So today I’m going to talk about Lazy Susans or “Working Mikes” as my middle son likes to call them…ha! My corner cabinets are definitely working overtime for me that is for sure. I spent a couple of hours yesterday giving them each a complete overhaul. It was long overdue especially since I recently realized that I could reorganize them in such a way to make the traffic flow work better in the kitchen. We’ve lived in this house for 4 years and only now am I realizing this. Honestly I just never stopped to think about it I guess but once I explain what I did and why, I think you’ll agree that it just makes way more sense.
This post is also part of a collaboration with my Top Organizing Blogger friends where each of us is sharing a different part of the kitchen giving you plenty of kitchen organizing inspiration. You’ll find all their links at the end of this post so be sure to check them out for ideas and you’ll also find information on a fun giveaway we are doing as well!
So because I just reorganized my Lazy Susans I thought it would be fun to include some before and after pictures in my post as well. Who doesn’t love before and after pictures?? So first let me show you my kitchen to get you oriented with where everything is. If you are interested, you can get a full tour of my kitchen HERE.
As you can see I have two Lazy Susans, one in each corner of my kitchen. One by the dishwasher we’ll call Lazy Susan #1.
And one by the stove which we’ll call Lazy Susan #2.
Lazy Susan #1 use to house all my bowls and leftover containers. It didn’t have any food in it at all.
Lazy Susan #1 Before:
Ummm this basket is a little out of hand don’t you think?
This organizer below was falling apart and we’ve lost most of the containers that fit inside over time. Time to go! I ended up purging a lot from this cabinet.
Lazy Susan #2 on the opposite side by the stove use to house my spices on the top shelf and my baking supplies on the bottom.
Lazy Susan #2 Before:
So the revelation I had was this. Can you see where my Kitchenaid mixer is? It’s right above Lazy Susan #1. And this is where we do all our baking. So with the old setup this meant we had to cross the kitchen to access all the baking supplies in Lazy Susan #2 (on the bottom shelf too!) every time we needed something. Plus two people working in the kitchen together, one baking and one cooking for instance, kept tripping over each other trying to access necessities from the same cabinet in a tight space. Yep it was time to make some changes starting with moving the baking supplies over to where they are used near the mixer. The spices still made sense to stay where they were right next to the stove where they are used most often.
First thing I had to do was empty both cabinets completely. Out onto the floor everything came.
I then gave everything a much needed wipe down.
I had the plan, I removed everything, now it was time for the fun part of the PROCESS…organize! If you are unfamiliar with the organizing PROCESS I use please visit THIS POST to learn more about it. Can be used to organize any space!!!
Lazy Susan #1 After:
All my baking supplies are in one cupboard now, including all the bowls and measuring cups. So much better!
Found these green stackable containers at the Dollar Store. Love them!!
Lazy Susan #2 After:
You can read more about the spices with the red lids on the turntable HERE.
Label the top of the lids so you can find what you need fast.
Containers keep it contained!
Tips to remember when organizing Lazy Susans:
- Round containers work well with the curve of the space. Check the dollar store.
- The use of containers keep everything from tipping over and getting lost in the back. Also work well to corral “like with like”.
- Store stuff where you use it.
- Store frequently used stuff on the top shelves.
- Check expiry dates on food items and toss outdated items if necessary.
- Remember if something hasn’t been used in a year, then it’s time to let it go.
- Label spice lids so you can see what you have when looking down on them.
Most of my containers were purchased from the dollar store with the exception of a few. Organizing doesn’t have to be expensive…first and foremost it must be functional.
Lazy Susan #1 (by dishwasher):
And Lazy Susan #2 (by stove):
Now be sure to check out my organizing friends to get even more ideas for organizing other spaces in your kitchen.
Organized Kitchen Drawers – Clean Mama
Organized Coffee Station – A Bowl Full of Lemons
Organized Pantry – Organizing Made Fun
Organized Fridge and Freezer – Organize and Decorate Everything
Organized Kitchen Command Center – Organizing Homelife
Kitchen Baking Zone – Goodbye House, Hello Home
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Happy kitchen organizing everyone!!