A well-stocked pantry is like money in the bank. There is never a doubt as to what’s for dinner because you have everything you need to make dinner right before you. Well sort of. The can of tomatoes you need is some where in there under that box of pasta you’re pretty sure you bought last week….Maybe.
As a rule of thumb, you want to take inventory of what you have and discard outdated items.
With the right long-lasting staples, you can take advantage of fresh, seasonal foods, stop impulse purchases and even try new recipes without having to scout out every last ingredient. Pulling together entire meals from a fully stocked pantry, will save you time and money.
Store Food Methodically:
Commonly used items like canisters of flour, sugar and bottles of cooking oil should be stored at a convenient level for easy access.
Less frequently used items like canned goods should be stacked on lower shelves with the labels facing you so that you can quickly see what you have.
Lightweight items, such as potato chips, cereal, rice and pasta, are perfect for high shelves.
Choosing the Right Containers:
Glass is convenient because you can see what you have with a quick glance, it can be microwaved, refrigerated, and cleaned in a dishwasher. Plus it’s very modern. However, glass, of breakable so if you have little kiddies accessing your pantry often be sure to store glass containers safely. Choose glass containers with rubber seals to lock in freshness.
Plastic is durable, safe and generally cost efficient. It also offers the same value of glassware, as it can be refrigerated and cleaned in the dishwasher. If you do opt for plastic, be sure to buy containers free of Bisphenol A (BPA-Free).
As for your cabinets, eliminate having to deal with unmanageable stacks of random cups, plates, bowls every time you use your pots and pans, by storing these items neatly. Easier said than done, I know. I recommend stacking plastics and separating them entirely from glassware. For the fancier dishware, place a metal or wood rack in your cupboard, and store vertically. These life savers can be found at your local Target, Walmart and my all time favorite Bed Bath and Beyond. It saves so much space and it looks pretty chic! Find what you need FAST.
When organizing pots, pans and lids, eliminate having to search for the right lid again by investing in metal or wood racks for your cupboard. Line up the lids vertically. Arrange lids from smallest to largest (top to bottom), with their companion pans stacked close by. Lid racks can be found at your local retailer.
I highly recommend organizing dish rags and sponges because these items are breeding grounds for salmonella and germs. Don’t let dish rags, cleaning solutions and dish washing gloves clutter under your sink. Use easy to remove hooks, like those made by Command®, or other over the door hooks. Hang rags on the inside of a cabinet door, where the items can stay out of sight as they dry. Arrange cleaning solutions neatly, so that you know where to find them when you need them.
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home. Often it becomes a dumping ground for everything that comes in. Developing a routine for sorting through mail, storing food, dishes and utensils is an absolute requirement to maintaining an organized environment.
Here’s a thought! Don’t put it down – put it away. Create “homes” for all items to be stored. Know where it goes when it comes into your home, and where to go to find what you need when you need it.
What to Wear? Do you suffer from wardrobe anxiety every morning? Does this sound familiar? ”I have absolutely nothing to wear.”
Here are a few tips that will help tailor your closet and keep you inspired at the same time!
First Things First – Find a few of your best friends, turn up the tunes and get the libations flowing. You remember that scene from Sex and The City (The Movie), how could we ever forget?!
Closets are my number one request and one of my absolute fav’s, so let’s get started shall we!
1. Taking Inventory:
Know what you have. Go through your closet ever so often and edit. Sounds daunting, but really this should be fun. Think of it this way. This is a time for you to create outfits, find homes for every stitch that you own and to donate those items that are outdated, trends gone wrong, no longer fit, and or unworn within the last 6-12 months.
2. Have a Critical Eye and Use Logic:
Time for your girlies to get involved! You never know, perhaps you can swap items.
Create four (4) piles, KEEP, RECYCLE, DONATE, and TRASH. The goal is to rid your closet of items that are just collecting dust and frankly taking up space for something shiny and new! Whether you throw the unwanted items away, donate it to your local shelter or gift it to a friend, be sure to follow through.
Don’t be afraid to try on items and strut your stuff. Your friends can help you make decisions about certain pieces. Keep in mind though that you have to live with your decision and you should have the final say.
Even if your alone still try on pieces for fit. Is it flattering? Does it need tailoring? Be sure to have a full length mirror.
Be critical and logical! Ask yourself, “Have I worn this in the last 6 -12 months?”
If the answer’s no in the DONATE bag it goes!
So many of my clients start this process but never quite finish. After you create each pile ,take the initiative to take the items to be discarded to their appropriate destinations. Your bestie’s house, consignment, goodwill and or the trash. Try your best not to create the piles and say, “I’ll get back to this.” This totally defeats the purpose.
