Saturday, February 15, 2014

Seasonal Sundays #190–Kitchen Organization


Organization is more than having things be in order and look pretty.

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This is one of the most high trafficked cabinets in my kitchen, so it’s important to keep it organized.

kitchen organization 004 It’s important that containers are see through or well labeled.

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But it’s even more important that items are easily accessible.

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While I love these containers as they come in varying sizes, are clear and are stackable,  the problem is their ergonomics. Ergonomics is the study of how equipment can best be designed for comfort, efficiency, safety, and productivity.These containers need to be opened by clicking the two ends, opening the container, and then clicking the two ends to close it – not to mention putting it back into place. Those are just too many steps for most members of my family! I open the cabinet to find the lids scattered about the cabinet. Do you see the one with the clear lid and the granola bars in it? No clicking for that one, just lift off the lid. Amazingly there are many times when the lid for that one is off too. 

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These old fashioned jars actually work best. You simply pull off the lid – just one movement and it’s just one movement to put the lid back on.

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My family can handle that!

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When organizing your cabinets, keep in mind the ease with things can be opened and put back in place. It will increase the likelihood of it actually happening!

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Being snowed in has provided lots of opportunity for organizing! What have you been organizing?

- The Tablescaper


Mary said...

My cabinets and pantry need some serious organization! Hope you're staying warm & cozy :)

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

How nice! we are building and I am going to have a 8' by 5 foot pantry!!! I am so excited to get to get organized.

Diane said...

I am totally impressed with your organized cabinet! What a wonderful project. I have been trying to organized my entire house for a possible move in the future. Whew - it is not easy!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Alma....I haven't done any organizing lately. But, one thing I know for's up to me to keep the organization going. If I get lazy for a know what happens! LOL!!
You've done a great job with your pantry. Isn't it amazing what you can do with the extra time you get with a snow day or two or three? ;)

A Graceful Table said...

Alma, you are the queen of organization! I enjoy looking at all of your organizing posts and take hints from them all the time. Thanks for the inspiration!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I need to do some serious pantry cleaning....thanks for all the great ideas! Hugs, Penny


It looks great dear Alam, I love it, so pretty and organized! Thank you so much for hosting Seasonal Sundays, Loing this party!

Denise said...

I'm very impressed with your organized pantry, Alma! It looks great. I had a little chuckle at people not putting lids back on; good to know families are the same everywhere. :)

My pantry has been a real challenge for me because it's kind of on the small side. It has been so much better though, since we had it remodeled a few years ago. It works more efficiently now.

Thank you for hosting the party and have a wonderful weekend!

Denise at Forest Manor

Dining Delight said...

Your pantry is so organized! You are right, simple is best if you want things to stay neat. Although I haven't been snowed-in, I've been trying to organize areas in my home too - just finished sorting earrings and necklaces!


Miss Kitty said...

Hi Alma! Thanks for hosting your weekend party for us! I'm not even going to go into how UNorganized my pantry is. Yours, even if it has a few glitches, puts mine to SHAME.

Simply Suzannes at Home said...

Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

Your cabinets look fantastic!
Want to come over and help me out?
Thanks so much for hosting!
Have a great week,

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Oh, I got inspired now :) Your pantry is so well organised. Mine is not too bad, I've got everything in Tupperware containers, but every pantry needs a facelift once in a while... :) Too hot to do anything today +38°C - about 100F. Thanks so much for hosting. I think it's the first time this year I've linked up... so Happy New Year, Alma :) Hugs from Australia♥ ~Pernilla said...

What a wonderful feeling to be organized! And you're right, it won't work if it's not user friendly! I hope it thaws out up there soon~

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks for the party!!


Custom Comforts said...

You look so organized. I've been working on other house projects and haven't had time yet to get my attic organized yet. But - whatever it takes to get through this winter that seems like it will never end.

Cathy Keller said...

