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Organizing your kitchen for the holidays

Is your kitchen ready to be the hub of holiday happenings? Mine...is in a questionable state of readiness. You know how it is when you move into a new place — things get placed into what you hope is a strategic area, but as the weeks wear into months, it's clear that you don't have a very good system in place.

In all fairness to me, the above organization is courtesy of my toddler sous chef.

"This goes here, this goes here, this goes wherever..."


STILL. Things could be greatly improved, so I am delighted to partner with ShelfGenie for the first in a two-part series of posts. ShelfGenie makes fabulous custom drawer systems for cabinets, and I am very excited for mine to arrive!

I sat down with one of their top organizers, Serena. She spent a little time talking about ShelfGenie, but more time analyzing how I use my kitchen.

In Serena's words, here's what I need to do to get my cabinets into ship-shape for the holidays:

1) Use shelving to its full potential. The depth of the shelves in the pantry make it difficult to keep track of what's stored in the back. By only using the front half of the shelves, I'm neglecting 50% of my storage capacity. Adding four Glide-Out shelves on the bottom, I could free up two shelves and create additional storage. Items from the top portion of my pantry can then be reorganzined to the bottom Glide-Out shelves.
2) Identify the kitchen "hot spot". The Glide-Out shelves on the bottom half of the pantry will free up crucial storage space in an often-utilized area of the kitchen. The top half of the pantry is the space I should be utilizing for items that often used items. The kitchen "hot spot" is the shelf that is filled with items used on a daily basis. The hot spot shelf should be at eye level, thus reducing the hunt for coffee beans, oil, salt, etc.
3) Customize storage based on your lifestyle. Because entertaining is important to me, we wanted to find a good alternate solution for items that are currently in the basement, and therefore hard to access. Having those items in the basement make it difficult to take inventory of what I have. As we talked, we realized there's a drywall pantry off to the side that currently isn't serving any real function, but would be ideal for entertaining items. Such a "why didn't I think of that earlier!" moment.

THIS is what my cabinets will look like after the system is installed. Call me hopelessly domestic if you want, but this seems like heaven:

More to come, but for now please check out ShelfGenie's Facebook and Twitter for more organizing tips. And remember these three steps to great organization:

1) Make an organization wish list
2) Identify what causes you the most frustration
3) Have a process — not a destination — and stick to it. And don't let your toddler reorganize.

This is a sponsored post, but as with all partnerships, my feedback is genuine.

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