As you can tell by my infrequent posts, I haven’t really been into blogging recently. Between my new role as a youth worker in my elementary school (which I’m thrilled about!) and getting engaged, blogging about a project I’m working on isn’t my main focus. For some reason tackling our dysfunctional and small cupboard space falls far behind browsing pages of wedding planning books and pinning photos of beautiful dresses…
I definitely do want to keep up the blog, but for now, it will be more sporadic and less structured than my usual three times a week posts. For today, I finally did manage to tear myself away from the dreaming about our wedding (or de-stressing after work) to organizing a kitchen cupboard!
But to truly understand where I started, take a look at some before shots… First off, I was keeping all my baking pans in the drawer beneath the oven.
My parents had always kept theirs there, so it was the natural choice for me. But really, when I took the time to evaluate this “system”, the pile of pans and the pain (not to mention the noise) of trying to get to the pan at the bottom, I had to think of another way. Even with the first baking sheet gone, I was still left with this pile of hard-to-get-to pans.
Meanwhile, I had this cupboard.
I had tried to organize it when we first moved it with a container and a shoe box “shelf” to make things easier to get to…
But when we got a new set of pots, it was overflowing.
(Don’t mind my mini light. I had an impossible time trying add enough light in my deep and narrow cupboard!) I honestly started to avoid cooking and cleaning up because it was such a pain to get anything out or put back away!
I decided to make use of the deep drawer underneath the stove for pots and the vertical space in the cupboard for pans.
Cleared of clutter, here’s what I was left with. Super attractive.
First off, I lined it with some pretty wrapping paper I found at Winners a little while ago. I realize this is perhaps an impractical choice in a kitchen, but it’s quite thick with a vinyl feel to the top, so I figured it was durable enough to handle it.
My major challenge was creating a cheap divider system that I could easily use at our next place. In my favourite dollar store, I stumbled upon these cheapo magazine racks for $1.25 each. I could lay them on their sides to create simple dividers.
Since they only have three sides, I easily have enough room to fit my baking pans.
I made use of extra vertical space in the front by hanging a mini frying pan,
And filled the other side with the larger ones. I had a little bit of extra room that was perfect to slide in our baking sheets.
It worked out perfectly! For under 7 dollars (plus the cost of the wrapping paper, which was around 4) and less than 15 minutes, I created a temporary system to divide our pans that can easily be reused in our next apartment.
How do you organize your small kitchen? What tricks have you put in place to make use of every little bit of storage space?