Home Organization 101: Week 1 “The Kitchen” (Season 3)

June 1, 2013

Home Organization 101 Season 3


Summer has finally arrived and it’s time to tackle the clutter. Welcome back to another season of Home Organization 101.  If this is your first time in “the class”, welcome.  I’m happy you are joining us. If you have been through the class before, you already know how rewarding it is, once week 14 arrives.  Each Saturday, I will post a new “space” along with pictures of my finished space and share the process of how you can organize yours. You may have seen some of my pictures already, but I will be adding a few new pictures this season, as well.  Take as long as you need.  Once you are finished organizing your space, share your pictures on our Facebook group page (here).   Make sure to upload them to the correct “weekly album”. Questions? Ask away! Our Facebook page is the best place to ask them.  To print out the schedule, click HERE.  Have fun!  Now lets get organized.



Home Organization 101 The Kitchen


The kitchen is the hub of the home.  Everyone ends up in the kitchen at some point during their day. So it gets messy fast!  The best way to conquer the mess and the clutter is to get organized. Today is the first day of my 14 week series on clearing out the clutter and organizing your entire home.  We will start in the kitchen, where it all begins.  To begin the process and in order to be fully organized, everything really should be emptied out of the space, so you can see it clearly and start fresh.  Its time to clear the clutter.  Empty out every Cabinet and drawer in your kitchen.  Only do this if you can have everything put back in its place within the week.  WE ARE NOT ORGANIZING THE PANTRY THIS WEEK.  We will address the pantry in a couple more weeks.   Get a babysitter (or send the kids to the neighbors), put on your comfy clothes, and turn up the music. Its time to organize!!  *Before you start, look around your house to find bins, baskets, etc… You can use these for your kitchen organization.



1. Clean out and organize all cabinets.

2. Clean out and organize all drawers.

3. Purge everything that is not used, expired, doesnt belong, collecting dust.

4. Clean out & organize fridge & freezer.

5.  Mop, wipe down cabinet doors, clean counter tops & tables.

6.  Take everything off the refrigerator door.  It makes the kitchen look messy.

7. Clean all appliances.



1. Clear off the kitchen table. This is your dumping grounds.

2.  Empty out all cabinets & drawers!  Place ALL items into “categories” on the table.

3.  Wipe down the cabinet doors, shelves and drawers. Add new liners if necessary.

4.  Discard (trash) old, expired, and no longer used items & food. Check the dates.

5.  Place all items that are able to fit, into baskets.

6.  Place everything back into the cabinets & drawers (in categories).

7. Take everything off the kitchen counters and place onto the table.

8. Wipe down the counters & backsplash with a good natural cleaner.

9. Wipe down ALL small appliances & large ones too!

10. Put back items you use on a daily basis, onto the counter top.

11. Mop the floors and wipe down the table & chairs.

12.  Empty fridge/freezer. Wipe out. Put back in an organized manner.

13.  You may clean and organize under the kitchen sink. I will share under my sink at a later date.

Tip: Keep all clutter off the counters at all times. If you take it out, put it away!



1. Coffee & Tea station.

2. Vitamin & medicine cabinet.

3. Lunch Station.

4. Spice cabinet.

5. Command hooks for pot holders.

6. Baking sheet organization.

7. Baking cabinet & bin.

8. Dish placement.

9. Under the sink

10. Junk Drawer

11. Silverware Drawer












Stacking glasses and mugs doubles up your cabinet space!!! These wire shelves are from Walmart.




Our oils stay on the counter!  Easy access.



I keep my homemade bar soaps in a vintage dish by my sink, as well as our veggie scrubber.




The silverware drawer


Mini Organizing Challenge ABFOL - Utensil Drawer


The Junk Drawer


Mini Organizing Challenge Junk Drawer 2w




Below is my “Tea” station…
I have bins filled with the following…
1. Coffee Pods
2. Tea Pods
3. Sweeteners
4. Honey
5. Tea Packets



The lazy susan houses my loose leaf teas.  Its easy to find which tea I want with this system.  To the left of the lazy susan is my honey collection as well as my Perfect tea maker by Teavana.



I keep my Tazo tea packets in this bin.



Below is our “Coffee station”.


The top shelf has all of our coffee wafers, biscottis, etc…  The second shelf contains all of our coffee. The bottom shelf has our coffee flavorings & to go cups.



