Organize the Pantry and Save Time!
Busy lives don't always allow us to have leisurely meal preparations. Having an organized pantry will go a long way to saving you prep time in the kitchen. Begin with a clean pantry, then arrange the items with a few helpful hints in mind.
-Sort items into categories, just as you find in the grocery store (canned goods, breakfast items, snacks, etc.).
-Place the tallest items in the back for easy visibility and access.
-Put those items used most frequently at eye level.
-Use baskets or bins for loose items such as seasoning packets, or to keep like items together. This doesn't have to cost a ton of money. Dish pans from the dollar store can be a simple solution.
-Keep baking supplies together to save time (sugar, flour, baking soda, etc.).
-If you buy in bulk, use mason jars or clear containers with tight seals. Make sure to label the container with the purchase date or “use by” date.
What is your favorite way to contain food in your pantry? Please share in the comments below! And, let me know if you want to see pics of these strategies in action from my own pantry.
Home garages can become cluttered, dirty, and not very functional if we don't follow a few guidelines. Here are a few simple ideas you could try today.
**Use boxes, bins, hooks, and shelving to get items off of the garage floor.
**Utilize rafter space for storing less frequently used or seasonal items.
**If you are unsure of how far to pull a vehicle forward into the garage without hitting the lawnmower, take a thin rope and attach a tennis ball to the end. Hang it from the rafters at a level where the windshield just touches it when you pull forward the proper distance. Or, you can use a point on the wall that you can see through one of your vehicle windows when you are parked in the right place. I use our electrical panel door as my focal point.
**Use painter's tape to create colorful lines on the garage floor to signify kids' parking spaces for their bikes.
**Create categories and store like items together. These zones will make it simple to find what you need, and to store new items that you bring into the space.
Check out some of these ideas in action in the transformation below!
I've heard that it is officially spring...somewhere. In honor of the sunshine we are having this morning, lets talk about growing great garden storage spaces.
Gardening and lawn maintenance can be much easier when you take time to organize your tools and supplies. Here are a few ideas to get you started in your space, be it a single shelf, or an entire potting shed.
-Use nails and hooks to hold tools such as trowels, rakes, and shovels. If you have a shed or garage available, install a piece of lattice or peg board for easier hook hanging.
-Use extra flower pots as storage space for pruners, gloves, or fertilizer sticks.
-Attach a leather or canvas tool belt to the outside of a bucket.
Use the tool pockets for gardening tools and the bucket to carry supplies such as kneeler pads or pots.
-When storing pots over the colder months, layer plastic or garbage bags between them to prevent them from sticking together.
Digging in the dirt will be even more fun when you have grown great garden storage spaces and can find all of the right tools and supplies. Happy playing in the dirt!!
Let's talk about cabinets. No, I don't mean what lives inside them. I am referring to what you can store on the inside of the doors. If you are not yet using the inside of your cabinet doors, you are missing out on a golden opportunity. Items will become instantly more accessible, and yet remain out of sight.
Want some ideas of what you can keep there? Here are some real life examples from cabinet doors in my own home. Seen below are:
Kitchen Command Center/Message Board - this is a great place to keep notes or small office supplies.
Kitchen Sink Glove Storage - this one speaks for itself!
Strainer Storage - this collapsible strainer was an awkward item that is now easily at hand in the cabinet with our pans.
Bathroom Trash - this one cheats a little by using the top of the door as well, but it is the perfect way to have a place for trash where before, there was none.
Master Bathroom Makeup Reminder - this one is where I keep the list of when my makeup expires.
So, how do YOU use the inside of your cabinet doors? If you have been inspired now, what will you keep there?