Pantry Cleanup

A few weeks ago, I had decided to jump on the 40 bags in 40 days bandwagon with Ann Marie over at White House, Black Shutters.

I started off really good then life just got busy so I hadn’t done anything in a while.

My daughter’s softball team is having a garage sale to earn money this weekend.

I decided that I need to get busy coming up with things to put into the sale and it’s a perfect time to get rid of stuff that I have been hanging onto forever.

This is my pantry/laundry room.

I hate this room.

Every time I walk into this room to get something, it gives me a headache.

We are supposed to one day move the washer and dryer to the basement but I seriously doubt that will ever happen.

One of my biggest problems with the room is that I can’t reach the shelves.  Every time I need to get something, I have to get on a step stool to reach it.

It’s just as difficult to put things away.

Everything just ends up shoved up there with no rhyme or reason.

Things get shoved to the backs of the corners and I can never find anything.

I have several small appliances that I don’t use anymore, that need to be given for the garage sale.

At one point, for a reason that I don’t understand, I put my spices and baking things on the 3rd shelf.

I think I did this to keep the bottom shelf for snacks and items for the kids.  They really aren’t able to reach all the way up to the 3rd shelf.

So I just jumped in.  I got a box from the garage to put in the stuff for the garage sale.

I got a trash bag for things that have expired that need to be disposed of.

I wiped down the top shelf, it was really dusty up there.

Here is how it looks now.

I like to have all my food together so I know what I have and am able to find stuff.

I also moved my spices to the bottom shelf.  This right there will make my life so much easier.

I love how it turned out.  I love how all my cans and jars are lined up and facing forward.

We’ll see how long it lasts.

Because it is also a laundry room, I do have to have laundry supplies in here.  I moved a stand up from the basement that works perfectly.  It also gets my detergent off the shelves with the food.

So, that’s my pantry and laundry room all cleaned up.

I managed to get 1 bag of trash and 1 box of stuff to get rid of.

A big box.

 

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Kitchen organization

It is a cold, overcast day in Atlanta today.

What a great day to show the kitchen a little love.

My kitchen is fairly small and I don’t have a lot of cabinet space.  One of our cabinets has always been dedicated to plastic cups.  It’s at the bottom and was very convenient for the kids when they were little.

Now that they have gotten a little older, we don’t need to have as many plastic cups for their use.  They can pretty much safely use glass.

I decided that I would use this day to clean out the cupboard that houses our plastic cups.  It was time for some of the ones we’ve had forever to go away and some that have been sitting at the back of this cupboard never being used to go as well.

This is what the cupboard looked like:

We also keep our plastic pitchers in there too.  Well, I figured that since I am downsizing our number of plastic cups and they are currently in this bigger cupboard, maybe I could move them to a smaller cupboard and use this bigger one for other things.

This cupboard which has all my stones, cooling racks and cutting boards in it is way too crowded.  However, these things would be much more comfortable in the bigger cupboard.

See how crammed everything is in there?

I decided it was time to do the ole switcheroo.

Everything came out of both cupboards so I could see what we have and what needs to go.

I had some things in the back of the cooking stones, cutting boards cupboard that I had forgotten I even had.

I then sorted the cups onto 3 piles.  The cups on the left are cups that we use frequently.  The cups on the right are either broken, missing lids, or I’m just honestly tired of them and want them to go away because they are taking up too much room.  The cups in the middle are ones that may get to stay depending on space available.

Using my new cleaner that I made the day before, you can read about that here, I cleaned both now empty cupboards.

I then put all the things we wanted to keep back inside.

This is the new plastic cup cupboard.

And the new location for the cooking stones, cooling racks and cutting boards.  They seem so much happier in there.  I was even able to put my waffle maker and foldable griddle on the shelf.  Those 2 things were taking up residence in my pots and pans cupboard and were always in the way.

Everybody looks so much happier in there.

I’m so glad I did this project.  My family will be so confused for a couple of weeks but they will figure it out.

A New Year’s Resolution

I’m not usually big on making New Year Resolutions.

I can think of things that I want to change and do in the new year but that usually only lasts about a week and then I’m pretty much over it.

One year my resolutions were to write in a journal everyday and have lunch with my hubby once a week.  Well, the journal writing lasted about 2 days and hubby got tired of having lunch with me once a week so that ended pretty quickly.

I used to be really good about sending birthday cards to family members.

Ok, not really good but I was kinda good about it.

Truth is, I stink at it.  Really stink!

My sister would agree.

Her kids were lucky if I could get their cards to them in the month of their birthday let alone on the day of their birthday.  My poor husband’s family never got any, I don’t think.  I like to think that that wasn’t entirely my fault, see; he couldn’t remember when all the birthdays were so he would have to call his parents to ask them and then he would forget to tell me and so I would never remember to get a card or it would be too late.  So yea, I’m going to lay that blame on him.

Well, this year my resolution is to get it together and send out birthday cards to our families.  Not just my side but his side as well.  I am taking the burden off his shoulders and going to do it for both of us.  Hopefully I can get him to sign them, we will see.

This week in the mail we got this:

Now it may look like just any old calendar to you but it’s not.  It’s so much more than that.

My father-in-law must be reading my mind or something because he took the time to write down everyone’s birthday in this calendar.

He even wrote everyone’s ages.

No I have no excuses for not sending birthday cards to hubby’s family.

He has helped me out tremendously.

 I’m going to put this in my office so I always have the birthdays right in front of me.

