Monday, January 16, 2012

21 Days to a More Organized Home: Day 10

Welcome back to the "21 Days to a More Organized Home" Challenge! How did organizing your pantry go? Did you inventory your stock, discard old items, and reorganize your system? I did!

I am currently still in the process of acquiring some more storage jars. However, until that point, my pantry is MUCH more organized than it was previously. Want to take a look! Well, here you go!

Of course there are some things you can't see that are behind the door on the right side. However, I restacked my cans in a tray and put my whole wheat flour in a jar as well. I couldn't get a great picture of the entire pantry because it is an awkward one, but that's okay!

On to Day 10!

DAY 10: Decluttering Cabinets

This is often an overlooked problem area that tends to sneak up on us. I can't give you a ton of advice on organizing your cabinets because each person likes things to be put away differently. However, I can give you tips on the best locations for things. You can get inspired by viewing my Pinterest Board labeled "Organization" to find some inspiration. However, I did post several great ideas in my Pin It! post, so you can look there as well.

So where to put things?

Glasses: Near the fridge or sink depending on what you use your glasses for the most. This way you can easily grab a glass, get a drink and go.

Plates: Near the stove/oven. This way, when you are cooking, you can easily grab out a plate when food cooks faster than anticpated!

Bakeware: Store together, but it doesn't have to be near the oven. Why? Because baking isn't something most of us do everyday and therefore the cabinet space should be reserved for other cooking items, like pots and pans.

Spices: Above the stove or in a nearby cupboard or drawer. This way you can quickly add the spices to your meals and put them away after use. This also aids in adding last minute spices.

Pots and Pans: Near the over/stove. This will allow you to easily prepare food without running around your kitchen.

Electronics (ie coffee pot, microwave, blender, etc): In an extra cupboard out of the way and preferably BELOW the counter instead of above it. This will help you free up counter space and won't use valuable space near your stove or fridge.

Utensils: Something you use often like a flipper? Store it neatly on your counter. Forks and knives? In a drawer near the plates.

Everything else? Store it out of the way. If it is something you use often, make sure it is as close to the area that you use it the most instead of far away. Group like items. Declutter and rearrange your cupboards often to prevent them getting out of control.

Simple as that!

Today I would like you to go through ALL of your cabinets. Get rid of items you haven't used in the past 3 months or don't plan on using. I got rid of bowls, a rice maker, fondu set, old pots, a Slap Chop, and extra knives and silverware we NEVER use. It freed up a lot of space for the new items we got for Christmas (a new glassware bake set). This shouldn't take you very long.

Look Alive!
<3The Mortician's Wife


Previous Posts:
Day 1: Welcome
Day 2: Time Management 
Day 3: Using Your Planner 
Day 4, Part 1: Mail Clutter
Day 4, Part 2: An Action File
Day 5: Other Paper Clutter
Pin It! Organized Home Edition 1 
My Planner 
Day 6: Magazine Clutter 
Day 7: Attacking your Fridge 
Day 8: Finishing off the Freezer 
Pin It! Organized Home Edition 2
Day 9: An Organized Pantry

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