Kitchen Organization: Before and After

You may have seen a few weeks back, I had my bedroom wardrobe and kitchen professionally organized by the Horderly team, with some organizational items from The Container Store.

Well, today, I’m excited to share the kitchen part of that project! You’ll be able to find my bedroom update on Inspiralized Ali, soon.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m an extremely messy, disorganized person. I’m the kind of person that never puts something back where it belongs – it just gets tossed in the mix. My clothes are always all over my bedroom floor and before I met Lu, I just lived that way. When I met Lu (very, very neat person), I changed my ways a bit and started to see that keeping your space tidy and organized is life changing.

Ever since I started being more tidy (to respect Lu), my life has improved! Having a clean space helps me feel less stressed. It makes me feel zen when I’m home, not anxious from all the clutter.

However, despite being tidy, I’m still not organized. That’s where the Horderly team came in. If you follow me on Inspiralized Ali, you know that the first phase in my professional organization journey was with my pantry closet. The Horderly team came over and totally “gut renovated” my closet, as in, took everything out, edited those items (keep, toss, or donate) and then put systems in place in my closet, like lazy Susans and neat bins so that every single item in my pantry had a home or a designated place.

And I’m happy to say, three months after my pantry was professionally organized, it still looks the same! It’s amazing how easy it is to be organized once those systems are put in place. I’ve saved SO much money on canned goods, because in the past, I would just shove everythin gin there, never knew what I had, what was expired, etc, so when I’d go to the grocery store, I’d just rebuy and keep shoving things in there. It was a true disaster, you can read all about it here in this post.

Organizing the kitchen

Now enter the second phase of my organization journey: THE KITCHEN.

What a mess this place was. From the outside, it was neat and tidy. From the inside, the exact opposite. I’ll let the before and after photos do the speaking.

Spice drawer

Before And After: Kitchen Organization

Miscellaneous cabinets/baby stuff

Before And After: Kitchen Organization

Tupperware/Glassware/Mugs/Drinkware Cabinets

What a mess this was!

Before And After: Kitchen Organization

Mini pantry cabinets

Before And After: Kitchen Organization

Baking sheets/pans cabinet

There was no before here, since I just basically had random pots and pans in this cabinet. With some Container Store items, they made this super organized for my baking sheets/pans, which I use all the time. This is my favorite part of my new kitchen!

Before And After: Kitchen Organization

How amazing?! Just these small changes has made my experience in my own kitchen exponentially better.

And if you’d like to watch, we made a fun teaser video all about the experience (with guest appearances from Luca!):


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