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31 Days of Organization: Store it Out in the Open

What do you do when you have sparse kitchen storage and a pantry that is full to the brim? You get creative with your storage solutions. As I have mentioned in previous posts in this series, sometimes creative organization means thinking outside the box. Think about the items you use most often in your cooking… Continue reading 31 Days of Organization: Store it Out in the Open

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31 Days of Organized Living: Create a Beverage Station

J.S. Farynski said, “Visitors should behave in such a way that the host and hostess feel at home.” Take a minute and think about how you behave the first time someone comes to visit your home. Do you bring them a glass of water, or show them where you keep the glasses and tell them… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Create a Beverage Station

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31 Days of Organized Living: Store Nuts and Seeds in Dark Containers

Most product packaging is not designed for people like me, who like to stock up or plan ahead. It is designed for people who like to consume an item and then purchase it again when they need it. If that is you, that’s quite okay. We are all wired differently and that is what makes… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Store Nuts and Seeds in Dark Containers

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31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Your Tools At The Ready

This may seem like a variation on a few other posts I’ve done so far this month, but this principal can be applied to so many areas of organizing your life. When a chef is getting ready to cook a meal, they gather all the ingredients they will need together first. Then they chop, prep,… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Your Tools At The Ready

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31 Days of Organized Living: Organize Like Items Together

Have you ever walked through the grocery store and felt frustrated with how they organize the items? All the breakfast cereal is together in one place, but if you want waffles and syrup you have to travel to a whole different section of the store? You can buy pasta and tomatoes in the same isle,… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Organize Like Items Together

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31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Your Cookbooks Accessible

The experts will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but dinner is the meal that more people devote the most time and energy into preparing. It is also the one meal that many families sit down and enjoy together, so it makes sense that it should get the most… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Keep Your Cookbooks Accessible

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31 Days of Organized Living: Store Snacks on the Counter

  There is something nostalgic about the idea of rummaging through a cupboard for a snack at the end of a long day. It brings back memories of television shows like The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, and Leave It To Beaver. Now that I’ve aged myself and my fondness for old-fashioned television shows, I… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Store Snacks on the Counter

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31 Days of Organized Living: Control the Clutter With Trays

Gone is the era of trays being used exclusively as serving pieces. While trays are perfectly useful for serving beverages or snacks, or for toting dishes and food to an outdoor table for dining, they can be used for a multitude of organizational purposes as well. The great thing about trays is that they allow you… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Control the Clutter With Trays

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31 Days of Organized Living: Dedicate a Place for Your Mail

Coming home from work can be hectic: you have to deal with your keys, your sunglasses, your work bag. Sometimes there are small children you are trying to wrangle in the door who want your undivided attention, NOW. Then there is the mail. Often times the mail gets dumped wherever is closest and it’s left there… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Dedicate a Place for Your Mail

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31 Days of Organized Living: Use Height to Your Advantage

While trays offer an easy way to corral items in a multitude of spaces, mix it up with pieces that elevate for some visual interest. This is especially effective in the kitchen and dining room. Cake dishes are great for this purpose and come in a wide variety of sizes and materials. One thing you… Continue reading 31 Days of Organized Living: Use Height to Your Advantage