371st Penny Pinching Party

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Welcome to the 371st Penny Pinching Party! While you're here, help solve a kitchen organizing problem.

Cassie commented on my Simple Solutions to Organize a Deep Pantry post and needs help with her kitchen and pantry. You guys are all so clever, so I thought I would post her pictures here and see if anyone else can give her some ideas. Leave a comment for Cassie or post a link of your organized kitchen and pantry (or both). 

Cassie's comment:
"My space is very limited in this kitchen and there are not other storage places in the kitchen. I am very good at organizing and have made the best of this situation but am becoming more and more irritated with the arrangement since my food is not all in the same area and things feel disconnected. Wondering, if you get this, what your suggestions would be as to how you would arrange the kitchen for optimum flow."

I've posted my suggestions under the photos, but it's hard to tell the most useful place for things without being there.

First thing: Dejunk everything and be very selective with what you keep.
Get rid of the second microwave on the counter to free up some space. If the microwave above the stove is broken, check your local classifieds for a replacement.

A shelf above the stove would be great for holding salt and pepper and other frequently used items for cooking.

You can definitely fit another shelf in this bottom cupboard. Keep those lids in a drawer or your new top shelf and stack those containers to maximize space. You can fit so much more in this area.

Take the canned food out of this cupboard and put it in the pantry area. Combine these 2 cupboards and put all of your frequently used cooking items in one of them and use the other for something else.
 Rectangular shaped containers work great for cupboards. Here's mine in the photo below:

Add some inexpensive spice racks to the doors.

Is that space to the right of the sink being used? If not, put some shelves in there and use it to free up that floor space under the window.

I haven't posted about it yet, but I just organized all of my water bottles into a wine rack inside of my cabinet and I think that would be a great solution here. Also, put the food items in the pantry and keep this cabinet for glasses, cups, water bottles, and mugs only.

It looks like this is the main pantry. I would take all non-food items out and keep this area food only. It looks similar to the before pictures of my pantry, so I think some shelves on the door might work here too. I would put items you don't use very often in the top space. Those knives should be out on the counter since you probably use them everyday. I'd also put the cutting boards in the bottom shelf next to the sink near the knives.

After photo of my pantry after cutting back the shelves and adding shelving to the door.

Here's another space that could use a shelf to add more storage. You could fit some of those appliances that are currently in the pantry area.

 Put some cheap wire shelving from Walmart here
Put taller items like pitchers here to utilize this space better or add another shelf. I keep jars in a basement storage room, but if you don't have any extra space in your house, I'd be more selective and only keep a few.

Can that spot by the cat fit some shelves? Can you add another shelf to this cabinet? What about a lid storage rack like this?

Can you tell that I like shelves? Don't try and tackle everything at once or you will get overwhelmed. Choose one area at a time to organize and you'll get there. My kitchen is very organized, but it took me a few years to figure out where I like everything.
I wish I could come and help in person, I love organizing.


370th Penny Pinching Party

369th Penny Pinching Party * Happy New Year 2017!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy 2017!
My new years resolution is to write all of the posts for all of the projects I've done over the last several years. I'm great at finishing projects, but terrible at posting about them here and I have so many great things to share.
I also have the cliche health and fitness goals. Maybe this is the year I will actually be able to touch my toes!

368th Penny Pinching Party

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Welcome to the last Penny Pinching Party of 2016!
I had a pretty amazing year, which I really need to get around to posting about sometime. For those of you who had a hard year, I hope 2017 is easier on you and full of amazing adventures.

I don't usually set New Year's Resolutions and prefer goals. I'm still thinking about the goals I want to set for 2017 and would love to hear some of yours. Leave a comment and tell me what some of your goals/resolutions are.