When you go into building a house for the first time, your wish list is a mile long and unfortunately we usually cannot get everything we want. It’s a painful process of having to cross off items and move them over to the “future” list, but that’s just reality. Let’s be honest, Pinterest hasn’t helped anything!
One of the items on my “wishlist” was to have rollout kitchen cabinets. I’m not sure how these aren’t just a standard option when they make all these cabinets so deep. Raise your hand if you have items in the back of your pantry that you cannot see, grab or have any idea how long they’ve been back there because you simply cannot get to them without moving 15 items beforehand. I will go out on a limb and say this is a constant frustration for many of us!
In order to honor the upgrade, let’s see what the kitchen cabinets looked like before! There was some sort of organization happening and a bit of functionality, but there was a lot of room for improvement.
You will notice that some of the cabinets have stainless steel wire rollouts. We found these at Costco last year (stocked up on them!) and are thrilled with the quality of them! They were really inexpensive and a great alternative option.
Last year my Dad installed rollouts in their kitchen and I was in complete envy. Their pantry just doubled in space because now my Mom was able to utilize every inch of her cabinets! I remember saying (because this was before I knew I was building a house), “someday I’ll have a kitchen with these… someday.”
Well I am so happy to tell you that my “someday” came this past Saturday! I was so giddy with the pending excitement of being able to re-organize my cabinets and pantry. As my significant other, along with my father, likes to say… “this has to be a sickness.” I will tackle a space in my house time and time again until it functions perfectly and love every minute of it
I couldn’t be happier with the new kitchen cabinet rollouts! It was a blessing in disguise that we ended up waiting until we lived in the house for 6 months because it made me realize which cabinets were my trouble spots and actually needed additional rollouts. Now, I’m thrilled to report that no cabinet is a black hole and everything is easily accessible!
I’m a big fan of using OXO POP storage containers. They come in a variety of sizes and really help keep your pantry organized and functional. I find most of my containers at TJMaxx where they are a bit cheaper than their retail cost. It may seem like a big expense at first, but it’s truly worth doing. Now it’s easy to tell if we are running low on quinoa, cereal or oatmeal and since they’re stackable, you’re able to create additional space that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
I also just added these removable decals from kidecals to help label some of my containers. I love how they add just a bit of character to the space and are equally functional!
I also use clear kitchen pantry organizing bins that you can find at Target or even TJMaxx. These are used throughout my pantry and even in my refrigerator. They really have changed how organized these spaces are & often find myself going back to grab 1 or 2 more! In my pantry, you’ll see that they are used to keep soup/canned goods together along with corralling extra dressings, spices, rice, baking essentials, etc together.
By making the second shelf a rollout allowed me to better utilize the space of my lower cabinets. I had to do some rearranging to accommodate for the height adjustment, but everything has a much better home now. I wish these cabinets could sing a little tune each time they opened with how much I love them!
Hope you enjoyed getting a look into my kitchen cabinets and loved seeing the transformation happen by just adding some simple rollouts!
Keep Living a Stylized Life.