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and so it goes


Progress to show you.

A little from yesterday, but mostly from today.

I started by chiseling divots into 3 cabinet shelves.

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We had to make this cabinet 3” less wide, for it to look right with our wall opening.  It would have looked goofy it if but up right along the opening edge, so my uncle macgyvered it a bit smaller.  That meant the shelves also had to be cut down, and then chiseling little depressions, so it would sit on the pegs.


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I am thrilled that all of my kitchen belongings actually FIT.  This is a first!  We really maximized the space we had.  I’m still in shock about it actually, and there is even a bit of leftover space.

On thing that I was excited about was getting this set of wood plates out of their box.  My grandma gave me these, which were a purchase on a trip to Fiji with my grandpa. :)

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Dakota watched, while I organized.

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Ahh, I figured out the puzzle of this cabinet!  Organized just how I wanted it.  This cabinet holds most of the bowls + plates you see me use for the blog.  It’s also where I store all of my mugs.  The white mugs match our dinnerware + the mugs below are things I’ve collected/been gifted over the years. 

If you are tight on space in your cabinets, but have some dead space about cups/bowls/etc, definitely check out a raised shelf insert!  You can see the one I have below.  I think it’s from Target.  I’ve had it for a long time!

I love mugs!!!

Okay…bowls + plates too!

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The shelves are in but only about 1/2 full.  Excess space probably means I should make a trip to Crate + Barrel.  Don’t you think?

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Glassware is to the left of the sink and right by the dishwasher, for easy unloading.  The bottom shelf are the glasses we use most often.  They’re pint glasses from breweries, and the “rings” set of pint glasses from Crate + Barrel.  On the 2nd shelf are our 6oz + 12oz “rings” glasses and stem-less wineglasses.  The wineglasses were $1.99 at C+B a few years back!  The 3rd shelf are mostly odd shaped glasses.  We have some funky beer glasses that can’t be stacked, so they live on the 3rd shelf.  The 4th shelf is mug overflow.  The top shelf is practically empty!!  Woohoo!

It’s best to think about what you use most often and put that on the first shelf.  I don’t mind grabbing a step stool, once in awhile, for things I don’t use frequently. 

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Our everyday plates + bowls are also right next to the dishwasher.  The top shelf holds casserole dishes and plates that I don’t use as frequently.  I definitely need a step stool to get up there!!

Again, same idea here.  The most used to least used, from the bottom up.

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The silverware drawer is directly next to the dishwasher, which I love!  I just bought a new utensil organizer, that holds a lot more than the previous one.  These organizers are around $10-20, but last forever and really do help keep things organized.  I got this one at Target, but they also have a huge selection at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  In this drawer, I also put very frequently used items, without making it too cluttered.

  • all flatware
  • measuring spoons [I have a lot and want another set…actually I just need more Tablespoons]
  • measuring cups
  • can opening
  • microplane/zester
  • silicone tongs
  • pizza blade – not used frequently, which makes this a perfect spot [under the tongs]

I use everything in this draw practically everyday!

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Garbage can pull-out!!!  I absolutely love this.  It also keeps Dakota out of our trash when we’re not home.  If we didn’t put the garbage in one of the cabinets, I’m not sure where it would have gone.  Ikea [where we got our kitchen cabinets] does not have an under-counter garbage feature.  So, I ordered one of their cabinets and fitted it out with a garbage can pull system from Lowes.  Perfecto!

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The hidden corner, lazy-susan cabinet!  I used to have all of my spices on this shelf, but I hated that they would slide around when I pulled the shelf out.  Also, since this shelf doesn’t completely pull out, I would always lose some in the back.  Now, I have loaded this up with plastic wrap, foil, sandwich bags, parchment, etc.  Oh, and popsicle molds, obviously.

I like that there is room behind, in case I pick up a few boxes before using these up.  I can store the extras easily, without “losing” them, like the small spice jars.

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Below I have:

  • vita-mix
  • mixing bowls
  • mini food processor
  • hand mixer

The vita mix is right in front, since I use it often.  I don’t mind having this tucked away in a cupboard.  I still use it just as much as if I would leave it on the counter.  I’m glad to get as many appliances “hidden” as possible!

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To the left of the dishwasher is a cabinet with 3 drawers, that have varying heights.

In the first drawer, I bought an organizer, so my spatulas, serving pieces, etc. aren’t a jumbled mess.

