The Awkward Girl’s Guide to Organising Your Kitchen
“Have you put boxes inside boxes in our kitchen?” Terry asked incredulously a couple of weeks ago, when he opened one of the cupboard doors to reveal this vision of pastel loveliness.
And yes… yes, I did. Boxes of baby formula are now happily encased in pink plastic. Boxes of random other objects that, honestly, had no business being in our kitchen cabinets in the first place? They’re now inside other boxes. To some people this is probably just a little bit weird. For me, though, this little kitchen organisation project was just a good way to pass yet another snowy afternoon during the apparently endless winter we’re enduring right now – and, well, you all know how much I enjoy an organised cupboard, don’t you?
Actually, this particular phase of our kitchen organisation has been a long time coming. We finished our kitchen remodel just a couple of weeks after I found out I was pregnant with Max last year (Yeah, it was SUPER fun going through those early weeks while living in a building site, I totally recommend it. Not.), and I then spent the next few weeks desperately trying not to throw up at the very thought of food, so, yeah – I bought the white Ikea boxes (from the KUGGIS range) just before the kitchen was finished, and … that was pretty much it, really:
The original idea was to have labels on each one of these saying what’s inside, but that turned out to be one of those plans that I was always going to do NEXT week, and we’ve done without them for so long now that we don’t really need them: we just know what’s in each box!
The pink and white tubs next to the Perfect Prep machine, however, are a new purchase, and I bought them when I realised the boxes of formula themselves just weren’t that Instagram-worthy, really. Look, I’m not proud, but I’m also not NOT proud either, because the fact is, I absolutely HATE all of the clutter that comes with having a baby… I mean, before Max arrived, these countertops were pristine – PRISTINE, I tell you – but these days there’s not much chance of that, so my only hope is to make them pretty, instead. Or as pretty as kitchen worktops can be, at least.
Anyway, I found the plastic containers on eBay, and, while I was there, I also ordered another couple for this drawer unit:
This drawer is right next to the washing machine, so one of the pink containers holds laundry powder, and the other one holds various other laundry-related items, like fabric conditioner, stain-remover, etc. I stuck with the pink and white theme for the bottom of the cabinets in my first photo, too:
So, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how much time I spent searching for JUST the right pink storage boxes. In fact, I’m just going to draw a veil over that search, and tell you that the boxes on the left of the photo are Curver Infinity Boxes: they’re pretty easy to find in white and grey, but, of course, I wanted pink, and the pink seems to be like GOLDDUST, seriously. I finally tracked down these three on Amazon, but they were literally the last three the seller had in stock, so if you’re looking for pink storage boxes to make your own kitchen organisation dreams come true, I’m sorry to say I already bought them all: whoops.
The good news, however, is that the larger boxes on the right of the photo aren’t even REMOTELY like gold-dust: they’re part of this set from Argos, and I used the turquoise one in another cupboard, which I totally forgot to photograph: whoops again. I’m really winning at this, aren’t I?
When I posted the above photo on Instagram, I had a couple of people ask about the convenience of having everything packed away in boxes like this: these don’t hold food, though – they’re basically filled with various kitchen-related things we don’t use all the time, so we’re not having to go in and out of them all the time. I probably wouldn’t use them for food, because that would be a total pain, but they’re a good way to keep random clutter under control. (And yeah, there are totally OTHER BOXES inside them. WHAT?)
While I was busy packing the contents of our kitchen into pink plastic storage boxes, I also gave these cupboards a quick tidy, too:
The baby blue storage box is from Home Bargains: it holds coffee and tea making stuff, and cost me about £2.50. (I couldn’t find it on the website, but if you go to the store, it’ll be a good excuse to come out with a ton of other stuff you don’t need – I got the pastel mugs from there, too – so you can thank me for that later…) The plate racks, meanwhile, are Ikea’s finest, as is the glass storage jar – but, of course, if you’re as much of an IKEA fan as I am, you already knew that, didn’t you?
And that’s the latest phase of my kitchen organisation project! Er, please don’t ask to see what’s inside all of the other cupboards and drawers, though – I can only get so many plastic storage boxes past Terry at a time!