You know those ingredients that you bought last year for the holidays, and haven’t used since? In fact, did you come across others from previous years while looking for that one special ingredient? Well, it’s time to organize your pantry and spice racks so that you are only cooking with fresh and healthy items. Try these 9 easy pantry organizing tips for your kitchen now: 1. Remove everything from the pantry. Throw away spoiled, expired items. Remember to put the items that will expire sooner towards the front when you put them back. 2. Clean out the pantry shelves and doors. Funny odor? Place an open box of baking soda near the front (don’t want to accidentally knock it over). 3. Have a plan before you return items to the pantry or racks. 4. Place like items together (ex. breakfast items, baking ingredients, oils, vinegars & condiments, etc.). 5. Place items you use often at eye level whenever possible, especially those in jars so they don’t fall and break. 6. Place lighter items at the bottom (no reason to lift heavy items). 7. Contain smaller items in plastic, washable containers. Clear containers allow you to see what is inside making the items more accessible. That reduces the need to label the containers. 8. Put the specialty spices and items that you don’t use often in the same container. Find easy to make recipes online (I love foodnetwork.com), bookmark them or print them out and keep them with your specialty items. Try those recipes and enjoy the specialty items while they are fresh. There is no point wasting your money, right? 9. Keep a double-sided sticky pad on the inside of the cupboard door. When you are running low on an item be sure to jot it down and start your… read more →
I was talking to a friend the other day and she shared this photo of the spice rack she built. She did a great job using a prominent space in the kitchen, adding colors to the wall. Fabulous idea and that way she didn’t have to use precious cupboard or drawer space. I get great ideas from friends, family and clients. Thanks for sharing Sarah!
Summer is a great time to organize small spaces. Whether it’s a spice cupboard or a closet you want to purge, sort, categorize…all in a way that makes sense to you. Consider these 3 criteria to get the best results: 1. Access – store items you use often in easy to reach places for safe, efficient use. 2. Function – store items near the places they will be used. 3. Grouping – items can be grouped by use, size, color, etc. For instance, instead of storing spices alphabetically you can group them by type of cuisine (Mediterranean, Asian, etc.). Got questions? I’ve got answers!
I love weekends and farmers’ markets but before I stock up the refrigerator I clean it out. After I get rid of any items that may be spoiled I clean every surface. Here is a sensible and inexpensive way to do that…use a clean sponge and a solution of warm water and baking soda. Everything will sparkle and odors will disappear. Organize the food arranging the items you want to eat first towards the front and new ones behind them.
My client is so motivated. Watch how we organize this drawer… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs8R3UwqiTk&feature=g-upl&context=G24999a0AUAAAAAAABAA
Most people would agree that bedrooms are for sleep and …The reality though is that bedrooms are where the laundry sits in piles, unfiled papers pile up, etc. When you want to create an organized bedroom space think about the basic process: (1) Declutter: remove unrelated items. (2) Contain: store items in bins and containers that fit easily into closets, under the bed, in drawers, or hang on the inside of closet doors. (3) Maximize space: utilize vertical spaces such as the closet walls and the back side of doors. There are great storage and organizing tools that allow you to store items in space saving ways. Check out individual hooks or hook bars, over the door hooks, stacking baskets, and more. Get creative! Make your bedroom a clutter-free zone and relax.
Decluttered and organized space in your home, garage, office and even the trunk of your car has a calming effect. Sometimes my clients view it as an invitation to fill it again rather than keep it clear. So, how do you keep it uncluttered? First, acknowledge the work that you put into clearing the space and be proud of your accomplishment. Second, identify the benefits of having the space cleared. For instance, you can see the lovely granite countertop or enjoy the beauty of the wood grain on your desktop. Perhaps it’s that sense of knowing where you put things when you cleared the space and feeling calmer because you can find what you need and are less hurried. The key is to create a logical storage area or tickler system for those items that used to be piled up in the space. That way even though it’s out of sight, it’s not out of mind! Start with something simple, easy to maintain and immediately beneficial. Invest in a bill organizer with numbered slots for each bill statement. Use the drawer below for related supplies such as postage and return address labels. You can keep this compact system on your desk or counter so everything is well-managed and organized, or if you prefer more privacy you can store it in a closet that you use on a daily basis. TIP: You can place birthday cards that need to be sent out by certain dates in the slots as well, it’s not just for bills. BENEFITS: Bills are paid on time, no late fees, no clutter.
Here some ideas for organizing your pantry: TIP: Use clear containers and bins to hold items that are small like spices, fiber bars, or vitamin bottles. That way you can easily see what is inside, and catch spills. TIP: Store items in plastic or glass rather than fabric or metal containers.This will make clean up much easier. TIP: Utilize tiered shelves in order to maximize vertical space. This is a great way to see items that are in the back of your pantry. TIP: Keep a few extra chip clips in the pantry. Keeping containers and bags sealed will ensure their freshness.
Here are 4 easy steps: (1) Discard all spoiled and expired items. Keep a shopping list handy so that you can write down those items you want to replace. (2) Remove all items from the pantry, place them on the countertop or table grouping like items together. Take stock of how much of particular items you have so that you don’t buy more than you need. (3) Clean all surfaces and make sure to dry them thoroughly. Place an open box of baking soda towards the back of a central shelf to absorb any unwanted odors. (4) Replace all items as follows: Most frequently used items within easy reach. Items that will expire soon should be in front of those with later dates. Keep like items together so that you know when the supply is low. Keep an extra box of sealable bags and twist ties in the cupboard to enclose open items.
The garage is part of your home, not just a large storage unit. It is also available to house more than your vehicle. It is often the largest multi-purpose room in your house. Tip: if it’s been in a box for more than a year and hasn’t been used, you don’t need to keep it.