Last year as I made the transition from student life to that of a working adult,I spend a lot of time and money in creating a functional working wardrobe.While I will continue to add trendy and classic items as we transition seasons for the most part I am happy with the wardrobe I have build-Its functional and classic and will be in style for many years to come.As a result my shopping sprees have slowed down and I have started to focus on other areas where I can make changes which will help me live a more meaningful and organized life.
One of the areas I want to focus on is my kitchen.Gradually I have been making changes like switching out my storage containers so that everything looks uniform and investing in some quality cookware and tools.
While the upfront initial investment required to buy quality kitchen tools and gadgets may seem expensive, in the long run it is worth it.With careful planning and budgeting to take advantage of yearly sales one can slowly build a functional kitchen without spending a fortune.
In addition to these upgrading my tools and cookware, I have been using generous amounts of good old elbow grease to clean out my shelf and drawers so that I can re-organize everything to be more organized and efficient.
I had bought quite a few drawer organizers about 6 months back but never got around to putting them to good use until recently when I re-organized my pantry shelves.I live with a roommate and we have divided the pantry into two halves-the top two shelves are mine while the bottom 3 are her’s.Given the space constraint I wanted to maximize the shelf space while keeping everything organized and functional.
I forgot to click a before picture-This is when I was halfway done removing all the items which were on the shelf.
To start the clean out process I emptied both the shelves and wiped everything with wipes and water.I used two large organizers to store things like pasta,snacks,vanilla,green tea-These are things which I use on an everyday basis.These two organizers went a the lower shelf that way its easy to reach for these heavily used items.
All the different sized containers are interlocking which makes this organization system super sturdy. I used 2 small containers to store Teavana tea (I store tea in ziploc bags) and another small container to store bhujia (An Indian savory snack which I eat quite often,which is why I wanted to keep it in the front).
I used the other two large organizers to store canned beans,olives,chick pea cans,salt and Indian spices (Once I open a bag of indian spices I store them in a ziploc bag).This went on the top shelf.
To store all the different kind of flours (spelt,white wheat and whole wheat) that I like to keep on hand I used a big bin.The OXO brand containers dont have high sides and I wanted a container with high sides that way the flour bags wouldn’t flop over.
In addition to the pasta tea and bhujia the bottom shelf also houses 6 large rubber maid containers (in two rows) which I use to store rice and oatmeal.
I also have a giant bag of tortilla chips kept on the top shelf-I am hoping out of (direct) sight will mean out of mind.
Do you have any tips on organizing your kitchen.I still need to find a solution to organize all my kitchen appliances and drawers.