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New House Diary: Perfect Pantries

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Yesterday, you helped me decide between adding a free-standing pantry or customized pantry cupboards to help me organize the kitchen in my new house. And whether built into the cupboards or stand-alone, there are many ways to get your kitchen organized and have all your food and kitchen necessities close at hand.

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 (Home Made)

Then there’s the fabulousness of a butler’s pantry. Butler’s Pantries are dreamy, aren’t they? The difference between a kitchen pantry and a butler’s pantry is all about entertaining. While a kitchen pantry offers storage for canned goods, small appliances, and dry goods, a butler’s pantry is all about platters and linens and silver.

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(Keystone Projects)

Usually, these small rooms will include special storage for platters, china, crystal, and barware. There might be drawers for linens and more formal silver or stainless. I do plan to entertain a lot in the house, just as I did in my previous home, so I have a lot of dishes and linens to store. c2ae0ba36c7308473f69a34a00842098

(Steven Gambrel Design)

As I said yesterday, I do love to organize, and I like to be ready at a moment’s notice if we have drop-in guests, a last-minute dinner party, or even those family-packed holidays! A butler’s pantry and a kitchen pantry would be the perfect dynamic duo to keep my cooking and entertaining organized and ready to go! So what have I decided? Well here’s where the “But” comes in. I would love both a pantry and a butler’s pantry, BUT I just can’t afford the square footage dedicated to these rooms. I really need it for my new Master Closet. the current Master Closet is only 5×6. Eek! Talk about SCARY on this Halloween Eve. :) f997746088644ec7c3dd93051a08d436

(Coats Homes)

So I’m going for cupboards. But I will have 2 storage/pantry cupboards that are full height on either side of my refrigerator in the kitchen for all my food with pull-outs and organizing features. And then in the breakfast room. I am creating a wall of cabinetry that looks like a china hutch that will act more like a butlers pantry to store platters and more. And it will have my wine refrigerator too. A Thermador Wine Column to be exact. breakfast TV

(Lauren DeLoach via Traditional Home)

And although 90% of you said NO! to a TV in the breakfast room. My family and I have decided that a TV is right for us in that space so we can listen to the morning news there when we want. I am so comfortable with the quality time I spend with my daughter and I don’t worry that a TV here will take away from our family time. In fact, she and I eat breakfast most mornings cuddled in my bed (instead of in the breakfast room) watching GMA and talking about what’s going on in the world. Lots of life lessons can be taught over one discussion of the news! And for the breakfast room, my husband watches TV there in the evening after work while going through the mail, and I do too, sometimes while cooking dinner. So we think it’s the perfect scenario for us.

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(Kenzer Furniture via Houzz)

What do you think about these pantry and TV ideas? Do you have a butler’s pantry in your home? Let me know in the comments below! As we head into the holiday season, isn’t it fun to plan these perfect places for those holiday dinners and parties? Thank you SO much for all your comments so far on my home renovation. It is REALLY interesting and helpful to hear what you all think!

Until next time!

xo,

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Which Would You Choose: Pantry or Cupboards?

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(organization/photo by Neat Method)

I am a neat freak – I like everything to be organized and in its place. That’s especially true in the kitchen, with all of its small appliances, baking items, pots, pans, spices, and not to mention food! This week I’m trying to decide if my kitchen remodel should include a separate pantry, or just cupboards designed for organizing everything.

A separate pantry is perfect for ingredients and small appliances! It allows you to walk in and see everything at once, and to quickly locate what you’re looking for. It also hides a lot of things you may not want your guests to see, like an extra trash can, your stash of Diet Coke, or maybe even large bins of vegetables.

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(Photo from Kenzer Furniture via Houzz)

On the other hand, there are so many unique ideas for cabinetry now! There are drawers for pot-and-pan storage, special bins for flours and other baking needs, hidden compartments for spice jars and oils, and even great pull-out shelves for small appliances. It also keeps everything in the main kitchen area, which can be handy when you’re searching for the item you need.

And one thing you should know is that unlike new construction where I could have both a walk-in pantry and a great pantry in my kitchen cupboards, a remodel like mine means space is limited. So if I choose a walk-in pantry I am using valuable space that could be in my Master Closet. So which would you choose: A fabulous and roomy pantry with lots of shelves for organized bins and baskets (even if it means a smaller Master Closet or Bath), or specialized cupboards to hide all of the baking, cooking and food things?

Let me know your answer below! I think I’m close on this decision, but I’d still love to hear your suggestion! I may even let you know which I choose in tomorrow’s post… Stay tuned!

xo,

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New House Diary: Those Little Extras

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As we work through the kitchen in my new house, I want to be sure that I have plenty of organization and storage in my design. Those extra touches can add an enormous amount of function to a kitchen, and now is the time for me to add those ideas to my plan.

