Kitchen Organizing for the New Year

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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 just after the Christmas holiday.

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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. 

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Lynn Morgan Design

 

Well, I mean, of course there are far worse things, but, you know, it’s pretty inconvenient and totally avoidable.

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Lisa Luby Ryan Design

 

Essentially, what we’re saying is to begin the new year, the kitchen needs to be streamlined and organized and ready for anything. 

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One Kings Lane

 

Do you love the juxtaposition between this beautiful silver and these mason jars?!

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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. 

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de Giulio 

 

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.

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Cantley & Co

 

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.

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Cantley & Co

 

Speaking of tea… I have lots of tea. Lots and lots and lots. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

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.

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BHG

 

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. 

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APD Architecture

 

This is what we want our after Christmas kitchen to look like.

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O’Brien Harris

 

So that, instead of worrying about where the trivets are, we can instead spend those precious moments doing what we love.kitchen organizing

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. 

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O’Brien Harris

 

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

 

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Organizing the Kitchen for Summer Entertaining

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Studio Dearborn

Good morning, friends! Did you have a good weekend? What were you up to? We hope, whatever it was, it was fun! The Beaufort house is going to see lots of action this week with two parties and overnight guests, so we’ve been working on getting everything neat and organized, which is trickier during the summer when we’re actually home more!

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The kitchen is always the toughest place to keep neat and organized, for us anyway. (I am counting down the days until construction begins on our addition which will include a new mudroom/storage area! Yay!) In the meantime, we’re trying to make some small changes that will have a big impact.

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This paper towel holder, for one, is so fabulous! Such a great idea. We don’t like having them on the counter, and they can’t go under the cabinets because we have lights. Keeping them under the sink is okay, but it would be even better to have them right on hand like these!

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We love all kinds of cabinet styles. This wire is wonderful!

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We love a pretty fruit bowl on the counter. Besides being beautiful, we think it helps us eat more fruit throughout the day–and saves room in the fridge.

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A gorgeous blue backsplash is one that shouldn’t be covered up. No need for accessories here.

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Fresh flowers on the counter feel like a reward.

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When everything is neat and clean, the flowers are the perfect finishing touch.

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Feet of fresh, white marble are the ultimate reward for keeping a clean and neat kitchen–

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you get to enjoy your beautiful countertops.

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Having spices right at hand is crucial for cooking. A simple drawer insert makes it so you can see them all at the same time. Ours are alphabetized in the cabinet, which isn’t quite as convenient but still neat.

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We’re all about an accessory, but in the kitchen, we tend to think, the simpler, the better. This coral bowl adds a burst of color. The watermelon is a good–and delicious–summer touch as well.

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This sleek, thin fridge and freezer feel incredibly chic and organized.

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Huge drawers are our favorite, favorite part of a kitchen organization plan. They are perfect for pots and pans.

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The only thing better than organized cutlery is organized cutlery that’s bright and fun! These ooze summer!

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This is genius! We can’t stand having iPads and phones and computers cluttering the countertops. This charging station gets rid of all the mess and stores it away beautifully.

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These mixer shelves are some of our favorite parts of the kitchen–although a beautiful stand mixer is one of the few accessories we don’t mind having on the counter.

If you could add an organizational element to your kitchen, what would you choose? Have a great day!

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