Next to the bathroom, my favorite room in the house is the kitchen - probably because I worked in luxury kitchen appliances for years. There's a high chance I talk about these products and other kitchen tips like storage here!
Have a specific question on kitchen organization? Let me know - I'd be happy to answer it!
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Moving Into Your Kitchen
Secrets for Moving, From a Professional
Is your kitchen space expanding, shrinking, or staying the same? It doesn't matter to me. The tips below will help with moving or re-organizing any kitchen.
As you're packing or re-organizing, take all items out by category
Sort through your items and determine what to:
1) Keep 2) Donate 3) Sell 4) Trash
If you're moving, pack your items in boxes by category. Make sure to be specific when labeling! Color coding with stickers or markers helps as well
Lay out your vision in your new, or re-imagined, space using post-it notes. If you're at a loss on where is best for certain items, think - is this easily accessible when I need it? i.e. placing coffee mugs nearby the coffee machine and cooking utensils next to the stove
Place your items where you planned! Remember, seeing your items is key to using them
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Storage Bins: Kitchen Edition
Most every professional organizer's Instagram is no doubt showcasing beautiful home organization. Have you ever noticed how storage bin heavy they are? In some cases, yes, this enhances the look of the home, but is it functional?
If you ask me, the answer is most likely no. Give someone a bin to throw things in, and that's exactly what they'll do. In the kitchen in particular, bins can create clutter and be inflexible, running you into a mundane routine.
So what needs to be in a storage bin and what are the best bins out there? See my round up below:
|Every day cleaning accessories||Yes! These small items are hard to stack and easy to lose. Plastic storage will help you keep track of your items and allow for easy access.||Things like sponges and gloves, that you typically have no idea where to put, are great for containers. Suction/nail them to your sink or the inside of your sink cabinet.|
|Baking and caffeine products||It depends. If you want this on your countertop, then yes. If not, then no.||And I would only recommend to take up counter space if they add to your decor like these West Elm utility kitchen canisters.|
|Food||Absolutely not. Shelves for your shelves? With labels? Heaven forbid you buy a food item that falls outside of your label, or is a different size than when your organizer came into your home. Now you're going to have to have him/her come back and re-purchase, re-label, and re-organize your pantry. Which of course is what they're hoping for.||Use your shelves. Place your food packages back in their spot when they're not in use vs. throwing them back in the cabinet recklessly.|