Back to Old Tricks
I don't have a before photo, but you'll have to trust me when I say it's a million times better. To keep with the theme of improving things in the kitchen, I went ahead and told my husband I'd put all the stuff back under the cabinet. I started by cleaning all the cruddy bottles. I checked sprayers and tossed any bottles that didn't work or were empty/almost empty. Since we mostly use natural cleaners, some of this stuff has been here since we moved in almost two years ago! Then I put things back so that the stuff that got used often was right up front, the other stuff was put away neatly, and NOTHING was left in the back to be forgotten. Here's how it looks now:
My husband was off with his friends working on his fantasy football draft, so I went ahead and cleaned some of the other lower cupboards that I had been meaning to reorganize anyway.
The two small cupboards flanking the stove were way underutilized before. I had a wok and a teflon frying pan on that top shelf - that's it. Talk about a waste of space! The bottom shelf literally had a bunch of random items for which my husband couldn't find homes, so he just crammed them in there all willy nilly. No more!
Now the colander, sieves, and salad spinner are on the top pull out shelf. This cabinet is right next to the sink so it will be easy to just grab these items by where they'll be used most. On the bottom I have little used items that I didn't want to get rid of just yet - a Little Dipper Crock Pot, some cake decorating boards in a basket towards the back, a small roasting pan, a tortilla press, and some steamers.
In the other cupboard I put all the plastic storage containers on the top pull out drawer. Since that's where leftovers are put away, it makes sense for them to be there! If you're thinking I don't have much - you're right. I don't care for plastic. The little I do have is mostly of the Gladware variety, for my husband to take leftovers for lunch. On the bottom shelf are my hand mixer and pasta maker attachment for the stand mixer. I don't use them a lot so they're near the back. I also have the waffle maker back there and a plastic pitcher that is occasionally used for making iced coffee. In front of those are the potato ricer and a hand mixer, as well as the plastic bin I use for making bread dough.
Everything that was in those two cupboards was previously located in this double cupboard by the fridge:
The cookie sheets and muffin tins were also in there. As you can imagine, this made this cabinet a jumbled mess! Now it just holds pans and everything is neatly arranged so I can grab what I need easily.
It feels so good to be able to work on getting things organized again!