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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Creating a Breakfast Zone for Easier Mornings

Earlier this week I showed you my new hot beverages zone and shared tips to help you create a similar place in your kitchen, especially if you have a small kitchen.  It's all part of my kitchen organizing tips series. 

Today, I want to share my new breakfast zone!

Kitchen Organizing Tips

Here's a list of all the tips I've shared already (with links to the corresponding post).

  1. Use drawer dividers
  2. Measure before you buy
  3. Determine the purpose of each drawer
  4. Purge before organizing
  5. Store like with like
  6. Keep items where you use them
  7. Store items you don't regularly use in "out-of-the-way" spots
  8. Maximize the vertical space in deep drawers
  9. Create zones in your kitchen
  10. Use boxes and baskets to contain like items
  11. Use clear containers for baking ingredients
  12. Label your containers
  13. Done is better than perfect
  14. Store dishes in a cupboard you can easily reach when you empty the dishwasher
  15. Maximize the vertical space in cabinets using wire shelves 
  16. Store all your hot beverage supplies together
  17. Use under-the-shelf baskets to maximize vertical space in cabinets

OK, on to today's post!  When I showed you my hot beverages zone, I mentioned how I often got dizzy from spinning around in my small kitchen reaching for things in different places.  Well, it's kind of the same story for our breakfast supplies.  

I don't know why I had things in so many different places, but I think it's just that our needs have changed over time and we just got used to having everything where it was.  But since I'm moving so many things around I took a look at our breakfast supplies and decided to make mornings a little simpler by having everything in one zone.

So, I've created a breakfast zone on the counter on the left side of my sink and in part of the cupboard just above it.  Before I show you the new zone though, here's a look at what this area looked like before.

I've never liked how cluttered this counter was.  I'm on a mission to get stuff off the counter that doesn't need to be on it.  You'll see more of how I'm doing that in upcoming posts.  

Here's what the cupboard above this counter looked like before.

It was kind of a jumbled mess of breakfast, lunch, and dinner food, as well as plastic bags and condiments.  I moved the plastic bags into my "junk" drawer when I organized it, and you'll see where our condiments ended up in another post.  

I purged a few old items from this cupboard, and added in the food items from the cupboard beside it (so I could use that one for dishes only).  Then I organized this cupboard better.  

The first step was to group all the breakfast foods together instead of having them spread throughout the cupboard.  Then I moved a few things off the counter below the cupboard so I could have everything in the same part of the kitchen too. 

Kitchen Organizing Tip #18: Store all your breakfast supplies together

Ready to see my new breakfast zone?  Here's the counter part.

So much better than that cluttered mess it was before!  Like I said, you'll see where I moved the items that used to be here in a future post, but it's great to have the paper towels, kitchen utensils, and phone off this counter.  

Once I cleared the counter, I moved the toaster over to this side of the kitchen so it could be part of our breakfast zone.  I also switched the breadbox to the back of the counter instead of the side.  Now when we're making toast or heating up frozen waffles or making a sandwich, we've got space on the counter to do that!   

{Side note: if you ever buy a breadbox, don't get one with a rolling top.  I regret that I bought this particular one because I can't use the top of it.  At some point I want to get a flat-top one like this.  But at least mine hides the bags of bread, bagels, English muffins, etc.  That's the important thing right?!}

Back to my breakfast zone... Here's the cupboard above that counter after I organized it.

The bottom shelf is now all breakfast or morning items.  We've got everything we need for pancakes, waffles, or toast on the left.  And our vitamins and my Slimfast are on the right.  

In the middle, I put a basket for the empty water bottles.  My hubby fills several water bottles every day for work (he's a letter carrier so he needs to stay hydrated).  There are usually more than this but I took this pic during the day so he's using the rest :)

These bottles were always cluttering up the counter and toppling over like dominoes whenever they were accidentally touched.  I needed a new system!  The basket keeps them together and standing really well.  I was just planning to find a place on the counters for it, but by better using the space in this cupboard I was able to fit it in here, which is even better because it's not taking up counter space or looking cluttered!  It fits in with the rest of the breakfast stuff since he fills them every morning.  

And since I have a small kitchen and I can't dedicate a whole cupboard to just breakfast foods, I'll just mention here how I organized the rest of the cupboard.  

I've already shared a tip about using baskets to group like items together, but you can see it applies in this cupboard as well.  In addition to the basket for my hubby's water bottles, I used a clear bin to group packages and small food items together so they aren't floating around throughout the cupboard.  I didn't label the bin since it's clear and I can see what's in it.  Right now I have our oatmeal packages as well as some lunch foods like soup and tuna.  My breakfast zone is kind of my lunch zone too :)

Also on the middle shelf with that clear bin are some dinner foods.  And on the top shelf are extra foods. 

Kitchen Organizing Tip #19:  Use the top shelf of a food cabinet to store extras of foods

I like this because the top shelf is harder for me to reach so it's hard to take items down from.  It's not too bad to reach up and put away groceries, but I have to stand on a stool to get things down.  So now I only need to use the stool once in awhile, when I use the last of something and want to replenish it.  It helps me see what to add to the grocery list too.  The items on this shelf vary, depending on what's been on sale recently :)

So there you have it!  My food cupboard and my breakfast zone.  It has really simplified mornings around here.  The plates are in the cupboard right beside this one too, so everything is close by.  And no more spinning around and around in my kitchen getting everything I need :)

If you don't have a breakfast zone, use the tips and ideas from this post to create one.  It will make your mornings easier! 

You can find more kitchen organizing ideas on my Kitchen Organizing board on Pinterest. 

And stay tuned the next few weeks as I continue to show you my kitchen and share tips to help you organize yours. 

How do you organize your breakfast supplies?  Do you have tips for creating a breakfast zone?  What other tips can you share to make mornings easier?

Happy organizing!

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Here are all the posts from the kitchen organizing tips series: