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[THE] Weekly Mini-Projects: Kitchen

Remember when we thought quarantine would last for only a few weeks? And how our 14 Day Mini-Edit (which then extended to 28 days) was supposed to keep us busy and distracted until our kids were sent back to school and Starbucks was open again?

HAHAHAHAHA. Not even close. At this point, we don’t even know what day it is. What *is* time anyway? What is it like to hug a friend? Is it normal to have dreams about hand sanitizer? How many weeks away am I from cutting my own hair?

We’re already running out of things to watch on Netflix, which means it’s time for another round of organizing projects. This time, we’ll be highlighting a different space every week, taking a deep dive into the more specific items that live there.

Up first? The kitchen. Since it tends to be the hub of the household, every drawer and cabinet should be considered valuable real estate. Use it wisely to simplify your life and streamline your *entire* family’s routine. (Oh, and good news: All kitchen storage is up to 25% off right now at The Container Store!)

1. In a freezer, narrow bins and wire dividers keep items like frozen meat, bags of veggies, and boxed meals contained and easy to spot.

Nesting pots and pans on top of each other might *seem* like a space-saving solution but can make accessing them a nightmare from hell. Storing them upright between dividers makes it easy for you to grab what you need, and only what you need.

Storing spices in matching jars isn’t purely aesthetics. The uniformity helps to maximize space, whether that’s on a turntable or propped up in a drawer. For the finishing touch, add custom labels (which you order here in THE shop!)

Keurig and Nespresso pods are the perfect size for drawer storage. Take advantage of every inch with expandable drawer dividers. This also works well for tea packets and creamers.

Too many dishes, not enough storage space? Look no further than risers to create a custom shelving solution without the help of a contractor.

Who says the pantry is just for food? Take advantage of unused floor space with large bins for storing your back stock items, lunch boxes, etc.

Larger appliances can also be stored in the pantry to free up your kitchen cabinets and counters.

Deep kitchen drawers make the perfect snack station. Store your favorites in lidded canisters so they stay fresh and accessible.

Free up valuable drawer space by utilizing stackable bins (or shoe boxes!) for your seasonal table settings or party supplies and store in a cabinet you don’t frequently access.

Next week, we’ll be covering the playroom and what to do with all the toys that are currently taking over your entire house and driving you to the brink of insanity. So yeah…stay tuned.

xo,

clea + joanna

Clea Shearer holds her mother's hand across table

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  1. What about a messy Baker’s rack situation? I am too embarrassed to post a photo. I have tried to organize it and I just can’t seem to stop it from looking so cluttered

  2. I’ve been following you and dreamt of when i can ever organize my space this well. My sis got me THE book for my bday and I was so excited but not had the time to read it. Now we are going through a kitchen reno and made sure i read your book first. I’ve started investing in really functional storage (not just ones i see on sale) taking the time to measure and really determine need (purge) per your advice. So far it’s been heaven! Everything looks so neat and organized! Truly appreciate y’all!❤😊

  3. What do you do with those dreaded lower corner cabinets that are so deep you have to crawl inside to get anything out?

  4. Where do you put extra items? Not on another area. How about the large items? I tend to put it in the garage. Another storage. Never ending. I need to purge so much . I wonder if I send you a photo, will you be able able to give me an idea without spending so much money on the products?

  5. How do you deal with expiration dates? It’s just my husband and so things like pancake mix don’t get used up by the expiration date so I’m reluctant to put it in a canister- any suggestions?

  6. I have just found your show and LOVE IT!

    I am in my 70’s and downsizing it looks like you really help the family’s and the is great. But they baby boomers are a really large generation that need help when we downsize how to organize or help deciding what to keep and what not to keep.

    I think we might be a very profitable generation for you.

  7. Best use of that corner cabinet with the lazy Susan…yes our home is older, no we cannot change it out( I wish)
    How or what is this space best used for….help, please

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