For those of you who are interested, you can purchase flavored syrup at Starbucks!!  They have everything you would order at Starbuck, in syrups.




For convenience, we keep all medicine and vitamins in their own separate cabinet in our kitchen.



Our Shaklee vitamins are kept on a lazy susan. It’s super easy to find what you need.




Our medicine is organized into 5 different categories, in bins.


1. Eyes, ears, nose, throat.
2. Childrens Meds.
3. First Aid.
4. Fever & Pain.
5. Splints & Wraps.



Below is our “sick caddy”.  It contains tissues, cough drops, hand sanitizer, ice pack (empty), and medications that are needed when sick.



Our protein powders & supplement shakes have their own shelf.



Finally, I purchased a Martha Stewart see through envelope (at Staples) & stuck it on the cabinet door.  It holds a “ow” chart. So whenever someone is sick, we can keep track of their medications, last dose, etc…  The printable is no longer available.





Tips for a functional lunch station.
1.  Keep everything on one spot. (Baggies, napkins, wet ones, utensils).
2.  Hang lunch boxes on command hooks.





Below is our previous lunch station (in our old home). The post is (here).





Our spices are organized on lazy susans too!  This area is pretty self explanatory.  The cooking spices are on the bottom and the baking stuff is on the top! 😉



I updated my spices to fit into the drawer near my range.   Its a great way to really get the spices organized. I love it.  Here is a closer look at the organization.


A Bowl Full of Lemons spice organization


A Bowl Full of Lemons spice organization


Cake decorating caddy.



Pot holders hang well on a command hook.



Pots & Pans organized vertically into the cabinet are easy to take out.





All of my baking & cake decorating supplies go into this cabinet.  The basket has cookie cutters, pans, cake supplies, etc… My mixing bowls & cake decorating kit fit well too!  It helps to keep all of these items together, in one space.  That way, there is no searching multiple cabinets to find what you need.





Under the Kitchen Sink


Organizing under the kitchen sink - A Bowl Full of Lemons


Here is a closer look at my sink organization.


Thats our kitchen. Now its time for you to get busy organizing your kitchen!!  Print out the 14 week schedule HERE.


If you are joining the challenge, I ask that you place a button on your blog. Thank you!


A Bowl Full of Lemons


Happy Organizing!

58 comments on “Home Organization 101: Week 1 “The Kitchen” (Season 3)

  1. Michelle says:

    Where do you put larger utensils? Spoons, pancake turners, whisks….

  2. I think I’ll join you for the first time! Thank you!!! How fun!

  3. Molissa Allen says:

    I don’t have a blog, but I so am going to do this next week! I want to wait until my hubby and son are gone for work and school to keep out of the way! Can’t wait for next weeks’ assignment.

  4. Jackie says:

    Your kitchen is beautiful without a doubt and I would love something like that but . . .it is hard to get motivated about this challenge your my entire house would fit in your kitchen 😉 (ok, maybe half my house). I do plan on organizing my little space but wow, you fit a ton of stuff in a kitchen . . .

  5. Asa says:

    I love your drinking glasses with the fruit on them! What brand are they and where did you find them?


  6. Bridget Cloud says:

    Very nice! I hope I can get my kitchen as organized as your’s. However, I have limited cabinet space, so its going to take some very creative organizing. Wish me luck. 🙂

  7. I recently browsed through your archives and saw this series–excited to see it has returned! One of the things I really enjoyed were the link ups to other’s kitchen and organized spaces. Will you do that this time?

  8. Rikki says:

    Hi! Im trying to add the button to a post and It doesn’t show up? Any suggestions on how to fix this? Thanks

    • Toni says:

      You can just copy the button picture to your computer and upload it to your post.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get your barstools and the numbered tins on your window ledge?

  10. Wow – you have a lot of stuff! Your coffee/tea cabinet is incredible – I work for Starbucks and don’t near the amount of goodies you have. We like customers like you 😉 I tried this project last year and never followed through — I am going to try again. [If at first you don’t succeed…] Thanks for the inspiration!!

  11. Becky Burmeister says:

    Third time is the charm…right? Well here goes! I will be trying this for the third time hopefully I can get my home organized this time! I can’t wait to PURGE!!! My first day off is tomorrow so I will be working around doctor’s appointment, hoping to get a lot done! Toni-where did you get the double shelf for the cabinet door under your sink? Wish me luck!

