You know those movies where the couple is late for some important meeting at the child’s school and they come screeching into the school parking lot on two wheels? Well, that was me trying to finish up all my organized spaces this January. I was a woman on a mission! To read about my January goals you can find that post here.
My problems all started with basketball season for my middle schooler. Man, those early morning practices are HARD to get up for! It also threw a wrench in our homework sessions after school with all those games. The weekends became homework marathons trying to get in reading time for Sage and letter flash cards for Preston. Elementary homework nowadays is not what it used to be! I don’t ever remember having homework in first grade, do you? Now, it’s hours of it nightly!
Okay, back on topic here! SQUIRREL!
Needless to say, my organization plans were not getting done and the month was flying by. So I had to reevaluate my schedule. I figured out that early mornings on the weekends before the kids were up and after they went to bed was my only me time to get these done. It was not easy but I made it work.
These four drawers make up our junk drawers. They were a hodge podge of convenient drawers that any and everything would wind up in. I had to do one drawer at a time. That way it could be done in a matter of about 10 to 15 minutes instead of an afternoon. I just didn’t have the time. But over the course of 4 days these were all done. They each now have a purpose and the whole family surprisingly came on board with my plan. (Personally, I think the fact that no one could find anything in them made it an easy sell.)
To keep cost down I used inexpensive white plastic organizers I had on hand. I found mine at Target, but I think the Dollar Store has similar ones too. I only kept in this space what we grabbed the most. My husband now has a place for his sunglasses and keys instead of the countertop. #petpeeveofmine. And we now have a place for all those pens and pencils needed for grocery lists and signing school papers and homework. This is probably the most used drawer in our kitchen. In the back of that drawer we keep our supply of cough drops. Hello, flu season. This drawer is used a lot!
Medicines and dispensers are kept here handy along with tooth picks. I used to have the children’s medicine upstairs in a closet but I was always afraid of the children getting into them. This way they are not where the children could be unsupervised and little curious hands can’t get into them. I love the curiosity of little ones, but man, they have to be watched like a hawk. They are some nosy little boogers!
Last Summer I redid my pantry. You can see my steps and how it looked here. We did a pretty good job of keeping it up, but some things were not working well with placement. The little ones were having trouble reaching the higher shelves to help with packing lunches, so I rearranged some things for them.
I worked on one shelf at a time and moved things around as I went. The end result was so worth it to have it back in order again. Yes, I’m one of those people who thoroughly enjoys organizing spaces. (We can still be friends, right?)
This arrangement worked better with all crackers on one level and graham crackers and sweet treats on another. That way I could tell them to pick one thing from each level and they knew where to go. Anything that makes that morning routine work more smoothly is a good thing. Win/win for Mom!
This area really didn’t have any major defaults to fix since I cleaned it out last summer. Just some dusting off of shelves, a little rearranging and checking those expiration dates.
My XO containers are still my favorite. They are a bit pricey but they keep things from getting stale and I love the uniform look they have and mine have lasted for years and I keep going back and adding more one at a time when I am needing a certain size.
If we are friends on Instagram, then you saw me do this on Saturday on stories. This really didn’t take too long, just clearing out what didn’t belong and putting it all back where it works best.
Clearly, I have a problem with the buy-one-get-one free section at Publix. I have enough Pam spray to last a lifetime. Apparently, I am a sucker for those deals, but I think I can pass that one up next time it comes around.
I used the top shelves for seasonal things I don’t use very often. My knife sharpener, cupcake wrappers and my recipe box are all stored neatly and I can find them when I need them. If you did catch that story then you heard me talk about all those cupcake wrappers. I can’t begin to tell you why I have so many of them. Can’t think of the last time I made cupcakes. But, just in case the mood hits, I am ready!
Under the Sink
For some strange reason, this was the hardest area to get motivated to do. I think because sitting on the floor to clean it out was a pain. But I had it on the list so it was going to get done, gosh darnit!
I took everything out from under the cabinet and laid down a plastic liner I bought from the Container Store. It came in a roll and I just measured it out and sat it in there. I didn’t have any leaks, but the thought of something leaking out in my new cabinets was enough to make me get that done. Then I lined up my most used items where I could find them all. There are so much dangling pipes and hoses that nothing would fit to place them all in like a cute bucket I had in my head. This way turned out easier once I relocated all the cleaners that didn’t belong in the kitchen. Then, I folded all microfiber rags and sponges in a wire basket and called it done.
To find out my favorite cleaning supplies you can read this post. These are all my daily cleaners that I use and love.
When we had our house built I made sure that I had all cabinets with pull out drawers and I had them place small shelves on the inside of this one. I am so glad I did too. They work great for small items like garbage bags and gloves on one side and lunch bags on the other.
Lessons Learned this Month
- It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to organize a space. Just a couple of minutes a day and it can get done. Think baby steps.
- Evaluate closets and drawers and find out what is not working. Sometimes it’s just a minor change and the entire space will work.
- Set goals and accomplish them! I gave myself a deadline and reached it by figuring out a schedule I could accomplish each space on the list.
- It doesn’t have to cost any money to get organized. All of these items I already had on hand. I had originally made a list of items to buy but because of time I didn’t make it out to any stores. I got creative with what I already had and made them work.
That wraps up my organized kitchen for January. I can’t tell you how good it feels to mark those spaces off my list and have them work better for my family. I hope this helps you reach your organizational goals whatever they might be.
To read more about my plan for organizing my house this year you can read it here.
What spaces are you organizing this Winter season? I love everything organizational. I am forever pinning things on Pinterest.
Now, off to figure out what spaces I’ll be working on in February!
See you soon,