Kitchen Revamp: It made more sense for this client and her family to have the coffee station tucked into the corner of the counter. We moved her coffee cups and coffee supplies to the cabinets directly above the coffee maker. This allowed her spices and cooking items to be moved to a kitchen cabinet closer to the prep area and stove.
Art Corner 1/3: My client wanted to find a better place for her son's art area.
Art Corner 2/3: My client wanted to find a better place for her son's art area so she can line the counter with stools.
Art Corner 3/3: "Is this for me?" the four-year-old artist asked his mom.
Pantry: This project really made an enormous difference for my client and her family! The before picture shows a stuffed pantry with rarely used items taking up the entire right side. After a purge, we found new homes for everything on the right side (think top shelves of the cabinets and making better use of space in the deep cabinets). Now my client's children can reach their specific snacks and the pantry items are MUCH more accessible for mom and dad!
Silverware Drawer: A little sorting went a long way with this quick project!
Utensil Drawer: A little organization can go a long way!
Pantry: A little bit of sorting and containerizing can go a long way!
Cupboards 1/4: Sorting like items together makes meal prep much less time consuming!
Cupboards 2/4: Sorting like items together makes meal prep much less time consuming!
Cupboards 3/4: Clear, handled containers were a great choice for these shelves since they are located above my client's head!
Cupboards 4/4: Sorting like items together makes meal prep much less time consuming!
Pantry 1/2: I love using bins to store like items together in pantries, especially the pantries with metal or wire shelves.
Pantry 2/2: Now this client has a much more functional and easy to use pantry!
Cupboards 1/2: Little changes made a big difference in the functionality of these cupboards!
Cupboards 2/2: Little changes made a big difference in the functionality of these cupboards!
Pantry 1/2: This project was particularly gratifying! The client said she and her family were constantly going out for dinner because she couldn't stand to be in her pantry to find things to cook. Upon seeing the results, she said she's happy she will be able to cook at home again! This project took me 5 hours to complete.
Pantry 2/2: This was such a gratifying project!
Kitchen Re-Org 1/2: These clients emptied their cabinets before my arrival so, together, we could completely reorganize the kitchen to better meet their needs.
Kitchen Re-Org 2/2: Now this kitchen works better for the roommates in this house.
Pantry 1/3: This client's pantry is now being used for food rather than odds and ends. By sorting, containerizing and purging, we were able to clear off the space on her counters and put those items in the pantry. My client was thrilled to have that counter space back!
Pantry 2/3: The lesser used cookbooks are now tucked behind the bins on the middle shelf so they are still accessible!
Pantry 3/3: The whole enchilada!
Moving Day: I forgot to snap a true "before" photo of the empty pantry. I helped these clients on their moving day and the days following. I put temporary post-it notes on the shelves so they can get used to where to look for everything. Doing this will allow us to tweak and rearrange items to my clients' liking once they have gotten more settled and used the pantry.
Utensil Drawer: Utensil dividers are so useful!
Pantry 1/3: Like with like
Pantry 2/3: The pantry is now less chaotic and easier to use!
Pantry 3/3: Clear containers are key to an organized pantry!
Kitchen Re-org 1/3: This client emptied all of their cabinets prior to our session so that when I arrived, we'd be working with a clean slate! This saved them time and money!
Kitchen Re-org 2/3: This cabinet was a challenge given it's corner depth. We put lesser-used ingredients in small containers so she will still be able to access them without too much hassle.
Kitchen Re-org 3/3: Now these clients know where to find everything!
Utensil Drawer: I love these bamboo drawer dividers! They can adjust to fit any size drawer.
Utensil Drawer: Drawer dividers and utensil holders keep these cooking utensils easy to locate!
Kitchen Cupboards 1/4: The glassware storage is now grouped and stored together.
Kitchen Cupboards 2/4: A pair of cabinets purged, sorted and reorganized!
Kitchen Cupboards 3/4: Now all of the plastic food storage containers and lids are stored in the same cupboard.
Kitchen Cupboards 4/4: A quick streamline of these cabinets involved relocating the everyday dishes from a deep corner cabinet into a more accessible cabinet for my clients.
Utensil Drawer: This client had no idea she had so many scissors until we gathered them all from various drawers!
Deep-shelved Pantry: This pantry posed a challenge to keep organized so Streamlined Living had a pullout shelf installed. What a difference for the functionality of this deep shelf! We also used clear bins and added shelves to make the best use possible out of this small space.
Pantry: I sure wish this photo could do this justice! Together, the client and I sorted and containerized the pantry items so now her entire family knows where to find everything! Clear bins/containers are key (although they don't photograph very well!)
Counter Space Streamlined Action Plan My client hired me for a consultation on how to better use the space in her apartment. As part of all consultations, I do research and email the client multiple suggestions to address his or her specific needs. This client took one of my suggestions to heart by purchasing a corner shelf for her deep kitchen counter.