a little ocd kitchen cabinet planning

It’s time, y’all. Things are going back into all of my kitchen cupboards. In fact, as of yesterday we have all of the drawers installed.

This is one of those rare opportunities to make my kitchen exactly how I would always want it to be. We spent exorbitant amounts of time researching kitchen efficiency and innovative storage solutions. We have designed a pull-out pot rack cabinet like this one, will be adding a garbage and recycling pull out, a divided baking sheet cabinet, and big, deep baking drawers.

::giddy clap::

Exciting? Yes. But also totally daunting. With all of these customized storage solutions, I feel like I owe it to my kitchen to plan everything out just right before putting items back onto shelves and into drawers (although it is tempting to just throw my stuff in there and call it done, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS RENOVATING). DanO and I have played out a moderately disgusting number of hypotheticals to get down to the most efficient layout. Where will we most use this? Where will this be easiest to access? Will all of these fit into one single cupboard? And most importantly, where should our new junk drawer go?

In the culmination of our awesome night life, we actually made a chart last Friday while we brainstormed where things should go. (File under: not your average 20 somethings.)

9 Responses to “a little ocd kitchen cabinet planning”

  1. Tiffany @MomNom

    For the love of all things good in this world, show up some PICTURES, woman!

  2. Amanda

    Ditto to Tiffany’s comment. :) Can’t wait to see how it turned out!! Also, Organized Audrey would be so proud. Marie helped me organize my kitchen for more efficiency, and I love it! Definitely worth planning out. :) Now go fill those cupboards! xoxo

  3. Elle

    PLEASE tell me where my silverware should go! We just moved into a new house a few weeks ago and my husband and I are an in a stalemate as to whether the silverware should go:

    A. in the second drawer to the right of the stove (also near the kitchen table for easy table-setting access and directly opposite the dishwasher for easy dishwasher unloading)


    B. on the other side of the kitchen in the single drawer to the right of the sink (and near the fridge for easy bread buttering or other types of food prep involving both fridge and silverware)?


  4. Nicole

    I can’t wait to see pictures! I wish my husband and I were as organized and “together” as you and DanO, keep up the good work!

  5. the Blah Blah Blahger

    The pot rack thingy is GENIUS!!!

    Renovating my kitchen several years ago was a super exciting thing, too. I can remember pouring over the choices and geeking out. Something tells me that we’re gonna get along real well in real life. ; )

  6. Dawn S

    Fantastic planning!! Can’t wait to see the final results! We painted our kitchen cabinets and installed new countertops last year (we will NEVER paint cabinets again…. we will just save for new ones instead! Worst task EVER!), but we haven’t tackled the tiny-tiny 4-shelf pantry yet. We hope to remove the wire shelves and install 6 wood shelves and some hanging storage, and I will DEFINITELY need to plan it out like this when it is time to re-fill it with all the food!

  7. Julie

    This is a GREAT idea, and if I ever get my dream kitchen, I will totally do this. Because right now I am just too lazy to REDO everything.

  8. Karie

    I completely understand. When planning our kitchen I can’t tell you how many times I called my Mom and said-“I have no idea how I want my kitchen to look! We’ve always lived in a rental and I just made it work! What do I do?! ” It is daunting and so exciting and I have moved the silverware since settling in once-the spot I thought would be so perfect was NOT. Overall, I love it, and I’m sure you will love yours too!


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