Organizing All Your Cake Stuff Photo Tutorial

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cakesbykitty Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 8:35am
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I have shown some folks how i have my cake stuff organized and have been asked to expand on it. Let me start by saying we rent a small 1,100 square foot home with a small galley kitchen. We use our spare bedroom as an office and craft room. I have merged all my cake decorating supplies in with my sewing, scrabooking, wrapping area and only have the baking necessities in the kitchen (with the pans all stacked in the laundry closet that's in our dining room LOL). Below are pictures to guide you thru how I made everything fit in a very small space. I am a perfectionist and love organization so for a lot of you this will seem over the top... but i am still trying to improve it daily. LOL I have my dried royal icing flowers (that i make ahead of time) in containers and labelled on top of a book case. On that bookcase is also all my chocolate molds, choc melting pot and cups. The next shelf is all my cake boards and then the next shelf are my cake books, recipes, etc. My hubby bought me the rolling craftsman cart and i have the drawers organized by task and size. the hanging cabinet on the wall (a screw, nut, bolt holder from a hardware store) holds all my tips by category and i have my dragees on top in air tight see thru containers. Luster dusts are kept with dragees once opened, back up supply is with the color gels in that drawer. ok, welcome to my over organized world (my husband laughs every time he sees me with the label maker! LOL)

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momsandraven Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 8:45am
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WOW, that is really fantastic!! "Someday" I hope I can be that organized! Thanks for sharing the pics!

katharry Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 8:48am
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You are amazing! You need to go into business.. I would pay someone to come to my house and organise me!!

I even looked on ebay for that craftsmans cabinet. Imagine the freight to New Zealand!!

I bow down to you oh organised one you put me to shame

SweetConfectionsChef Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 8:48am
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You've done a great job!! thumbs_up.gif

denise4 Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:04pm
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icon_eek.gif OMG....I AM SO JEALOUS!!!!...I try to organise but I've never acheived it to this've spurned me on to try harder icon_redface.gif ....that craftchest is AMAZING.....I'm going to do a search to see if I can get it in UK. thumbs_up.gif

Liis Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:14pm
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Omg! you are such a neat person icon_eek.gif i could never in a 100 years keep something like that. maybe i would sort them out but by the end of next week it would be a big mess again! BRAVO for you!!!!

lapazlady Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:15pm
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Holy Cow, Lady, that is organized! Fantastic.

fmcmulle Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:16pm
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Thanks for sharing. Now I know what I want for christmas. My husband would love to see these pictures.Lol.

Destini Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:17pm
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Thanks for sharing. I was wondering how everyone keeps all this stuff organized. I never thought of using a tool chest(and I work for that company icon_rolleyes.gif ). Now if I could figure out what to do with these pans...

jen1977 Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:26pm
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Wow! I LOVE how you've stored your tips! Are the drwaers seperated by number, or by round, basketweave, etc? Where did you get your container for them? I may have to do this! I thought I was organized by having rolling carts, but you put me to shame! I live in a house about the size of yours, but don't have an extra bedroom icon_cry.gif

cncgirl00 Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:35pm
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This is awesome! I tried to organize my stuff yesterday and it still looks messy. LOL. I TOLD my husband that I needed a tool chest like that and he thought I was crazy. Now, I can show him your pics!

bonniesido Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:36pm
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Congratulations! That is truly an amazing job of organization.

jtb94 Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:43pm
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Wow! that is what I call organized.

MrsMissey Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 12:54pm
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OMG ...that is definitely what I would call organized! Love it!!

JulieBugg2000 Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 1:02pm
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OMG this makes me want to go dump all my husband's tools out of his Craftsman Chest and fill it with my cake stuff!!!

He would KILL me!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

cakerunner Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 1:06pm
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WOW! That's all I can say!

starrchaser Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 1:07pm
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From my perfectionest heart to yours... FANTASTIC! I do not have as much to organize (i hope one day i will) but i think i enjoy the clean up and organizing as mych as the decorating. In my eyes your work space is a thing of beauty! thumbs_up.gif

BarbaraK Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 1:07pm
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WOW! WOW! WOW! I pay homage to you oh organised one! It would take me a long time to get that organised but a mere instant to mess it up!\\

springlakecake Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 1:16pm
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Wow I am ashamed icon_redface.gif ! I have 2700 sf living space and I cant seem to find enough space for all of my stuff. Will you come to michigan and help me organize mine? (of course I do have 3 boys which takes up a lot of space)

thems_my_kids Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 1:26pm
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I have too much other stuff in my craft room upstairs to fit my cake stuff too! Plus I have to use that space as a guest room. I don't think I've done too bad organizational-wise with what I have. I know I have about 30 pans and over 200 cookie cutters, not to mention tips and icing colors, candy molds and other little do-dads! I can't do anything halfway!!