Well done!! I wish I could organize as well as you do!! Have a grand day!!! Cathy

Blondie's Journal said...

I just jumped on this post when I saw the first picture. I admire your pantry but just knew in my heart that as much as we organize things...someone is going to "un-organize" it!!

My problem is the cabinets for the snack and sweets. I keep the chips closed with plastic clips, but the fam never replaces them. I keep the packages of cookies, etc., in plastic gallon bags with the cut out front of the package to identify it. Again...they don't close them. Grrrr...this will work when hubby and I are empty nesters and saving rubber bands and paper clips. Ha!


Martha said...

Your storage is very neat and thanks for the tips on containers -- I've never given it much thought!

Pattie T. said...

I do love those jars with the easily removable lids, but even they would not help me. I just need more space, or significantly less stuff.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Looks great! You are very organized and neat!

Thanks for hosting!


Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Thank you for hosting! There's nothing like organized closets and pantries, and draweres, is there? It really is calming. Yours look great! ~Zuni

Poppy said...

So well organized, practical and pretty,too! I have been meaning to straighten up my storage room/cantina, but have just been too lazy, choosing instead to be out and about in mid-60s temps!

Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend!

Poppy said...

Thanks for hosting the link party! I am mighty impressed with your pantry organising!

Shelia said...

Oh, been been working so hard and your pantry looks great! Thanks for hosting and I'm glad to be attending today.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Honey Mommy said...

Wow! Your kitchen is wonderful. I seriously need you to come and do mine! With three little kiddos, things tend to "reorganize" themselves sometimes.

Kathleen said...

I am organizing my snow shovels so I can grab them and shovel myself out the door! We got another 8 inches last night.
You get an A for an organized cabinet! Very neat.

Kathleen said...

Oops, forgot to say thanks for hosting too!

Dianne said...

Well, now I feel ashamed of my pantry! Total chaos is all I can say. Your's on the other hand gives me inspiration.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

I have done some organizing this winter, but yours puts mine to shame! I have wicker baskets that fit into 2 door less shelves in the kitchen that work great for holding things I want to hide, lol.

Thanks for hosting. Sharing my Bermuda tablescape...and wishing winter would end.

Karen said...

Oh, my,
You put me to shame. I need your help organizing my pantry. I can never find anything! Hopefully I can one day open my cupboard and share such organizational skills!
Thank you for hosting today! Have a wonderful week! Karen

Tea in Texas said...

So glad you are spending your time wisely and organizing your pantry. We have had some very cold days in Dallas this winter. Then the past few days and all this next week will be beautiful with highs in the 70's. I have been out shopping at antique malls, thrift stores and estate sales for china, crystal, and linens the past three days in this great weather. :)!!! Today I will begin washing the china and crystal and placing them in storage. I am thus organizing but the weather will be calling me to be outside, too! Hope you will have sunny skies and warmer breezes in your forecast!

Have a happy week!

Sarah said...

I'm a bit behind this week, but finally linked up. I so need to organize our pantry. Yours looks great! I'm getting some good idea.
Thanks for hosting each week.

Nancy's Notes said...

Impressive organizational skills, wow! I'm taking your advice, for sure! Great party! I'm off to visit all of your amazing guests.

Carol said...

Seems we both had organizing on the brain, and I wasn't even snowed in! Keeping those pantries organized and in good working condition is kind of a constant challenge around here, and it's just the hubby and I. Guess who is a bit OCD about! Thanks so much for hosting!

Cottage and Broome said...

I love how organized your cabinet is! I have many of my supplies in similar containers with some different jars. Thanks for hosting agin this week, Laura

Michele {Malaysian Meanders} said...

Your pantry is so very well organized. When I was a kid, my mom used to keep the candy in a jar that was very hard to close. She could always tell if we snuck some candy because the lid would be off.

tablescapesbybev said...

Love the way your pantry looks. I love to organize as is so rewarding!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Where did you get those jars that are the easiest to open?