When I go to my mom’s place I get busy. Her life is very quiet and just sitting around eating and watching German television shows (what is with all that crazy dubbing anyway?) gets a bit old after about half a day so I try and entertain myself by helping her with various chores. This time I helped reorganize her kitchen cabinets. Befores on the left and afters on the right. PLEASE excuse the extra crappy photos in this post as I didn’t bring my camera and used my iPhone. Remind me not to ever do that again. I hate the thing when it comes to photography.
In this cabinet mom only used one tiny shelf for dishes and the rest was used to store bread and pasta. I tossed out a lot of expired foods from the other cabinets (spices expired 1993, anyone?) and was able to relocate the food in there and gathered all the everyday cups and cereal bowls in here for easy access.
The glass cabinet wasn’t too bad but I did move things around a little bit and straightened out the lines a little bit.
In this lower cabinet I sorted like with like and pushed the least used items towards the back and pulled the often used ones to the front. I also convinced mom that she wasn’t ever going to use that cutter that cuts the edges of tomatoes star shaped. That and a few other kitchen gadgets of the TV shop variety will find new homes come the local church’s next flea market.
Quite a lot in here wasn’t ever used and had expired so I made room for the pastas and rice and all the other dry and canned ingredients. Just simple straight lines and nothing hiding in the back on the top shelves.
The cook books were moved to a different cabinet (The photos were so bad I couldn’t possibly post them. Which is saying a lot considering the state of the ones I have posted…) and I relocated all bottles into here along with the coffee maker which mom very rarely uses and which just took up space on the counter.
This cabinet was used for all kinds of things (gift tags, bags and ribbons, medicines, bread baskets, batteries etc) and still is but I’ve tried to unify things by using similar containers for storing some of the stuff and also by relocating some things that didn’t really even have to be stored in the kitchen. It’s not very pretty but far more practical.
So all in all including cleaning the cabinets inside and out a day’s work and a very pleased mom as a result. I really wish I had better photos but hopefully this can inspire you to sort a cabinet or two if you have the need. As you can see there’s not a whole lot to it, it’s just matter of assessing what you need, getting rid of things you no longer have any use for, keep like with like and lining things up.