Organizing Tip #16: Sugar & Spice

Organizing Tip #16: Sugar & Spice

Spices are essential for cooking and baking if you want your food to taste delicious! It is easy to accumulate all varieties especially combination spices like italien blends or seasoned salts. Our spice cabinet can quickly become overstuffed making it difficult to find the one you need. A simple organization plan can remedy this problem.

Step 1: Take all spices out of your cabinet. Discard old spices. Instead of looking at the expiration date, smell and taste to see if there is any flavor.

Step 2: Locate the best cabinet for storing spices. I like the one to the left of my stove since I am left-handed. You may like the cabinet on the right, but the idea is to put them near your stove for easy reaching. I use the bottom shelf for spices, the middle shelf for oils and vinegars, and the top shelf for bulk spices, dressing bottles, and small pitchers for sauces.

Step 3: Find a lazy susan or a tiered shelf so you can read labels and organize spices. Even though there are so many spice racks available that sit on you counter, spices should be in a dark cabinet since the light destroys the potency of the spice.

Step 4: Alphabetize your spices. This is the best tip! I thought it was ridiculous when I first heard this suggested, but it is really an amazing tip. I can find my spices so easily. I put the spices that I use most often on the outside edge of the lazy susan and the ones I rarely use in the middle where it is harder to reach.

That’s it! You will never have to organize your spices again!

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Organizing Tip #10: Holiday Storage

Organizing Tip #10: Holiday Storage

I think the best part of the holidays is all the days leading up to it like the shopping, decorating, wrapping gifts, playing music, and going to parties. But when the holidays are over, we are faced with putting all the reminders of our festivities away. Instead of feeling sad, I make this a fun project. I put in a Christmas movie (or maybe two or three) and take my time putting everything away in an organized manner. I have a separate container for each type of decoration. All my ornaments and tree decorations are in one. Other containers could include one for stocking things, one for garlands, and one for table linens. I also use this opportunity to purge any items that I didn’t use this year. When I am all finished and all the decorations are nicely stored away, I finish my movie with a glass of wine and kick up my feet with anticipation of next year!

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Organizing Tip #5: Cleaning Products

Organizing Tip #5: Cleaning Products

I am all about making my life simple and easy so I have time to do the things I love. Cleaning is not something I love to do, so why not make it easy. I began to realize that often I neglect a task just because the cleaning products are downstairs or in another room. When I end up doing that task later, it usually becomes a bigger task. How do I simplify cleaning? I start by putting the tools I need, where I need them.

Here are some easy ways to have your supplies within reach.

  • In the bathroom, put windex or wipes under the sink. After getting ready in the morning, it will be easy to clean the counter or mirror as needed.
  • In trash cans, put a roll of trash bags at the bottom. When you remove the trash, it will be easy to replace the liner right away.
  • Find the places in your home where you can make cleaning easier. The idea is that you put the tools you need, where you need to use them.

Happy Cleaning!

Nightly To-Do List

Nightly To-Do List

Nothing motivates me like a to-do list. Those empty check boxes just call to me until I complete each task. I love making each checkmark and I feel so productive when the list is complete. So what better way to start the day than with a checklist and if I prepare it the night before, I actually sleep better too! I wake up already energized, knowing that I have a plan for the day.

Each night before bed, just like brushing my teeth, I create my to-do list. I transfer all the things I didn’t finish that day and add the tasks for the next one. I number the items in order of importance. Now my day has some sort of direction and purpose. This is a simple nighttime task which takes so little time, but makes my work day so much more efficient.

Download my free to-do list or check out my Things to Do notepad under products and begin creating your list tonight!

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Organizing Tip #1:  Put “Like” Things Together

Organizing Tip #1: Put “Like” Things Together

Whether I am organizing a clothes closet or my kitchen cupboards, I strictly follow one rule – “Like” Things MUST be together. And really, by sticking to this rule, I actually make the process easier! I know some people like the surprise of finding a random umbrella or beach towel or board game in any number of closets throughout the house, but I like knowing that all my umbrellas are in my coat closet and all my board games are in the family room. It really isn’t difficult to follow this simple rule and it starts with deciding what you want in each closet and what makes sense to be in there.

Here are some examples of what you might put in your closets. A coat closet can hold more than coats. Since it is close to the front door, you may also want to put outdoor gear such as coolers, beach toys, or car cleaning supplies. Sometimes this is a good place for the vacuum cleaner. A laundry room might be the best place for extra blankets, cleaning supplies, or travel items. In other words, there is not only one solution for organizing your things, but by keeping the “like” things together, the process is easier.

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