The pantry is my Achilles heel. I want to organize it, but I just can’t. I’ve even marked days on my calendar dedicated to organizing my pantry. Maybe now that I’m preaching this organizational mission, I’ll finally do it. I am inspired by I Heart Organizing blogger Jen. She decided to get her life in order after reading that the average person spends forty minutes a day just looking for things! Check out the photos to see one of the pantry makeovers she completed. I love this because not everything has to match. I already have baskets and bins from other projects that can be repurposed in my house and now I just need to find them a home and purpose in my pantry. Not only will this save people money on trips to the grocery store because it eliminates the chances of buying items you don’t really need, it just makes the pantry look so much nicer! I will do it today…you are my witnesses, please hold me accountable.
I hope this quick read helps inspire you to organize your mess this spring. In fact, save yourself some time right now and run through this cheat sheet of quick tips to begin your own mission.
Quick Tips to Get Organized Now!
- Filing Cabinets: Assign each person in your family a color, then color code your files with labels so you can easily find important papers (like immunization records or tax documents) in a pinch.
- Color-code your closet: Organize like items by color and you’ll save so much time getting ready each morning. I keep my tops on the higher rod and organize those by color and sleeve length. I keep all skirts and pants on the lower rod and do the same there.
- Use kitchen items as decorations: Display your cute coffee mugs by hanging them or use your fancy platters and bowls as decorations above your cabinets. You’ll always know where to find them and save money by avoiding buying items that inevitably just become clutter during your next PCS.
- Make a command center somewhere in our home: Keep track of appointments, practices, dates and important events with a command center. We keep a marker board and calendar hung above our office desk. We also use an organizer to keep track of incoming and outgoing mail, bills and important documents until we have time to file them away in the proper folder.
- Make a meal calendar: Planning meals in advance saves time and money, while eliminating the headache of trying to find a meal that pleases everyone in the house on the fly.
- Instill organizing skills in your children now: If you can teach them to keep their own toys, books and clothes in order you’ll save yourself countless minutes in the future and teach them discipline at the same time.
- Instill good organizing habits in your spouse: They know how to fold, label, and organize…they learned all of that in boot camp…now ask them to put the skills to practice on the home front too 😉
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