Another thing that needed help was his food storage. This is what it looked like before:
He also had food in the pantry (a more likely place to find food.)
So, I consolidated all of the food into one area.
This left that former spice shelf available for pots and pans, a crock pot, George Forman Grill and cutting boards.
And speaking of under the sink, this is what it looked like before:
And here it is now:
You may have noticed one thing missing from the “before” pantry shelves, and that’s tea. But to tell you about tea, I should tell you about the coffee. The coffeepot was formerly located next to the refrigerator on the cabinet. The filters and coffee and cinnamon were all on the counter next to it. I’m a fan of decluttering the counters as much as possible, so I wanted to find a better solution for the coffee that didn’t make it inconvenient.
During the organization, when the kitchen looked like a bomb went off in it:
Anil needed access to one very important thing: coffee. So he moved the coffeepot to the island just to be out of my way. And it got me thinking that having access to coffee from the island might really be helpful – one could get coffee from the dining room if someone else is cooking. So, I moved it to the island counter:
I used the cabinet under the coffeepot to store the coffee, filters, grinder and stovepot coffeepot.
There was a toaster oven on the island counter before, so I moved that to where the coffeepot had been. It puts the toaster oven near the microwave and oven, which seems logical to me:
The other changes aren’t as dramatic. I found a stockpile of wine, liquor, beer and other glasses above the refrigerator which I pulled out for Anil to go through. He was shocked to see how many he has and promptly got rid of some of them.
I used the above-refrigerator cabinet to store vases and pitchers, things rarely used but still nice to keep.
I also consolidated the corningware into one cabinet above the sink:
I still haven’t gone through his baking dishes above the oven, and I haven’t gone through the silverware/utensil drawers other than to pull some out for the countertop. I hope to do that later in the week. I also hope to get a couple more baskets for below the sink, a plastic-bag storage holder and a mug storage hook. When all the dishes are clean the coffee mugs take up just a little too much space. He’s also planning to replace all of his feminine plates, etc (picked out by his ex) with nice, white plates that will showcase the food he’s so good at cooking.
And now he has an organized kitchen to cook it in!