Are you decluttering your home, too? I’d love to be able to share your success story with the KOAB community! Please submit the before & after pictures of your decluttering project.
I owe you guys an apology: I forgot to take a “before” picture of today’s project* — but here is the outside of the cabinet that I worked on decluttering for today’s post. (*Hangs head in shame.)
Hooboy, this pots-and-pans cabinet was a royal mess. The stuff was packed in there so haphazardly that the mere act of opening the doors caused half of it to fall out on you.
And considering that I had Pyrex pans in there… well, you can imagine how dangerous that was in my kitchen!
Things had gone from bad to worse over the last two months and I kept thinking I really had to reorganize. But when my husband said to me last week, “Hey, what’s the deal with that pots and pans cabinet? It’s really a disaster!”, I knew it was time to act!
I actually only got rid of two scratched up, teflon-coated pans and one broken springform pan. The rest of the organizing came in the form of relocating and reorganizing.
We have two spin-around corner cabinets. I have reorganized and reconfigured them at least three times since we moved into our house in August.
(Which reminds me — has anyone else noticed that it takes a good year to figure out the best way to use your home’s storage space? Thinking back on our previous home in Kansas City, I realize that the same thing happened there. I kept tinkering and tinkering with those trouble spots until I finally landed on a set-up that worked!)
Back to this kitchen and those spin-arounds. This one was way underutilized – I had my pareve pots in there (those black ones on the bottom), but it was otherwise empty. I decided to move all my “stovetop” stuff here — i.e. the dairy and meat pots and pans. We have more dairy than meat, so the pareve joined the meat stuff on the bottom shelf.
Meanwhile, in that trouble spot cabinet, I created “inside the oven” zones — the flat/large meat pans are on the pull-out on the left, while the dairy ones on the right. Above, I used one of these handy pan organizers to “shelve” four of our cake pans, and stacked the rest to their left. On the left top shelf, I have all of our Pyrex stacked together, with the lids along the back of the cabinet.
The cabinet has looked like this for a week, and so far, we’ve managed to quickly and easily put things away from the dish drain or dish washer. I’m calling this one a success (though ask me again in 4-6 months – I might be tinkering again. 😉 )
Have you been working on getting a better handle on the stuff in your house? Please join me for the 31 Days of Decluttering challenge (which is stretching out of to be much longer than 31 days – oops!)! Everyone is welcome!
Day One: Decluttering the Toy Storage Closet
Day Two: Decluttering the Top of a Bedroom Dresser (Finish What You Start!)
Day Three & Four: Decluttering the Master Bathroom
Day Five: Decluttering My Desk
Day Six: Join the Decluttering Challenge
Day Seven: Decluttering the Computer
Day Eight: Decluttering the Night Stand
Day Nine: Decluttering a Kitchen Counter in Less than 10 Minutes
Day 10: Decluttering a Bedroom Closet
Day 11: Taming the Paper Clutter
Day 12: Decluttering the Coat Closet
Day 13: Decluttering the Linen Closet
Day 14: Reader Share: Decluttering the Play Room
Day 15: Reader Share: Decluttering the Front Hall Table
Day 16: Is Clutter a Sensory Issue?
Day 17: Decluttering the Kitchen Cupboard (Food Storage)
Day 18: Clutter & Decision Fatigue
Day 19: Decluttering the Kitchen Pantry
Day 20: Reader Share: Keeping a Decluttered Pantry
Day 21: Decluttering the Spice Drawer
Day 22: Decluttering the “Her” Master Bedroom Closet
Day 23: Organizing and Backing Up Digital Pictures
Day 24: Declutter the Tea & Coffee Cabinet
Day 25: Decluttering the Home Office