This post is sponsored by Lowe’s
A kitchen can be beautiful, but it’s not really functional until it’s organized. Last week, we ambushed the Fullmers and organized the guts out of their pantry and cabinets and it might have been my favorite day. I just love organizing and today I wanted to share a few tips on how we got the insides of their cabinets to look just as good as the outside–and we even took a video of what’s inside all of their cabinets since I know you all go wild for those.
Organizing is first and foremost about convenience. It should be convenient to find things, fast to grab every day items, and easy to put them away so it stays organized. After emptying every cabinet and drawer, I asked her many questions about “how often do you use this?” “Do you want your kids to be able to reach this?” And even “What do you top your toast with?” so that I could group all the like things together in the same place.
The tall section of cabinets next to the fridge we selected as the main pantry cabinet filled with stuff they used every day. It’s the most convenient to get to while in the kitchen, it has two countertops nearby and plenty of room for all of their every day items. The main problem I noticed when I first opened it, before we organized, is there were products and bags layered in front of each other and no one thing had a designated spot.
Organizing is about giving every item a designated spot. Lowe’s has so many powerful, but simple and useful tools to get this job done that we rounded up and linked below. Baskets, bins, jars, turn tables, layering stands! Here’s how we utilized them:
Baskets (with a handle to grab!) are great for top shelves where you can still group things together, but take the whole basket down to grab multiple things if needed. We reserved the top shelf baskets for boxed items–cake mixes, mac and cheese, pasta. And a smaller, narrow bin in the center to hold spice packets up right! It’s so easy to take it down, grab what you need and put it back in place instead of shuffling through a drawer of packets trying to find what you need.
Pasta, rice, and protein pancake powder all got decanted in these amazing jars (love the twist lid!) and put on a large turn table (my favorite organizing tool). Lowe’s carries large and small turntables and I love using both! We also grouped all of the different types of oil on a small turntable.
If you do have to layer things in front of one another, like we did on the cans and sauces shelf, make sure there is enough breathing room vertically to easily grab something without disturbing anything else. On this specific shelf, everything is still seen because we put the cans that they used on a tiered stand and put the other items in front, grouped on small turntables.
The last shelf in this portion is reachable by the kids–cereal!
Below, we stashed spices, a snack drawer and what every kitchen needs–a chip drawer.
Group smaller bags together in wire baskets and don’t forget to put the chip clips in this drawer for easy use!
To the left of this section of pantry, there’s a smaller stack of cabinetry. The top cabinet is not as easy to get to, so we put lesser used vases and pitchers there. And below is the sandwich/toast making station. We made sure to run a plug to this cabinet before the renovation started to create an appliance garage of sorts, but it morphed into this very functional station that makes the whole family happy.
We outfitted the family with this slick 4 slice toaster and above put all the toppings for sandwiches and toast and a wire basket of all their bread/tortillas next to it. I think this is where organizing really shines. Naturally people put bread, peanut butter, etc. with all the other pantry items, but grouping them together on a small turn table where you will use them most is what organizing is all about! The finishing touch was mounting this simple paper towel holder on the cabinet door that fits perfectly above the space above the bread basket.
Above the fridge, we added these shelf dividers and another large turntable to help this cabinet pull double duty storing trays and lesser used muffin tins and sheet pans and on the turn table all the protein powder and supplements Kelsi and Caleb use daily and even made room for the blender bottle.
You can see how we maximized all of the other cabinets in the cabinet tour below!
Don’t forget other hard working areas in the kitchen like under the sink, where we put this adorable cleaning caddy to hold dish-washing supplies…
…and even mounted a pull out towel drying rack! It’s amazing!
The last tip I wanted to mention is, mom was right all along. These layering stands are so handy for optimizing cabinet space when storing a variety of plates and bowls. Each thing is easy to get to, easy to put away–that’s what organizing is all about!
Here are all of our favorite kitchen organizing power houses from the Fullmer kitchen (a simple broom clip #4 might change your life) and a few extras that might help you maximize your cabinetry!
