You are probably thinking, oh, here we go, another beautifully organized kitchen and pantry with jars and chalk labels on the Kuzak’s Closet blog. Yes…guilty, that is what you will see today! While sharing these beautiful afters is rewarding, I wish I could capture all of the purging and analytical reasoning that gets us to these end results each time.
Kitchens are used by multiple members of the household and the needs of the space can change as schedules change, children grow into teens, home helpers come and go, diets ebb and flow, etc. With all of these elements and the potential of many more, kitchen and pantry organization can be pretty puzzling. I personally love putting that puzzle together for clients and for this project the puzzle had over a thousand pieces.
With this being a brand new home for our clients with no familiar systems in place, the pressure was on to find smart homes for every category. When we arrived on day 1 the movers had unpacked most of the items but they were not put away (thank God), they were placed on flat surfaces. I say thank God because if things were put away we would have had to spend a ton of extra time on a scavenger hunt to find likes to go with likes. We still had to go on a bit of a scavenger hunt it was much more reasonable with items in plain sight. Taylor and I tackled this part of the project and I’m pretty sure she was totally sick of me singing “one of these things looks just like the other one” throughout the process. This is a taste of what we started with…
We spent time sorting, grouping likes with likes, and condensing the piles so we could unpack the rest of the categories. It was really crucial to get everything unpacked before the planning process started so there would be a clear picture of the categories and the volume in each category. Our goal is always to place items once.
Our clients didn’t have a chance to purge before their home was packed up here in Los Altos so we took the opportunity once items were sorted to purge each category. It was a great refresher for them to revisit everything they own and have the opportunity to let go before we put everything away. They managed to purge out 20% which was great!
After the sort and the purge we started to plan and then put away. Shelving was adjusted and items were placed in their zones so we could then plan for products like baskets, drawer dividers, and canisters. The final result of the pantry was organized and efficient with sections for canned goods, grains, snacks, cereal, water bottles, paper products, trays, entertaining items, etc.
The existing shelving system was smart and functional, maximizing the use of space with room for everything a large family might need.
Taylor and I wanted the food storage to be visible and accessible for everyone in the family. There are 5 users in this home so the turnover is fast. The system we created can change as quickly as the items change. Clear canisters give the visual cue of what’s inside and also what’s running low.
With three children the pantry could easily become filled with half used cereal boxes so we added cereal canisters to encourage flavors to be used up before a new flavor is opened.
Commonly used small appliances live in kitchen cabinets but those used less often live on a shelf in the pantry.
Just outside the pantry is a butlers pantry where we set up a coffee bar and storage for linens, glassware, and cookbooks.
I love that the builder put in a mix of glass front cabinets, drawers, and shelving in this space. It’s great for food prep, an extra serving area, and entertaining. I wish I had this in my house!
As we put the puzzle together the countertops cleared off and it transitioned into a space that felt like the family had lived in it for years, mission accomplished!
The counter tops were clear aside from essentials…
Most the drawers had custom dividers in place so that was a win win! You can have your cabinet maker add dividers like this anytime and it’s totally worth it!
Ah, beautifully organized. This project was just a few days before Christmas so this beautiful arrangement was refreshing to see up again the organized cabinets and clear countertops!
This is the last blog post featuring afters from our Seattle project. Just in case you missed a post check out the craft room/mud room here, the master closets and beauty bar here, and a behind the scenes post here.
Next up on the blog will be after photos from my home remodel. We moved in the day after I flew home from this Seattle project on 12/21, talk about ending 2017 with a bang! Stay tuned!