Project Spotlight: Jennifer Nordstrom of Au Courant

Staying organized can be a challenge for many but if you have a system in place, I promise it makes it much easier to maintain long-term. A well-organized kitchen makes all the difference on you and your family’s life!

I recently helped Jennifer Nordstrom of Au Courant overhaul and reorganize her pantry and kitchen. I have to say that Jennifer did a pretty good job of keeping everything generally organized before I came in, but I implemented a few new tricks and systems to take it to the next level.


KITCHEN AREA

  1. Spices: I transferred all of her spices into glass containers, used chalkboard stickers on the tops to label for a clean and uniform look, and stored them all upright in a drawer.

  2. Oils: I worked with Jennifer to identify her most frequently used oils and poured into tall, glass oil bottles and used chalkboard stickers to label. I stored them next to the stove for quick, easy access when cooking.

  3. I then grouped decorative plates, glassware, vases, porcelain and china together and stored on a high shelf to enjoy their beauty.

  4. To enhance her backsplash which provides a lovely pop of color, I added a vase of fresh flowers on display in front of the backsplash.

PANTRY

  1. I divided pantry into categories and stored food items in their respective sections:

    • Canned goods

    • Grains/dry goods

    • Oils: Transferred to tall, glass oil bottles and labeled with chalkboard stickers.

    • Breads: Stored in bread box to keep fresh.

    • Coffee/tea: Stored tea bags/packets in clear, divided turntable.

    • Sugars & baking goods (flours, extracts, etc.): Transferred to large, clear jars and labeled with chalkboard stickers.

    • Soups (cans and boxed broths)

    • Breakfast foods (cereal, protein bars, oatmeal): Having all of these foods together makes an early breakfast quick, easy and automatic.

  2. Stored all bagged and boxed goods in new, labeled baskets from the Container Store.

  3. Used uniform chip clips (I like the white ones from OXO) for closing snack bags and avoiding stale foods throughout the pantry.

  4. Stored a shopping bag near the pantry’s entrance so you’ll always remember to bring a bag to the market for your groceries.

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