A Bit of (re)Organizing in the Kitchen

I know you're probably wondering where the afters of my pantry are.
The pantry is almost finished, we're just waiting on the caulk and paint to dry
and a few other details.
Come next week, it should be done!

In the meantime, the kitchen was driving us crazy.
When we unpacked last month, we simply put our kitchen gadgets and serving things away
with no real rhyme or reason to their placement.
In fact, it has taken us a few weeks to understand the "flow" of this home:
the way we fetch meals and serve them and our schedules for shopping and putting away food.

Our (now both of them) live-at-home college girls are out the door in the morning,
(as of this past week)
and looking for coffee or tea and some breakfast before they go.
My hubby loves the cereal I make and has that every morning.
The chaos was that the mugs/glasses were on one side of the kitchen,
the plates/bowls on another, and the utensils on yet another side.
(Oh! And the napkins in a totally different room!)
Talk about a morning traffic jam!

Now that we have some semblance of a routine,
I was able to create work/eat zones in our kitchen.
It is not finished yet...this is just part one of several changes we're going to make.

Here's what the kitchen looked like yesterday when I started.

This side of the kitchen held the baking/cooking items
but we found ourselves here making toast and sandwiches and placing the dinner buffet instead.

The less frequently used items were on the most frequently used side of the room.

And the niche above the counter and between the cabinets was calling out to me saying,
"Make me into a coffee breakfast bar area!!"

 This side of the kitchen looked like this.

And we have TOO much cabinet space!
The dishwasher is below this cabinet instead of near the sink
(old house = weird placement of newer technology),
and the countertop is butcher block, and perfect for making and baking on.

Another odd placement of newer technology is the microwave over the window.
Behind the window, is the added on in the 50s back entryway.
It has three glorious windows in it and so this ledge gets lots of lovely light.
This area was calling out to me saying,
"Make me into a potted herb garden!"

(Yes, these really are all the cookbooks I own, Pinterest is where I store most of my recipes.)

I knew when we first walked through this house
that I wanted to make open cabinetry in here to expand the space visually.
I just didn't know which side of the room it would be.
It'll be this side!

This is during the moving around process.
You gotta make a mess sometimes to create order.

See the pantry to the right above?

This is our Breakfast room off the kitchen.

After a bit more tweaking (and purging) and moving dishes in 
from the Breakfast Room next door, we have this.
(Nothing is arranged yet, I'll be painting the cabinets and backs of the cabinets
this weekend and then re-placing everything.)

It's a good start, handy for us and guests.

Every dish or canister was found at Goodwill or a yard sale.

The cooking baking side of the kitchen is now here.
My cooking and baking spices were once separated, but now they
are reunited (and it feels so good) once again.
(The colander goes above the glass bowls--it's dirty and in the sink.)

Behind the window and out on the back entryway 
are all the things that used to be in our garage which is why you see
orange wire and debris out the window.
Our basement needs to be sealed and dried and then those things will be stored there.

This baking corner is perfect because it's near the sink.
And now each shelf has a purpose.

It's a good start.
(I'll keep you updated as we make changes.)

We'll now be in testing phase of this re-organization.

Is there an area of your kitchen that's making you crazy?
Change it!

I have some awesome news!

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I and my other Organizing Blogger girlfriends,
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  1. Looks Super Nice! Love the open cabinetry!

  2. I absolutely love your "organizational" skills!!!!! Can I borrow YOU??? LOLOL..... I am so enjoying this journey with you.... Quite frankly.... I was wondering how in the world you were going to down size so much!!! Your former home looks so BIG!!! :)

    1. Our former home was HUGE!
      Ha! It took us about 3 weeks to adjust to the size of this house...it seems just right now!
      You can borrow me! Say when and where!

  3. Your kitchen is coming along so nicely. I love all your thrifted and yard sale pieces too.

  4. Hi Leslie! Nice and neat and organized. You always do a great job with that. Susan

  5. Looks wonderful. I bet it flows now, after much thought and putting together!

  6. Great coffee station! The cabinetry is so darling!

  7. Love it all, especially the coffee/breakfast bar.
    You are genius!!


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