You did a great job with your stuff and it looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing!! Any organizing tips help!!

Lejla Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 1:27pm
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Wow thats amazing.I have been planing to do something like that(for 4 yrs now,lol)still dreaming about it thou.Someday I may get in the mood.Very impresive.

RisqueBusiness Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 1:30pm
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I see that you have your fanci foils on the floor in the corner.

That is considered a health hazard, nothing that comes into contact with your food should be stored on the floor.

But everything else looks amazing. Great Job on using those Craftman storage units!
I have the rolling tool carts because I do demos!

I have a label maker and I havent figured out how to use

berryblondeboys Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 1:47pm
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That's GREAT! I'm pretty organized too, but not that organized! LOL. I have that same Craftsman tool chest, but unfortunately, I used it to organize all our tools and home repair stuff. When I got it, DH didn't see why we needed it. Well, he's been kissing my feet for the last year since now he can FIND all the sockets and wrenches and nails and screws, etc. in a few seconds versus a half hour. Now, if I could just get him to put the tools and supplies AWAY after using them, then I would be able to find it right away too.

For all of you crafters, this is what I use for storage in my craft room. I would take pics, but we are changing rooms - switching the craft room for the downstairs study, so it's all in upheaval. But, this is only $120 from Ikea. I store all my sewing stuff in there. I have two of them. Also, they are counter height (as they are kitchen carts), so you can use them in your kitchen and they have laminate tops (like in a kitchen) so it's a good surface for working on too. Oh, and I've had ours for 5 years and they are still like new - smooth sliding drawers and no damage despite three moves too.

There's also this big unit with TONS of smaller drawers, but they are pricier.

Now, the craftsman would offer shallower drawers and deeper drawers while the Ikea one are all about the same size, but you can fit smaller containers inside for organization too. If I have room for it downstairs in our big switchover, I'm getting a third unit!

Anyway... not trying to hijack the thread - just loving thinking about other ways to organize. Now I know why my MIL's house is always in perfect order. She has NO HOBBIES. She doesn't do ANYTHING in her apt. at all. No wonder it stays pristine. In our house with two kids, a cat, a husband really into books and music and me into cooking, sewing, and some hand crafts, we have so much STUFF that needs constant attention. If we stopped all that "stuff" we would have a tidy home too. Instead, we always have piles of books waiting to be put away. Piles of CDs to be put away and 1/2 done sewing projects too. Let's not even go into the piles and piles of too small baby clothes and pre-teen clothes I've accumulated in the last 6 months with hopes of selling it on ebay! Ugh!


denise4 Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 2:19pm
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I just looked for the IKEA drawer's, and not available in UK icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif , they looked just what I needed too icon_sad.gif

noreen816 Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 2:28pm
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Im so jealous!! I wish I was that organized. I really try but I'm not even close to the point you are at! Plus I'm in a one bedroom apartment in Philadelphia with nooooo closet space 8(

berryblondeboys Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 2:52pm
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Where in the UK are you? They are listed on the London site. Here:

It's under Free standing kitchen (in case you are trying to find it on another UK site).

Good luck!

rustidog Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 2:56pm
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Gosh! What a ingenious idea to use a tool trolley for storing the stuff. I work in a tooling company and there are a few tool trolleys in the office. Now I feel like 'stealing' all the trolleys home. icon_twisted.gif

mgdqueen Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 2:58pm
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What organizational perfection-you are officially my SHERO. Right up there with Oprah. icon_biggrin.gif

kettlevalleygirl Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 3:03pm
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I will save this thread for my future room in the basement for cakes. You have done an awesome job of organizing. I am a bit of an organizer myself and have hijacked the laundry room for cakes, I have filled the closet with the plastic rubbermaid drawer sets, 5 in all, and bins etc. But an organized area, that I won't have to use for other purposes would be great, and I am looking forward to finishing the basement!
I agree with berryblondeboys a house that is too pristine is void of "life".

denise4 Posted 30 Oct 2006 , 3:08pm
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Originally Posted by berryblondeboys

Where in the UK are you? They are listed on the London site. Here:

It's under Free standing kitchen (in case you are trying to find it on another UK site).

Good luck!

Thanks Melissa, I will ask them if they can be purchased from Nottingham


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