Closet, Pantry, Drawer Organizing for the Organizing Impaired



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Let me just say right off the bat that I’m organizing impaired.  I can do it . . . but it’s really hard, I don’t like it and I don’t do it exceptionally well.

I want my stuff to be organized but I don’t want to spend a lot of time and/or money getting and keeping it that way.  My philosophy is that as long as I can find what I need, I don’t really care what it looks like.
That being said, I do have a few rules:

  1. Every drawer, closet or cabinet has a purpose.
  2. Everything in the drawer, closet or cabinet must relate to the purpose.
  3. Drawers, cabinets & closet doors must be able to shut easily.
  4. Nothing must stick out of the drawer, cabinet or closet.
  5. Nothing must fall out of the drawer, cabinet or closet when you open it.
  6. If the mess in the drawer, cabinet or closet starts to irritate me or make me mad, the drawer or closet must be cleaned ASAP.

See.  As long as everything follows the rules, I don’t care what the inside of the drawer, cabinet or closet looks like.

Here’s an example.  You know we’re remodeling our house from top to bottom and we just finished the kitchen.  When the pantry was done (it still needs painted sometime), I stuck the food in there just to get it out of the way:

messy pantry

It was hard to find what I needed without moving stuff and digging for it.  That was NOT okay.  So I spent a little time on it and now it looks like this:

organized pantry

Not a lot different but definitely better.  I did try to group some things – like baking, salad dressings, pasta, but I’m not going to be broken hearted if they don’t stay that way.  When I get home from the grocery store with more food, I’m only interested in getting it put away as quickly as possible rather than taking extra time to put it in a specific spot.

Here are a few more examples from the kitchen.  The first is the kid drawer.  It holds their plates, plastic utensils and sippy cups.

kitchen drawer

This is the measuring cup drawer along with a few other kitchen necessities:

kitchen drawer

And this is the baking drawer.  I’ll admit, the Sponge Bob heart doesn’t really belong there but I haven’t figured out what to do with it.  Everything else is used for baking, though:

kitchen drawer

This is my spice drawer and this is NOT okay.  Every time I look for a spice I get irritated because I can’t find what I want.  David is planning to fix this when he gets a chance.

kitchen drawer

I realize that not everyone is like me and can live with messy drawers, cabinets and closets.  That’s okay.  Do what works for you!  If you want your drawers, cabinets and closets to look like the ones in the magazines, go for it.  If you don’t care, like me, don’t worry about it.  I just wanted you to know that there’s no right or wrong way to organize the insides of your stuff.

More organizing articles are available in the Organizing Index.

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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4 thoughts on “Closet, Pantry, Drawer Organizing for the Organizing Impaired

  1. My spice cabinet is a mess too. Keep us posted on how that gets cleaned up, because I have no idea how to start it! Your pantry looks so much more efficient! I don’t have a closet to use as a pantry, but I made up a shelving unit in our basement and use that, but it needs organization work too. Maybe I’ll look into that this weekend. Keep up the great work!

    1. I’ll definitely keep you posted on the spice cabinet. That will have to be fixed soon because it’s driving me crazy!!! I can’t find anything.

      I’ve had shelves in the basement to serve as a pantry, too. It’s nice when it’s in the kitchen but it works in other locations, too.

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