It’s feels like a hot minute since I’ve done any sort of organization post, which is one of my most favorite things to do! A new year is a perfect time to get your house in order if you haven’t already. I would consider my husband and I to be very tidy people. We always have the dishes put in the dishwasher, the counter tops cleaned off and our living room picked up. Before we go to bed. Of course there are exceptions to this, but for the most part we work as a team to get the house picked up to start fresh the next day.
There’s nothing worse then waking up to a counter full of dirty dishes. I’m thankful that my husband helps out. And to be quiet honest… more often than not he’s the one cleaning the dishes and putting them in the dishwasher while I’m starting baths or working on laundry. It’s definitely a joint effort! I’m trying out a laundry schedule for the next couple of weeks and after my tweaks I’ll be sure to share! This is my area of weakness in the household. I find we make schedules and have routines for everything else so why not carry it over to laundry. Otherwise, it’s left until the weekend and I’m overwhelmed.
Cleaning and Decluttering
Last summer I re-organized our kitchen. I would say this could be done every 6 months or at least once a year. The first thing I did was take everything out of each cabinet, wiped down the shelves and took out things we haven’t used in 6+ months. We put the items not used in a tub in our basement storage for now. To date, we haven’t missed a thing! I listened to a podcast that said to do this and after 6 months get rid of what you haven’t used. I believe a yard sale is in order for this spring! There are a few things we got for our wedding that I won’t be able to part with. One being a food processor. I asked for it, but it’s probably been used 5 times in the past 7 years. So don’t feel like you have to get rid of EVERYTHING just because it hasn’t been used in 6 months, but hopefully that rule of thumb will help.
So lets get started with the fun part! ORGANIZING!!
For food storage I love our OXO Good Grips tubs. We’ve had these since we were engaged and love them! I recently bought a couple additional ones and they’ve updated them so they’re even better! I like to keep our sugars, flour and chocolate chips in them. For the chocolate chips or even nuts I just keep them in the bag. It’s nice to pull the whole thing out and easier for storage. We keep these on our lazy susan.
Speaking of lazy susan these storage containers are a game changer! On the bottom shelf I keep our bowls and then of course on the top some of our measuring items.
If you have tall cabinets or even if you don’t have very much storage in a cabinet I would recommend using one of these shelves. We use one in our plate/cup cabinet and it helps to keep the kids plates sorted. We also have one where we keep our pots and pans. I put our small pots on the bottom and our frying pans on the top. Just think of it as a space saver!!
For measuring cups and spoons I’ve used the pull off hooks and WOW. If you have a way to put these in your cabinets I highly recommend this! It’s a cheap and easy fix for keeping things organized!! Real life photo – I couldn’t get the pencil mark off from when my husband put these on for me. I usually always have a magic eraser on hand and couldn’t find one. Those things truly are magic!!
For our canned goods I’m so glad we found a different solution than stacking them in our small pantry cabinet. We had a smaller one of these wire racks and we’ve since upgraded to one that holds more! The room this door leads into is our mud room so it’s not a big deal that we have it on the other side. This is an easy way to be able to see what you have and get to it easily!
Lets not forget the spice cabinet! This spice space saver is AMAZING. It’s probably been one of my favorite purchases for our kitchen! These shelves are adjustable so you can fit them to your own cabinets. It’s super easy to assemble and makes for an easy way to access ALL of your spices!
Next up, the pantry cabinet. This is by no means a big cabinet, but other than our baking items and canned goods this is where all of our dried food is stored. I decided to get a few bins for crackers, cereal items and other stragglers. It’s so handy to pull out the whole container as opposed to taking out 20 things to find the one thing you want. They’re great for our kids too!
We’ve stored all of our pasta in the OXO Good Grips containers as well. Since pasta lasts for such a long time it’s handy to be able to see what we have!! We love pasta so we have a lot on hand! I also love using these bins to keep extra items in. They make life easier!
Lastly we can’t forget the fridge! I like to think of the fridge in zones. Each shelf serves a purpose! I think about our pantry like this too, but for some reason my husband still hasn’t caught on! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “ The tortilla shells don’t go on the cereal shelf.” Anyone else with me!?
Anywho, we have a french door style fridge with a middle pull out drawer. This is where all of the dairy is housed. Clearly we aren’t a dairy free home!! We all love yogurt and cheese! Need I say more. These bins have been so perfect in keeping everything organized. Our four year old is easily able to get herself a yogurt or cheese stick!
Something that’s worked really well that I probably wouldn’t have thought of is a lazy susan for the fridge. We put our jams, pickles and whatever condiments are too big to fit on one of the side compartments. It’s worked out great!
If you have specific things that you always house in your fridge a bin is the perfect thing to keep them from making your fridge a place you don’t want to open! We use a lot of beef budding and I like the turkey packets for my lunches.
Sidenote – since each packet is a serving they’re so much easier than buying the family size turkey and never using it in time so it gets slimy! Gahhh.
Is there anything in your kitchen you’re having trouble organizing? Please share in the comments below!