For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our聽Hit Refresh聽series through聽February for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year鈥檚 resolutions.

We鈥檙e two months into聽2018 and there鈥檚聽at least one resolution were still sticking to 鈥 organization. If you tuned into our closet reorg聽last month, you know that聽our decluttering project聽was a huge success, so we鈥檙e聽applying the same聽get-clean mentality to the kitchen. Our聽skilled聽Junior Designer, Rebecca Fong, was happy聽let us聽take over聽her聽cooking space聽for the afternoon to try our hand at a few small聽techniques to get聽things聽tidy.

Besides being a聽talented聽designer and creative at heart, this girl has made it her New Year鈥檚 mission to be more present in the kitchen. Since she shares her place with two roomies, kitchen space is limited, and finding a good聽solution for organizing all her cookware聽was essential.聽Take聽a look below to聽see how a few small steps helped her out.

Brit + Co:聽What was the biggest problem area for you? Why?

Rebecca Fong: The biggest problem area for me is my kitchen. I live with two other people, and the kitchen is the only space where we store shared items all together. We all have different methods for organizing, as well as multiples of the same items. Since we don鈥檛 have great methods for organizing, things can get lost or become difficult to access.

B+C:聽Have you tried to organize this area in the past? How did that go?

RF: I have tried to organize these areas in the past, but nothing seems to stick. I have tried to rearrange the pots and pans into more manageable piles, but they always end up getting messy after a few weeks. In the past, I have used large Ziploc bags to organize my baking supplies and keep them fresh. It worked decently and it was nice to be able to see the contents of the bags. However, things would still get lost in the shuffle, and the bags weren鈥檛 structured enough for me to clearly see how much I had of [different] things.

B+C:聽How did your New Year鈥檚 resolutions come into play in this exercise?

RF: One of my New Year鈥檚 resolutions is to cook more and eat better in general. Having an organized kitchen makes cooking seem more appealing, saves me time, and makes it easier to be more aware of what ingredients I have in my cupboards.

B+C:聽Was the labeling organization method helpful? Was it difficult at first?

RF:聽The labeling method was pretty helpful! It was pretty easy and helped me to eliminate a lot of half-used bags of things that I would probably never use again. Instead of having four half-full bags of chocolate chips, I now have one airtight, labeled container. Yay!


B+C:聽What were some pros and cons of this method?

RF:聽There are so many pros! My kitchen feels so much more organized, [and] I feel so much more aware of what ingredients I have and what cooking tools are at my disposal. I honestly don鈥檛 think there are any cons.

B+C:聽Would you try this in other areas of your home?

RF: One hundred聽percent yes! I want to go through my closet and organize things with clear bins!


B+C:聽Would you recommend this organization method?

RF:聽I would recommend! I feel so much more confident about whipping up last-minute meals and not wasting nearly as much food now!

B+C:聽What advice would you give to people trying this method?

RF:聽I would say do your research. And don鈥檛 be afraid to go to The Container Store multiple times in one week!

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Photography: Brittany Griffin

Models/Organizers: Rebecca Fong