HOW TO DECLUTTER, ORGANISE AND TRANSFORM YOUR KITCHEN & DINING AREAS

This would have to be the biggest transformation yet! A ruthless declutter of all the Kitchen cupboards and Pantry, A Pantry Makeover, Kitchen organisation, the addition of an indoor herb garden, a sand and re-paint of the feature Dining Room divider, and I have also showed various ways to create a Gallery Wall. Also during this segment I have created copious amounts of meals, snacks and recipes I love, and shared them with you all! If you missed out on any of this good stuff head on over to my Instagram page and check out my highlights and feed HERE. 

A lot of effort goes into the initial declutter and organisation of any household space. It took days on end to just get stuck in & complete the Kitchen, excluding the Pantry! In addition to this, is the upkeep required. If you’re successful in getting the space well de-cluttered and organised. and put in the hard yards to begin with, it will be all worth while down the track and make your life that much easier; especially when packing things away. I stress EASIER, as everything has a home... so in turn it is easy to return to things back to their home with no procrastination! But it does take discipline to keep any space tidy! 

Here are some Before & Afters of our Kitchen:

BEFORE

AFTER

Cook ware. I removed all the items that I no longer use, or that were damaged, and organised in a tidy way.

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AFTER

I still needed to grab some stackable baskets to put measuring cups etc in... but I initially relocated all of this from 2 separate drawers and 1 cupboard, to the corner cupboard- which is a lot harder to access.

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AFTER

If there are spaces that don't seem to be working for you, see if you can rearrange them. I moved some sections around that weren't working for me such as the corner cupboard of plastics. I relocated them to 2 separate bottom draws, and moved all of my big bulky baking items and appliances into the corner cupboard  instead, as I don't use on a daily basis. 

I moved chopping boards to the pantry, and also moved the large baking dishes to the space above the microwave. 

 AFTER

AFTER

AFTER

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AFTER

SOME OF MY TOP TIPS... 

- Create & utilise the following boxes, donate, rubbish, recycle, re-home. This
can also be used for decluttering any room (space) in your home
- Remove everything from the area you are working on (you’ll need the space). Ie Drawer or shelf. Sort through and put back what you are keeping & MAKE SURE YOU WORK IN
SMALL SECTIONS
- Pack away all items from your dishwasher, and anything laying around so you can
start fresh
- Prepare spray & wipe so you can clean on the go
- Donate any un-opened unused foods. Ie cans
- Grab or create some pantry labels
- Mark on back of containers the expiry date- either on a sticker or chalk marker
- Store any seasonal items with the rest. Such as Christmas tea towels.

If you would love some more TOP TIPS on decluttering and organising your Kitchen, you can grab your download via the Decor Me Store HERE! But if you are a subscriber you should already have it in your inbox. 

For all the Pantry declutter information and Pantry Organisation Checklist... You can grab that at the same time or read more on the BLOG here or download your checklist HERE

NOW FOR THE HERB GARDEN ADDITION! 

BEFORE

DURING

AFTER

A simple and effective herb garden to fill a big empty space. The raw wooden shelves are very on trend and make for a great DIY project!  The brackets and wood were purchased from Bunnings. I then cut to the required size (Bunnings can also cut to size if required), and installed them rather easily. Quick tip, pre-drill your holes- it will things that much easier. Ensure you either use wall mates or screw directly into a stud. The pots were a combination from both Kmart and Bunnings. All of the plants are from Bunnings. 

I absolutely LOVE cooking with fresh herbs, but they never seem to last when I buy them! I am no green thumb, but will see how I go with this selection! 

Olive Herb, Basil, Chives, Oregano, Lemon Thyme, Parsley, Sage & Rosemary.

 

A GALLERY WALL HOW TO 


There are a few ways you could tackle a Gallery Wall... but before you attempt any of this, it is a good idea to come up with a type of theme or combination of prints or photos you would like to use. Even a colour theme is a good way to go. Also, don't forget to grab your frames.

My go to places are Kmart, IKEA and a local $2 shop. Officeworks also have a great range. With our wall, I specifically wanted a wall that represented family, as it was at the dining table, and to me meal times with family are where some of the most memorable moments are made. I also wanted it all in pretty much black & white. 
So here it is... my quick guide two ways! 


OPTION 1 🔨🔨
1. Start by mounting your largest print first, and just off centre. Build out from this print.
2. Start placing your unframed prints around this pic with Washi Tape or Blu Tak until you are satisfied with the formation. 
3. Once you are happy, start popping one print at a time into it's respective frame and mount on the wall with a nail or hook of choice.
4. Continue with the remainder of the prints. Just make sure you stand back each time after each print is placed up to ensure you are satisfied. 

OPTION 2🔨🔨
1. Tape out an approximate area on the floor, or use the dining table if large enough
2. Place your framed prints in a formation until you are satisfied. Take a photo with each formation you like, then go through your options. Once you are happy and have decided the one you would like, get to it! 
3. Use the card cut out from the frame insert and tape onto the wall in the formation you want with washi tape. Step back and ensure you are happy.
4. Pop your hooks or nails in place. You can even nail through the card and pull the card away once it is up.
5. Start placing your framed prints on the wall as per your photo and the existing cardstock on the wall.


HOT tip... mix it up. Don't clump all your photos together, or put like prints in the close vicinity 😉 Also mix and match your frame colours 😀 It is important that you keep it all at eye level and don't go too high or too low

If you would like to see more view HERE

LIGHT FITTINGS

 

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AFTER

We replaced the existing with a new one from IKEA, and had our electrician install it. The light fitting was a very affordable @ $79!

BEFORE

We then replaced our Kitchen Pendants with some Beacon Lighting pendants. The Finn in Grey Concrete. Also installed by our electrician. 

 

AFTER 

 

THE FEATURE DIVIDER

I have hugely disliked this feature since we moved into our new place, and has been on my list to transform it for some time now. I am so glad I finally took the plunge, and so happy with the final result!

Firstly, I lightly sanded the divider all the way back, with a combination of the Ryobi ONE+ orbital sander, and  multi purpose tool. I taped all edges with Edge Lock, and then painted on one coat of Dulux Undercoat & Primer (water based). Once dry, I painted with a wide brush, the Dulux Baltica finish. I painted on two coats all up. 

This was the last piece of the puzzle to finish off the entire space, and I am really happy with the result! 

I hope you have loved this transformation and you have grabbed some helpful tips along the way! 

Until next time

Big Love Ange x

 

1 comment

Clare Kinsella

Just read your FB post and checked out your website. I love your site and ideas. Particularly loved your indoor herb garden. It looks great. Very inspiring.
Best wishes from your fellow Social Method Society member,
xxclare

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