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Mar 21, 2017 @ 15:46

An Insanely Organized Person Helped Me Overhaul My Kitchen

To those who know me, the idea that I’m writing a story on organization is laughable. I am that person whose desk is so cluttered there’s only a few inches of free space, who can’t keep a chair in her bedroom lest it become a place to rest clothing. But, at this particular moment, I am also a person with a spectacularly organized kitchen. And I want you to be too.

I recently moved into a new place with a bigger kitchen, and I was determined to use this gift of space to put an end to those little stresses that can come from disorganization (“Where the #$&* is the baking soda?”). To help me with this, I recruited my mother-in-law, a woman who a) has a tea drawer, filled only with tea bags and b) has that tea drawer organized with little tabs distinguishing English Breakfast from English Tea Time. Which is to say, she had a lot to teach me:

Take everything out. As I unpacked, I put everything where we could see it all at once. (If you’re organizing an already functional kitchen, take everything out and put it on the counter and table.) This is a moment best described as “the darkness before the dawn”—it’s overwhelming to see all that stuff and wonder where you’re going to put it. Next I categorized, grouping things I use primarily for baking, items that are just for special occasions, things I use so frequently they should be grabbable on the counter etc. This is the first step to figuring out what should go where.

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