Drawer Organization

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Organization seems to have taken on a life of it’s own here in blogland. Post after post with ways to organize just about anything, including drawers. I have to admit that it’s the perfect way to start a new year.

Don’t get too excited though. My rather lame attempt at organization isn’t going to knock your socks off…but I’m so happy with it that I had to share. The photo below is how I shoot my food posts…which by the way I absolutely love. The problem is that I spend more time gathering everything I need than I do actually taking the pictures.

On Sutton Place

So I decided to take a drawer from the antique dresser and make it my food photo drawer.

Drawer Organization

I’ve been picking up random plates, cloth napkins, tea towels and ribbon to keep on hand. I had some in my kitchen, some in my sewing room and even some in the dining room.

I had to get a grip.

Drawer Organization

So…when I was finishing up the shoot for my Lemon Snowball Cookies, inspiration hit me. I gathered everything together and neatly filled a drawer.

Drawer Organization

I spread everything out so I could see what I had, yet there’s still plenty of room to grow.

Drawer Organization

Hopefully this little project will help me save time and energy…and it didn’t cost a dime.

Crazy weather again here in Ohio. All the snow is melting away and tomorrow it’s supposed to hit 60. Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!

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Thoughts from my friends...

  1. says

    Hi Ann!
    Great idea to have this ready and at your fingertips.
    Linked through your Starbucks lemon loaf recipe!
    I pinned it too. Will be making that one day soon.
    Hope you are enjoying your summer!

  2. says

    What a great idea! I don’t have room to turn around in my kitchen and, like you, have always spent time searching. I don’t have a fancy camera or tripod so maybe I can at least get some better photos. Thanks for sharing!


  3. says

    Put the food on the floor to get the birds eye shot. Seriously. I’m clunking my head here. You see, I’m standing up on my kitchen counter trying to get that shot! Now I feel pretty dumb. Though, I do have a dog and I’m thinking he might try to eat my photo shoot …

    :) Linda

  4. says

    The white foam core must be a help with light. I have so much trouble with either too much light or (as is the usual case) not enough.

    Our weather has been unseasonably warm too. I hear it’s about to change though!

  5. tanna says

    Oh, Ann. I would expect nothing less from you than to be perfectly organized for your photo shoots! I love it! I should take some lessons from you. wishing you all the best in 2013!! blessings ~ tanna

  6. Anne Boykin says

    Hi Ann, Your food photos are amazing! What a great idea to put a drawer together. I love organizing too – you’ve inspired me to get cleaning a drawer or two of mine. Thanks!

  7. says

    That is a great idea. I’ve been collecting plates and bowls, especially plain ones or rustic ones to use for food photography. Though I can’t tell you how often I’m lucky to get a quick snap before we sit down to dinner – sans the styling. My plates and bowls are all near to where I take photos, but I don’t have much in the way of napkins etc so I need to get more of those.

  8. Donnamae says

    I spent three days this past week cleaning and organizing closets…next week? Who knows, but you’ve given me some more inspiration! ;)

  9. KATHYSUE says

    I love all the colors in your drawer!! I had to mention that first!! I love an organized home and right now mine needs some organizing, but the bug has not hit yet, but I am sure in the next two weeks it will. I say start out small and work you way up!!
    Happy Friday,

  10. says

    Yes, January is the month for organizing as it seems. You did a wonderful job with the drawers. I tend to straighten up mine every chance I get, like when I’m puttering or on the phone. BTW, I copied the lemon snowball cookie recipe and hope to make them this weekend. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

    Rain, snow and sleet predicted in Illinois tomorrow. Ugh!


  11. says

    Brilliant idea:) It takes me more time to prep for a photo than take the pics too. I think we have the same trip-pod. Do you like yours? I find my camera is to heavy for it. I have 4 and don’t like a one. That crazy weather is in my neck of the woods too. 50’s and thunderstorms. I don’t call that Winter at all.