This summer, Bruno told you all about our sometimes-trying, very-rewarding kitchen makeover (parts 1, 2, and 3). What he didn't tell you about was all the work I put in behind the scenes to make our kitchen look photographable (huh, musta just slipped his mind). No, our kitchen doesn't always look like that:
Today, I'll tell you about all the organizational hoops I had to jump through to get our cupboards, pantry and lazy susan under control. Let's start with the bad stuff:
That's how our kitchen looked when I started. I will not say explicitly that this is all Bruno's fault, but I will imply it. Explicitly.
"Hi! I'm your dangerously disorganized cupboard; good luck trying to find anything in me without getting brained by a can of crushed tomatoes." It's like a Home Alone booby trap waiting to happen ...
But wait, the pantry must be better, right?
It's a pantry party, and everyone's invited! That space beneath the lowest shelf? That's where our recycling monster lived:
And the upper pantry?
No biggie, just a bunch of fragile glass stuff waiting to fall on you...
Beneath the sink. Hide your kids, hide your wife.
... and this is just a gratuitous Ayla shot (that face is how she feels about the sorry organizational state of the kitchen):
Ok, so I started like any sane person would, by REMOVING EVERY SINGLE THING:
Bruno annoyingly captured this process on video:
After a lot of sorting and trashing, things started to get better in a hurry. The cupboard got sorted out with the help of these amazing air-tight storage containers from OXO (I love pretty much everything OXO makes, and these are no exception):
The pantry was more about old-school organizing and getting rid of crap that didn't belong. Looks way better now:
And Bruno stepped up and made some awesome custom recycling bins (read about that here) to tame the recycling monster:
The upper pantry; still glassy, but less precariously so:
A few castoff plastic containers made the sink cabinets nether-regions a lot more tolerable.
The entire project took me about four hours (spread out over a couple of weekends, and some trips to the store). It was worth every minute, and although the kitchen hasn't managed to remain in that pristine, just-stare-at-me-cause-I'm-clean state, the improvements I made have helped keep things reasonably organized, and given us a template to follow next time we need to clean up a bit.