Organizing My Kitchen

Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog

Recently, I posted an Instagram story of a cabinet in our kitchen. I got a lot of questions about it so I thought I'd do a post on how I organize our kitchen, specifically food, with limited space. Our kitchen is pretty small so we have to be thoughtful about what we have and how we organize. It's been a work in progress and has taken time to feel like we're actually being smart about how we're utilizing the space, though I'm never 100% satisfied. Since working from home and cooking more, I realized there were a lot of things I could do or change that would make getting meals together faster. The two biggest problems we faced were space and organization so I took my time to find things that worked for our space.

Keep reading for some tips and tricks on how we make our small space work and please comment below if you have any advice to offer! You can also find my favorite kitchen organization products on my Amazon Wishlist.

Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog
Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog

We have very limited counter space so we keep out only the essentials (plus my pretty stand mixer). Olive oil, salt, pepper, knives and most used utensils sit around a wood cutting board so everything is ready to go when needed.

Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog
Small Kitchen Storage | J for Jamie Blog

Our favorite snacks of the moment get put into large jars with airtight lids that stay on the counter so they're easy to get to. This also helps with keeping chips and crackers from getting stale from sitting too long in their open bags. I love these Le Parfait French Glass Preserving Jars because of the wide mouth and hinged lids.

One of our cabinets has to serve as our pantry since we don't have one in the kitchen. Putting things in their own containers has helped tremendously with making things easier to grab. We also have to stack things up so there's a place for every bottle, package and container meaning nothing is hidden in the back or corner that we can forget about.

Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog
Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog

Transfer things like flour and sugar to their own designated containers to keep the space for them consistent, avoid spilling and to keep any pests out. I love the Oxo Airtight Storage Containers because they come in a set of different sizes. One of my other favorite kitchen storage tools is this tea caddy. Organize like-products together, like honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar in one container and baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla extract in another. This way you can just grab the entire container as needed. You can also find great food storage containers at Daiso and HomeGoods. 

Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog

I found this 3-tiered basket at Home Goods and put it up next to the fridge to hold foods like rice, pasta, and easy-to-grab snacks. Get creative and utilize oddly-sized open wall space by putting up baskets or shelves for storing dry goods, fruit or anything that can withstand being out in the open.

Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog
Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog

We have an odd shallow cabinet above the kitchen sink so I put our pretty coffee mugs, juice glasses and spices in it. I was tempted to remove the doors completely but Chris was opposed. Still, I try to keep this cabinet organized in a way that when the doors are open, it still looks pretty. I transferred spices into small glass jars, again so the look and space stay consistent. Another handy tool I love is my label maker which I use to label anything I put in its own containers.

Small Kitchen Organization | J for Jamie Blog

All in all, I'm pretty content with how our cabinet space and kitchen is organized at the moment but of course it's bound to keep changing based on what we're using and cooking with. Not pictured are the other two cabinets that house the rest of our dishes and pots and pans but more on that another time. The most important thing is to build and organize according to what works for you. Be thoughtful from the very beginning about what you need, keep and buy.

I also highly recommend the book Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson for some great inspiration on organized and minimalist living. Happy organizing and thanks for reading! 

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Hong Kong 2018

Hong Kong 2018 | J for Jamie Blog

After a couple days in Seoul, we headed over to Hong Kong for the main leg of our trip. My mom and sister hadn't been back in almost 15 years and it was Chris' first time. It had been less than a year since my last visit so I had so much fun showing them all the places I loved last time. We also got to hang out with my lovely cousin Liz who lives there with her boyfriend Ben. They are the best tour guides because they know all the best places to see, eat, and shop.

My mom showed us where she grew up and all the places she used to go to. She was so surprised at how much the city has changed but it was fun to see her reminisce. We also got to visit with friends and family that we haven't seen in a really long time. Even though we were there for over a week, it felt like it wasn't enough time. I hope we can make this an annual trip with my mama! 

