Kitchen redo, part one
We’re almost done with the kitchen around here. As you know, in order to organize in any substantial way, one must first make a very big mess. The family has been patient to move around the explosive clutter all week long, but oh, the sweet results.
In thinking of how to set this up, I realized I do four things every single day. I bake, I make green smoothies, and I cook up oatmeal and herbal tea for breakfast. With those set tasks in mind, I decided to create different “centers” in my kitchen where everything I needed was right within my reach.
So, whereas before I was crossing back and forth in the kitchen to gather the flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar, I can now pull out everything I need without moving. Oh, the efficiency experts would be proud.
Here’s my baking center. I’ve been hunting eight months to find the right kind of canisters, and finally spied them at Target. I wanted glass and I wanted big, something I could fit a whole measuring cup into. I never thought I could be so in love with a glass jar. Because of their size however, and the frequency with which I use them (and my kids use them), they get a lovely place right on the counter. It’s not the prettiest arrangement, but it works.
Right above the canisters and the mixer are all my sugars and spices. Here is the smoothie center:
All those neatly labeled jars just make me happy. This area has been a hit. The boys refer to it as the Lewis General Store, and treat it as such. I often catch them grabbing a handful of walnuts, dried coconut, or figs. (And sometimes Mama does too.) I always forget how much children love organization and knowing exactly where to find things.
These guys have been my super troopers all week while I’ve been a bit, ahem, distracted. They entertained themselves with my crude version of a marble run, and by peeling all the skins off my yellow onions. (Are my kids the only ones who love doing this?)
Back soon with the rest of the redo!
*We just got word of the terrible tsunami in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers are with all our family and friends along the Pacific Coast. Stay safe!