One of my favourite projects was to organize a client’s kitchen. It was not overly messy but it was also not set up for her in mind. My client was shorter in stature and she often had to use step stools to reach items that she used on a daily basis.
The cupboards were packed with items that she no longer had a need for. Baking for her kids school bake sales were a thing of the past.
|Lower Cupboards were jam packed full|
|Storage containers had miss-matched pieces|
|Too many crystal glasses
were taking up valuable space
What we needed to do was an awful lot of culling, sorting and donating. Items went to Goodwill, the cottage and even her son that was going off to university the next year.
What I came up with were solutions that suited her needs:
1. Cans that were accessible and not in an overhead cupboard OVER THE STOVE… the safety issue alone stopped me dead in my tracks!
|She had certain canned food that she used regularly,
So we choose a drawer beside the stove
2. Cereal boxes provide two things: limits to how many can be opened at the same time and easy to grab accessibility for her teenage boys. They knew where to get them and where to put them back.
|Label Cereal boxes & other Breakfast
items are all put together in the same
area for easy access
|Too many unused utensils|
|Adding a non-slip mat underneath helped
keep the utensils from sliding around
|We place what she REALLY uses
and loves in the glass cabinets
|Counters were cleared
Accessories kept it ‘homey’
|A breakfast nook kept coffeemaker, toaster
sugar & breakfast items all together
|Gorgeous, meaningful accessories
and closed cupboards helped
simplify the look in an otherwise
|Margarita at Harpo Studios in Chicago|