If you would like to join our organizing challenge, sign up (here) on the event page. Once you are signed up, join the Home Organization 101 group page on Facebook (HERE). On this page, you can ask questions, post pictures, and support each other during this 14 week process.
HOW THE CHALLENGE WORKS:
Home Organization 101 will continue for 14 weeks. Each Saturday, I will post a new “space” along with pictures of my finished space and share the process of how you can organize yours. You can take as long as you need, and once you are finished organizing your space, come back here to this post and link up your blog (with pictures) to share with all of us. If you do not have a blog, you can take pictures and share them on our Facebook group page (here). Questions, ask away… Our facebook page is the best place to ask them. Have fun! Now lets get organized.
WEEK #1 TASK:
The kitchen is the hub of the home. Everyone ends up in the kitchen at some point during their day. So it gets messy fast! The best way to conquer the mess and the clutter is to get organized. Today is the first day of my 14 week series on clearing out the clutter and organizing your entire home. We will start in the kitchen, where it all begins. To begin the process and in order to be fully organized, everything really should be emptied out of the space, so you can see it clearly and start fresh. Its time to clear the clutter. Empty out every Cabinet and drawer in your kitchen. Only do this if you can have everything put back in its place within the week. WE ARE NOT ORGANIZING THE PANTRY THIS WEEK. We will address the pantry in a couple more weeks. Get a babysitter (or send the kids to school), put on your comfy clothes, and turn up the music. Its time to organize!! *Before you start, look around your house to find bins, baskets, etc… You can use these for your kitchen organization.
WEEK #1 CHECKLIST:
1. Clean out and organize all cabinets.
2. Clean out and organize all drawers.
3. Purge everything that is not used, expired, doesnt belong, collecting dust.
The top shelf has all of our coffee wafers, biscottis, etc… The second shelf contains all of our coffee. The bottom shelf has our coffee flavorings & to go cups.
For those of you who are interested, you can purchase flavored syrup at Starbucks!! They have everything you would order at Starbuck, in syrups. A great fyi!!
MEDICINE & VITAMIN ORGANIZATION
For convenience, we keep all medicine and vitamins in their own separate cabinet in our kitchen.
Our Shaklee vitamins are kept on a lazy susan. It’s super easy to find what you need.
Our medicine is organized into 5 different categories, in bins.
1. Eyes, ears, nose, throat.
2. Childrens Meds.
3. First Aid.
4. Fever & Pain.
5. Splints & Wraps.
Below is our “sick caddy”. I will share whats in this in a separate post soon.
Our protein powders & supplement shakes have their own shelf.
Finally, I purchased a Martha Stewart see through envelope (at Staples) & stuck it on the cabinet door. It holds a “ow” chart. So whenever someone is sick, we can keep track of their medications, last dose, etc… I found this free printable (here).
I have shared our previous lunch station (HERE) & below is similar to it.
Tips for a functional lunch station.
1. Keep everything on one spot. (Baggies, napkins, wet ones, utensils).
2. Hang lunch boxes on command hooks.
Below is our previous lunch station (in our old home). The post is (here).
Our spices are organized on lazy susans too! This area is pretty self explanatory. The cooking spices are on the bottom and the baking stuff is on the top!
Cake decorating caddy.
Pot holders hang well on a command hook.
Pots & Pans organized vertically into the cabinet are easy to take out.
All of my baking & cake decorating supplies go into this cabinet. The basket has cookie cutters, pans, cake supplies, etc… My mixing bowls & cake decorating kit fit well too! It helps to keep all of these items together, in one space. That way, there is no searching multiple cabinets to find what you need.
I have had a few emails about wanting to see under my kitchen sink. I will share those pictures with you soon, but in the mean time, (HERE) is my kitchen sink from our old house.
Thats our kitchen. Now its TIME for you to get busy organizing your kitchen!!
Good Luck. See you back here soon.
Purchase a station clock here (click on picture)…
Where did I find my things?
1. Bar stools – World Market
2. Vintage style green Canisters – Pier One Imports