|The towels that were in this drawer are now on the counter|
One was full of extra decorative hand towels that I can get away with not having for a while, so those went to the packaway pile. That gave me a whole extra drawer. Now, I moved our "utility drawer" (most people call it a junk drawer, but we actually use the stuff in this drawer) over to the empty drawer by the doorway, making room for my aluminum foil, plastic baggies, wax paper and so on to be moved over one drawer, but still in close proximity to where I need it. That still leaves me with an empty drawer. Oh, so exciting...
|I used drawer liner for the bottom of the drawer, but ran out of the tan color|
I took all of my small spice jars down from above the stove. I set them all out, and put like items together, and combined bottles that were half full or refilled the jars in my spice rack on the counter, and that eliminated a few bottles. I began placing them in the drawer, keeping baking spices on one side and cooking spices on the other, and right next to the stove, which is so much more convenient and easy for me to see! Now I know what I have, and I'll have a much easier time keeping an accurate inventory of what I need. I love it now! Thanks for a great idea, mom. I kept the larger spice containers above the stove, but those are easy to see and easy enough to reach that it's not a problem. I also cleaned out some things above the stove that I wasn't using, putting them in the packaway pile, which gave me some (*gasp*) empty space in the cabinet! What now will I do with that? I'm sure something will find its way up there.
Crash Hot Potatoes. These are great, and a new favorite of hubby's. You boil potatoes with the skins on, place them on an oiled baking sheet, smash them down with a potato masher (or if you don't have a masher, use something flat, like the bottom of a glass), coat them with olive oil, add kosher salt, pepper, herbs of your choice, and bake them at 450 for 25 minutes, or until they start to brown. Then we added some shredded cheddar on top and baked them for five more minutes. Oh, what a wonderful little potato! A new favorite for both of us. Thank you, Ree Drummond, for your delicious recipes! Be sure to check out her website and look for her show on the Food Network.
By this time I was pretty pooped. I decided to put my reorganization on hold until Sunday afternoon, when I had some more free time.
Sunday afternoon, I attacked the kitchen.
It never knew what was coming.
I had a pile of packaway things, and still added more by going through another few cabinets and pulling more items out:
I also decided to go through my stash of cookbooks. I love having them, but there are some that are used infrequently at most, and had to go away for a while. I began packing my totes that I brought in from the garage, and in no time the first one was full. I filled the second one about halfway with the remaining items. I had found my counter again, so I started on that. These are before pics:
These are after pics:
|This still looks cluttered, but it's not, and it's much more functional than it was|