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Posted by Bo Lee on 2/10/2019

Resolutions are well on their way with the New Year. If organizing your kitchen is one of yours here are some tips to help get it going. 

Getting started

Figure out how you want the space you do have to work, enabling you to measure out the type of organization you need. For instance, if it is a pantry shelf that you put baking odds and ends on then deep, thin trays could be ideal. No need to make a fuss over its label in the store either: if the shelf is tall enough then a magazine holder can do the job while also giving you more design options from which to choose. 

If there is something bigger that you replenish frequently, it is probably a good idea to get large, reusable containers to fit your space for holding your flour, rice, cereal, beans, sugar, etc. These are more easily organized and moved around when you are using your kitchen. 

Do spices leave you searching the cabinet for the right one to do the job? 

Get matching spice bottles. Label each container and stick it to the bottom of your cabinets over the kitchen counter space with Velcro. Or, affix magnets to them and utilize a metal surface such as the side of the refrigerator to organize them on. They will always be easy to find and leave that extra cabinet open for other storage needs.

Is your under-sink cabinet a mess?

Under the sink can become a nightmare if not kept in order through some system. There are many tools designed to combat clutter in the battle for organization in this spot. Attach cabinet door organizers to the inside or hang them over the edge of the door. These are great for anything from cleaning bottles to small items like sponges and such. Adhesive hooks work well for lightweight items designed for hanging like brushes or cloths. A bonusóthese hooks can also be used to hang brooms, mops, and dusters on the wall alongside the refrigerator or inside the pantry. 

Re-purpose organizing tools for your needs.

Items such as towel racks, dish drying racks, and even letter holders accomplish any purpose that you need. Towel racks, for example, can also be mounted to help store and organize pan lids. Desktop-style letter holders can hold pans and baking sheets upright or hung on the sides to use wall space for smaller items. 

Use what you can to keep your mind calm.

Let your imagination work for you and donít allow clutter to keep you from enjoying your kitchen to its fullest this year. Be on the lookout for organization hacks that work for you and your kitchen but most importantly donít forget to use them!




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Posted by Bo Lee on 4/15/2018

Whether you have a free-standing pantry, or a dedicated room for storing your kitchen essentials, thereís certain things that you should do to make sure your pantry is organized and that you have easy access to all of your items. Hereís some tips for good organization in your kitchen pantry: Be Careful With Stacking Canned Goods If you stack large items with other smaller items, such as different sized canned goods, it can pose a problem. An alternative to this storage dilemma is that of using risers. If you donít want to put risers in because you feel that theyíll take up too much space, remember that these storage tools are giving you space in a different sense. However you choose to stack your canned goods, remember that the shortest item should be in the front. Organizing your canned goods by height can help to save you time and space. Store Open Items In Airtight Containers Items that have been opened should be stored in an airtight container with a lid. This can save you money by keeping items fresh. Also, you and your family will know what food items have been opened and need to be finished up before new items are ripped open. Keep cereals, crackers, cookies and even pet food fresh with the use of this simple tactic. Stacking Bins Save Space If youíre like most of America, your town probably recycles. Consider getting stacking bins for the pantry or kitchen area to place recyclables in. Make sure these bins arenít too large. This way, youíll be on top of taking the recycling outside to where it needs to be. This organizing tip helps to keep your kitchen clean. Also, be sure that these containers are easy to open for your convenience. Categorize Your Snack Foods Your kitchen pantry area will stay much more organized if you keep things in categories. Cookies and other sweet snacks should stay on one shelf in one area. Snacks for the kids should be easy to grab for little hands (that is of course if the kids have free reign over the kitchen!) Savory and salty snacks are a different category that will be on a completely different shelf and area. Baskets can be a great accessory for single-serve items. Boxes that snack items come in often take up a lot of space that could be better used. Bags of chips and other items are the same way. These bagged items can be transferred to sealable containers. Baskets are also easy to carry around if youíre offering a choice of snacks. Be sure you have clips to close bags and packages to keep snack items fresh. How Deep Is Your Shelf? Be mindful when it comes to shelving items like bottles that are all the same size. This can make things hard to find. These types of items are often best stored on a lazy Susan, or other type of turn-style storage that easily spins and allows you to see whatís available for your cooking use. This way, youíll never have to move a bunch of things to find what youíre looking for! These kitchen pantry storage tips will help you to stay organized and save time both cooking and cleaning.




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Posted by Bo Lee on 11/26/2017

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Playrooms are usually the bane of a parentís existence. The neverending stream of toys from holidays and celebrations coupled with a childís lack of natural orderliness do not an organized room make. If youíre determined to end the clean up time struggle and find a solution that works keep reading.

For starters, forget the typical toy box solution.


Toyboxes only force children into creating a mess as they dig through its contents pulling toys out as they go to find the one they are looking for. Instead, opt for bins and/or baskets to corral your childrenís toys by category. This way legos have their own container and Barbie has hers.


Want to really keep a tidy playroom?


Put a cap on the amounts of toys your child owns to avoid overwhelm and minimal clean up time. Your child will be better able to manage their toys as well as enjoy them more. Donít worry you donít actually have to throw out all of their toys.


A great solution that also adds renewed interest in old toys is to keep most of your childís belongings in storage. You can then swap out their available selection throughout the year to keep their interest piqued without cluttering up the playroom.


Avoid moving the madness to your attic or basement by also regularly cleaning out existing toys to make room for the influx of the new during the holidays and birthday seasons.


Give your child responsibility.


Teach your child responsibility for their toys by having them clean up their own messes. Create routines throughout the day to help them learn how to clean up before they move on to their next activity. This could mean cleaning up before lunch and bedtime or even before moving on to a different toy.


Make cleanup a breeze for your child.


Keep all storage within reach so your child can not only easily access their toys but also easily clean them up on their own. You can do this by keeping like items with like and storing items in clear containers that are well labeled. If your child isnít old enough to read, create labels that have simple images that indicate what type of toy belongs inside each container.


Customize your storage solutions to your child. Review what works and what doesnít often and make changes accordingly. By creating a process that evolves with your child as learn new habits and even grow older you can guarantee a solution that sticks throughout their childhood.


Hopefully, youíve gained a few ideas on how you can improve your childís playroom to not only be better organized but also stay better organized. With some patience and modeling good organization behavior, your child will be keeping their playroom neat and tidy without a fight. Happy organizing!







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