Simple Kitchen Organization

Organizing Your Kitchen Is Easy!

In this post i am using affiliate links to my amazon store.  I am so excited to be partnering with Mdesign to bring you some exciting organizational products that i love using in my home!

Every spring I start giving my kitchen a refresh.  After a long winter in Utah, I need it and so does my kitchen!  This past month I updated my pantry and refridgerator.  It was quick and easy, and I can’t wait to show you.

Many of you know I built an entire room into a pantry that you can read about here.  But now my kitchen closet (aka pantry) needed some love.  I found the coolest company on Amazon called Mdesign to share with you and I am so excited to be collaborating with them!  They have to greatest solutions for storage with quality product (that ships in 2 days with Amazon Prime – yippee!).

First things first – let me show the hot mess I was dealing with:

Before…

This space has 6 shelves (one is up super high) that are 16 inches deep and 14 inches apart. It is not the best use of space so I needed some pieces that would help me stay organized.

I discovered MDesign online and fell in love with all the choices they had for getting organized. I will not confirm or deny that I spent a long time on their Amazon store day dreaming! Once I finally figured out what I needed I was so giddy to get this space cleaned up. To get an idea of what you need for your pantry, try out these steps:

1. Assess the food you use most frequently

2. Measure the sizes of each cupboard

3. Determine which groupings you can create (food categories)

Here are the pieces I grabbed for my mini pantry:

Lazy Susand

MDesign Lazy Susan

This turning plastic bin is perfect for my condiments.

Metal Pantry Basket

Farmhouse Grid Open Front Basket

I love the open front of this basket for easy access to food.

Modern Stackable Basket

Modern Stackable Basket

These are stackable and come in different sizes.

Metal Wire Food Organizer

Metal Wire Bin Basket

They have so many different lengths of this one, and I choose the 16 inch deep and 6 inches wide.

Since these are all available on Prime shipping, I received them super quick and was ready to go. Here are the steps I went through during my organizing:

1. Pulled out all of the food from the pantry

2. Cleaned all the cupboards down

3. Threw out all the expired or unneeded food

4. assorted the food into the bins I had originally planned

5. restocked the pantry

It just took me an hour or so to do this since the pantry is quit small. I ended up getting rid of a ton of food that we were not eating. I decided to keep the pantry as simple as possible.

Here is my end result:

I was so excited about how it turned out. It is refreshing to open the door each time and see it so clean!

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Clean Pantry

I also worked on the refrigerator and used the same format for this process. They have amazing plastic bins for the fridge and I love them. Look how much better this looks with organized shelving and a few lights turned on!

I grabbed two types of pieces for this space:

I am feeling so ready for summer with my kitchen all in order. I hope you have a moment to organize your space and get ready for summer memories too. Happy organizing!

Pantry Closet Renovation

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Every area of my pantry renovation has been finished for a few weeks, except for one spot.  The closet.  It’s a space that I seriously had to ignore because I was so overwhelmed.  Each time I opened the door I wanted to close it again!  Want to see what I am talking about?  Here you go:

I hope this photo makes some of you feel better!  It was a hot mess.  This week was time to get it done, and I had to build myself up for it.  I worked with Extra Space Storage to come up with a simple DIY project to organize a closet and was able to take over their stories – it was so much fun.  Now it’s time to show you too.

I decided to take the same idea that I used in building my pantry shelves and make a smaller version of them. If you would like to see a recap of the other projects I have done in completing this room, you can check them out here:

Step One – Clean It Out

With the help of Extra Space Storage, I finally had the guts to start.  First things first – CLEAN IT OUT.  This took some time because I had to figure out what to keep and what had to go.  I ended up giving a few bags to our local thrift store and that felt great.

Step Two – Assessment

I needed to figure out what I needed stored in this area.  My pantry is a mudroom, homework room, craft room and storage room.  It wears alot of hats for sure!

The closet needed to house snow clothes, crafts, sewing machines, purses and food.  How on earth was I going to get it all in there?  Since it’s my only optional space, I had to make it work.

