottle, spice cabinet

Let me know of any good secrets to organizing your kitchen. I am always looking for good ideas to make life easier.



45 comments:

  1. Wow! Everything looks so neat and orderly! Makes me want to go tackle my pantry! :-)
    Vanessa

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  2. 1st time to visit your blog ... & I love it!
    Not only is your blog all pretty, I enjoyed each one I read! I'll be stopping by often =)

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  3. Hello,

    I really think that people in the 50's really had they needed. How many gadgets can you have? :o)


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  4. Looks perfect to me! I love a well organized cupboard!
    I remember as a child helping my mom cut and put down that vinyl paper in the cupboards!!

    Do you ever go to Starbucks? They sell their tea in these great tin containers (walmart is now carrying them too) well they make great storage for spices!!
    I love to repurpose things and was in need of spice jars and these are perfect because no light can get in them either.

    Pamela :)

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  5. Love the labels on the spice jar baskets! I have my spices corralled in baskets similar, but they're just thrown in. I know where the most-used ones go, but the family hasn't figured it out yet (what? they haven't learned to read my mind yet?!) Gonna have to dig out my label-maker and do some rearranging ... my family will be so happy LOL!

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  6. All I can say Is good for you. I can't keep anything organized more than one day. I love the look but what a chore to keep it that way . I love you pretty pink pyrex stuff

    Janice

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  7. love it! I need to do something with my spices too. lol

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  8. I am enjoying your blog and have been pouring all your back posts. I signed up for Hip2save and enjoying all her suggestions....I saved $13.00 already at Target and really have just started but plan on following as much as I can. Your decor is so pretty and I also like Yankee Home Classic candles (you had displayed in older post).thanks again and appreciate your advice on saving and all your posts, Emelia.

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  9. I LOVE the pink pyrex!! Your cabinets are so organized!! I have to organize my cabinets every few months because they get very messy!!

    People always give me kitchen gadegets because I love to cook, but I donate them because I can't standing having all those gadgets.

    I have really come to the conclusion that less is more!! LOL!!

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  10. Everything looks so nice and neat and I'm totally in love with those pink pyrex bowls! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  11. Love your old cupboards :)
    I had to learn that with my old cupboards, to keep things simple.
    Use what I have, and only have things that I use:)
    Sure is liberating not to have to worry about scads of dishes, gadgets, etc. that I only use once in a blue moon.
    Have a happy day

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  12. Okay, I was just drooling over the pink pyrex dishes. I never had any pink, but I did have quite a few pieces, but they went "ba-by" many years ago. Didn't realize they would be so popular today. I think you are doing a great job on organizing your things. I'm crazy about the $Store for all the fun little bins & baskets that they carry. I have a ton of them in my craft room & quite a few in my kitchen. They are cheap, very versatile & easily replaceable -- what could be better, right? I'm new to your blog, visiting from Kara's party. I'm also a new follower, & I hope you'll take a peek at my blog & follow back if you find it interesting.
    CAS

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  13. I actually need help because our kitchen is so tiny, and a large portion of our cabinets have china stored in them. I struggle with this, and I need to figure out something. Soon.

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  14. LOVE organization, its very refreshing! I would be delighted if you could link this up at my Unwasted Homemaking Party :).

    www.dontwasteyourhomemaking.com

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  15. My love of Pyrex runs deep... Great blog!

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  16. Isn't it amazing how fast extra stuff creeps into the kitchen?

    Cheryl

    http://ldsmomtomany.blogspot.com/2011/03/organizing-my-pantry-link-party-post.html

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  17. I so love it that you're intentional in your organizing! Everything looks sigh, peaceful and in it's place :)
    Oh and those pink pyrex...wow! I'm loving those!
    xo
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  18. I LOVE your Pink and White Pyrex!!!!!

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  19. I have never been that organized but I admire people who are.

    I love those cute little pyrex dishes too! :)

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  20. I really admire organizers and purgers! Happy W Day!

