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January 23, 2017

Organizing In The Kitchen

Around Christmas time I asked for another pan.  I wanted a 2 quart size that didn't come with the initial set that we had.  I was really fed up with how difficult it had become to get a pan out of my pots 'n pan drawers so I emptied everything and went at it.

This is the 2nd drawer below and as you can see it was a disaster too.  I had put my larger less used pots in the bottom and stacked inside of them but it was a chore to get to one of the larger pots out. 

On the right side of the pots 'n pans drawer is a cabinet with two pull out trays.  Through the years I've used them for a variety of things including baking pans and casserole dishes.  More recently for dishes that I talked about in this post "here".  These are Christmas dishes that had been in an upper cupboard and last year I moved them down here.  My new ideas was for the big pots to go down here on this pull out shelf and since I rarely use these dishes I packed them in a plastic tub to save.

I was going to sell these but when I looked them up at Replacements Ltd., I decided to keep them.  They've increased in value a bit so I'm hoping one of the kids will want them someday.

This is how the top drawer looks now.  I didn't have the new 2 quart pan yet when I took this picture but once it came I just shifted the pots around a bit and they all fit nicely.

This is the bottom drawer now and it's sooo much easier to get at things now.  One other time when I updated the kitchen I had Dan install the white enamel wire rack to hold the sandwich and quart sized plastic bags.  It added a bit more efficiency for that kind of item.  I have a small galley kitchen so every inch counts.

The bottom pull out tray now houses the larger pots and a couple of odd pieces.  Can you believe all of this was in the bottom of the other drawer!

This is the upper pull out tray and I keep the small electrics on it and that has been working out great.
Downstairs in my utility room I have two pantry cabinets that also houses some rarely used things for the kitchen like cake carriers, and large serving trays. 

This picture shows the cupboards I took a while back.

Over the weekend I made a pot roast and I was so thrilled to be able to get at the pot so easily!

My cold got much worse that I mentioned last week.  I ended up at the doctor's office and I had developed a sinus and ear infection.  Right now my left ear is mostly deaf but at least the pain has gone away.  I've been on anti-biotics for almost three days and they are helping me turn the corner.

Thanks for visiting and I hope I've inspired someone to do some organizing! 


  1. Hi Liz, So sorry your cold got worse and you have an ear infection. Hope the meds continue to work and you'll be better soon. I love how you reorganized your pots and pans. It looks fantastic and I know how wonderful it is to have this accomplished and reach for what you need without moving a load of pans. Your pot roast looks so delicious. I'm still away and it's cold here so that would hit the spot!!
    Have a great week. xo

  2. Your organizing looks amazing. So much nicer when things are easy to get at. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  3. Liz, I'm so glad you went to the doctor! I'm glad you are doing better and I'm sure those antibiotics are helping you.
    Your pull out cabinets looks wonderfully organized. I don't have that kind of pull out system. I usually call Grayden to come fetch something that is stored way back! Lol We have been on an organizing rage since the holidays. It feels so good to declutter!
    Do take care and hopefully your hearing will return soon. ♥

  4. What is it about January that compells us to organize? I spent all day yesterday doing it too! Your drawers turned out great and will be so much easier for you!

  5. Sorry you got so sick. Glad the antibiotics are working for you. Ear infections and sinus stuff is the worse. Your organization to the drawers is great. I bet it is great to get to your pots easily now.
    Happy New Week.

  6. Doesn't it feel good to get things organized, if only I could keep it that way. Your pot roast looks delicious...great comfort food! Hope you feel back to normal soon!

  7. Liz, so sorry you're sick. I have had two colds and just got done with a viral infection. Everyone I see is sick it's horrible.

    I hope you get better.

    Big difference with your pots and love both sets of dishes


  8. I am so glad the antibiotics are working. Sinus infections are just miserable!!! Doesn't it feel good to get things organized to make it easier on yourself when you want to get at a piece.
    Your pot roast looks really good!!! Love your dishes, too! xo Diana

  9. Hope you are feeling better.
    I need you to help get me organized all over my house. Amazing how the drawers start off nice and then get packed again. I know it feels good to have gotten your pots and pans more accessible.
    Your pot roast is calling my name. Great on a day like this.
    Thanks for stopping by. It meant so much.

  10. Hi Liz,

    So sorry to hear about your awful ear/sinus infection;thank goodness you're on the mend! Your kitchen drawers look fantastic! I know that every time I need a plastic container for storing something, all those lids start to get really messy and not being able to find the right one fast really gets on my nerves, especially when I'm in a rush.

    Take care, Liz,


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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