The Best Kitchen Organization Ideas From Chris Loves Julia’s Renovation

Photograph courtesy of Rubbermaid

Most wedding gifts will end up in a box in a basement or garage after a few years. But there’s one staple of the registry that always seems to stick: food storage. Julia Marcum still has the Rubbermaid containers she and her husband, Chris, received 13 years ago on their big day — you could say it’s love. “They’ve just been this constant in my life,” Julia says. Like most of us, the couple behind the design blog Chris loves Julia had accumulated some with the company’s classic red lid, which definitely stood the test of time but didn’t necessarily match the style of their new home in north carolina.

Eighteen months ago, the pair were approached by Rubbermaid to create a new color for the brand’s stackable and interlocking EasyFindLids, and they came up with a fresh, light blue-gray hue that pairs well with their taupe cabinets. and their dark green island. “I’ve worked so hard to make our home a place where we can feel calm, comfortable and comfortable,” Julia shares. “And honestly, even the little things that we surround ourselves with affect that.” Over the past year, they’ve thought of all the little things, like putting two panel dishwashers on either side of their sink. Then there are all clever storage tips they kissed. Ahead, seasoned renovators share four moments of built-in organizing that totally changed the game.

The Lunch Packing Station

The Marcums have dedicated an entire lower drawer to their new Rubbermaid collection, and it’s conveniently located just below a drawer that houses special compartments for bags of various sizes. “That way I can easily put the things for the girls’ lunches straight into their boxes,” says Julia. And no, it’s not a custom creation – you can get the same bag organizer on Amazon for $40.

Refilling the trash


trash can
Photograph by Chris Loves Julia

When Stoffer Cabinets, the couple’s cabinet designers, asked them what their previous kitchen problems were and what they wanted to be more organised, Julia immediately replied: trash bags! “We have these slide-out bins…why am I looking for a new bag somewhere else?” she says of her thought process. So they incorporated a corner into the back of the drawer to put a bag holder in – that way no one ever forgets to put a new one in the box when they pull out a full one. “Thank goodness,” she said, laughing.

The other cover holder


pan lids in a drawer
Photograph by Chris Loves Julia

In addition to neatly storing her Rubbermaid lids (she’s a proponent of separating bases from tops), Julia also has a dedicated drawer for her pots and pans lids. The space has narrow, angled shelves inside, so all the tops stack and slide neatly into place.

Knife slots


knife drawer
Photograph by Chris Loves Julia

Chris’ favorite part of the kitchen? The slotted drawer dedicated to “all the knives he’s gaga about,” says Julia (it’s another addition from Stoffer Cabinetry). We agree: it looks neat.

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