The span of time in between when the kitchen was finished enough for us to start putting our belongings back and when we were expecting about 35+ of our local friends and family for our annual Festivus Party was four evenings (after work) long. We had about a month to demo and box up everything and now…BAM, everything had to go back in and be organized and functional enough that I could cook for a houseful of people in hours. I’d be a lying liar if I didn’t tell you that I still have about a box and a half of mystery stuff without a home or that two of the cabinets just have random stuff wedged in them.
Obviously the long-term plan is to find a home for everything we need and pare down stuff that seemed like a good idea at the time, but probably doesn’t have to be in the kitchen all the time. In which case, we have storage shelves in the garage to hold the special occasion stuff. Not a big deal.
The prettiest cabinet in the kitchen kind of proved the most difficult. Think about it, what would you want everyone who comes into your kitchen to look at? If we didn’t have our china, I’d probably pick out some items in our accent colors and pair that with our regular white dishes.
My only regret is that we didn’t get our electrician friend over before the cabinets went up to put lights in there. That would have been very pretty.
Next up, our everyday cabinet. What used to take up two, we’ve consolidated into one. Our glassware, mugs, plates and bowls!
We picked up a space divider from a certain big box store to create a second shelf. Tremendously helpful. That pink mug on top is a “grab in case of fire” owl mug from one of my dearest friends.
This was also a great time for us to put together a cabinet of our entertaining pieces. Instead of having to pull from a bunch of different places when we have guests over, one place, closest to the living room so that you can easily access it from either side of the counter tops. Wine and martini glasses, our ice bucket and our vegetable shaped dip dishes, just about everything you could need to throw a pretty darn good get together. Justin and I both come from a long line of party throwers.
Do you know what drives me nuts? A spice cabinet that is up so high that I can’t see into it. For now, this hot mess is going to have to do. I tried my best to layer the smaller spice jars in the front and as potential solution for the future, we picked up some magnetic spice jars to put on the side of the fridge.
I know that you all wanted to see what my drawers look like. Ha.
I like that the idea of a junk drawer is universal and that we all probably have one or even a couple. However, with this new kitchen I wanted to start organized. Justin and I picked up metal containers in a couple different sizes and picked out the few things that actually should live in a utility or junk drawer. I think after a few cocktails at the Festivus party, I actually made guests look at it. Yup. I was that proud.
Are you a newly wed and you aren’t using all of your new stuff yet? Don’t sweat it. The silverware you see above were wedding gifts, but up until the kitchen remodel was finished, we hadn’t been using it for everyday. In fact, we were only using it for parties. I kept it all in a cutlery basket in the scary pre-makeover pantry (over share).
We also decided to split our most used kitchen/baking utensils between the big center drawer and the single drawer on either side of the sink. We’re still grabbing for forks and knives in that smaller drawer, where they used to live, but boy is it helpful to have everything so easily accessible.
And I think that this post wraps up kitchen posts for a good long time.