Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles – Joel Kelly Design

We normally post about kitchen organization on New Year’s. It seems like a great way to get a new year off to a fresh start. But, this year, we decided that maybe it makes more sense to get a jump on the kitchen organization before the holiday celebrating commences.

Studio Dearborn

There’s nothing worse than being in the midst of your favorite recipe and not being able to put your hands on the cumin. Or thyme. (Well, I mean, of course there are far worse things, but, you know, it’s pretty inconvenient and totally avoidable.) 

Lynn Morgan Design

What’s on your menu this holiday season? We’re pretty excited about family Christmas, part 1, this coming weekend.

Lisa Luby Ryan Design

We go out to eat on Friday night and Saturday, amidst the present opening and kids running and general merriment, we snack on our favorites: shrimp cocktail, bacon-wrapped scallops, crab cakes, pimento cheese, veggies, spiced pecans, chicken fingers that are supposed to be for the kids but all the adults end up eating too… You get the idea.

One Kings Lane

Essentially, what we’re saying is that there’s going to be a lot of chaos in our kitchen, and it needs to be streamlined and organized and ready for anything. (Do you love the juxtaposition between this beautiful silver and these mason jars?!)

Jean Allsopp Photography

The first step on our list? Getting rid of EVERYTHING we don’t need. We empty all the drawers, all the cabinets and only put back the things we can’t live without. That is critical. 

Terra Cotta Design

It looks the best when it’s like this. But getting rid of all those stray coffee mugs and random pieces of china that somehow accumulate can be a real bummer.

Terra Cotta Design

And that drawer full of K-Cups? It can be a total mess. But when they’re all lined up straight in perfect rows, it’s kind of magical, isn’t it? And it doesn’t take twenty minutes to find the decaf after dinner or that chamomile tea. So that’s pretty awesome.

Terra Cotta Design

Speaking of tea… I have lots of tea. Lots and lots and lots.  And, of course, all that tea comes with some pretty cool accessories. When they’re all jumbled on a shelf they aren’t so great. But, when they’re perfectly lined and organized they are calm and wonderful, just as they are intended to be. We’re still perfecting the pot and lid situation. But we’re kind of loving the pots in one drawer and lids in the other. Definitely going to try that one out. 

APD Architecture

This is what we want our Christmas kitchen to look like. So that, instead of worrying about where the trivets are, we can instead spend those precious moments with family, sitting around the tree and sipping wine and watching the littlest ones rejoice amidst the wrapping paper.

Eric Piasecki Photography

We can propose a toast to friends and family, laughter and love and creating the life that we’ve always dreamed of. 

Studio Dearborn

If you ask us, a kitchen like this is a very, very good start.

Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, we hope that you have a moment to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

We’re thinking of all the people of Sandy Hook today and wishing for healing for all of them and, for everyone, a season of peace.



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