First divider: straws, ice cream scoop, random spoons

Second divider:  spatulas + other silicone tools

Third divider: serving spoons/forks + soup spoons

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And now my spices live in the 2nd drawer and I am LOVING their new location!!!

It’s so so so much easier to find what I’m looking for.  All of the labels are staring right up at me.  I used 4oz + 8oz mason jars [from Ace Hardware] to store almost all of my spices.  The plastic bag has overflow bulk spices, waiting to be used.  At Natural Grocers, they have a huge bagged spice section.  I love not having to buy new jars each time!  Whole Foods typically has a bulk spice section, where you can fill a bag with however much you want of each spice.  Love that too!

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The third drawer has tupperware, water bottles, + my immersion blender/hand mixer.  A little random but it works.

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To the right of the stove, are my wood mixing utensils.  I’m a huge fan of wooden spoons + spatulas!  I’m still filling this drawer with other random things that I use frequently.

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Metal utensils + olive oil on the counter.  Not sure if these will stay here…

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A few items below the stove.

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The lazy susan to the left of the stove still needs a bit more organizing.  The top shelf are frequently used items. 

  • s+p
  • nut butters
  • oil sprays
  • honey
  • bottles of sauce that don’t need refrigeration
  • etc.

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I was so excited to realize our pots + pans fit on the shelf below!!  It’s hard to tell here, but they have enough room and are very easy to access.  Woohoo!

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Under sink!

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I’m not sure where to put the stand mixer.  It matches the kitchen pretty well, so I might leave it out.  I don’t use it too frequently, but I don’t want to clog up too much cabinet space with it.

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The knife block seems SO big all of a sudden and now I wish we had the stainless version of that coffee maker. :)

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Phew!!!  Almost there.  Now I just have to tackle the pantry!!

And I’m off….


Reader Comments (63)

Looks fantastic! I love all the space you have. :)

I am BLOWN away by your kitchen! It is absolutely gorgeous in every way...and it is so 'you'. I guess that is the great thing about get to customize everything how you want it. New cabinets are on my wish list for another reno- probably 2012. I love the simple idea of a raiser too. That is definitely something I could put into place right now. I think it is great for 'mug overloads', which we have too many of. :)

I'm drooling over your wood plates! I have a set of bamboo bowls and a big salad bowl, but I've always wanted some plates too. They will be so pretty in your photos.

Ok, I think I hijacked your comment section long enough.

Everything is looking awesome! :)

Those wine glasses are such a steal! :)

Its really coming together! How exciting!
I love the color of the backsplash tile.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Oh my god, I'm in looooooooooove with the kitchen. The organization makes me weak in the knees. Someday I will have a spice drawer of my very own. I must!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I love your backsplash! How have I never noticed that before!!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Looks great! There is no better feeling than an organized kitchen.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

hahaha, I'm not sure!! It took me a full week to install by myself. I just finished about 1.5 weeks ago!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I want to go Fiji for 2 reasons. One for holiday and another for to buy those beautiful wood plates. :D

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonia@7spice

Can I come cook in your kitchen? I think I know where everything is and it just looks like a nice place to cook! Love your silverware. It looks like mine..nice and heavy. My mother-in-law hates my silverware and actually bought some cheap light stuff for her to have when she comes to visit.

I am blown away that you built that kitchen yourselves! Amazing!

I am absolutely in love with your glass tile backsplash. Seeing you put it in by yourself has got me thinking I might have to do that in my own house :)
I like the stainless utensils on the counter. It looks slick.

I wish my kitchen were big enough to be organized like that! There's no free shelving or countertops except for the main one where I prep and prepare stuff. :/ You guys have made such progress since the beginning!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshlei

So much fun organizing everything! Are you good at keeping it this way? I always have to re organize things every couple of months.. because it gets all mashed up over time.

wood plates love those!!! Seriously everything looks great!!! Have fun putting together your kitchen and everything :) I would love to have your kitchen!!!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw Twins

You're so organized. My kitchen looks nothing like that and if it did, I could guarantee I could mess it up in under an hour. Good for you though, I'm sure it's totally worth it!

WOW it looks so nice!! Do you have a pantry??

Those wooden plates look beautiful. Can't wait to see those on the blog. Are they dishwasher safe?

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFallon

Everything looks great! I already want to reorganize my kitchen, but there's nowhere for me to put anything else!

Those wood plates are gorgeous! Now I have feeling I am going to need to reorganize my kitchen after reading this post!

oooh we have apull out bin too and I love it!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa (bakebikeblog)

Those wood dishes are GORGEOUS! I wish I could go to Figi and get some!

