Tips for Organizing your Kitchen

Clear Things Out

When it comes to organizing your kitchen, it can be hard to know where to begin. We suggest starting by clearing everything out of your cabinets, drawers, and refrigerator. Get rid of anything that is expired or items that you haven’t used in a while. Consider donating unwanted items like pots, pans, plates, glasses, and silverware.

Where to Place Most Used Items

Once you’ve cleared everything out, it’s important to think about what items you use most frequently. Then, consider what shelfs, cabinets, and drawers are most convenient to use when working in your kitchen.   Some of your placement will naturally fall into place – spices, oils and vinegars near your range or cooktop along with pots and pans nearby. Remember the most convenient spaces should be reserved for the most often used items.

Add Organizers

You may need decide you want to add organizers to your cabinets or pantry so a measuring tape will come in handy.   Measuring is especially important if you plan to purchase lazy susans or shelves to stack plates or glasses. These organizers will increase the functionality and might be the most economical way to organize things and make the most use of your space.

Tackle Your Kitchen Junk Drawer

We all have that pesky junk drawer. Clearing it out can be  very satisfying!  Again, clear it out, throw out what you don’t need or , want, even those dried up pens. After a little categorizing, add drawer dividers to create a home for everything. This helps keep each area in order. Tip – There might be other places in the house to store some of the things you’ve dumped in the junk drawer. We like to keep like items in one place in the house. It’s much easier to remember that you keep all your batteries in one place in the house rather than having to scavenge the house wondering where in the world did you put those darn batteries!  

Photo by Jacqueline Marque

Electronics Charging Station Ideas

What should you do to get the charging cords off the counter?  If you have a drawer that’s being underutilized, consider making it a charging drawer! We love this setup to keep your kitchen decluttered.

Cutting Utensils Need a Home

Keeping knives in a drawer is another easy way to clear counters. There are a ton of knife organizers on the market; we love this one because it also creates space to store cutting boards!

Perfectly Placed Pots and Pans

Pots and pans can be challenging to organize, with the variety of sizes and all of the accompanying lids. For smaller cabinets, an organizer like this is probably your best bet. If you have larger cabinets, try a pot rack. We love the hook for ladles or pot holders.

Easy to Find Spices

When it comes to storing spices, we all have different preferences. If you like to keep spices in a cabinet, this pull-out might be a big help! If you prefer your spices in a drawer, we love this organizer. If you don’t have much storage to spare, a counter spice rack might be the answer for you. 

Out of Sight Appliances!

But what about those small appliances that we use every day? The coffee maker and toaster oven need a home, too. Have you considered an appliance garage? They are a great way to keep your counters looking clear and your appliances easily accessible but out of sight when they aren’t in use. 

Susan Currie Designs - Modern Kitchen Remodel

Organizing your spaces shouldn’t be intimidating. Take it as slowly as you need!In the end, you’ll be happy you spent the time getting everything in order. 

What We Took Away from the ADAC Product Showcase 2021


As we move into 2021, there is a sense of optimism. In an effort to escape the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, friends and clients have been telling us that they want their homes to be calming and serene environments. This extends to backyards and front porches, as we all try to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery from the safety of our own homes. The outdoors offers opportunities to bask in the beauty and tranquility of plants and wildlife. There’s nothing more perfect than the bloom of a flower, the unfurling spiral of a fern shoot, or a pinecone that has fallen from a tree. All are part of nature’s perfect code known as ‘the Golden Ratio’ – Fibonacci’s sequence of numbers that are behind the pleasing spiral that we see nature as well as art, architecture, and design. The Greeks used this same golden ratio in their architecture. I anticipate seeing more designs that incorporate the Greek orders and classical architectural motifs this year.As we move into 2021, there is a sense of optimism. In an effort to escape the stress and uncertainty of 2020, many friends and clients say they want their homes to be a calming and serene environment. Which extends to the yards, as people want to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery from their patio or balcony. The outdoors offers opportunities to bask in the beauty and tranquility of plants and wildlife. There’s nothing more perfect than the bloom of a flower, the unfurling spiral of a fern shoot, or a pinecone that has fallen from a tree. All are part of nature’s perfect code known as ‘the Golden Ratio’ – Fibonacci’s sequence of numbers that are behind the pleasing spiral that can be seen in nature as well as art, architecture, and design. The Greeks used this same golden ratio in their architecture, so I hope we will see more designs that incorporate the Greek orders and classical architectural motifs.

We’ve been looking ahead at what’s in store for us in 2021. I just love Baker’s Huxley Table and I’m excited to use it in our design work. It’s perfect for spaces in which you want to blend more modern, sleek furnishings with classically-inspired antiques. The table’s base is reminiscent of fluted columns – it reminds me of great Greek architecture like the Parthenon, and so many beautiful historic buildings in Atlanta and New Orleans.

We recently put together a mood board for ADAC’s 2021 Product Showcase. As we checked out all of the new products being released this season, the ones that really grabbed me were the new fabrics from Cowtan & Tout.  I especially like the Uppark pattern with nature scenes embroidered into it. Color is one of the calling cards of my design, and what excites me about this fabric is how it subtly introduces a variety of colors. The blues and greens are uplifting, and even fans of more neutral interiors will enjoy how well they work with a variety of neutrals, from lighter tans and taupes to medium grays and bronze finishes. The patterns themselves aren’t very modern but I think they make a brilliant pair with sleeker profiles, adding a layer of warmth and comfort atop the clean lines.

Photo – Cowan & Tout

As I looked at the new products being introduced by showrooms at ADAC this year, I was drawn to sculpted, curvilinear shapes that give a soft feel to interiors. These softer furnishings, like Janis et Cie’s Senja Low Arm Recamier and Minotti’s Mattia chair are great places to land after a challenging day. 

I’m also excited about the growing popularity of natural materials; cotton, ramie, stone, metal and wood.  Product designers are creating furnishings and accessories with natural materials that highlight the materials’ unique qualities, like the gorgeous marble Vespera Lamp from Currey & Company that UpCountry Home offers.

Julian Chichester used vellum on their Alfred Chest, creating natural undulating patterns that lead the eye to wander off to imaginary places. 

As I worked on the mood board for ADAC, I also felt that rectilinear shapes, like those of Baker’s Encore Etagere and Made Goods’ Rowen mirror, added nice contrast to these softer, more sculpted pieces. And, as always, we need texture! Texture is abundant in nature, and I think it’s a big part of what we will see in 2021 design trends.

And, as always, we need texture! Texture is abundant in nature, and I think it’s a big part of what we will see in 2021 design trends. Like these window treatments from Hartman & Forbes represented by Ernest Gaspard & Associates at ADAC.

Photo – Hartman & Horbes at Ernest Gaspard & Associates

Advice from Susan:

My advice to anyone looking to revamp their home is don’t let too much time pass without an update. Keeping your home décor fresh will not only increase your enjoyment of the space, but will also help maintain your home’s value.  Don’t wait until you are planning to sell your home to tackle home improvement projects or to renovate a kitchen or bath.

Simple changes like new paint, wallpaper, a sofa, or perhaps replacing an old faucet can make the world of difference in the feel of your home.  

For more info or to schedule a consultation, email us at susan@susancurriedesign.com or call 504-862-5800.