26 Jan

Behind Closed Doors

Hello there! Hope you’re having a great weekend. I haven’t been motivated to do squat of late and you know what? I’m oddly okay with it. I’m pretty sure I have officially succumbed to the winter blues. Blah. Once again I wonder why I live in Wisconsin…I am soo ready for spring!

Anyhoo, after my pots and pan-try was featured over at Tatertots and Jello (thanks Jen!!) I had folks asking where my canned corn and peas wound up. So as much as I wasn’t planning to write a whole post about it, I feel a duty to show you what’s behind my cupboard doors.

Tada!

upper_cabinet #deeconstruct

Lame huh? Since I want my guys to actually eat things before (or shortly past) their expiration dates, I don’t see the point in hiding boxes and cans in pretty containers or baskets. I know they don’t read so cute little chalkboard labels are a colossal waste of time and energy. And because I’m usually whipping up something quasi-edible as glue or paint dries, I need to be able to grab & go with canned and boxed goods. So, my cabinets are Grade A boring.

But – check this out. Oooooh. Aaaaaah.

spice_rack #deeconstruct

Isn’t that cool?

I’m slowly learning how to use the hub’s fancy camera (because all the cool bloggers are doing it) and this was my first try at whatever the effect for zooming in and blurring out simultaneously is called. Nailed it!

That spice rack was at The Will for $0.50. I stuck ‘er on with double-sided sticky tape and called it done.

Underneath the counter is where I’m storing my prized Tupperware Modular Mates. If you’re into high-end plastic you know these things are not cheap and rarely fit in your upper cabinets anyhow. So this was the perfect spot for them.

The entire upper left shelf is reserved for my coffee & tea addiction. I should rename this the Caffeine & Carb Cabinet. Some day I’ll learn to eat healthy. Or not.

lower_cabinet #deeconstruct

There is one cabinet I didn’t bother organizing or snapping photos of. It houses more unnecessary spices and oils. Like my junk drawer, it’s beyond hope. Underneath it though is this cool space….

organized_drawers #deeconstruct

…perfect for storing towels and trivets. The kid has an easier time of making his school lunch with everything in that second drawer. I honestly have no idea if I’ve ever used that steamer in the bottom drawer but it matches the hardware so she stays.

The only things that wound up homeless after the pantry relocation were the fresh goods. Temporarily they camped out in various bowls on the counter. I was hoping to score a 3-tier basket thingy for cheap.

3_tier_basket     3tierpier1

But that never happened.

So until I found a solution I just left those things off the grocery list. Upside? I totally shaved a solid 2 minutes off my 3-hour trip to Woodman’s. {Have I mentioned how much I loathe grocery shopping?}

And there you have it. Mission Organization – Kitchen Edition is 95% complete.

For those of you still wanting more, go check out my girlfriend Evey’s fridge makeover. But grab a napkin first – you’re sure to drool over the awesomely sinful stuff that chick whips up.

~dee

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