Organizing @ Home Kitchen Supplies
-where to buy them
-why you need (some) of them
The kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s not just a place to eat, it’s where we visit at the beginning and the end of the day. I don’t know about you but we pretty much can’t walk far without passing the kitchen. It’s on the way to and from this and that room. It’s where we go when we walk in the door, whether it be for a drink or just to check if anything new and exciting appeared in the fridge while we were gone. It is a vital part of the home. Because the kitchen is used everyday creating and maintaining organization is important. When the kitchen is disorganized it not only makes cooking a challenge, it tends to drive people away. No one wants to be in a cluttered kitchen let alone cook or eat, but because it is the hub we go in there anyway. Face it, a cluttered kitchen is uncomfortable to be in!!
The kitchen has a lot of moving parts that all connect but can be broken down into more manageable chunks: the pantry, lower cabinets, upper cabinets, drawers and counter tops. Today we will discuss the tools I like to use to organize the kitchen. These aren’t the tools I normally use in the rest of the house, which is why I am covering them here in this kitchen segment.
All these products make life much easier in the kitchen because they are simple.
Did you know there are organizers made just for the kitchen cabinets? There are a lot of them – and they really make life easier. These 6 products are our go-to favorites time and again because they work!
Where to Buy Them
The CONTAINER STORE has the BEST selection of quality organizing products for the kitchen – hands down!
Here’s why we shop there the most:
Quality: for only slightly more or the same price, you are getting a superior product
Consistency: you can almost guarantee to find the same product sold there a few years from now. We can’t say that about any other store. That means if you decide you want to add another “what-cha-ma-thing”, you’ll still be able to find it, and it will match with what you already have.
Variety: you will find the same items in a variety of styles and price points – and it will be there next time you go to find it.
– TARGET has consistency, but not variety. Quality is ok.
– WALMART has some variety, but no consistency. Quality is spotty.
– BED BATH & BEYOND has quality and consistency (most of the time), but not much variety. Sometimes the most expensive choice.
– LOWES has a limited variety, but is consistent and quality for most things is good.
– At Home, Tuesday Morning, Home Goods, Ross all have limited variety and consistency; quality spotty.
– The Dollar Store has limited variety and consistency, quality is bad and is not worth your money.\
– AMAZON – the links I am providing you are for products I have either used, or would try in the future. I know Amazon has a gazillion products and some are ridiculously priced, I won’t include those. If I wouldn’t buy it, I won’t suggest it.
I don’t work for the Container Store but I love the Container Store. Honestly, at first I was skeptical of the price, but I once I began to factor in my time, I decided it is worth the slight amount they might charge for a handful of the regular things I buy there. The few dollars I might save looking elsewhwere is not enough to compensate for my time.
Why You Need (Some) of Them
Like any space, it’s better when compartmentalized. Compartmentalizing makes it easier to access what you want but more importantly maintains order so that when you are ready to put things away, it’s easy too!
Some of Them
There are some kitchen organizers that are not worth your money. In general I avoid the “one use” tools. In theory many are cool inventions, but for the everyday person (or at least the ones I encounter in my line of work) they are more trouble than they are worth. This is where learning to think things through is sooo helpful.
You might be wondering what products I think are in this category. Here are a few examples and why.
Before bringing home another “one-use” product, ask yourself:
-Does it make efficient use of space both vertically and horizonatally (if applicable)?
-Does it solve a problem that’s really a problem? Meaning, is it just cool or do you have a tricky situation that this gizmo solves? (if yes, let us know!)
-Is there something that you already own that can do the same thing with the same or better results?
-Does it make life easier? You might have to think about that one a little – thinking through the reality of what it would be like to own and use it.
Sometimes you just won’t know until you buy it and start using it. Over the years I have purchased and tested quite a few products only to take them right back to the store. I was literally doing research to see if the item is worth the time, money and effort of my clients. Even thinking it through I couldn’t determine whether it was worth it or not; I had to try it out.
Do you have a neat kitchen organizer that you use? I want to know about it and why you love it! I love hearing the different perspectives of what others enjoy using. Even if it is one of these “rejects” let me know, all that really matters is that YOU love it! Post it on our Facebook page and tell us why you love it!
– Add items to your Checklist Pull out the checklist you used a few days ago and add any kitchen organizing supplies that might come in handy.
– Schedule the time to shop so you have your supplies ready when it’s time to organize the kitchen. If you think you need it, here’s the Action Plan worksheet. Much time and momentum are lost by having to stop what you are doing to go buy supplies. You can always return what you don’t use later!
Tip: when ordering on Amazon, check the return policy if you think you might return it. I made that mistake ONCE. Now I only buy from Amazon what I know I will use and the rest at local retailers – even if I need to order it online (like from Target) I can at least return it in the store.
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Until next time…