Today I’m joining a little group of bloggers for something we’re calling Organization 101. My project was to clean out my baking cupboard…which may sound like a simple task but I got more than I bargained for! Baking zone organization is important so you can find what you need and complete your task. My baking zone really needed help. To give you some perspective of my small kitchen, the pic below is of my baking corner. This was taken from the opposite corner of the room and was the best I could do. The canisters holding my flour and sugar are just out of the picture on the right.
The pic below is where I started. I have been living with this mess for years. I just keep closing the door and dismissing it from my mind. It was a disaster consisting of medications, random notes and papers, vitamins and of course, baking supplies. I couldn’t get to the things I used most often. Honestly, I wasn’t exactly sure what all was in here. Sad but true.
1.) Empty the space.
2.) Clean the space.
3.) Edit contents.
4.) Restore order.
So here is what I had after the first step. I was appalled at what came out of this little cupboard. 3 bottles of Karo syrup? Who does that?
Once I had the cupboard empty, I cleaned it. My kitchen is old and has the original cupboards. The shelves are not adjustable and are painted. They were a mess. I had to resort to a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to get all the marks off but they turned out pretty good. A few years ago I purchased some large glass jars from Walmart. I gathered them and used chalkboard tags to label the contents. I highly recommend one of the chalk pens. It was super easy and quick. I picked up the memo clips at TJMaxx. I’ll get to those in a minute.
At this point I decided to make this particular cupboard only baking supplies. I found another home for the medication, vitamins and other random stuff. After some hard-core editing, this is what it looks like now. (Make sure and notice that I’m down to one bottle of Karo.)
I can get to my measuring cups. I can access what I use most often very easily. For the past few days when I walk in my kitchen, I open the door just to take a look!I am a firm believer in obtaining the right tools for any particular job. They make all the difference in the world. I had the glass jars but purchased the chalkboard tags and marker. I used the clothes pins (attached with double sided tape) to organize notes and reminders on the inside of the door.