Taking a Mulligan on Kitchen Organization

DSC02239 I like second chances, and back in the day before babies, when the hubs and I played golf together I took many mulligans- a second chance to get the shot right. I wish life had more mulligans to offer, but one I do have is with my own home.  It suddenly occurred to me that BRK doesn’t flow anymore. I been trying to figure out why I have been so uninspired in the cooking department and one good reason comes down to BRK itself. Right now she has 5 people using her, 5 people cooking, eating, and working, on top of it being my office and work place.  So it is time to sit back, identify the problem areas, and fix them.

You can click on the above photo and see some of the problem areas I have identified. This was Saturday morning when I was trying to bake two little flourless chocolate cakes using my peninsula as my working space, all the while dancing around the other Team members doing their thing from fixing snacks, getting a drink, to emptying the dishwasher.  Dirty dishes were waiting to be loaded, and clean dishes were waiting to be put away. All of Team BRK works to keep the place clean but it can still get a bit behind.

More problems areas…


With the desire to have my Team eat healthy snacks, I had decided to put them within reach. It works, but has caused too much clutter. I will have to come up with plan B.  Any ideas?

DSC02240One big problem is the phone area of the kitchen that is a catch-all of all things clutter: mail, phones, chargers, papers, bills, etc. The cupboards below were filled with phone books, children’s old school books, more cookbooks, and appliance manuals.  The top cupboards were filled with music CDs, more cookbooks, and junk.  Such a waste of important real-estate!  It really was an eye soar and some prime property for something better…

Tada! BRK has a new Coffee Station

DSC02272I turned this location into our coffee station as it is close to filtered water from our fridge dispenser and has plenty of room for all our cups, mugs, coffee pots, coffee, and travel cups.  I even have an empty space in the top most cupboard, were I can never reach. Rarely used items can go there.





Now for My New Office
If you have taken my kitchen tour, you can see my office space in the hallway into BRK. Well all of that is changing! My parents came over Easter to help me purchase office furniture from Ikea to turn our formal dining room (we are not formal dining room people as everyone wants to be in BRK) into my sunny and bright new office. With my arm still a bit on the useless side, my folks, and Team BRK were a huge help in carrying and building the furniture. Ma helped organize my cookbooks, and I will soon get those on the shelves and share what my new office will look like when done. Thanks Ma and Daddy! I love you both a ton!


Notice more red?

On Hiring a Home Organizer
Another lifestyle change we have made is hiring a home organizer to help us purge 20 years of marital junk from military life, many moves, children growing up, and the clutter monster.  We have had Holly help us for 4 years now!  She was the one who walked us through changing the dining room into my office, designing the office, and choosing all the furniture being sure all her measurements worked.  Think about making that lifestyle change and hire a home organizer to help you create a stress-free home.

I love before and after pictures, but I really wanted you all to see the during pictures too and understand that my home is much like yours- busy!  I will continue to share the progress and I hope you will share tips with me on some ideas that have worked for you.  I know I will work in starts and stops due to the arm and serving Team BRK, but hey, that is okay, because this is the life!


  1. Posted April 10, 2013 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

    Robin, Mulligans are good! I like your new coffee station. Makes sense. I do have to say, when I first glanced in your kitchen…you need a work island, and it looks like you might have room for it. I can say that, because I do not have one and would love one, but things are a little too narrow. But everyday when I am in the kitchen, I think about how I could be doing this on the island while the hubby is chopping and flopping. Just a thought.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted April 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

      I would love a small work island with a butcher block top, then all my knives and chopping can be done out of the way. Someday!

  2. Coconut
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    The new office is lovely. You must really enjoy having all of that extra space, as well as the fantastic light you get in that area.

    It looks to me as if you have a peninsula (versus an island) in the kitchen now, and I like how it takes up less space than an island, plus you have expanded counter space where it is attached to the main counter.

    If you did ever add an island, could you put it on the other side of the existing peninsula?

    In taking a quick look around above, and then on the kitchen tour, what about using some space over by the chocolate/candy fridge for the kids’ snacks?

    It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but perhaps there is room there for this purpose? If not, what about where you used to have your old office, in the hall?

    Best of luck with the mulligans to come, and thanks for sharing them here.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted April 10, 2013 at 9:31 PM | Permalink

      I think I will make a snack cupboard so it is out of site, but in one place for them to find things. It gets too messy when it is out. The new office is great and looks out to where I can see my front yard and the trees.

  3. Posted April 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    Love, love the new office! So bright and cheery! I saw this on pinterest and thought this might be helpful for snacks.

    Using one cabinet and installing drawers, and labeling the drawers:


    My kitchen could fit four times in your kitchen – it’s hard for Tony and I to be in there at the same time. 🙁

    • Robin Sue
      Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

      Thanks Biz, I will check out this link!!

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