What I Keep on My Kitchen Counters

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2019 | 67 comments

Today’s post is an updated version of a post I shared a couple years ago… with new pictures and an up-to-date record of what exactly I keep on my kitchen counters.

As you might notice, I’m not a minimalist, however, I do not keep any appliances in plain sight 🙂

Our Updated Pantry + How I Store Our Bulk Food

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2019 | 21 comments

Over the past 18 months, my cooking style has drastically changed and as a result, we’re buying most of our pantry staples in bulk.

I feel like I finally have a really good storage solution for all our bulk pantry staples — which is what I’m sharing today, complete with my first-ever chalkboard label project!

How I Store and Organize Everything In Our Kitchen

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2019 | 30 comments

Soon after we finished our massive kitchen renovation in 2012, I shared detailed pictures of the insides of all our cabinets and drawers.

Since then, we’ve added several more children to our family, I’ve changed so much of how I cook and bake, and we have different storage needs for older kids, school lunches, different snacks, etc. etc. So… I decided it was time for a (very long and detailed) updated post! 

Do Your Spaces Serve YOU and YOUR Season Of Life?

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2018 | 6 comments

Over the years, I’ve frequently stressed the importance of “regular maintenance” in order to keep a space organized for the long-term.

However, another super important part of the organizational “puzzle” is to consistently re-evaluate and re-work your spaces so they SERVE YOU WELL. That’s what I’m sharing more about today!

How I Store and Organize Spices and Seasonings

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2018 | 27 comments

When we renovated our kitchen several years ago, we had a little space to play with on the wall with our stove. We decided to install a tiny pull-out spice cabinet and wow, have we gotten our use out of that small space!

Today, after many years, I’m finally sharing my very simple method of storing and organizing our spices and seasonings.

My Big Kitchen Purge!

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2018 | 25 comments

The week after Dave’s Christmas break, I did a Big Kitchen Purge — resulting in a HUGE donation pile, an over-flowing bag of trash, and a whopping FIVE empty shelves + TWO empty drawers!!!

I’m sharing more about this purge today, as well as how I repurposed several unneeded containers to better organize other areas of my home!

Our Kitchen Linens

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2016 | 42 comments

I realize a post about kitchen linens might seem somewhat odd, but surprisingly, this is something I’m asked about very regularly!

So today… I’m sharing just about everything anyone could ever want to know about our kitchen linens!

My Quick Tip to Clear Kitchen Counter Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2015 | 35 comments

I realize I might desire a bit more cleanliness and organization than some people; however, I know I’m not alone in my hatred of kitchen counter clutter.

If you want to get your counters and other flat surfaces cleaned and decluttered, today’s quick tip might be just what you need!

Our Favorite Kids Kitchen Gear and How We Organize It

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2015 | 3 comments

When I was pregnant with Nora, I never even thought about registering for any “kids kitchen gear”. Fast-forward almost 4 years and our kitchen is now full of various “kids kitchen gear” as I call it.

Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite kids kitchen gear items — as well as how we organize it all within our kitchen!

How I Organize The Area Under Our Sink

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2013 | 23 comments

One question I get over and over and over again is how we use and organize the space under our kitchen sink.

To be perfectly honest, there are a handful of questions I get on a very regular basis about our sink, our faucet, etc. etc. so today, I’m answering a bunch of these questions for all the inquisitive farmhouse sink lovers out there!

Behind Closed Doors

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2013 | 46 comments

What’s on the inside of your kitchen cabinet doors? If you answered “nothing”, my goal is to change that by the end of this post!

We use the inside of our kitchen (and laundry room) cabinet doors to store and organize all sorts of information — which means it’s always accessible and easy to find, but NEVER sitting out on the counters. Win-Win!

The Dish on Our Dishes

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2013 | 35 comments

I love dishes! And over the last few years, I’ve received numerous emails with questions about our dishes, serving pieces, tablecloths, etc. and how I store all these items in our kitchen.

I figured it was probably time to share my dishes… and serving pieces, and tablecloths, and napkins with you — or at least share how I store and organize these items!

My REAL, Usable, Organized, Unpretty Pantry

posted by Andrea | 03/1/2013 | 40 comments

I’ve been reading a lot about pantry organization lately — and seeing loads of glamorous “designer pantries” {as I call them} plastered all over Pinterest. These pantries are fun to look at, but I have to question how functional and practical they really are — especially for busy families with children.

Today, I’m sharing pictures of our pantry — and although it IS organized, I’m hoping we’re not the only kitchen with an unpretty pantry!

I {Heart} Organized Drawers

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2012 | 44 comments

In our first house, we had a grand total of THREE drawers in our kitchen. They were all extremely shallow so hardly anything fit in them. In our new kitchen, we have TEN drawers — and you better believe they are all big, deep, and wide enough to organize all our kitchen goodies!

Today, I’m sharing pictures of our new kitchen drawers — as well as all the different tools I’m using to keep them organized.

What’s ON Your Fridge?

posted by Andrea | 09/3/2012 | 37 comments

Today’s post is just something I was thinking about over the weekend. I was thinking about our new fridge and how it won’t be magnetic… which will be a big bummer since Nora’s newest infatuation is with the magnets on our fridge!

I’d love to know what’s ON your fridge? Is is totally clear, just a few photos, or completely covered?

A Tour of Our “Apartment Size” Kitchen

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2012 | 15 comments

During our kitchen renovations this summer, we turned half our home office into an apartment size kitchen. It’s REALLY small, and it has no running water — so it’s certainly not the most practical kitchen I’ve ever used… but it works!

Today, I’m giving a “tour” of the tiny little “kitchen” we’ll be using for the next couple months. I’m sure it will make our new kitchen seem THAT much bigger!

Weekend Giveaway: DrawerDecor Organizers

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2012 | 342 comments

Recently, I came across KMN Home, a local company (from Traverse City, MI) that just so happens to make some of the coolest drawer organizers I’ve ever seen! Their organizers are called DrawerDecor — and honestly, they really do look like decorative accents for your drawers!

Click through to see how DrawerDecor drawer organizers work… and then enter to win one of FOUR starter sets!

Organizing a Refrigerator by Temperature

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2012 | 18 comments

Several weeks ago we started having major issues with our refrigerator; and as we were trying to fix the issues, I noticed that the top shelf of our refrigerator was 10-12 degrees warmer than the bottom drawers — and the same was true for the freezer!

Now that things are “fixed” I decided to reorganize our refrigerator by temperature… and I can’t believe the difference it has made in the freshness of our food!