I decided to write this post after receiving a lot of messages from my followers asking me how my kitchen is laid out (from the inside out). I received questions like; Where does your bin live? What cupboard designs did you opt for? Where do you store your pots and pans?…etc.
Before I could share the insides of my cupboards with you all, I had to give them a darn good clearout because quite frankly, they were a huge embarrassment to me! My larder, in particular, was full of half empty food packets, some out of date produce and basically looked cluttered and disorganised.
I have never been one to like plastic packets for food, especially for small dry substances such as rice, couscous, sesame seeds or lentils. I find that the resealable label often gets covered in the food, resulting in the label no longing sticking and the packet opening up and spilling the food all over the shelf!
Storage jars are a great way to keep things neat, tidy and organised. I prefer glass jars so you can see what is inside. I am not a fan of jar labels so I don’t use them, I do however pop a small label on the bottom of my flour jars so I know which type of flour is in them.
I also love baskets/hampers as they can hold a multitude of things and can be stacked neatly on shelves. The one pictured below was given to us as a get well gift for my husband after he was in the hospital and contained vintage sweets.
I have some stunning storage jars from the Danish brand Hübsch, notably one of Scandinavia’s leading home interior brands. They specialise in simplistic, modern and exceptionally well-made home interiors. There is something about this brand that really resonates with me – I found the below quote on their website and it is a pretty good reflection of how I think about the insides of my living space.
Where Happiness Lives
“We believe that we can create happiness around us by designing quality products in unique style, by offering the best service everyday, and by meeting our surroundings with a smile on our lips.”
These storage jars are beautifully simplistic in design, they feature a glass cylinder and a solid oak lid. They are easy to open and close and have a great seal to lock in the food and keep in the air. I have two different designs, one is more tube-like in shape with a flat bottom and an oak lid with a leather loop handle, the other is more circular in shape and has a curved oak lid. I really love the oak lids as they sit beautifully in my oak larder.
I also have another variation of a storage jar, the Weck jar with stainless steel clips. It is a very traditional style of jar, which originates by design from Germany. These come in a range of sizes and have excellent air-tight qualities.
Storage containers are also a great way of keeping breakfast cereals in order and looking neat and tidy. I use plastic ones from IKEA for our cereals.
In the pull out baskets within my larder, I store biscuits and snacks (our naughty bits!) and the children’s cake making supplies. Below these are my wooden pull out drawers and these contain our wooden chopping boards and the children’s plastic tableware. Some people store vegetables in these but I keep all my fresh produce in the fridge drawers.
Our kitchen dresser with folding doors acts as both a storage unit and display unit. When open it gives a warm, inviting look to the kitchen and when closed, it simplifies the whole space making it look clutter-free.
The small cupboard to the right of this unit acts as a secret hideaway for our food waste bin. By adding this small cupboard it makes use of what otherwise would have been ‘dead’ space.
Below the dresser to the right, we have a blind corner optimiser cupboard and to the left, a standard cupboard with shelves.
Our dishwasher is to the left of the sink and below the sink we have a false drawer and 2 cupboards for cleaning products. Top left, we have our mugs cupboard and top right, our glasses cupboard. Bottom right of the sink, we have our cutlery drawer and plates/bowls cupboard.
With the hob situated on the island and the ovens placed directly behind this, most of our cooking equipment is stored in the drawers of the island. Our recycling bin and rubbish bin are housed to the left of the hob which is an ideal spot as all our cooking prep is done on the surface above. Having it in this location makes tidying up really easy!
On the other side of the island, we have our more formal tableware and serveware, as well as our wine fridge.
And so you have it, my kitchen uncovered! I hope you enjoyed a nosey through my cupboards..!