Operation Kitchen Organization (Part 3)*

Well folks, it’s finally time to wrap up my kitchen organization! If you recall, I introduced my plans for a more organized kitchen here and then I gave details about all the organizational items I purchased to help me accomplish this task here. Here is a recap of the steps I needed to accomplish to give me my dream organized kitchen: My goals

  1. Find inspiration for great organizational systems on Pinterest and other blogs.
  2.  Measure the size of my cabinets/drawers in order to make purchases.
  3. Make purchases of new organizational items.
  4. Plan out where to put everything, re-group items and purge unnecessary items.
  5. Apply changes/new systems.
  6. Beautify things!

Only one final step to go and thankfully it is the most fun part! I can’t tell you how much I love organizing things, but the main part of that joy comes from making things pretty!

One of the main reasons I decided to purchase clear storage containers for my junk drawer and knife drawer was so I could line the drawers with pretty paper that would then show through the clear containers. While on one of my shopping trips at Target, I noticed this green wrapping paper that was the perfect color for my kitchen. I quickly snatched it up to line the drawers with.

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First, I measured the size of my drawer and tried to cut the paper to the closest size as possible. It is okay if it is a little bit larger you can always trim it down to size or in my case I used an X-Acto knife. I used double-sided sticky tape to keep it placed in the drawer and then laid the containers back in the drawer. Here is how my drawers look now.

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Next, I wanted to class up my mason jars a little bit, so I grabbed some leftover chalkboard paint and started painting the lid part of the jars.

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I wanted to show you what one coat of paint looks like because at first I wasn’t sure it was going to work seeing how streaky it was.

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However, after my fifth coat of paint (drying time only took a few minutes between coats) I had some great looking lids.

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Finally, I picked up a color of spray paint that I thought would match my kitchen decor and put a couple of coats over the twisty part of the lids. Here are my mason jars now all dressed up for their place in my organized kitchen.

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Lastly, I decided I would label all of my Oxo Good Grips storage containers to make it easier and quicker to grab what we needed along with labeling a bunch of the green containers I had storing stuff in our cupboards.

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I picked up these Martha Stewart Home Office collection removable adhesive labels from an office supply store and absolutely love them. They are perfect for chalkboard markers and wipe off really easily.

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Once I had everything labeled and assigned with my chalkboard markers I called this project complete!

I’m sure I will always be changing a few things here and there as the days go on since my needs will likely also be changing, but for now I could not be more pleased with how “operation kitchen organization” turned out. I’ll leave you with some final shots of my new organized space:

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The beautiful new pantry!

I used the 4-sort divider to store by baking pans in and now I can easily access them without having to pull everything out.

Putting all my kitchen supplies in the magazine file attached to the inside cabinet freed up space on my actual shelves.

The cabinets above the stove now house all our oils, vinegars and sprays which used to be mainly in the pantry.

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Have you completed a new organization project recently? Who else has found a new love with labeling things in chalkboard paint? What’s your favorite part of your kitchen? Mine is the newly lined drawers with clear storage containers!

29 comments on “Operation Kitchen Organization (Part 3)*

  1. I am in love with those labels! I was going to print out something similar, but those are way better! Definitely picking some up:)
    • I got them at staples and am in love with them!
  2. Great transformation! So resourceful and beautiful, to boot!
    • Thanks Christine, I may even start to actually cook in the kitchen now that it is so pretty:)
  3. I love your mason jars!!! What a cute idea!!
    • Thanks Molly, it was super quick and inexpensive since I just used the mason jars I had sitting around the house:)
  4. What did you use to hang the magazine organizer on the door?
    • We got the magazine rack from Target and it came with screws so we just screwed it into the door with tiny screws that wouldn't push though.
    • I used command hooks to hang mine... Didn't want to damage my new cabinet doors!
      • That is a great idea I will have to pass that on to readers when they ask:) Thanks for suggestion!
  5. Awesome and I am now working in kitchen currently redecorating so perfect timing to add the rack. Thanks for sharing!
    • No problem Emily! I would love to see what you do with your kitchen redecorating you will have to let me know how it all turns out!
  6. Great ideas. ! Very innovative and a woman always feel special when there is her personal touch in the house.Keep going.
    • Thanks:) I totally agree with your statement about having your own special touch in a house that makes it all the more meaningful!
  7. I would love to know where you found the divider that you used for your pans. Also the under the shelf holder. Thank you!
    • Thanks Amanda:) both the divider and the under shelf rack were purchased from The Container Store online. They have some amazing organizational tools I highly recommend them!!!
  8. I love all these ideas! How did you attach the magazine holder to the door?
    • I just used some small screws we had on hand and screwed them in between the metal mesh into the wood. I just put two on top no screws on the bottom part since I couldn’t reach with the screwdriver.
  9. Fabulous job! Everything looks great! You can use the self-adhesive name badge labels & the chalk board spray paint for a cheaper [by quantity]/ DIY option as well! I did it for my kitchen labeling and it's been great.
    • Thanks for the tip Emily, I actually just tried something like this for my hallway closets and your write it works just as well but for cheaper!
  10. can't wait to try these ideas out! You're so creative!
    • Thanks Debra let me know how yours turn out!
  11. Love all your idea's & some I am already doing! I cut shelf liner 2 fit each spot it a cheap silverware holder 4 my drawer!! Made it my own (green) & then posted my finished project of fb! Several of my friends wanted one in their color!! :)
    • Melody I think that is a great idea! I lined the one drawer and used clear bins so you could see through them but my utensil drawer has a wood holder that I haven't done anything to yet. I think you may have just inspired me to paint it or line the bottom with fun paper also!
  12. how did you adhere the magazine holder to cuboard?
    • I used two small screws and drilled them into the mesh magazine holder and then the wooden cupboard.
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  15. Nice kitchen organization... Thanks..

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