So this is one of my more brilliant ideas (if I say so myself!). The four things that are so commonly used in baking usually come in annoying containers of weird sizes and can get frustrating. Moreover, I’m dyslexic and get confused easily with Baking Soda and Baking Powder. So I got the Pluggis container from Ikea along with a set of Rajtan Spice Jars and my label maker and made my white powder tray. People think I’m crazy, but I love it. My measuring spoons get in and out easily and I don’t mess up recipes as much anymore. And I think it looks so pretty. It lives on top of my baking bookshelf, next to the stand mixer.
My second set of shelves (from Ikea but no longer available) store my cookbooks, recipe binders, and cookie cutters.
Last summer Target had shoe-boxes with red lids. I went and bought too many and I organize my cookie-cutters and other baking things in them. I made the labels in Photoshop and “laminated” them and stuck them on with double-sided tape. That they come of nice and clean and I can change them around as needed.
Charlie Brown & Snoopy cookie jar and a small hoop embroidery with our names.
Cookbooks and wrappers.
Recipe binders and cookie cutters. I also keep my slipats rolled up in the shoe-boxes to keep them clean.
My first bookshelf containes some of the baking supplies and cookbookes. I use the OXO containers for all the baking staples (flour & sugars mostly). I made the labels myself and then “laminated” them.
Half my kitchen is dedicated to baking. Over the past year, I’ve managed to accumulate a lot of baking equipment. I have a double cabinet and two bookshelves dedicated to baking.
Bread Maker & Stand Mixer
I bought my husband the breadmaker for his birthday about 4 .5 years ago. It is used quite frequently, since he likes sandwiches for lunch. Santa Claus saw the Kitchen Aid on sale for $200, and so he bought it for me last Christmas.
Drawer 1: Baking Tools
Drawer 2: Decorating Tools
Cookie sheets and trays and measuring cups. On the half-shelf in the back, I have all my baking supplies that need to be stored in a “cool dark place”. I got the baskets from Walmart and labeled them. Because that’s what I do.
I got a couple of the large slide out organizers to store my sprinkles. I also figured out that keeping the rolling pins in a crock keeps them from causing trouble and falling on things. The spray bottle is a new edition from the dollar section at Target. It’s for preparing royal icing.
So, this is late for February’s IHeartOrganizing‘s monthly organizing kitchen challenge, but here is my pantry. I have a huge pantry in my kitchen. I love it and it is one of the reasons we bought the house. I got lots of red baskets from the Dollar Tree and Target. The other bins and jars are from Ikea.
I love how it turned out and just like looking at it.
The transparent boxes are SAMLA from Ikea.
I keep my extra box mixes, baking supplies and bulk spices up there. It’s stuff that I don’t need too often, but still easily accessible.
Dollar Tree Baskets. They are flimsy, but they do the job.
I keep my onions and potatoes, tomatoe sauce, extra pasta, etc., in these baskets.
We don’t use too much canned stuff (primarily tomatoes, beans, potatoes & beets and cocount milk), but I do have lots of jars. The left Lazy Susan is vinegars and other cooking helpers. The right Lazy Susan contains all the Indian sauces, pickles and chutneys, pasta sauces.
I got these pretty baskets from Room Essentials from Target.
I keep our extra condiments (that I buy when they are BOGO), extra coffees, teas and sweetners, snacks and ofcourse Ramen Noodles. Got to have the Ramen Noodles.
The large baskets are from Target [I can’t find the link online, and I don’t think they have them anymore in the store either. Sad Face]. I keep my store of chips and snacks in them, along with the extra staples (bags of flour, lentils, etc.). I have a smaller dollar tree basket in the corner for bulk rice in the back. I also keep all the big oil jars here as well.
So, this is late for February’s IHeartOrganizing‘s monthly organizing kitchen challenge. But, (a) Spring break was this week, (b) Better late than never (c) I’m lazy.
I actually organized my fridge some time last summer. This week, I did
The bi-monthly clean out and wipe up
Laid down some shelf liners– [I got mine at Walmart]. They are not as pretty as the Fridge Coasters, but they are much cheaper and hopefully will do the same job.
Some mild re-organization and re-labeling. Since I’ve started doing Bentos, I wanted to dedicate some space to my stash.
There are lots of more Fridge Organization Ideas over on Pinterest! with many attractive and neatly organized refrigerators. Mine may look like a hot-mess in comparison, but this is a bonafied Indian fridge of a person who cooks a lot. I snoop around people’s homes a lot, and have yet to see an Indian fridge that is full of neatly lined pre-packaged food. That doesn’t happen. My fridge organization system is based on the principle of “a place for everything and everything in it’s place”. This is how it looks all the time – it is not staged (except for making things face the right way).
We’ve got Mexican, Chinnese, Italian and Indian stuff crammed in there.
The Good Stuff
(at the bottom shelf, to facilitate bending down)
Heinz– For my Pittsburghers husband who believes that Ketchup is a food group, and only Heinz is the only true ketchup Maggi Hot & Sweet – For me, because it *is* different
Walmart had this 23 piece Paula Deen for $100 on Black Friday. I didn’t make it to Walmart on Black Friday (we’re too busy at Target and then our car Bootle Bumtrinket decided to be difficult and we had to wait in the cold for a tow-truck). Luckily it was also available on Walmart.com for the same price on Cyber Monday. I love that it is red, so that it matches my Kitchen Aid stand-mixer.
I had to take out some of our older pots that were no longer in good condition. I still didn’t have the heart to throw out all of them, so I tried to maximize the space in pots & pans cabinet. I really love how nice & shiny they are – I almost can’t bring myself to use them yet!
This is a functional system, and unless I want my pressure cookers or stock pots in the back, I have to move at the most one pot to get to anything I want. I think it’ll do very all, at least I get my dream set-up 🙂