Kitchen Organization Tips

baking & spice pantry
As we prepare to get a new backsplash, countertops and appliances in our kitchen, I wanted to do one of the most important steps to making the kitchen feel new and functional.  ORGANIZE!  Waste not, want not, right?  That’s my theory behind retaining our current kitchen cabinets.  Sure, we could always add more storage, but as you’ll see here with these simple kitchen organization tips, we probably don’t even need it! {this post has been updated with kitchen-in-progress photos below!}
This before photo is more of a during-we’ve already painted the exterior of the cabinets and added new hardware.
But, those cabinets?  A mess!  I was inspired by this pretty pantry, but knew I could do it even cheaper.  I started by pulling out the contents.  Guess what?  4 jars of parsley, 2 rosemary, 3 salts and several spices I don’t even use.  Who knew?  I couldn’t believe I had been so wasteful and unorganized!
Next, I painted the interior of the cabinets to create a bright, blank canvas, one that will allow me to easily spot anything I need.
I divided the items between baking and cooking.  I inventoried each so I knew what labels to make.
I dumped spices I didn’t use so I could utilize jars I already owned {from a spice kit years ago} and reutilized them by putting those in plastic and metal containers in them, labeling as I went.
Always looking to repurpose to save the planet and a dime, I removed the label from my vanilla with my favorite adhesive remover.  Life saver.
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You wouldn’t believe how nice it is to have it uniform!
Pretty Pantry DIY with free printable labels via www.julieblanner.com
Pretty Pantry DIY with free printable labels via www.julieblanner.com
Using 3M hooks {as to not damage the cabinet fronts}, I hung the everyday baking attachments for my KitchenAid mixer.
I had to include my measuring spoons – they were my mom’s and I use them daily!
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Oh how I’m anxious to eliminate those blue stripes!  As you can see, this cabinet is significantly more functional now for both my baking and cooking {stove top is just to the right and mixer is just to the left} and I will never miss all of the spices that I haven’t touched in the last 5 years!
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Cost?
$3 each for the baking soda/powder jars, $3 total for spice jars for baking ingredients – $9!
The 3M hooks were repurposed from last Christmas’ magnolia garland.  Oh yes, and the labels-sticker sheets from Avery.  I always have some on hand.  While the painting took a considerable amount of time, organizing, labeling, combining, etc only took a half hour!  A great investment!
free printable spice labels via www.julieblanner.com
I wouldn’t leave you without the free printable baking pantry and spice jar labels, just click the links to download! Click here for more tips and simple solutions to get organized! Below are updated photos with the kitchen in progress. She’s coming along nicely, don’t you think?
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Coordinately yours,

Julie

{sources: flour/sugar jars, Boos board, 3M hooks, similar spice jars, Kitchen-Aid stand mixer}

Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.

31 Comments

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Megan Davey

    Pinned to my organizational board…now I just need you to come help me!!! :)

    Megan from Chasing Davies

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    Don’t tempt me-I’m nesting!

  • Reply November 14, 2012

    Courtney Fos

    Oh my goodness these are so cute! love your organization!

  • Reply November 14, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    Thanks Courtney! I hope to have the entire house organized by winter’s end!

  • Reply December 18, 2012

    Tia Anselme

    So crisp and clean looking. I love it. I have been looking for ideas to get things organized in the kitchen, and this is the style I am looking for. Do you mind sharing the name of the font?

  • Reply December 18, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    Thank you! It’s Susie’s hand. I love fonts!

  • Reply April 11, 2013

    Lauren Page

    This is Genius! Unfortunately because my husband and I rent a home at the moment I wont be able to paint anything. However, I will certainly be doing all the labeling ASAP. I’ve been wanting a way to get organized since we are seemingly doomed to live with small kitchens. Ha Ha Ha!

  • Reply April 11, 2013

    Julie Blanner

    The labels make a significant difference and command hooks are perfect for rentals! Be sure to check out my other organization posts. Many are rental friendly!

  • Reply April 16, 2013

    Laura

    I Love the nice, clean look! What size are the labels?
    Laura

  • Reply April 16, 2013

    Julie Blanner

    Laura, they are just the Avery sticker sheets. One of my must have craft supplies http://www.julieblanner.com/2013/01/must-have-craft-supplies.html

  • Reply April 17, 2013

    Laura

    Ooo…ok, thanks! :))

  • Reply June 29, 2013

    Gina

    Thank you for the printable. I hope to paint my pantry white and these would look great!! :)

    • Reply March 7, 2014

      Julie

      Thanks Gina! I’d love to know – did you make the leap?

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  • Reply January 21, 2014

    Kim

    I also make use of the insides of cupboard doors. I hang flexible cutting mats (punch a hole to hang them); various sizes of strainers so they don’t get damaged in a drawer; pot holders (inside door next to the stove); fly swatters & flashlight (door under the sink); and on several doors a magnetic tape strip to hold pages or recipe cards at eye level and off the counter while I cook—it keeps them clean.

    • Reply January 21, 2014

      Julie

      Great ideas Kim! I like to utilize all of the countertop space I can while keeping everything convenient. Thanks for visiting. I hope you continue to find inspiration here! Have a great week!

    • Reply March 7, 2014

      Julie

      Great ideas!

  • Reply February 16, 2014

    Naomi

    I just wanted to tell you that regardless of having my own (less bent!) spoons, I also have my mom’s; they are an exact match to your mom’s. I use them every day too while the ‘new’ ones still sit in the drawer…thanks for the :)

    • Reply February 17, 2014

      Julie

      Thanks for sharing Naomi! I love integrating little reminders. Much more special than store bought!

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  • Reply March 7, 2014

    Sofia

    So beautiful!!! Congratulations! Is the perfect pantry, it looks so clean.
    Can you please confirm me the font? For my labels I used Susie’s Hand but it’s different!
    Thank you very much

    • Reply March 7, 2014

      Julie

      Thanks Sofia! I just checked and it is Susie’s Hand {on the labels}.

  • Reply March 9, 2014

    Sofia

    Thank you very much!!

  • […] The next phase, was appliances. A great Black Friday sale made them possible & we finally took the leap, deciding that we would not tear out existing cabinets, completely redesigning the kitchen but make the most of the kitchen we had. I looked at ways to make every inch functional & found we did not only not need additional space, but we had spare cabinets after the organization transformation. […]

  • Reply September 4, 2014

    Val @ Love My DIY Home

    I really like the all white flavor of your kitchen design. The use of the inside of your cupboard doors is a great idea and I think that will be my project this week. I’ve seen others use corkboard too. I think a combinations would work well for me. Thanks for the ideas – I too would like to organize my whole house this year. Downsizing is NOT easy!

    • Reply September 7, 2014

      Julie

      So quick & easy, but you’ll add so much space!

  • Reply November 6, 2014

    Deborah

    Your kitchen looks fantastic! I need to tackly my cabinet interiors as well. Could you tell me what font you used for your labels? Thanks!

    • Reply November 6, 2014

      Julie

      Thanks, Deborah! I wish I could-it’s been a few years. Maybe Sunshine in My Soul?

  • Reply December 4, 2014

    Angie

    I’ve got the very same measuring spoons! And mine were my mother’s too!

    • Reply December 4, 2014

      Julie

      Angie, that warms my heart! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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