This is a before picture of what my cabinet looked like. Yikes! Silly me, I kept tossing things inside this cabinet as if it had solid doors and know one could see the clutter. Ok, don't judge, Yup, my cabinet got out of hand! It was time to take control and organize this mess!
Thinking outside the box, I thought why not make my cabinet functional and use it for everyday items including some pantry items. I could store things like drinks, towels, and napkins inside it.
What I like about glass cabinets is the same thing as what I don't like....you have a clear view of what's inside. Keeping them tidy is important and sometimes hard to do.
Here are my tips for organizing glass front cabinets
EMPTY YOUR CABINET AND EDIT YOUR STUFF
The first thing you want to do is clear out your entire cabinet, and place everything on top of your table and edit, edit, edit. Editing is the most important part of organizing and often the most difficult because it means parting with some of your things.
Once your cabinet is empty, go ahead and clean all of the shelves.
I used my homemade natural cleaner made with lemon juice, white vinegar, and lavender oil. If you're interested in making your own just click on the link to go to that post. You will also find free cleaning recipes & labels to download and print.
THINK...WHAT DO I WANT TO DISPLAY IN MY CABINET?
After you've decided what goes and what stays you're going to give your STAY pile one more edit by choosing what will go inside your cabinet. This will make your cabinet look cohesive. You can pick a theme or choose a color. I chose mainly white and added a few colorful cups and bowls.
GROUP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER
Now it is time to decorate your shelves by grouping like items together. Bowls with bowls, cups with cups and plates with plates.
ADD COLOR IN CREATIVE WAYSAfter the shelves are organized with your plates, bowls, cups and glasses it is time to add color with the pantry items. I placed oranges in a glass hurricane candle holder and a clipping of mint inside a pickle jar. Using clear glass makes for a clean uncluttered look.
Use items that have colorful labels and group them together on a plate or tray.
For subdued color place a handful of wine corks in a glass vase.
Beans in mason jars and folded towels add texture and warmth to the glass shelves.
For a pretty look use a glass bowl to hold cloth napkins. The color of the napkins will be reflected in the glass.
I have to say baskets are my best friend! Remember the paper towels and cookbooks that were exposed on the bottom shelf. Guess where they are now? Yes, hidden away inside these baskets.
Place a large basket on top of your cabinet for more storage.
For more shelf decorating tips visit my other posts