Organizing/ Simplifying the kitchen part 1


Above is the spice cabinet I previewed the other day.  Here is what it looks like now. I painted the inside of the door with Chalkboard paint.  This is where I tend to hang recipes and notes anyway.   I found new homes for a few things, placed everything into categories and grouped like items.  Total cost:  About $1.oo worth of chalkboard paint.

As I continue to organize I don’t plan to buy any “new” items to organize or decorate with.  I will look around my home first, I probably already have everything I need.  Secondly, I will hunt thrift stores with lists for items I need.

Before                                                                     After

For this I just went on a quick scavenger hunt for containers to store things in.  I used a box and I cut down the sides, a disposable pan I had used to bake with, and Tupperware that had seen better days or had no lid.  I also added a few things to an ever-growing “Donate” section which is now taking over my basement.  I am just fine with using what I already have around the house as organizational tools.  A bonus to this method is that when the mood strikes you to organize you don’t have to wait a go to the store for supplies.  Dive right in.  It only takes one trip to the store for me to lose motivation or become distracted with a new project. 

It is never out of mind when I am heading to the garbage can that maybe this “thing” can be used for something else.  I don’t however stockpile things to a point where I can build a wall out of yogurt containers I have kept on hand “just in case.”  I try to find the balance. 

  •  If the item can be used by someone else I pass it along;  give, donate, sell
  • If I can use it in a new way that is beneficial to me (ie. disposable bake pan turned storage compartment) I do.
  • Recycle
  • Only after that do I just throw it out.

I have a portion of a shelf in my kitchen cabinet to store small reusable containers.  Right now that is mostly baby food jars.  I give away my surplus but, as I have these on hand I am finding more and more uses for them.

I have a bag near our recycling bin to keep larger reusable items.  If I don’t come up with something to use them for in a reasonable time they go into the bin.

Pairing down all this stuff room by room, drawer by drawer feels great!  Simplifying to achieve my goals.  A greener, intentional, simplified life.

Words Worth Repeating

Simplify with me, you will be so glad you did.

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5 Responses to Organizing/ Simplifying the kitchen part 1

  1. I keep used glass containers of all sizes on hand. Like you, I find they have many many uses. I especially like mayonnaise jars. I also agree that it’s great to try to use things you have on hand for any job before buying. Since we have no steady income, I am doing this much more than I used to (I used to just go out and buy whatever worked best or was designed for the job, since the item was usually pretty inexpensive anyway), and I feel great about consuming less. I love thrift store shopping too!

  2. jeana says:

    This is one of the last things on my list to do for spring cleaning. I think you’ve motivated me to get it done! Looks great!

  3. allysgrandma says:

    Looks great! And good ideas for recycling too!

  4. The Bearded Iris says:

    I LOVE the chalkboard paint on the inside of your cabinet door! Brilliant. I need to do more scavenging in my own house. I made the mistake of going to Ikea for week one and spending a ton on a fancy organizer. Definitely want to simplify and be more intentional. My last few projects haven’t cost a dime though. It does feel good to see the progress, doesn’t it?! Thanks for sharing your philosophy!

    • Jenn says:

      Oh that IKEA! I love that place! It would be very dangerous for me to go there now. They have so many affordable wonderful things. It’s better I just stay away:) Congrats on already completing a few projects. It feels so motivating to check a few things off the list! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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