Battling Kitchen Cabinet Organization and More for your Month of February!

KITCHEN CABINET ORGANIZATION   The kitchen really is the heart of every home. It’s where meals are lovingly prepared, guests gather during parties and special moments, and where the occasional heart-to-heart between parent and child can happen while the dishes are put away. So, why not make your kitchen a place where functionality enhances your enjoyment, and organization is optimized? Your kitchen cabinets may be top of the line and plentiful, or maybe they’re just builder basic and sparse. No matter — the key is to work with what you have, and make the most of every available inch. You may need a little boost, and this can come in the form of supplemental organizational supplies. Here are some of the items that I’ve found work best for homeowners’ various needs to maximize storage space at a minimal cost.   Vertical tray organizational rack – This rack is great for organizing baking sheets and cutting boards and can fit perfectly on your kitchen counter or on a shelving unit. These can start at as little as $12.99. Long Acrylic Storage Bin – Perfect for deep cabinet spaces, the pantry, or anywhere you need to contain like items. Some have handles which makes it easy to move if need be. Prices vary depending on the size.  Shelf Liner, Non-Adhesive – Lay down this non-slip liner to keep glassware, dinnerware, cups or plastic storage containers stable in the cabinet. The cost starts at under $20 Lazy Susan – The Lazy Susan has been around for a long time, because it works. It offers extra storage — with single and multi-level options,...

Out with the Old, In with the New!

THE NEW YEAR IS TIME TO CHECK EXPIRATION DATES   As clean and organized as you may keep your home, there’s one sneaky thing we always forget to check…household products’ expiration dates! Even the most well kept home can contain expired products without anyone realizing! We always remember to check the expiration dates of food items, or keep track of how long we use certain beauty products but unfortunately, there are many more household items that we end up keeping around the house longer than we realize we should. Checking your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator for expired food products is a given, but a common place we forget to check is the spice rack. Although you may have some powerful seasonings in the spice rack, their potency is short-lived and should be replaced after a few months. A good time to remember to change out spices and dried herbs is around the holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, when there‘s a lot of cooking happening in the kitchen. Another good tip to remember to switch out spices is to purchase the smaller containers. That way, they get used up accordingly and not much gets wasted if you don’t use them often. The kitchen isn’t the only place that holds important expiration dates! Review this quick list of a couple more rooms in your home that may contain expiring products!                 Bathroom: • Shower Sponge – Two week limit on the shower sponge! Bacteria grows quickly if these sit in moisture, but if you’re against wasting bath products, boiling the sponge can kill the bacteria and make it good as...

Christmas Season Organization

GIFT WITH PURPOSE   While one of the main reasons for decluttering your home is to get a fresh start in your own space, it can also be of benefit to others. When reorganizing a space, there will be a lot of items that either are no longer needed, items to throw away or items to store in another location for future use. For some it is hard to let go of these items, but knowing that your items can be of use to other people can help ease the process. If a client invested a good amount of money into an item that they no longer need but are still having trouble letting go of it, we begin to discuss another beneficial use, such as donating it to a charity of the client’s choice. Not only does this help the client stick to their goal of cleansing their space, but it also gives them control of where this important personal item will move on to. I recently worked with a woman who had several bags of expensive clothes that she had outgrown over the years. Nice clothing is something that should definitely not go to waste. Donating her collection seemed like the best option and helped her to continue her organization process. I shared information with her about Faith House of Acadiana, a local donation center that not only takes donations of any type, but also provides housing and care for those who have suffered domestic violence. Knowing that the women in the shelter could receive this nice collection of clothing and would appreciate it most inspired our...

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