Hong Kong 2018 | J for Jamie Blog
Hong Kong 2018 | J for Jamie Blog
Hong Kong 2018 | J for Jamie Blog
Hong Kong 2018 | J for Jamie Blog
Hong Kong 2018 | J for Jamie Blog
Hong Kong 2018 | J for Jamie Blog
Hong Kong 2018 | J for Jamie Blog
Hong Kong 2018 | J for Jamie Blog

Seoul 2018

Seoul | J for Jamie Blog

Oh Seoul, the city that stole our hearts the moment we stepped foot on her streets. Earlier this year, Chris, my mom, my sister and I all took a trip to Asia. We stopped in Seoul for a couple days and I must tell you, that's not enough time. We easily could have (and wanted to) spend so much more time there. The food, cafes, people, shops are all so lovely. It's now one of my top favorite cities and I can't wait to go back. I'll try to sum up our trip in a few photos but Chris promises we'll return soon so we can do some proper exploring! (Also, isn't my mom the cutest??)

Seoul | J for Jamie Blog
Seoul | J for Jamie Blog
Seoul | J for Jamie Blog
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Baana, San Francisco

Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog

I first met the creative mind behind Abacus Row, Christine Trac, through Blog Party a couple years back. I was immediately drawn to her jewelry because of the simplicity in her beautiful designs and the materials she uses. We got together for coffee with our S.O.s after we exchanged emails and became instant friends. 

Late last year, she debuted her new studio space in the heart of the San Francisco, fittingly called Baana, the Swedish word for "rails", since it's located directly across from the San Francisco Trolley Museum. I swung by for a visit this week to catch up and see her "Wishes for the New Year" pop-up, featuring treats and traditions of the Lunar New Year. The space itself features a store front, meeting and event space, and her production studio and office. It's full of light and creative energy and I'm just so excited to see what Christine has in store for the space in the future. Be sure to stop by if you're in the city! (Baana | 1256 Mason Street, San Francisco 94108)

Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog
Baana San Francisco | J for Jamie Blog

Ion Adventure Hotel, Iceland

Ion Adventure Hotel, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog

We ended our trip in Iceland with a few nights at the Ion Adventure Hotel, a boutique design hotel. It's about an hour away from Rejkyavik and is known to get amazing views of the Northern Lights since it's in the middle of nowhere. The hotel has about 30 rooms so it was intimate and quiet with amazing customer service. It's also located next to a geothermal power plant so there is a geothermal river that we snuck down to in our hotel robes for a dip. It was one of my favorite experiences because finally it was just us a random hot river - no other tourists and no lines.

We also got massages, admired the beautiful view, and got a faint glimpse of the Aurora Borealis at about two in the morning (which we watched on the hotel deck with a certain Breaking Bad actor that was also staying at the hotel). The Ion was the perfect way to end the trip and we couldn't have been more pleased with our experience!

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Ion Adventure, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
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Ion Adventure, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Ion Adventure, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Ion Adventure, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Ion Adventure, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Ion Adventure, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog

Glacier Cave, Iceland

Glacier Cave, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog

At the request of Chris, we booked a private tour to trek up a glacier then into a manmade glacier cave. We went with the tour guide called "Into the Cave" which is one of the only ones that does this type of tour. We took a special snow bus up and our coats and shoes had to be approved for wear in the cave as it can drop below zero degrees. 

We were able to walk around the cave, explore the different caverns and learn about its history. There was even a chapel built inside for people to get married in. This is also where we learned that due to global warming, this glacier will completely melt in less than 150 years. It really made us think about the choices we make and what we can do to help slow the rapid warming of the earth. I highly recommend doing this kind of tour while in Iceland to learn about the glaciers from a very different perspective.

Glacier Cave, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Glacier Cave, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Glacier Cave, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Glacier Cave, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Glacier Cave, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Glacier Cave, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog
Glacier Cave, Iceland | J for Jamie Blog