Thanks to the help from my father-in-law,  I’m sure to be able to keep my New Year’s Resolution this year.

He even circled Father’s Day for us.

 Oh man, were we that bad??

Probably so.

My most favorite part of this calendar was when I flipped to October. Not only did he have my birthday on there, but he has me a year younger than I actually am.

I always knew he was on my side.

So, Thank you, Ed!

 Thank you for helping me keep my New Year’s Resolution this year and for also thinking I’m a year younger than I actually am.

Getting Myself Organized

Take a look at what was delivered yesterday.

I was so excited.

 Let me back up and explain.

Even in this day of electronics that can do almost everything for you, I am still a paper calendar/planner girl.  Even though I can view our shared family calendar on my laptop or my phone, I still like to use an old-fashioned pen and write it on a calendar.  I’ve tried to change and only use my calendar on the phone, but it just doesn’t work for me.  I end up breaking down and buying a calendar.

Before the beginning of a new year, I will spend hours perusing all my options at Office Depot, Staples, Wal-Mart, Target.. basically any store that I think might carry a paper calendar that would have everything I want.  I like to have a monthly and weekly views, I like to have places to write phone numbers and notes to myself.  I like to have a To-Do list and a pocket.

I just recently found the Life Planner from erincondren.com.  I checked out her website time and time again, watched the video, looked at all the pictures.  I mean, if I was going to make the leap on something like this, I wanted to make sure it would be exactly what I was looking for.

The end of October, about a week before my birthday, I saw a deal on Plum District.  It was for a $50 Erin Condren gift certificate for $25.  A great deal, I could get the life planner for 1/2 price.  On my birthday, I went to some book stores and specialty stores and poured over their planners.  They all ranged in price from 25-45 dollars.  A lot of them had a little of what I was looking for, but none of them had everything I was looking for.  I’m pretty picky when it comes to my calendar.

It was then that I made my decision.  I was coming straight home and buying the offer from Plum District.  I could then get the Erin Condren Life Planner for $25, which is a fabulous deal.  So, that’s what I did.  It ended up costing me around $30 by time I added in the shipping. Let me just say it is worth every penny.

First of all, it’s customized to me.

It has my initials and my name all over the front.  I just love that.  Nobody can say it isn’t mine now can they?

I see so many calendars that go from August to July.  I just can’t stand that.  I like to have an entire year in one place.  Not to mention, I’m not ready to buy a calendar in August.  That’s something you do in November or December.  This calendar starts in November and goes through December 2012.  I love how it starts in the month we are currently in so I can transfer all my November/December stuff and don’t have to carry around 2 calendars for 2 months.  So smart!!

When the box arrived, I couldn’t wait to get into it.  So lets see whats inside, shall we?

I’m already in love with the wrapping alone.

Inside the blue envelope were these stickers.  I can use them for so many things; gifts to friends, baked goods; so many things come to mind.  They sent these just because.

What a nice thing to do.

They also sent a Hello and Welcome letter with $10 off my next purchase.

I don’t get that from any of the local stores I shop at.

In the very back of the life planner is a zippered pouch.  It will be so great for receipts, cards to mail, stamps or just random notes that I don’t want to lose.

It was also filled with some goodies.

More stickers with my initials on them.  Cards that I could put my contact info on to give to people.  Stickers to put on birthday presents.

It also came with these 2 great paper clips.  How fun are those??

Each weekly view has a place to write your goals and to-do’s.  I also love how the day is broken into morning, day and night.  Sometimes when I just have one big square to write stuff in, I forget something because it gets jumbled up with everything else and I just don’t see it.

 That shouldn’t happen with this.

The life planner is chock full of places to write ideas, thoughts, goals, to-do’s or just general doodling, what ever it is you like to write down.

It also comes with stickers… got to love stickers.

And I can fit not 1 but 2 pens in the spiral.  You never know when you will need to write in different colors.

So after all my looking and shopping for the perfect calendar/planner.  I believe I have finally found it.  I am definitely sold on this one.

 Now I need to check out the website and see what I can get with my $10 off coupon.  Maybe some notepads or more of those stickers.  The possabilities are endless.

Are you still a paper person?  Have you tried keeping your life organized on an electronic device but just couldn’t do it?

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DISCLAIMER: I am in no way being reimbursed for the review of this product.  I just wanted to share my own thoughts on a product that I found and will work very well for me.  Thank you.

 

 

Organizing office supplies

I bought these glass jars at a garage sale this past weekend.
I didn’t really have any plans for them, I just thought they were cool.
They sat on my kitchen table for 2 days until I finally moved them to the basement.  Today it finally hit me what I would use them for.
I love office supplies.  I don’t know why but I do.  Pens, pencils, note pads, paperclips, folders, calendars, and so on and so on.  Want to make me a happy girl, give me a cool new pen or a neat note pad. 
Hubby says we will never run out of pens and pencils in our house.
I guess he’s probably right.
I thought these jars would be a perfect place to stash some of our millions of office supplies.
 
The biggest one is perfect for rulers.  I think we have 4 in there. 
The next one down is the perfect size for pencils.
 
I am using one for extra pens.

One for extra sticky pads.  You can’t ever have too many of those.

The smallest one is used for binding clips.
How cute are these guys.

 

All the jars fit nicely on the shelf over my desk.

I love that I can see what’s inside without having to take off the lids.

Don’t look at the rest of my desk…. it’s a total mess.

 

So how about you?  Do you have more office supplies than you know what to do with?  How do you store all yours?

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