3. Get Inspired:
Your creating your very own private boutique. Sift through fashion magazines, and catalogs, check out blogs, even take pictures in your local retail stores (with permission of coarse). Feel free to hang the pictures you’ve gathered – create a vision board for your closet. All in all, do what it takes to be motivated and inspired. My vision board hangs on the wall in my closet. It’s a constant reminder of my goals and business objectives! My most important piece of advice is that your closet should be uniquely-you. Create an environment that is inviting. A clutter free closet will certainly start your day off right, especially when you sleep through your alarm!
4. Style your Closet:
Once you’ve discarded the items that you no longer need, it’s now time to “style” your closet in a way that is most efficient. So you can stop saying to yourself, ‘I have nothing to wear’, or ‘I cant find a thing.’ Consider investing in new hangers and shoe plastic boxes. Uniformity is key. I personally use felt Huggable Hangers and clear plastic containers. Find them at Amazon, Target or The Container Store. The hangers save space and don’t leave creases. Never worry about clothes falling off the hanger again. *No wire hangers please! The clear boxes keep your shoes dust free and contained. They are stackable, plus they help you to find the shoes your looking for; quickly.
Now, group like garments together – Short sleeve, long sleeve, dress paints, skirts, dresses, denim. Hang them and store according to color, within their select groups. My clothes are hung according to the color spectrum or R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. [red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, violet]. This helps to focus the eye, and makes finding your favorite pink shirt a synch.
Place all of your shoes in clear containers and stack them according to color as well.
5. Daily Maintenance:
After categorizing and color-coding your wardrobe it will be easier to maintain because every item will have a home. After wearing an item, clean and place it back where it lives. Thus eliminating chaotic search in a time crunch.
When the seasons change, consider switching out seasonal items and storing others.
In-order to really start the journey to living an organized lifestyle, you must edit and cut down on the clutter, define your style, and get into a routine of putting items back in their “homes” when you finish using them. I hope these tips help you rid the anxiety of the morning rush. Knowing what you have in your closet is half the battle!
To get through this process a little easier, attached are some POSH pintable’s to help you along the way. Remember, ” Organization is not a destination, its a lifestyle.” We can help!
If you are in Atlanta or Maryland and find that even with these tips that you require a professional organizer to walk you through each step, consider the team at POSH Life.
Hello! And welcome to Organized Chaos for ToolBox Divas www.tollboxdivas.com.
An area focused on inspiring you to transform your life into what you've always dreamt it could be. I want to help you to get more organized! I am so excited to share my life as a busy mom, wife, personal assistant and entrepreneur. My passion for impeccable appointed spaces, fashion, along with my entrepreneurial endeavors have paved the way for an all encompassing lifestyle in the professional organizing industry.
I have wanted to start a blog for a long time... So when, Timisha, of ToolBox Divas asked if I'd be interested in sharing my organizational skills with ToolBox Divas, I decided the time was now. No more waiting for the 'right' time - whenever that is. So here we go... I'm diving in, like one of my favorite characters (Mary Katherine Gallagher) from a childhood movie - Superstar!
My motto is, "Organization is not a destination, it's a Lifestyle. "
My goal is to teach and instill organizational skills that are sustainable. Getting into the habit of putting things back in there proper place, for example, is just the tip of the iceberg.
Our lives are pretty busy - right? So it can be difficult to stay ahead of the clutter, while trying to stay on-top of all the responsibilities of running a household, remaining competitive in our careers, staying fashionable, juggling relationships and trying to get in a little downtime for some 'fun'. You have to have a plan, a strategy if you will.
Although I have always been very neat by nature, I have created systems for how I manage it all. My hope with Organized Chaos is that it will encourage others to become a little more organized. Getting to a place of organization sounds like a daunting task - but I am here to help!
Smile! This is going to be fun. Here are a few rules to start you off.
Take Inventory and Make Decisions:
Rule #One: Take one room at a time.
Rule #Two: Take inventory of the items you own.
Rule #Three: Discard items that no longer benefit your life.
Rule #Four: Now begin the organizational process.
Get into the habit of completing these organizational basics. Doing so will prevent major projects in the long run. It's perfectly understandable to feel overwhelmed. It’s only natural. Clutter causes stress. It's a proven fact. But take my advice, you will get through the anxiety.
Its not humanly possible for one person to organize an entire house in a day. It took you longer than a day to create the clutter, therefore it’s going to take time to un-do it.
Okay?! Now take a deep breath or a few and keep reading.
Decide on what area in your home you want to start with.
Whether it's your kitchen pantry or wardrobe, start by taking inventory of what you have.
Only you can decide on what stays and what goes. Be smart about. Challenge yourself.
Now let's begin the journey of organizing the chaos of life.