How to organize a kitchen (with a door!)

I officially love the door organizer. But, now with the magnetic knife addition and some re- organizing, I really, really love it. I’m seriously considering open kitchen shelving in my future home. It makes putting things away so simple. Here’s the door with it’s new arrangement…

how to organize a kitchen

Here is the original how to organize a kitchen on a door post. A side by side will make it make more sense. You know that silly game in the back of People magazine where you try to spot all o the differences between the 2 photos? Well, here’s my crafty version : )how to organize a kitchen

Fun game, right? ha! There were lots of little tweaks on the ol’ door, but here are the main ones:

  • magnetic knife strip
  • take out menus in the wire caddy- we love the easy access
  • re arranged the measuring cups, pot holder, wire baskets, hooks  to fit in the magnetic knife strip

The magnetic knife strip was the reason for all of the changes. #7 on the make this kitchen usable list was clean out the dresser. The knives were floating in the dresser. Dangerous, I know. We like to live on the edge here in casa de Dorobek. Basically, we have one drawer and silverware won it over. That drawer can’t even hold a regular sized silverware caddy, much less 6 extra steak knives and the fancy cutco knife my parents got us for Christmas. So, we stored them in the free dresser Andy acquired, right next to pans, tin foil, zip locks, take out menus, and other random kitchen necessities. See for yourself…

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The door got a little clearner with out teh knives and take out menus… but it’s not perfect yet. Anywho, the magnetic knife strip comes in 2 sizes at out Bed, Bath, and Beyond (this is where we had a gift card)… 12 and 18 inches. Since we used a shutter door, our magnetic strip only had a few hanging options versus using a solid wood door where you could hang this sucker anywhere. Knife strip options for our door:

  1. At the very top of the door (where I’d already hung all of my command clear hooks and gadgets)
  2. In the middle of the door (where the frame and command clear caddy lives and since they’re knives we thought higher was safer)
  3. The strip had to be 13-14 in to fit perfect across one side of the shutter (could not find one that size)
  4. Or we had to hang it on the diagonal

Diagonal won out. Plus we liked how it emphasizes the yellow paint line. I helped Andy trace the holes, and he drilled that bad boy into our door.

how to organize your kitchen

This picture basically just proves we’re nuts. Andy is drilling, and I am taking a picture while holding the vacuum to suck up the drill mess.

how to organize your kitchen

With knife strip secured, I stuck the knives on and moved everything else around.
how to organize a kitchenThe kitchen to-do list is slowly but surely getting tackled. Here’s what’s left:

  • Research and buy new dishes (I had no idea there were so many kinds… stone ware, fiesta ware, Corelle, porcelain, bone ware!) (more on that here)
  • Container for bag spices in the large food cabinet
  • Container for Tassimo pods to clear out the bottom shelf of the small food cabinet(more on that here)
  • A home for pot holders and kitchen towels (possible a wall storage system?) (door organizer!)
  • Deal with the random stuff on top of the cabinets- eeek, that’s a big one.
  • Get rid of/ organize random stuff next to dresser   (more on that here)
  • Clean out and organize the dresser (Got a good start on this one, thus the half cross)
  • Buy and mount a paper towel holder (more on that here)

One last look at the whole door since I think she’s so cute…

old door turned kitchen organizer

Anyone tweaking any projects at the moment? It’s amazing how adding one little thing that takes 10 minutes, can make such a difference.

Comments

  1. I love it! I have a giant peg board in my kitchen that I’ve painted green. It’s fun to hang mugs and pans on!

  2. Seriously LOVE this Jaime! Such a great idea when you are limited on storage.. I feel like stuff is falling out of my cabinets! Love the shutters! : )

  3. Jamie, this is awesome! Ingenious idea! Love how it turned out and I believe that now it is very handy!

  4. I love, and I mean LOVE, those Command hooks. I have them all over. I use some to hang necklaces next to my dresser (so they don’t get bunched or knotted) and some next to my desk to hang my camera and extra cords (like for my iPod). They just are great, and love how you’ve incorporated them into the kitchen.

    • for a renter, they are GREATNESS! I’m happy to hear I’m not the only addict :) Good tip about the extra cord usage… I so need help with that!

  5. This is an awesome idea! I love the yellow too! I would have never thought to use a shutter like this! love it! We’d love it if you’d share this at our Home is Where the Heart is! http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-1/
    and any other posts you’d like to share that have to do with homesteading and homemaking!

  6. I soooo love this project! I love the bright and happy yellow! I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2012/07/sweet-saturday-link-party-v48.html

  7. I love this idea! It looks great.

  8. Oh yeah baby! That is officially the coolest shutter project yet! I think it’s the paint job that does it. True, the gadgets are cool. But yello? Hello yes!

  9. This is fabulous! I love the repurposing and thinking outside the box. I may never throw anything away again :)
    Marty@Marty’s Musings

  10. Love the louvred doors – think I’ll try that when I move into my new house next year!

  11. I’m gonna try this with a panel door…that I got for free. I’ll either paint the exterior green or the interior panels green. I haven’t decided yet. I love this idea!

  12. Christina says:

    I do not like louvered doors and now I know what I can do with mine when I remove them from my pantry. I’m thinking hang on the wall in my sewing/craft room and use for more organizing in there. Just remembered I have another set that will be removed when we re-do the bedroom. Thanks for the tip. Love what you did with your door.

  13. Celia Bango says:

    I love this idea, I might point the knives downward though.

  14. gorgeous! i love the paint treatment and color and love the concept! i pinned it!
    stopping by from CWTS.

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