I moved into this house nearly two years ago now. The kitchen is not badly off for cupboards, in fact I think it has a few more than the last house we were in. Since we moved DH has added extra shelves in most of the cupboards to utilise the available space to get the most out of it. But there is one particular kitchen cupboard this is just not feasible in, it is a corner cupboard, its triangular in shape, much bigger at the back than it is at the front. I decided at the time I would put my baking ingredients in there, I have so much different stuff between normal flours and an array of gluten free ones, normal sugar and diabetic friendly ones, not to mention cake decorating products some that are designed for Bob and others than are designed for anybody else.
For a long while know I keep saying I will clear it out, tidy it, organise it and chuck away anything that is out of date or just not been used since we arrived. My biggest stumbling block with this apart from lack of motivation is lack of storage boxes. Yes I do have a cupboard that has a shelf that is over flowing with boxes and lids but the lid eating monster ( he is the sock monster's cousin) has been in there and very few of the boxes have matching lids, I have a whole host that are mismatched yet I have no idea why as I buy them in pairs.
So I decided it was about time I did something about it. One of my favourite shops to purchase this type of item is Poundstretchers based at Heathfield in Ayr. This shop use to be quite small but they took over the empty shop next door and have made it much larger and lighter. They stock a large array of household items from curtains and bedding to clothes and sweets and juice as well as a lot of storage items from large toy boxes to under bed storage as well as kitchen storage. I was in the shop for something else so decided to just buy some storage while I was there.
I chose these sets as they have a selection of different size as my bags of flour are different sizes. Loved the ideas of the different coloured lids and more to the point what a clever idea in the way they stack with all the lids inside the biggest lid.
So I set about taking everything out of the cupboard, have laid it out for you to see what was in there.
I started by chucking away everything that is out of date or that we are not likely to use and then put the remaining ingredients into tubs. Washed out all the cupboard and threw away stray mini marshmallows and the odd square or two of cooking chocolate. It also let me discover what had been hidden before, making a full stock check possible for the first time in a long time. I mean how many packs of black icing does one person actually need? In my defence these come in a multicoloured pack and I needed the yellow for Bobs birthday cake last year. Now funnily enough my friend Betty at work was asking about black icing as she is looking to make a salmon birthday cake in March, I will take it in to her next week.
So I then organised everything I was keeping and put the open products into the tubs. The cupboard has been arranged so all of Bobs items are to the bottom right, normal baking bottom left. Cake decorations, ready to roll icing and icing pens are up the top.
Now you have to agree that is much much better. Neat, clean, organised with products easy to see. I wish I had done it weeks ago. Thank you #CollectiveBias for this opportunity to give me the motivation to complete this long over due task. Do you have a cupboard that needs organising? Then let this be your inspiration to do so. Why not take a before and after picture of yours and leave me a link in the comments so we can all come and have a look?