My autumn left little time, mental space or energy for much other than pouring myself into work, so I tackled the organization + function of this space little by little. One weekend, I'd maximize the function of the space under the sink. Another weekend, I'd figure out where the dry food items could live. Each improvement, whether big or small, was felt with great appreciation.
My thoughts about the organization + function of our kitchen began with the decision that this space would only house items that we use...and that we use to make food. This has been the most important piece of this puzzle.
- A + F + a narrow rolling cart between the stove + fridge :: spots for different types of dry food
- B :: a drawer for coffee + tea
- C :: a drawer full of jars
- D :: a shelf that fits where the dishwasher (we never used) lived...now our microwave doesn't take up counter space
- E :: the space under the sink now has spots for cleaning supplies, clean + dirty rags, spent batteries + bulbs, compost, recycling + trash
- G :: a tray for the toaster that keeps crumbs contained + allows the toaster to be taken out of the cupboard easily when needed
- G :: a bin for the coffee press + grinder which allows them to be taken out of the cupboard + slid back in easily every morning
- F + G :: moving a few things that are not used often to the back + corner of the cabinets
- H :: baking sheets + skillet live in the stove drawer
- I :: a place for an 8 foot long shelf that is being made to hold our dishes + jars full of bulk ingredients (can't wait!)
I actually have a few empty drawers + baskets at the moment which feels really good!