The small cabinet I had allocated for mostly baking supplies, had taken a turn for the worst. I was not using the space efficiently in any shape or form. Bags and jars were haphazardly piled on top of each other, and unrelated items had also found themselves in the same cramped location. It was not good. In fact, it was a mess.
If you're like me, when an area of the house becomes highly disorganized, I start to feel REALLY stressed out about it. Every time I opened this particular cabinet, items would fall out and I stopped having the patience to take every thing out just to just get to the flour. The doors to this overstuffed box would no longer even close properly.
I became a victim of purchasing items I didn't need because I couldn't find them easily. Honestly, it was less time consuming to pick-up something new than deal with getting it out of this cabinet. Sound dramatic? It was. I know many of you can relate to that.
While my dishes above the cabinet in question are completely organized, the reality behind the two closed doors on the bottom was an ugly mess. I wanted to transform this space, but I wasn't sure about an efficient way to make it happen.
With holiday baking right around the corner, I needed a new plan. Before going to the market, I wanted to know what nuts I needed from the store. Or, was I out of flour, sugar or chocolate chips? And hopefully I could finally ditch the clothespins holding closed so many half opened bags.
Here is the BEFORE picture of the messy cabinet. Obviously the space was not being utilized efficiently. The round canisters did not sit well next to each other, taking up too much space in between. Also, not having flat, stackable surfaces was not working. It was a mess and I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to reorganize it.
Just as I was in the beginning stages of researching the perfect containers for my cabinet, my friends over at OXO contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out their line of POP Containers. Coincidence? Yes.
I have been using OXO products in my kitchen forever and they have never let me down. These containers were exactly what I needed to make my small baking cabinet more useful and efficient.
As you can see, flat lids and POP containers were designed especially for stacking, while the square and rectangular shapes make the POP Containers space efficient. It's just what I needed.
I love the wide open canisters for scooping.
Pop-open lids on the containers and dispensers can be opened with just one hand.
I filled the OXO cereal containers with the most popular nuts in my baking repertoire. The largest container now houses my walnuts, while pecans and almonds were placed in the smaller dispensers.
The pop up lids of these cereal containers are wide-mouthed, making contents easy to pour and scoop out. They also open and close without much effort.
Here is the AFTER shot of that same messy baking cabinet. It's perfect now. Best of all, I have room for many more POP Containers, which I will be promptly picking up from The Container Store.
I created a Pinterest Board with my Container Store wish list below:
You can also enter to win a prize pack worth $500, including your choice of OXO Storage & Organization tools (up to $250), as well as a $250 elfa gift card. Good luck!
Disclosure: My lovely friends at OXO supplied me with the beautiful storage containers in this post. As always, all opinions for these products are 100% my own.