How is everybody today? I thought I would write about something that I’m working on in my kitchen and other areas of my home. Storage and organization! I hope that this post will reach out to motivate some people, to obtain a more organized and happier home with belongings stored safely. When you have your items organized it makes life easier to find, areas neater and more presentable, whether they are food products, bathroom or other items in your home that need to be contained. There are many ways to store your stuff. You can use shelves, cabinets, pantries, closets, containers, totes and baskets. I decided to work on one area of my house for now. The kitchen is where I will concentrate on first. I found some ceramic containers at a thrift shop and got some other containers and jars from Wal-Mart and various places. It is important to be able to keep your food somewhere safe that it doesn’t get stale, old or attract pests. If required to be refrigerated, you need to store it in something to keep fresh in the fridge also. Another reason to be organized is that it makes it easier to find your ingredients and items to save time in the food preparation. It’s also very important to store your food appropriately. Certain foods need to be kept in a cool, dry place and some need to stay cold. It’s also a good idea to keep labels on items to show contents, ingredients and expiration dates. To get started with my kitchen, I will start one side by going through anything on the counters and the cabinets, checking for old and expired food. Clean as I go. Sort by types, shapes and what the usage is for. For instance, I sort all my herbs and spices together, all my baking together, ethnic stuff together, sauces and dressings together, oils and non-stick spray together, and can goods by types (like fruits, veggies, soups) together. I have a spice rack, a basket, and a spice lazy-susan to store my herbs and spices in. I clean all the shelves and counter tops before putting everything back neatly. After getting done with the food, I start on cookware and dinnerware, etc. Then I tackle the fridge and freezer. Trash old stuff and clean from top to bottom, including the drawers and door shelves.
If you want to get on the right path towards a neat, organized home follow these steps:
1. Set aside a certain amount of time, avoid all distractions. Do what’s most important to you at that time.
2. Start pulling out and going through a small section at a time.
3. Throw out old, expired items. Donate, give away, and recycle unwanted items.
4. Sort on table, floor or counter.
5. Clean area where the stuff goes back at.
6. Start putting your items back. If anything needs to go in a basket or container, do so. Also, decide what you use more often to be easy to find and reach for.
7. Lastly, SMILE at yourself and give yourself a great big hug! Good Job!
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