One of my favorite solutions for a high-functioning kitchen is plenty of pull-out storage, including drawers for pots and pans, knife drawers that tuck into unused space, and more. I really love the two images below with under-sink storage for cleaning supplies that uses every square inch of the space. It’s so much easier than the black hole of kitchen products that always results from the typical cabinet doors under the sink.

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(image from Luxe source)

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(image from Valcucine Logica via Houzz)

The cook and baker in me adores the idea of a drawer for sugar, flour and other dry ingredients. Of course they would need a lid but this idea is genius!

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(image from Maison & Demeure)

Keeping my spices organized drives me mad, but a drawer to organize them would bring me right back to my happy place.

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(image from Pinterest, source unknown)

I love cabinet pop-ups for small appliances. I use my kitchen aide mixer, toaster and other smalls on a daily and weekly basis but I also crave a clean countertop. These cabinet pull-outs and pop-ups would be the perfect solution.

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(image from Better Homes and Gardens)

My glass baking dishes always stick together when I stack them inside one another. How about a drawer for these baking dishes? Yes, please!

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(image from thekitchn.com)

Dreamy, organized kitchen cabinets like these make me want to  jump for joy. How about you?

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(image from Sortrachen)

What extra touches and storage ideas would you add to your kitchen if you could? How would you reorganize? I’d love to hear your ideas to help me make this the most functional kitchen I’ve ever had, so be sure to leave a comment and let me know what’s on your kitchen wish list.

xo,

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Post-Holiday Organizing with Spectrum Organizing

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Today I’m excited to have Suzi here from Spectrum Organizing to get us all organized and ready for a clutter-free 2012!  Tobi

 

With the holidays behind us and a sparkling new year ahead, it’s fun to spend this time imagining new possibilities for 2012, not only for our lives, but for our homes as well.

 

Seasonal Storage

Take this opportunity to reevaluate your current storage solutions while gathering your holiday decorations to put away. Keep in mind that holiday items are only used a few weeks, but take up storage space 11 months of the year. Consider the following insights to improve the efficiency of your seasonal storage.

1. Wrap strands of lights around cardboard to prevent tangling and store in a sturdy plastic container. Extension cords used with the lights can be included in the same container to expedite next year’s holiday decorating. (image via bhg.com)
2. Fragile keepsake ornaments can be stored safely in an ornament storage box by Snapware® which includes 3 modular stackable trays with dividers that separate and hold up to 48 ornaments.
3. Store long rolls of gift wrapping paper in a storage box that slides easily under a bed. (Iris Gift Wrap Box via irisusashop.com)
4. Conveniently store sterling silver and silver-plated holiday ornaments and tableware in zippered bags or flapped pouches that prevent tarnish! They’re offered in a variety of sizes by SilverGuard and are surprisingly affordable.
5. Shred leftover remnants of gift wrapping paper to cushion fragile holiday ornaments for storage. (image via redbookmag.com)
6. Containers designed with straight sides can help maximize your storage space. They hold more in the same space than containers with tapered sides. Visibly label each storage container with a description of its contents for quick and easy identification. Make good use of those little silica gel packets found in your shoe boxes. Drop them into your storage containers to absorb moisture that may occur, especially in humid climates.

 

New Storage Strategies

Some of your newly acquired gifts from the holiday season may require new storage strategies if you’re unable to find places for them in your home. While making room for your new things, there’s no better time to enhance the style and functionality of your closets and other storage systems.

1. Slim velvet flocked hangers are only a quarter of an inch thick and designed to maximize your closet’s hanging space. The non-slip feature is a bonus. (image via Container Store)
2. Storing handbags in storage ottomans or a storage bench at the foot of your bed can free up valuable closet space and provide additional seating. (image via decorpad.com)
3. Houndstooth upholstered storage bench (image via Elle Decor)

 

Think Creatively

Regard your storage spaces as actual rooms. Make thoughtful choices in the details with lighting, paint color, and storage furnishings that coordinate. These areas include, but are not limited to closets for clothing, linens, and household supplies. Think creatively and incorporate labels as a design element. Labels help to ensure that items are easily found and returned to their proper places.

1. Labeled roll-out shelves help accessories stay organized and easy to find at a glance. (image via bhg.com)
2. Shelf labels designate specific spots to store different categories of clothing in your closet. (image via Real Simple)
3. Linen closet shelf labels encourage family members to return items to their designated spots and stay beautifully organized. (image via marthastewart.com)

Here’s to an organized 2012!
Suzi

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AY Magazine: Tobi’s Tips

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The latest edition of Tobi’s Tips is available for viewing on the AY Magazine Website.  This month is all about back to school organization for mom.

FIND THE ARTICLE HERE

 

 

LIGHTING GIVEAWAY REMINDER

This flush mount pendant from Crystorama will be given away here on the blog this Friday! Be sure to leave a comment on Monday’s blog post to be entered. CLICK HERE for all of the details.