kitchen organization diy project

I have a cabinet in my house that attacked me last week.


I’m so not even kidding.

Like something out of a horror movie.

I opened the doors to get a plastic container for left-overs and two pitchers, four lids, a foil pan that used to cover a casserole and 47 tiny spice jars reached out and bit me.

Do you have a cabinet like that?

Oh good.

Because my cabinet needs friends. 🙂

how to organize

So in the spirit of conquering our cabinets and showing the spice jars who is in charge here’s a few organizing tips and projects you can do in about 10 minutes.

1.   Always, always, always stack your clocks next to your rolling pins

Just kidding.

Seriously, why not use crates you find from the thrift store to make your cabinet much prettier.

Then add a personalized spoon handle to remember where you put those clocks.


2.  Add a spoon to your cereal cabinet

And while you’re stamping, why not stamp a handle?

Just do what I say and not what I do and get distracted when you’re stamping and spell CERAEL.

Good times.

Easy stamping tutorial….here.


3.  Organize those thumbtacks

Have you ever noticed that a thumbtack is never around when you need one?

Kind of like a boyfriend in high school.

Add an upside down handle to your bulletin board and tuck the thumbtacks inside.

And make them wait at least a day when they ask you to prom.

1-pallet wood organizer

4.  Crate it up


This crate showed up on my doorstep to package some furniture.

I simply nailed it securely to the wall using anchors and added a license plate.

Oh….and books work well, too.


5.   It’s time to organize

Get it?

So sorry…..who can resist a time pun?

Make these tiny clock faces with different times of the day.

Glue them onto clothespins and clip to different file folders to organize your time.

Template for clock faces….here.


Need more ideas?  Here’s a whole page full of projects.

May your day be full of joy.

And projects.

And kitchen cabinets that behave. 🙂


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  1. Image for Peg Peg

    Organization and simplicity are SO good for reducing stress unless, of course, you get distracted and misspell cereal! Love all you do! : )

  2. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    I love the stamped spoons :) I have a cabinet or two with the same affliction on my to-do list....I swear plastic lids used to be the worst for me, they wait for me to open the cabinet and then go flying onto the floor as if to say "we're free" run for your little lid lives! ;) I found a way years ago to corral them so they can no longer run for it!

  3. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Lovely organization, Karianne. So many great suggestions and of course, every area looks fab. Yes, I have multiple cabinets and drawers that have taken on a life of their own-lol. Isn't it nice when you can actually see what you have? Love your marble rolling pin too. Have a nice day.

  4. Image for MAH MAH

    Love the cabinet, I'm actually getting ready to go down stairs and start painting and fixing up a cabinet my brother in law found in an old house. I am hoping it will help with better organizing, I am an organizing nut! Oh, one of my favorite things is using a hanging organizer for sheets and pillow cases. It gets them out of drawers and off shelves, making it much easier to get to them. Have a great day.

  5. Image for Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown

    Oh my you crack me up! Love your line that your closets needed friends!!!hahaha Love your spoon handles! I have only two spoons left from ones we bought when we first married. Do you know where I could send to get stamped? Thanks for help.

  6. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Well, my plastic containers clone themselves -- sans lids. I don't know how they do it. I stack them by size -- very neatly I may say, but then when I open the cabinet it's a plastic avalanche. Yes I understand your dilemma. And our spice cabinet. I used to have it organized by use until my Honey retired -- he decided it should be by size. I've given up arguing about that -- it's not the hill I want to give my all for. *sigh* I've had to learn to share my kitchen. It's not always easy. :-( Your organization looks very, very nice. I think I'll start on my drawers that are overflowing with papers.

  7. Image for Terri Terri

    Every time I open your blog, I come away with so many inspiring ideas. I'm never disappointed! The way you write and add beautiful pictures is always refreshing. I've been in an organizing mode for the last year and will definitely use some of these great tips. Thank you so much! Oh, and by the way, I've been known to eat "cerael" for dinner. Yum!

  8. Image for Cindy Cindy

    So your cabinets needs some friends eh...well I have an army of friends over here for your cabinet:) I so needed this little chuckle for the day! Thank you!

  9. Image for Yvonne Yvonne

    Really cute ideas; love the stamped handles and the clock face-clothespins! and Yes, yes I do have a few friends for your cabinet! I even have a closet of cleaning things I fear opening due to frequent attacks but I do have to grab a broom now and again...

  10. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Haha, I'm pretty sure I have a little brother to your monster cabinet. I need to work on taming it. Your tips will come in handy. :-) Hugs Cecilia

  11. Image for Susan Susan

    You make organising sound like such fun and, with these projects, it would be! I lurve your stamped spoon cupboard handles! And I had an Aha! moment when you suggested using an upside down cup pull handle to store thumbtacks...I am sooooooooo doing this...not just because it's easy, but because it will make life a little easier...and we all need that! Thank you so very much for helping make life a little easier! ;)

  12. Image for The Vintage Vixen The Vintage Vixen

    That upside down handle for thumb tacks is inspired!!! And the crate and clothes pin designs are adorable!!! I am moving into a new place in the next few weeks and I am determined to keep it organized because here I have a cabinet that likes to attack me, too, and it will not be coming along!!! :) Thanks for making organizing beautiful and fun!!!

  13. Image for Mary Mary

    Oh KariAnne... you are so funny! I have so little storage space in what this house calls a kitchen it is frightening. A year or so I went to Lowe's and spent a small fortune on those roll out shelves. I installed them thinking it was the cat's meow! Well... one of them broke and I had to replace it - not fun! And then there is the cabinet where I keep my pans for baking, cookie sheets, and muffin pans. I'm sure you can probably hear me swearing all the way over at your house. It's such a hassle to get a 8x8 out, sometimes I just choose not to make my dish. So, when I see these blogs with these kitchens that have walls of cabinets, I just shake my head (swear a little more) cause my kitchen is "land locked"... Ugh!!! God bless you if you can make room for "stuff" by hanging a crate on the wall. Ain't happening in my kitchen.... :( I'm glad to have a fridge in the same vicinity.... Ooiiiii

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