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  21. I use those little baskets in my gadget drawer. It helps to coral the mess. I also love a turn table in my spice cabinet. They allow me to see everything I have. I also use one in my pantry for oils and syrups and condiment jars .~Ames

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  22. Oh, Please come and do this to MY kitchen! Love the pink corningware!

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  23. So, you need to come help me organize my pantry....

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  24. Unfortunately I am really not an example concerning order in kitchen, lol !

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  25. Ohhhhhh! I can't look! Too neat and organized! When I grow up I want to be organized, too!!

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  26. You are the queen of kitchen organization! I'm drooling over your "cinderella" Pyrex...I'm in love!

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  27. Looks great! I am with you needing to put my finger on something quickly...it took me a long time to realize how much wasted effort was going on looking for stuff...so much better when things are orderly.

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  28. awesome kitchen show.
    you are perfectly organized indeed.
    smiles.

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  29. First time visit.

    I love order and it comes easy to me, so my kitchen is very organized. Everything has its place. Without being organized, like you I find it chaos and stressful. I love baskets to put things and have lots in the kitchen. I also label everything which make it easy for my sons to find what they need.

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  30. Order is really a work of art!
    It makes everything easy to find, easy to return, easy on the eyes (you work fast when things look clean and orderly) and removes the clutter in your mind!

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  31. Hi,

    Order can give us freedom. Enjoy it.

    I am visiting from Pink Saturday. Please visit me too if you can.

    Graciously. monah

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  32. I LOVE a neat and orderky kitchen! Can you come ova'??? Picture Perfect! You just got yourself a new Follower :)

    Thank you for linking this up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you this week at my
    Par-Taaaay!

    xoxokara I would LOVE to have you as a Follower

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  33. I recently purchased a corning ware pie plate and an electric coffee pot. When we have guests some like decaf and some like regular coffee so I am using this "new to me" coffee pot. Love the old pink casserole dishes. I use those too.

    Your cabinets look so neat and orderly to me.
    Happy belated St. Patrick's Day.
    Joyce M

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  34. The baskets work perfectly for the spices. I adore the pink pyrex. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

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  35. Looks like your baskets were the perfect organizing fix! Thanks for linking up last Tuesday!

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  36. Holy my goodness. You are incredibly organized. Love your pink pyrex. If you need that space to organize more things I would be happy to take them off your hands - ha!

    Thanks for a wonderful stop this week. I enjoyed your tips for organization.

    A+

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  37. You have really inspired me to go and look at my cupboards again. It's funny how they get all crazy and messy after only a few weeks. Thanks for the brilliant ideas. Thanks also for linking them up to my impromptu party!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  38. What a wonderfully organized kitchen! I love your pink Pyrex refrigerator dishes. I have a set of blue ones that I use daily. I'd love to find pink ones too!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

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  39. Just started following your blog and will stop back regularly. Love this post- so neat and organized! Makes me feel a little motivated!

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  40. I know its late for me to comment on things but i'm a newbie and just became a follower of your blog,, to much to read in one go,,your photos are beautiful and how neat and tidy all is,, best wishes from Canada

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  41. It looks great! It think it's so important to be organized in the kitchen. I work on ours a lot. I just posted a kitchen organizing project myself: http://www.handymancraftywoman.com/2011/05/kitchen-organizing-part-1000.html

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  42. The pyrex is precious.
    My mom always lines her cupboard shelves with contact paper.
    Like you, clutter clogs my brain like loud, out of tune music. I can work much better without the visual noise of disorganized places.
    Thanks for sharing your organized kitchen.

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  43. pink pyrex....what is not to love about that? You make we want to clean my cupboards...and I'd rather drink some coffee and crochet....I don't like clutter and unorganization either..and when you have kids you are right...your vignette is lovely and colorful.....

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  44. What could be better than pink pyrex? Very cool. I think the organization is wonderful...well done!

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