Welcome February! It’s hard to believe the first month of 2016 is already gone! Was organization on your list of goals for this new year? Back in 2014, I had a new year’s goal to undertake one organization project each month. I was still working full time then, and I might have made it through organizing the coat closet, the master bedroom closet, and the boys’ bedroom closet. Then all those good intentions just sputtered and died.
Along came 2015…. a year with a lot of traveling and a lot of parties. All good things, but if you are like me, moving quickly from one project to the next, you may have a tendency to…um…not put things back where they belong. You wouldn’t ever be guilty of that would you? Well I was majorly guilty of it. 2015 was the year of cramming-things-in-drawers-and-cabinets to get them out of the way for the next thing that needed to be done. Sad, but true.
And now we have reached 2016, and I have reached the end of my rope with all the messy cabinets around here. The storage areas in the dining room have been driving me crazy, so January’s organization project has been to try to put them in some kind of logical order. I want to share the photos of this reorganization with you today, but I must warn you. They are not pretty…not pretty at all.
Let’s start with the crime scenes:
An antique jelly cupboard from Savannah built in the 1800’s…
Innocent enough, right?
Here is the mess inside:
A top drawer of jumbled linens
(not too bad at this point.)
and a bottom shelf area with piled up dishes and stored gingerbread houses.
Half of the dishes were missing because they were out on the table, and I had stolen a couple of the jars that normally hold the gingerbread houses. So it is usually much worse than this.
Crime Scene #2: the built in cupboard…
and its inner contents:
(Except for the messy stacks of napkins, this one wasn’t too bad.)
But why did I have some napkins in there and some in the cupboard?
Finally the worst of the bunch:
Crime scene #3: the island…
Its drawers were pretty bad.
And now below the surface…
My third before-shot wasn’t in focus, so no photo here.
Trust me though. It was bad.
Now to make it all better. Besides general straightening up, the cabinets needed some logical order…some grouping that made sense. I decided to group all the paper goods together, all the dishes together, and then go from there. You know you have to make a mess in order to clean up a mess. So I totally emptied the jelly cupboard first and started over to make it the “paper goods place.”
Here is the new and improved interior:
Paper napkins, straws, balloons, and etc. go in the top drawer baskets.
(with a couple of random scoops thrown in because they didn’t fit anywhere else.)
The bottom now holds paper cups, plates, bowls…
(and my most frequently used cookbooks.)
and tubs of utensils, picks, and containers.
By getting all of the paper items out of the island drawers, I was able to free up space to put all the linens in them.
And that also left more room in the bottom space for the organization of all sorts of serving pieces and plates.
and various types of metal-ware.
Then finally, with the linens and cookbooks out of the built in cabinet, more space was left for glassware and dishes.
I wish the dinner plates could have also been stored in there, but the cabinet is not deep enough for them. And even if it had been, there wasn’t enough space.
I still need to get the pumpkin plates out of the attic to add to the stash of dishes in the cabinet, and then this first organization project of 2016 will be finished. My February project will involve some painting, so it will take a little longer to complete. Fingers crossed that it will be ready to show you on the 1st of next month.
Thank you for reading the post and sticking with me through the ugly photos. Have you completed any organization projects so far this year, or do you have plans for some? We would love to hear about them in the comments!
Until next time…