Canned food organization

~Hi Friends~

I feel like I am in the middle of about a dozen unfinished projects and it’s driving me bonkers. The task of getting organized can sometimes be a very daunting but I am determined. I decided to finish one thing at a time starting with the pantry.  I want to use what I already have and if I must buy something it needs to be from the dollar store, I’m on a big time budget these days.

Feeding a family of 5 gets pricey so when something goes on sale I stock up which means a pretty full pantry.  I spied these nifty little wire baskets at the dollar store, grabbed a large and small can and they fit! I have seen all sorts of amazing DIY canned food storage ideas but really, who am I kidding, these baskets will do the trick!

 Labeling the baskets seemed like the best idea so I know exactly what I have on hand.  The labels came from Online Labels and they have a label designer program which makes creating and printing super easy!

 There is still so much more to do, I’ll be sharing little bits and pieces over the next few weeks and a whole lot more, so stay tuned!

~Thanks for stopping by~

Kristin

Staying Organized~Free Printable

Call me crazy but my calendar is made from real paper I actually write on it, I just can’t do the digital organizing thing. Trust me I tried and I failed.   I am a visual person, I need to have it all out in front of me, not on a small screen, I have to write, I’m a list person, tell me I’m not alone.

My next dilemma was separating family, blog and home. If I tried to put them all on one calendar well, that would be setting me up for disaster.  I searched and searched for  free printable planners on the web that were functional for each category and cute.

For my blog I downloaded the Blog Planner from Gifts We Use.  Very simple and to the point.  I can write down all my crazy thoughts for projects in the note section and I can write down my scheduled posts on the calendar. Easy Peasy.

I used Oh So Lovely  free printable trellis patterned calender for our families personal use.  I can keep track of our super busy social lives (ha ha) I mean my taxi schedule for the boys.

Next up is a weekly planner which breaks down household tasks into manageable daily and weekly bite size pieces from the Confident Mom. It also has a space at the top for the days menu plan. I was thrilled when I won this from Sand and Sisal!

free planner page preview of organizing planner

The only downfall right now is the binder seems a little on the bulky side, I might have the pages spiral bound so it is easier for me to slip into my purse for when I’m on the go. So far I’m loving it and I haven’t missed a game, practice of appointment yet!

How about you, what works for you when trying to keep your life organized?  Please feel free to add the URL’s to any printable in the comment section for others to use that you think would be helpful.

~Have a fabulous day~

Utilizing the back of a door for storage

With the craft closet being super tiny I had to think outside of the box when it came down to storage.  I also had to think of the kids.  Would they really open the drawers and put all the junk back where it belonged?  That would most likely be a negative.  However, the back of the door is within reach and eye site and can be such a useful area, I like that!

I purchased these wire baskets at the dollar store; added labels using card-stock and ribbon.

When the hubby left to get the mail I quickly added tiny little nails to the back of the door, he will never open the craft closet anyway. (fingers crossed)

Placed the basket right on the nail and filled them up, instant storage!

OK I promise I am almost done with the closet!

~Thanks for stopping by~

Day 5…the Linen and Boys' Closet

Martha Stewart

 

I’ll admit, laundry can get way out of hand in our house. I’ve put a labeling system into place  and it makes a huge difference!

 

 

 

 

There was nothing more frustrating then making the beds and never being able to find a match or having a avalanche every time I opened the cabinet. I can’t remember the last time that has happened.

 

 

 

Two of my boys share a room so I have labeled their shelves, drawers and racks. This way when I tell them to get dressed they no exactly who’s clothes are who.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style at Home has some wonderful tips on organizing your linen closet. I wish I had room to accessorize with baskets but we are filled to the max!

 

pictures from style at home

 

 

How do you put your laundry away? Do they stay in piles on top of the washer and dryer till you have gone through them all? Yes, I’ll admit that does happen at our house sometimes. Do you have a day set aside once a week dedicated to laundry or is your washer and dryer constantly running like ours?

 

Thanks for stopping in today!

 

 

Shoe Organization

Welcome to day 3 of my series on organization!  So this one might seem a little silly but it’s one of those things that easily gets out of control in our home, not kidding!

SHOES

Before our shoe system was put in place, the kids would leave a trail of clothing, shoes, backpacks, dirty socks and whatever else from the door to the kitchen. Coming up with a shoe storage idea was easy and inexpensive.

Think about it, shoes are usually the last item we put on and the first item we take off. So logically we should keep our shoes by a door. Not to mention if you can get your kids trained to take their shoes off before coming in the house you cut down tremendously on the amount of dirt that gets tracked in on a daily basis.

So follow these simple steps and hopefully you will be on your way to gaining control of the shoe situation.

Gather all your shoes from around the house into one place.

Keep only the pairs you love and wear, donate or toss the ones you don’t.

Ones that you love that need fixing, go fix them.

 Designate a spot in your home for your shoes.

 Count how many pairs remain and shop for shoe organizers (see below for options)

 Shoes that are worn often can be organized separately from your fancy shoes. My going out shoes don’t go near my sneakers. Remember my craigslist closet organizer find? Yes, all my fancy ones still remain in their little cubbies!

 Below is my solution to shoes and it remains in the garage. I write the kids names next to their row so they can pick out their own shoes and most importantly put them away!

Kids boots are on the top with my shoes below.

 Hmmm….looks like my husband has a shoe fetish!

 For those days when we come in through the front door, I have a basket tucked underneath the entry table waiting for shoes to be thrown in.

 Fortunately, there are a number of shoe organizers, in different styles, designed to keep your house uncluttered.

 Hanging shoe storage from Ikea for $10

Another Ikea shoe organizer for $6

 

 A little nicer one for $50

How about an over the door shoe rack

For $40 you can hold 50 pairs with this shoe rack

Do you have an old beat up bookcase? Instead of throwing it out, use it to store shoes. Better yet, build one!

If money wasn’t an issue (ha ha) take a look at these from Home Decorators.

Closet World

Use these ideas as a guideline for creating your shoe organization system and you’ll be on your way to a clutter free life! Fingers Crossed.