Monday, June 3, 2013

{An Organized Kitchen} Pretend Pull-Outs



Back in January I decided that my New Year's resolution would be to organize one room a month.  I tend to take on too many organization projects at one time, so I thought this would be a great way to narrow my focus.  I decided to tackle the kitchen first and since the kitchen involved so many projects, I gave myself two months to get it organized.  I meticulously went through every drawer, cupboard and corner of the room ruthlessly purging items that I never used and sorting everything that was leftover.  In the end, I am so happy with the way the kitchen turned out and love knowing where every utensil and gadget is located.  Of course, like most New Year's resolutions, I lost steam after the kitchen and have been piddling around with little projects here and there since the beginning of March instead of focusing on my "one room a month" goal.  Oh well.  At least the kitchen is organized! 

One of my favorite features in my newly organized kitchen is our pretend pull-out drawers.  First, it is time for a few "before" pictures.  Everyone loves before pictures because it is a reminder that no one is perfect.  Here are a few pictures of the cupboards in our kitchen island. 


Not horrible, but could still use some work.


One of the difficulties I have had is that these cupboards are really deep -- like almost two feet -- so I was constantly losing items in the back of the cupboard.  I knew that my ideal solution was a pull-out drawer, but I also knew that those babies are pricey!  Enter one of my all-time favorite organizing tools, the $6 28-quart Sterilite container from Target.  And lucky me, they also happened to be on sale at the time so I got mine for only $5 each!  Cha-ching! 


After some major purging and sorting, I grouped all the items I wanted to store in these cabinets into categories.  And in order to guarantee that we keep these bins organized, each Sterilite container got a cute label that I downloaded for free thanks to the fine folks over at Better Homes and Gardens (BHG.com). 





Another kitchen cupboard that needed some TLC was the pots and pans cupboard.  In our previous house, we had oversized drawers to store our pots and pans and it was a dream!  In our current house, we have another deep cupboard and hence another disorganized disaster area.  The main problem I was having was the lids.  I just couldn't come up with a good way to keep them organized and contained.  I tried stacking all the lids on top of the pot that they fit with, but then I couldn't nestle the pots inside each other so that didn't work.  Then I tried putting all the lids in our giant soup pot and storing them there, but that wasn't working for us either.  So I got on the Internet searching for the perfect solution. I love the idea of using the back of the cupboard door to store lids with a wall mounted lid organizer like this one here, but since we have a shelf in our cupboard, I knew that I wouldn't be able to shut the door without the lids running into the shelf.  Fail.  Next option was a pull-out lid organizer that I could install on one of the shelves.  This was a more reasonable solution since it would help solve the problem of things getting lost in the back of the cupboard, but I still wasn't convinced it was what I wanted and I didn't really want to pony up the money on something that I was unsure of. 


In a moment of pure frustration one day, I gathered up all my lids and tossed them into yet another Sterilite container.  This container was one that I had lying around house that used to store my kids' art supplies but now happened to be empty and sitting on the floor of the dining room.  Little did I know that this container would be the exact solution that I had been searching high and low for.  Slap on another BHG label and we were good to go! 


I love, Love, LOVE these fake pull-out drawers.  They have completely solved my problem of losing things in the depths of the cupboard and help to keep all of our kitchen gear contained in an orderly fashion. 



 







How do you keep your kitchen cupboards organized?  What do you do with all the lids to your pots and pans?  Do you love Sterilite containers as much as I do?

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30 comments:

  1. Love the idea! I have envied those pull out drawers for some time now, and this is a great solution! Will definitely have to try it on a few of our cupboards!

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    1. Sarah, if you do try it let me know how it works for you. And send me a few pictures, too! :)

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  2. so awesome! reminds me of the time you helped me make and organize a toiletry bag----complete with labels for shampoo and advil, too;)

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  3. I've done this on my actual pull-outs because things tend to fall off the pull out if you pull it out to fast!

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  4. These are great ideas! I can't wait to try this out in my own kitchen.

