21-day challenge: pantry organization

21-day challenge: pantry organization

We have a really big pantry/coat closet at our house that I absolutely love. It has a ton of storage space, has nice shelves and is just a really useful space. At the moment, though, it’s a really messy space.

What. a. mess.

Thankfully, it’s a mess that isn’t too hard to clean up. I started by going through each shelf and throwing away anything expired, or more than half empty. I also consolidated boxes and containers if I had any items that were open.

Group like items together. It makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.
Use clear jars so you can tell when you need to replenish your dry goods.

I also went through all of my canned goods and straightened them.

Using shelf risers helps maximize your shelf space.

And finally, I used baskets and bins to corral chip bags and snack boxes, clip on shelves to maximize space, and wood crates for under-shelf storage. Eventually, I plan to add casters to the bottom of my crates so I can roll them out easily when I need them.

All of our breakfast items are on one shelf, making them easier to grab and go.
Quick lunch items are also stashed together to make packing lunches easier.

I also straightened up the items on the shelf to make them easier to find and store.

All in all, my pantry is so much neater and better organized. What cabinet or pantry organizing project have you completed recently?

21-Day Challenge Kickoff Day!!

21-Day Challenge Kickoff Day!!

Do you know what day it is? It’s kickoff day for our annual 21-day organizing challenge! This week, I’ll be sharing my own cleaning and organizing challenges, as well as showing you my progress….and offering a few tips along the way.

Remember, you don’t have to do an entire room or an entire dresser, closet or cabinet. You can focus on a small part of a room or closet, or even one shelf or some drawer. It’s completely up to you.

I really need to tidy up our entry way and I’ll be sharing that tomorrow.

I also need to pay some serious attention to the cabinets underneath our kitchen sink and the girls’ bathroom sink cabinet.

Our pantry needs some work as well.

The playroom just got purged and organized after Christmas, so it just needs to be straightened up.

And lastly, our linen closet. It used to be so neat and now it’s in need of a serious straightening up.

So, now you know what I’ll be sharing on the blog this week. Happy organizing, and don’t forget to share your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #ons21daychallenge.

Have a wonderful week!!

The 21-Day Challenge: Organize Your Whole Life in 3 Weeks!

The 21-Day Challenge: Organize Your Whole Life in 3 Weeks!

Every January for the past three years, we gear up for a little “routine refresh,” if you will. We tackle all regularly used areas of our home and perform a purge and an organization tune up.

While the 21-day challenge may seem intimidating, consider this: make it work for you. Don’t do an entire room at a time. Do one small section, or drawer, or closet. Or start with the worst part of that room. You can do as much of this challenge or as little of it as you’d like. It doesn’t have to be major and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. And you can also repeat it as many times as you need 🙂

Organizing doesn’t have to be stressful and it doesn’t have to be time consuming- it does have to be helpful. Here are the challenges list, if you’d like to play along. If you do take the challenge, I’d appreciate it if you’d post a pic on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #ons21daychallenge.

Happy organizing! For the next three Saturdays, I’ll share my progress with you.

Have a wonderful weekend.

10 Kitchen Organizers You CAN Afford

10 Kitchen Organizers You CAN Afford

I’m a sucker for an organized kitchen. There are a ton of ready made cabinet organizers available, but most of them are costly. I’ve managed to find a few nice cabinet organizers for an affordable price.

1. Dollar store pull out basket organizer from The Kim Six Fix

My kitchen sink cabinet is one of the hardest to keep organized. This cabinet organizer would be cheap and easy to make, and it makes a good use of the space.

2. Pyrex organization using pot and pan organizers from Kevin and Amanda

I own several of these organizers that I use to organize bakeware and pots and pans. They’re inexpensive and you can find them at most big box stores. They’re also pretty sturdy.

3. This DIY baking sheet organizer from Indulge

This could be made easily and cheaply. I could see this being in a cabinet above a fridge or microwave.

4. Use inexpensive baskets to organize a small pantry via Pinterest

You can buy these baskets from Target for a small amount of money. They have different sizes as well.

5. Use baskets in deep drawers to corral Tupperware and lids via BHG

My Tupperware cabinet is a frequent mess. If I had a drawer deep enough, I’d use this idea.

6. Use a mop holder to store spices via City Girls and Country Pearls

Tired of searching for spices in a crowded cabinet? This life hack makes use of the back of your cabinet door.

7. DIY silverware drawer organizer via Princess Pinky Girl

You could do this very easily!

8. Got deep cabinets? Create some in-cabinet drawers! Via Remodelaholic

You could build these fairly cheaply; much more cheaply than the ready made ones big box stores sell and install.

9. Use command hooks to organize pretty much anything via Two Twenty One

I use command hooks to organize our baking cups and spoons, but I really love the idea of using them for your mixer attachments.

10. Undershelf baskets will add cabinet space via Pinterest

These baskets are fairly inexpensive, durable, and you can find them anywhere. Take advantage of some tall cabinets with these!

So there you have it. 10 cheap and useful ideas for organizing your kitchen cabinets without spending a lot of money.

Have a wonderful weekend.

21-day challenge: a whole-house purge

21-day challenge: a whole-house purge

Last week, I had spring break. While I wanted to get a lot of things accomplished, I also wanted to have some down time. I managed to get our garden plowed and some flowers planted.

I also completed a whole house purge, where I went through our home room by room and got rid of many things we no longer need or use.

I got rid of three stacks of old magazines.

Many old DVDs and CDs we no longer use.

A large pile of outgrown toys and duplicate toys.

And about five bags of trash.

To purge the house, I chose to donate anything we no longer needed or used, donate any outgrown toys or clothing, and throw away any broken or expired items.

Living with less makes me feel less stressed and more relaxed. My house feels more cozy, too.

Don’t forget to share your 21-day challenge pictures with the hashtag #21dayorganizingchallenge! Have a great day!