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Easy Mini Kitchen Makeover

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Recently I started noticing how junky my kitchen was. Piles grow and sit on the counter until I become so used to seeing them, they just blend into the background.

Some stuff has been around for years and has become worn out and sad looking. The drawer I’m used to rummaging around in has all kinds of junk I never use. How about the empty wall in the corner that I never got around to decorating? Yup, total blindness to what it really looks like.

Time to eliminate the piles, worn out towels, dead plants (eek!), unused appliances—they all needed to go.


Before pictures of my kitchen

Getting Started with a Kitchen Makeover

After much thought and measuring and sorting, I decided to buy a few new items to spruce things up. I also needed some better ways to organize cabinets and drawers. At one point, I actually took everything out of the two drawers I was working on to sort out all the junk.

It’s always kind of embarrassing to see the weird, trashy items that have been stored for way too long—what was I thinking?! Then I tried out different organizing ideas to see how I might want to divide the drawers. I measured and moved, and finally came up with what I thought would work.

I did the same thing under the sink. This involved a lot of running up and down the stairs to measure and consult possibilities on Amazon.

Kitchen Makeover Tips

Here are a few tips if you are contemplating some updates to your organizers:

  1. Work on one confined area at a time (one drawer, one shelf, or one cabinet)
  2. Clear any clutter out before you try to organize
  3. Measure, measure, measure!
  4. Consult Amazon for ideas and save them on a wishlist
  5. Once you have ideas, think about exactly how many items need to fit the organizer (how many lids, or pans, etc.)
  6. Make SURE the sizes you order will fit in your actual space!

A mini kitchen makeover on a budget. This is a small DIY way to update an outdated kitchen. Some ideas to organize and freshen up your kitchen decor.

What I Ordered

I finally ended up buying three drawer units for under the sink (large, medium, two drawer unit), plus a shelf, and a new wrap holder.

For the larger drawer, I bought an adjustable drawer divider because I couldn’t find anything that was quite right. I decided the smaller drawer just needed a small box to create a divided space.

For the counter, I bought a pantry rack for the cutting boards, a fruit basket, a hanging shelf unit, and a small spice rack.

Under the Sink

Two days later (hooray for Amazon Prime), my packages arrived and I got to work. I assembled the drawer units, emptied everything from under the sink, and wiped it out. I sorted out all the trash and got rid of a few things.

Then I put my units in to see if they fit—yes—accurate measuring for the win! I filled up my new drawers, trying out a few different arrangements. Then I attached the new bag/wrap holder and filled it up. Under the sink—check!

Messy under the sink
Organized under the sink

Kitchen Drawers

I moved on to the drawers where I emptied everything out, sorted, and wiped the drawers. Then I snapped the drawer divider together and put it in—no tools needed.

I still think there are too many things in the drawers, but since there are only a few drawers in the kitchen, that’s the way it has to be. The biggest win with the drawer dividers is that everything doesn’t just slide around together anymore. Things pretty much stay in place.

Messy kitchen drawer with utensils

Organized kitchen drawer with dividers

Kitchen Counters

Finally, on the counter, I cleaned up the piles and wiped everything down. Then I attached the shelf unit to the wall and set up the other items on the counter.

The cutting boards don’t look that different, but now they don’t slump over and fall when some of them have been used. I’m delighted with the shelf unit on the wall. It just adds so much color and pizzazz to that corner. Gotta love blooming flowers in the kitchen!

Messy kitchen counter

Clean and organized kitchen counter

Final Thoughts

The biggest help for most spaces is to use some kind of divider or container to keep things organized. In drawers, use dividers. In cabinets, use racks to hold lids, pans, and cutting boards upright. On the counter, try using baskets or bins to keep like items together.

Cutting boards, kitchen knife block, and appliance on a kitchen counter

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