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  5. I love your $5 "drawers"--they are even better than the built-ins because you can see all of the contents inside! Thanks for the tip! I am enthusiastically "liking" your page right....now! :) Also, I'm new to all of this so don't know how to sign my name... But it's Camille from Parent Baby and Whitworth! ;)

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    1. Thanks Camille! And I am new to this blogging thing too, so I am also still figuring things out. To get your name on a comment, click on the "Comment As" drop-down menu under the comment box and choose the option "Name/URL". You can then type in your name (you don't need a URL) and hit "continue". Hope this helps for next time!

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  6. Best Idea ever!! I wish my cabinets were like this, but ours are deep to one side and the door does not go from end to end. Ugh!

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    1. I love it! Thanks for coming out with this solution for my cabinets. Awesome :)

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    2. Thanks, Carla! Let me know if you give this a shot...would love to hear if it works for you!

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  8. You are a genius! I have custom built cabinets from 1950. I'm measuring to see what size bins will work for me. This is such a great idea because A) they're washable, B) they are clear so you can see what's inside C) they are packable - we camp a few times a year and I can see just throwing a lid on the bin and being ready to go! Love your organizing ideas! Can't wait to look through more of your blog.

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    1. Thank you! The "drawers" have made a huge difference for us in keeping our cabinets clean. Love your idea of being able to take a drawer with you on the road for camping!

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  9. Oh, I absolutely love the pull-out drawer idea. I'm doing this today! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yay! Let me know if it works out for you!

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  10. Great idea. I have deep cabinets too, so this will help me.

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  11. Also check the dollar tree. I used kitchen "wash bins" in my kitchen. I had do 2 deep because they were smaller but it's still cheaper. I also am working on getting some for my bathroom because there are really deep shelves in there too. :)

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    1. Great idea! Our closest Dollar Tree is a bit of a drive for me so I don't get there too often. It's probably about time I make the trek out there to see what they have in stock.

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  12. Smart. Just smart. And I am going to copy this idea in my own kitchen... I have really deep cabinets and I almost get dizzy turning upside down to get at the stuff that gets shoved to the back. Did I mention this idea was smart? ;)

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I love your blog and have been following you for quite some time. Such an honor to have you over here checking out my kitchen. :)

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  13. Great idea! So simple! Your cupboards were fine before but now you have even more stored in the same amount of space and everything can be reached. I'm a somewhat-disabled tenant so even with cupboards that are not so deep it's very difficult for me to reach in at all. I took your idea one step further and thought if the contents were low enough or the containers were deep enough, the lid could be used and then other containers could be stacked. You are just so clever!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy, for your kind comments! I did this project almost a year ago and it remains one of my favorite things I have done in my house. It has kept our cupboards so organized and, as you noted, makes reaching those items that get shoved to the back so much easier. Love your idea of stacking the bins to create even more storage space!

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  14. Kristin I love that you found a container for your pot lids, but why not invert the lids and stack the pots, that way the lid is with the correct size pan all the time, no need for a separate bin.

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    1. Hi Jill! Good question. We used to invert the lids and put them inside the corresponding pot (as you suggested), but in order to get more out of our space, I wanted to be able stack all the pots one inside the other which meant I needed a different solution for my lids. Our cheap-o plastic box has been working great for us for almost two years now. It's all about finding the right fit for you and your space. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message! :)

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  15. Love the idea and I'm going to try it but my fear is that I will dump things when i pull the tub out. I am storing things like crokpots and heavy dishes. Any ideas on how to store my spices so that I can see what I have without digging.

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  16. How/where do you store your baking pans, cookie trays, casserole dishes, pie dish, cutting boards?

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  17. Love the idea. Just yesterday I asked my hubby if we could put pull outs in our deep cupboards. We have metal cabinets so they would not hold any weight. Your idea could be my saving grace. Thank you

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    1. What a kind comment! I hope this idea works out for you. Please keep me posted if you end up trying it!

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  18. I also use a few wire freezer baskets for really heavy items (i.e. 2 kg peanut butter, 2 liters ketchup) in one of the darker corners of a bottom cupboard.
    Baskets like this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/Get-2-Brand-New-Wire-Freezer-Storage-Baskets-/182036729544
    I got mine at a 2nd-hand store for $1.00.

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    1. Great idea! I have baskets/bins in almost every cupboard in my kitchen. It makes keeping things organized so much easier.

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