  12. JG says:

    Love your cake decorating caddy! Can you tell me please the brand that makes it?! Many thanks in advance!!

  13. Sandi says:

    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas. I’m always up for a good organization tip, kinda anal that way. Ha! I enjoyed stopping in, and will try to get here more often. I’m just back from taking a blog break, so will be working on getting the hang of it again. Thanks again for the info. I enjoyed myself. Sandi

  14. Ashton says:

    Toni, if I ever win the lottery can I fly you to Iowa to help me plan my dream house?! I am sooo obsessed with yours 🙂

  15. Kristin Lieb says:

    Love all the neat ideas! Even though my kitchen is uber small, I love to pull what we can use. thanks for the “to do” list!

  16. jen says:

    where did you get your lazy susans?

  17. Oh, I love this! I am definetly implementing a sick caddy. That is genius. Also, I am curious about the screw top bottle caps in your silverware drawer. What do you use those for? Thanks for a great post!

  18. Melissa says:

    Anyway u could do this series again in the fall once the kids are back in school?? I would love to do this but it’s just to hard with kids out for summer.

  19. Carolyn says:

    Where did you get the wooden k-cup holder, I can’t find one like that anywhere!

  20. Dawn says:

    You have inspired me! Where did you get the rack for your baking sheets?

    • Rachel says:

      I’m not certain where Toni purchased the rack that is in her kitchen, but she uses this one in her office for her binders.

  21. Beth says:

    Thanks for doing this again! I’m using my pregnancy nesting energy to hopefully stick with it this time! Do you have any Tupperware type stuff or plastic cups? I didn’t see a picture of that anywhere and was curious how you organized that if you had it.

  22. Oooh my husband LOVES that ‘tomato vine’ line from method! 😀

    Would love to join this challenge….not sure where to start as I don’t have 100% free reign of the household – yet 😉

  23. amber says:

    LOVE it! Do you know where the organizer for the small silverware is from? Thank you!

  24. Amy McClatchy says:


    Where did you get the wooden veggie brush? I can only find plastic…

  25. Anonymous says:

    Toni, please give me ideas how to organize my glass lids for pots, pans and skillets. Thanks!

  26. Katy says:

    It looks fantastic Toni!

  27. Megan says:

    Hi! I just recently found this blog, and it is wonderful. I am already a die-hard organizer. I drive my husband crazy. After goin through your kitchen pictures, I am wondering where are your actual cooking tools? The hard to sort/organize stuff, like spoons, spatulas, ladles, are not shown. This is the only area I struggle with in my kitchen, and I was hoping to get some inspiration from you. Thanks in advance!

    • Rachel says:

      Toni keeps a lot of them in her drawers; not all are featured in the blog posts. Sometimes she switches out and using a large jar on her counter.

  28. Vicki says:

    This is awesome! I actually started cleaning out and organizing my kitchen last week. However, I am stuck on what to do with our knives and large cooking utensils. I didn’t see any photos of your space on how you organize these items. Currently I have 2 different knife blocks on the counter that I want to get rid of and 2 drawers in my kitchen dedicated to these items. I have consolidated the utensils but now my struggle has been how to put them away so that they look neat and organized and is a system that my family can help maintain.

  29. Kit says:

    Love the spice drawer! I have one also, but mine are original bottles – Where did you get the little spice containers?

  30. Linsay Smith says:

    Where did you get your coffee/tea containers and medicine containers???

  31. alison says:

    Wow!! I’d like to just be HALF that organized! I love so much of what you’ve done. Inspiring me to work on my kitchen!!

  32. Margery says:

    Where did you find your clock? I love it!

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  34. Angela says:

    Where are the barstools from? Love them!

  35. Kimberly says:

    Hello! Please tell me where you found the beautiful side mounted clock. Thank you!

  36. Kim says:

    Feeling a bit stuck. I have a very small kitchen and only 3 drawers. Having some trouble figuring the best way to utilize space sand create station organization. Need some help please. Can I send photos? Thanks. Kim

    • Rachel says:

      At this point in time, we’re unable to give one-on-one advice. Joining the home organizing facebook group is a great way to post pictures and get feedback. Feel free to request being added!

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