Kitchen Reformat, Part 1

Back in November, I did a bit of kitchen rearranging in preparation for the Taterbug’s birthday party. Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get back to work in there.

When we first moved into this house, the kitchen had a laundry closet in it. Since we were building a nice mudroom on to the house, we decided to turn that closet into a pantry. We put in extra shelves, a countertop and installed the dishwasher in there. That seemed to work out well for a few years, but over time, I noticed that despite my best housekeeping efforts, I was throwing away a lot of flour and cereal due to bugs. It finally dawned on me that storing dry goods in a warm, often humid room wasn’t a fantastic idea. I can be a little slow sometimes.

Sooo, after much deliberation, I finally decided to move the dishes, glass bakeware and food storage containers into the pantry, and move the food into the kitchen cupboards.

Step 1: Clear off the dining table, and pull all of the dishes out of their cupboard.

Step 2: Wipe down the cupboard inside and out.

Step 3: Gently suggest that The Husband thin out his insulated coffee mug collection. We are now down to 8.

Step 4: Starting at the top shelf, pull cereals, cake mixes, pastas, crackers etc. out of the pantry, toss expired items, and arrange them neatly in the former dish cupboard.

Step 5: Wipe down the pantry shelves.

Step 6: Begin arranging dishes on the lower pantry shelves. Insulated mugs, disposable pans and large infrequently used glass cookware will go on the top shelf. My glass baking dishes (which I use to make ahead and freeze meals) and smaller casseroles will go on the middle shelves.

Step 7: Look at the pantry counter, and decide that it’s definitely time for a break. Maybe I should start a blog post…

Step 8: Clean up the mess and make supper.

The counter top is going to have to wait for another day. I’m thinking maybe February 30th.

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