It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like a Kitchen

By | September 16, 2014

And function like one, too!

In all seriousness, we’re really starting to use the kitchen as it is supposed to be used. As in, we have pots and pans in our cabinets.

Moving into cabinets 2

I’m also working on organizing things as I go, so you’ll notice there isn’t a whole lot of wonderful organization happening in these drawers yet. I’m more concerned right now with just getting things where they go (and figuring out where I want them to do) than having everything perfect. I can always rearrange and reorganized and add more functionality as we have more time for that in the future.

Corner Cabinet Organization

Under the sink, Wyatt had to cut the cabinet to make room for the plumbing. So, it left a big hole I was worried we’d lose sponges and such down into.

Under Sink Cabinet Work 1

Then, he made a little edge guard with the scrap he removed.

Under Sink Cabinet Work


Under Sink Cabinet Work 2

And then I promptly moved into that cabinet as well.

Moving Into Under Sink Cabinet

We also have utensils in our drawers instead of in the living room. Is it awful that I still sometimes walk into the living room looking for a spoon before remembering those are no longer in there. Habits form easy and die hard, I guess.

Moving into new drawers

One of the hardest parts is deciding what to put where. I’m feeling like we have a lot more storage than we did before, so I’m not concerned about not having enough room. I am concerned about putting things in the place they make the most sense. Which is sometimes hard to figure out.

I determined some of this ahead of time way back during the design stage by making notes on the plans we got from Lowe’s and Home Depot. It helped me determine where we needed drawers and where we could save money by having cabinets. And it helped reassure me that we were adding more function and storage and not taking anything away.

Organizing Kitchen Cabinet Plans

I also organized the junk drawer and I’m happy to say it’s the most organized junk drawer I’ve ever seen in real life.

Organized junk drawer


My secret? A drawer divider/organizer unit that I like and that I don’t want to waste by filling it way too full of, well…junk. Seriously, though, it’s like the best junk drawer ever. Or rather, I should say the best junk drawer I’ll ever own considering Martha Stewart doesn’t even have a junk drawer, I’m sure.

Unless, of course, she has a Monica’s closet.

But I’m getting off topic. Back to the kitchen.

We still have a LOT of work to do, but it’s exciting to start using this kitchen the way we imagined we might when we were in the design stage. For instance, I’m getting used to having the coffee mugs in the nook and the food in the living room the pizza pans under the stove.

How do you organize your cabinets? I’m still in search of some organization helpers and tools (little shelves and other dividers, etc.), so I’m open to suggestions and ideas! Feel free to share tips and tricks below! (Thanks!)


8 thoughts on “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like a Kitchen

  1. Jill

    What a great feeling for you to be settled in your home again. Think of all the fun organizing ideas you can get when you visit IKEA! Glad you are loving your kitchen.

  2. Donita

    Love the way they are looking. I too like the little organizer shells that make the cabinets more functional. I actually have a few in the “garage sale” stack that you may be interested in.


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