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Monday, August 23, 2010

House Tour: Kitchen Storage

As most of you know, while I was at the office one day my family had to abruptly swap out things in my mother's storage pod and ours, dragging whatever they judged best into the house so my mother's unit could be hauled away.
Go ahead. Imagine what would happen at your house without your direction and input.
 Right. Here's my kitchen storage wall. I will not be offended if you screamed.
 I mean, I threw up a little in my mouth every time I saw it.
I've got a great storage wall planned with the kitchen remodel, but until then,
 we have to live with this.
Well, not THIS specifically. I've been tearing apart the piles of clutter one by one and making my home livable. Today, it was kitchen time.
 So we took everything off of the shelves and reevaluated usefulness, aesthetics, and storage. Ask your local wine shop if they have any crates they'd like to part with. These are sturdy, look good, and I'm all for the price: these were FREE.
 There, a little order out of chaos
 Batteries, emergency candles, and my craftable recycling are now out of sight, but easy to get to.
 Picnic baskets are great for hiding things you don't use everyday, like the espresso machine
Two plastic bins link up to the green in the room and hide rags on the left, dish towels on the right.
All of our cooking wines and liqueurs are nearby for a quick dash of flavor. 
We all enjoy music when we're working in the kitchen, so we keep a wide variety on hand. The basket to the left of the stereo holds and conceals CDs, and of course that ancient iPod is loaded up with play lists.
 You'd never know this is packed to the brim with chargers and platters.
 Zero cost for this little make over, unless you want to take into consideration how much better I feel every time I get a corner of my life back to normal.

Or, as I always say, what passes for normal around here.


Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Hey, a blog I just started following is having a "saying goodbye to summer" link party, and I thought you might like to share something there.

And damn, girl - you've got a great collection of wine crates! I love how they dress up the storage area. Abfab, as my friend would say. I've been fighting with Whole Foods and no matter how much money I offer, their wine guy won't even sell me a crate. I'll have to hit up some other stores.

Amanda said...

Great job! I loooooove those wine crates. I want some!

Life in Rehab said...

Mine are from Crown Wine and Liquors, and he'll actually call me when he has some! Hit up other sources, don't get discouraged.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your wall looks fabulous. I love the use of wine crates, that is fabulous. Well done. I could live with this. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Great idea! I'll have to hit up my friend who sells wine to retailers to see if she can finagle some crates for me. It will fit into my Italian-inspired kitchen perfectly (that is, once the kitchen is no longer Old Lady French Country).

Unknown said...

Sooo much better! I imagine you feel about how we did after we reorganized/cleaned out our garage. We could breathe again (even though there was still plenty of stuff there, at least it was organized!).


Carol said...

I NEED some wine crates... so beautiful. If you ever part with one, we will all know for sure that you've totally lost your mind!

Life in Rehab said...

Part with? HA! Wait til you see what's coming up next!

Sherri B. said...

Very nice result. I bet the cat was a big help also.

Life in Rehab said...

Feline Overlord supervision is essential. You have now met Bear, our male alpha.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I love how this looks!! It would make me happy every day too. The wine crates are especially nice. I'm working on my pantry and this has definitely inspired me. Thanks!

Deb said...

I love the wine crates! And I just have to tell you that I chuckle out loud every time I read one of your entries :)

Room to Inspire said...

Wow, it looks great - and I have to agree with the others, your wine crates are fabulous! I need to try and locate some locally!


Debbiedoos said... much better...I was a little concerned at first how in the World is she going to tackle this? Well you did, it looks awesome! I really love the wine crates too.

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Whoa you have some big g├╝evo's to show this! You did a totally AWESOME job!! I'm sure it was a little overwhelming but fun at the same time. I love to organize. Looks totally fabulous!! I am really diggin' on those picnic baskets. (You entered my giveaway right? Thought I saw you leave a comment, if not, come by.)

Heather said...

Sunny- great, great idea! I recently took my pantry doors out to put a curtain up instead (okay it was over a year ago, but it's all relative, right?). Now I have an unsightly mess in the hallway. I love the idea of the wine crates and free??? you can't beat it. Another great tip:) And congrats... that is a big achievement and one which you probably avoided as long as you could... why are there so many of those??

Its A Blog Party said...

Looks Great!
Thanks for linking up!

Leanne said...

Wow, you scared me there for a minute. It looks great now. Love all your storage ideas. I've gone away for a week before and it's taken me 3 weeks to get everything back in order. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

IHeart Organizing said...

Oooh LA LA! LOVE what you did to organize! I see so many of the same things, but just re-arranging made it look like a whole new space! And thanks for the tip on the crates, yours are SO PRETTY and IHeart them to pieces, and you totally made my day by saying "FREE"

And I laughed out loud at your "throwing up in your mouth" comment, my husband says that all the time! :)

SO grateful you linked up this week!


Denise Marie said...

Fabulous job!!

Unknown said...

I used a lot of pods to use for kitchen storage. I highly recommend using pods.