1. Rubbermaid Paper Towel Holder: $6
2. Home Basics Food Storage Container: $21
3. Spectrum Plastic Bag Holder: $8
4. Blue Hawk General Purpose Storage Clips: $4
5. OXO Round Serving Caddy: $17
6. Style Selections Plastic Insert Drawer Organizer: $18
7. OXO Lazy Susan: $13
8. Style Selections Plate Rack: $10
9. Home Basics Food Storage Container: $17
10. Style Selections Drawer Organizer: $12
11. Bentley Cleaning Caddy: $27
12. Style Selections Trash Can: $4
13. RGI HOME Antique Brass Iron Bin: $11
14. interDesign Plastic Drawer Organizer: $13
15. RGI HOME Natural Fiber Bin: $15
16. interDesign Drawer Organizer: $16
17. Simply Put Metal Cleaning Caddy: $34
18. Simply Put Cabinet Organizer: $45
19. Knape & Vogt Door/Wall Mount Metal Towel Holder: $32
20. Rev-A-Shelf Pull Out Trash Can: $92
21. Rev-A-Shelf Cutlery Insert Drawer Organizer: $16
22. Rev-A-Shelf Metal Cabinet Organizer: $19
23. Rev-A-Shelf Wood Cutlery Drawer Organizer: $97
24. Rev-A-Shelf Spice Tray Drawer Organizer: $48
Hi, what ikea box you used for your toaster garage? I’m wanting that in my kitchen, but can’t figure out how to co figure it on the kitchen planner.
I’ve just found you and love love love your style and videos. Thanks for your posts.
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thank you, Janet
I love these tips in organizing as I just moved into a new house myself. I had a quick question…I’d like to hide my paper towel behind a cabinet door like you. How did you do that without drilling into the door? Thank you for all your inspiration!
Oh my goodness. What is the organizer one the corner base cabinet that you showed in the video. Maybe I imagined this, but it appeared to pull out as well as spin. Is this a product that could be retrofitted into an existing cupboard? My jaw dropped when I saw it.
that is the Ikea corner cabinet pull out. I’m not sure if you can retrofit it to a non Ikea cabinet but maybe
I love the way the cabinets are organized. I wish I had a big wall to put those cabinets on.
I would like to know the brand of cabinets. Thanks.
What did you use for the spice drawer? It doesn’t look like the same spice storage system as in the link provided. My daughter just moved into a new home and is trying to decide what to do with her spices.
After watching your organization video I also watch your June Dad-to-Day video and all I kept thinking about was – how do they do it!?! For all of the things you have going on you spend time with the kids, get the new bikes, go to the farmer’s market, etc. and you never seemed rushed. If I spend an hour with my kids in the day it would be an accomplishment not to mention having a single conversation with my husband that last more than 5 minutes. That brought me back to your blog to see if you ever wrote about how you do it all. That brought me to Casual Friday post 004 where you said “Working on a day-in-the-life to share how I squeeze it all in with 2 kids!” Yes PLEASE!
I loved seeing how y’all organized this kitchen. I have a very similar space and needed to see this to know how to make my own pantry better. I definitely need more turn tables in my life! I wonder if I can purchase them in bulk somewhere? =) Thanks!
Love an organized kitchen! Do you have a source for the pull out corner cabinet organizer? I have a corner cabinet and it is a struggle to organize. This looks so helpful!
Looks great! Would love more details on the hooks used for the cleaning supply cubby! Thanks!
How for the love does one organize the 75626 kitchen utensils (not silverware, think spatulas, wooden spoons, spice grinder, ladle, slotted spoon, tongs, etc.)? I can never find a good solution other than just dump into a drawer, seeing as the dividers don’t really work for stacking utensils like silverware.
Love this kitchen! Will the reveal post give us any dimensions for the room etc? Planning our kitchen update and would love to know the dimensions of the whole room (kitchen, living etc) now that the wall is opened up. And would love to know the dimensions of the island. Looks perfect!
Please do a check in after 6 months or so! I would love to see how the organization has evolved (or remained!)
Love this post! Thanks!
Does the toaster cabinet have an outlet as well or do you have to remove it for usage?
I’d love something like this for my blender.
Love the chip drawer!!!!
Where are the cabinets from? Love them!
Thanks for the tour! I like that it’s organized for function, but not necessarily “styled” (means it’s so much more practically helpful!).
I’m fascinated by the appliance garage concept. How do you know how much clearance you need to use the toaster with a shelf above it? And, how do you deal with crumbs? I like the idea for our new kitchen, but feel nervous about the heat and the mess. Thanks for any tips/suggestions!
We store our toaster on a tray to contain the crumbs. It works great for us!
We use a tray under our toaster to catch/corral crumbs. It works great for us!
That chip drawer is so smart!
Is this the reveal post? It’s been done for about a month / month and a half at this point, I assume there isn’t a official reveal post since we’ve seen the entire kitchen already.
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