Teaching an old kitchen some new tricks…

Can a professional organizer teach an old kitchen how to function more efficiently for a family waiting to remodel?

I am happy to say, that yes, the All Things Home Organizing team recently rose to the challenge, and gave this old kitchen an organizing makeover that will hold off the remodeling for a bit longer.

When we arrived, it was clear that this old kitchen was struggling to function the way the family needed it to…too many wine glasses, too much stuff on the counters, spices in the wrong location, vitamins in the wrong location, in fact, lots of things in the wrong location…

This "cottage" kitchen just needs some reorganization...

This “cottage” kitchen just needs some reorganization…

Utility drawers that are a mish-mash of items just makes it so hard to prepare and serve a meal when you have to dig for your tools.  The appliances on this side of the counter (vitamix, soda stream) need water to function, not the stove, so why are they on the stove side of the kitchen?

Many of us struggle with our utility drawers...

Many of us struggle with our utility drawers…

Where the cookbooks landed, where all the extra stuff no one could figure out what to do with landed…in the laundry area.

Yikes…this laundry area is really confused...

Yikes…this laundry area is really confused…

So, how did we fix this…well, we took each area apart, pulled everything out of the drawers and cabinets, talked with the homeowner about what they really needed to keep and then ORGANIZED each area to create a much more efficient and useful kitchen.

The grouping of like items helps make better use of these cabinets.

The grouping of like items helps make better use of these cabinets.

We separated the cooking tools into groups of like items (things that peel, things that cut, things that mix, things that measure) and then placed them into drawer dividers to keep them organized.  We moved the toaster oven to this side of the kitchen, next to the stove and moved the appliances that require water closer to the sink.

Grouping like items and placing them in separate compartments means you will be able to find something quickly and safely.

Grouping like items and placing them in separate compartments means you will be able to find something quickly and safely.

We reorganized the laundry area so that you can actually DO the laundry and still have space for storing overflow kitchenwares.  Using plastic bins allows us to group like items and makes it easier to pull them out from the higher shelves when needed, and then put them back in place when done.

Now the laundry can be done without having to move a pile of cookbooks...

Now the laundry can be done without having to move a pile of cookbooks…

So, for our client, waiting for the remodel next year, this kitchen will get her family through the holidays and the school year.  It will also give her a better window into what the remodeled kitchen will need, before they spend thousands of dollars on the upgrade.  Hooray for kitchen organization!!

Only the things really needed are now on the limited counter space.  Appliances are placed in better positions for use.

Only the things really needed are now on the limited counter space. Appliances are placed in better positions for use.

 


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