Step Three – Build Shelving

For the top shelf in the closet, I decided to build shelving to make it more effective use of space.  This area would house all my crafts. I used the 2×4 stud format from the original pantry design.  This is what it looked like on a larger scale:

I wanted just one small shelf and took my height and length measurements.  I ended up needing 2×4 boards cut at:

  • 2 boards at 11 inches long (photo below)
  • 4 boards at 36 inches long (photo below)
  • 2 boards 51 inches long

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I measured where I wanted my storage solutions before I attached the 11 inch board to the 36 inch boards.  I then mounted this to the wall on the top shelf.  I did the same for the other side, then mounted the 51 inch boards with screws to make the shelf.  I ended up using three 2×4 boards which cost under $10.

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This was super easy and very inexpensive shelving.

Secondly I added small 1×6 boards to the back wall with hooks to house my purses.  They were hung above the door so they can’t be seen when you look into the closet.

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For the next shelf I used shelving from Ikea called IVAR.  It is very inexpensive and easy to put together on your own. This would house my extra groceries.  If you aren’t interested in building something on your own, this is a really great option for you.  Their buckets and bins are also a great price point.

Step Four – Sewing Station

I needed a roll away cart to house my sewing machine and supplies. I found a cart also from Ikea that we were able to put together in an hour.  It’s call the FORHOJA Kitchen Cart and was $109.  The wheels make it super easy to move in and out of the closet.

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Step Five – Organization

I loved being able to throw away things I wasn’t using – yah Marie Kondo! I cleaned out clothes and crafts, then put the rest of the items I was going to keep in organized bins.  It was like a breath of fresh air!

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I loved connecting with Extra Space for this mini renovation.  The pantry closet is complete which make the entire pantry finally finished.  Yah!

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How to Build a Pantry Shelf under $50

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How to Build a Pantry Shelf under $50

The final plans for this DIY Pantry Shelf, made from 2×4’s, is finally here!  I am so excited to announce that I have collaborated with the amazing Ashley Basnight from HandmadeHaven to help me create digital plans for you to follow.  She is amazing!  Her Instagram handle is SmashingDIY and you can follow her here.  Make sure to pin these graphics so you can use them later!

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The entire step by step project is linked to her Handmade Haven Blog Series here. I created the project and she created the plans – we made such a great team.  We will do a few more of these projects together this year and I can not wait.  Ashley is a lead blogger in DIY’s and you do not want to miss a single post she shares!

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I am listing everything you will need for this project.  Then head over to Handmade Haven for the steps to get it done!

Supplies Needed 

  • 2 x 4’s (20-22 depending on lengths needed)
  • Kreg screws (60 2 1/2 inch)
  • 2 inch screws (36)
  • 2 1/2 inch wall screws (6)
  • Paint color of your choice (I used Real Milk Paint Company – Arabian Night and White mixed)
  • Stain color of your choice (I used Varathayne Briarsmoke)
  • Choice of top coat (I used Real Milk Paint Top Wax)
  • Paint and stain supplies
  • Sand paper (I used 100 grit)

Tools Needed 

  • Hand drill
  • Miter saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Stud Finder
  • Sander

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You will learn the process in 8 simple steps:

Step One – Take Measurements

Step Two – Purchase Materials 

Step Three – Cutting Wood 

Step Four – Sand, Paint and Stain

Step Five – Pocket Holes 

Step Six – Mount Boards 

Step Seven – Put Your Shelf Together

Step Eight – Add Shelves

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Want to see how I organized it?  Head to this post to watch the tutorial and get all the links to the products I used!

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I hope you enjoy this post and let me know if you have any questions!

Kelly

 

 

 

How To Organize Your Pantry – Budget Friendly Ideas

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Affiliate links are used to help my readers find the products I have featured in the post, in collaboration with The Container Store.  I hope you find these helpful as you shop for budget friendly items for your pantry!    

Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy, I am glad you are here!  This Organizing Your Home Blog Hop is sponsored by The Container Store and I am so excited to share with you my favorite budget friendly items as I organize my pantry.  You may be joining me from DesigsnbyKaran – isn’t she wonderful?! Each talented blogger in this series will share simple and effective ways to organize different spaces in their home – make sure to visit each one of them while you are here!  You next stop will be with Kelly at TheTatteredPew.

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9 Spring Cleaning Tips & Organization Ideas

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