Before: An Overabundance of EverythingHomeowner Elaina Bhattacharyya has lived in her home for six years. After all that time she still hasn’t finished unpacking! She wants to unpack, but she has no place to put her stuff. This is especially true in the kitchen. Her pantry and cupboards are overflowing with dishes and glassware while her garage is piled high with boxes full of kitchenware. Elaina likes to entertain and would love to have a kitchen that she could show off. She wants a place where her guests feel welcome to stay and hang out awhile.
Professional organizer Liz Witts digs into the clutter and comes out with a great plan for getting unpacked.
Her unorganized boxes are overflowing with pots, pans and plastic containers, there’ just no place to store them. Witts has a game plan. The first step is to unpack the boxes and group all like items together &$151 cookware, plastic ware and glassware. The homeowner then sifts through all the items and realizes she doesn’t need most of it. Out it goes to the donation box. Now maybe she’ll have some room to unpack.
After: Tuscan Gold KitchenColorful glass hardware dresses up the otherwise dull cabinetry. New shelf liner was laid inside the cabinets. Shelf liner creates a clean, finished look and makes pots and pans slide in and out easily. To help tame the homeowner’s collection of plastic bags, a deluxe bag holder and dispenser is fastened to the inside of a cabinet door. A chrome spice rack on the wall frees up more cabinet space and adds some contemporary style.
Before: Overflowing PantryShe’s got a great collection of wine, but it is stored standing up in cardboard cartons. Wine needs to be stored on its side or the corks will become dried out and Elaina will have an expensive collection of vinegar. Outside of the pantry door, the homeowner has amassed what she calls the largest collection of plastic bags in the Western world.
After: All Put AwayHer fine china is stored in lined containers to protect them, but still keep them easily accessible. Witts hung two wine racks over the pantry and two more on the opposite wall. The plain kitchen table was replaced with a multipurpose island. The expandable island and funky bar stools are a great place to sit and eat. There is plenty of storage underneath and it can be moved around the room to serve as an extra workspace.