Your house looks great! My family is in the middle of renovating our house and I will be posting about that on my new blog! I am a teenage girl and have just started my own blog! If you get a chance to check it out, that would be wonderful and I would be so honored! Thank you for being an inspiration for me to start a blog! -Lauren

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I would give my right arm for those wooden plates...omg beautiful!!!

I love the way the chrome accents the cool blue and slate of your kitchen. The combo is very clean looking. I also love all your colorful dishes and gadgets. :)

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJust Audrey

Thanks for showing us a glimpse into your kitchen. I have several of the same organizational items that I saw in your kitchen and love them all.

Oh I wish I could get my pantries to be as clean and organized as when I first moved in! Your shelves are stocked and look amazing!!

Of course I looooved this post :)

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKath

Those wood plates are gorgeous!!!

I love how everything is organized -- great job!

Can I borrow some of your organization pretty, pretty please?
House looks AWESOME :)

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia

I'm moving into my own studio (with full kitchen!!!) soon and I CANNOT wait to start organizing my space!!! Reading this post has made me even more incredibly excited. By the way, holy moly you've got quite the extensive spice rack! Haha~ You are just simple awesome. :-)

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersophia

So you're saying I should get you a new waterbottle for your birthday? I don't think you have enough.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

I love it! I also love that when I appear at your doorstep I'll know exactly where alllll your dishes are ;) :-P


God, you've done an excellent job with this. It looks wonderful! Oh, how I long for the day when I can organize a kitchen of my own... (Wow, I'm almost too nerdy to exist.)
Oh, and by the way, I made your french toast buckwheat bake this morning. It was positively delicious. We were almost out of eggs so I only used one, and doubled the amount of flax instead. It was so filling and so, so good. Thank you!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreta

Wow! Way to go Miss Organizing Queen! Everything looks great! I know from experience how much stress it takes off just to be able to work in the kitchen and have a place for everything! I'm still rearranging a bit in my new kitchen, but I hope to have a good flow going soon. It's funny, I catch myself forgetting where I've put things every now and then!

For your lazy Susan to the left of the stove, you may want to get some of those textured shelf liners for the top shelf. Not sure if you're having the same problem like you did with the spices where everything seems to move when you pull it out, but I've lined a few of the drawers in my kitchen with them and it's helped tremendously!

Oh, and I tried your variation on Sarena's coconut cream this morning! It went fabulous on my cheezecake French toast!

i love organization posts! :) your kitchen looks great and i bet it feels awesome to have so much organized!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah (sarah learns)

Those stunning wood plates caught my eye. I would need to keep them away from the puppy though... Kitchen is looking wonderful!

I am in love with those wooden plates. Its fresh and retro at the same time! I must have some! Well, when I get a house with a bigger kitchen and cabinet space that is. Sigh to apartment living.

I have been absolutely loving your house reno series. I really like how you saw the potential with it in its original form. It's simply amazing all the time, energy and soul you put into making this house your own, especially the kitchen! It's turning out to be a beautiful home. :)

Your kitchen is gorgeous! Love the tile backsplash and concrete countertops. It looks so clean and functional. This is unrelated but I'm very excited - I just joined my first CSA after being inspired from one of your posts. I can't wait to get my first box!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I love your kitchen, it's gorgeous! I also love your wooden plates and bowls. Need to find myself some!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

You have such nice dishes and sliverware! Beautiful kitchen!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Thanks so much!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is awesome!! I'm jealous!! I go back and forth about joining a CSA, but it would be so convenient!!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, sign to apartment living!! Our house is quite small though..just over 1000sqft! Our apartment in Charlotte was bigger! We maximized the kitchen space for sure! Thanks so much for your sweet comment. :)

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Heather!!! It's so hard to get a good flow. It took me a few tries and a couple weeks of trying things out to get it. That's a great tip about the textured shelves.

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ahhhhh that is so awesome. Thanks for letting me know!!!! "positively delicious" it!!! :)

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ahhhhh that is so awesome. Thanks for letting me know!!!! "positively delicious" it!!! :)

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahahaa :)

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

And can you believe I got rid of some when we moved AND they are not even all in the drawer in that photo? There is some reasoning behind it. There are a few coffee thermos things in there too. ;) If Chris + I both go road biking we both need 2 soft water bottles on our bikes. We have nalgenes for everyday water bottle use + backpacking and the stainless steel ones were gifts. Somehow they aLL get used!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

So exciting!! Good luck!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, you can!

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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