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Keeping Spirits up With The Tradition of Baking Cookies For The Holidays

By |2020-12-15T10:04:59-06:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Holidays, Planning|Tags: , , , , |

I think baking cookies is a tradition for most, if not all of the year-end holidays. This has been a difficult year to be sure, and traditions are important to keep up with to lift our spirits. And what better way to make your spirits bright than baking cookies with family or friends. This is an activity that will surely take your mind off of your troubles, even if it’s only for a short time.  If it’s not been a tradition for you in the past, maybe this is the year to start a new one. Every year for many, [...]

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5 Options For Storing Pots and Pans

By |2020-11-18T09:19:35-06:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen|Tags: , , , , , |

Storing pots and pans can be challenging. Most are bulky and require a lot of storage space. If you have a small kitchen with limited storage, it gets even more tricky.  It’s not impossible, you just have to get creative in finding storage that fits your needs. These bulky pieces of cookware are instrumental in preparing meals, so you want to have them easily accessible.  If kitchen storage space is an issue, consider storing infrequently used pieces in another area in your home, such as a basement. The various options below are intended to get your creative juices flowing to [...]

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Junk Drawers = Miscellaneous

By |2020-11-17T13:41:31-06:00December 21st, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Junk drawers are equivalent to a box marked ‘miscellaneous’.  Organizers tend to shy away from those labels.  Why you ask?  Because it’s a catchall phrase that means that the items in the junk drawer or misc box have no assigned homes.  And we don’t actually know what is inside this junk drawer or misc box. We have to dig through said drawers or boxes to find what we are looking for. Another reason could be that these items have assigned homes, but because we are busy, it’s just quicker to stash it away in a nearby drawer than to put [...]

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Storing Your Recipes

By |2020-12-17T09:04:34-06:00December 7th, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , |

Storing your recipes can become challenging.  They come to us in many ways.  Some are handed down from our Moms in books or cut out of magazines, or even handwritten on index cards.  Now that we are in the digital age, some are printed from emails or from websites, and there are apps on our electronic devices to find & store them. Everyone is different and your preference for storing your recipes could be different from others.  As mentioned above, there are typically 2 different mediums of recipes; paper and digital.  You can use a combination of the 2 mediums, [...]

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Options For Lid Storage

By |2020-11-17T13:41:32-06:00August 14th, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Do you find it difficult to organize and store all the lids that you have for pots & pans or plasticware?  I know I did, so that’s why I decided to write a post on lid storage. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are flexible, and some are not.  Nesting works great for the items the lids accompany, but storing the lids is another story.  Your cabinets can become a tangled mess of lids which makes it difficult to find the lid you need. I want to share with you how I turned my lid chaos into organized [...]

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Preparing For My Kitchen Remodel

By |2022-04-29T13:14:28-05:00May 18th, 2016|Categories: Home Remodeling, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , |

As mentioned at the end of my last post, Planning My Kitchen Remodel, the next topic in this series is preparing for the first step, demolition. Where will it all go? Everything has to be removed from the room, or in my case, rooms.  I likened it to moving from one house to another, only on a smaller scale.  Everything in the space needs to be packed up and moved somewhere else.  If you have a large home, this may not be an issue.  In my case, my home is not real big so I had to get creative in [...]

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Planning My Kitchen Remodel

By |2021-05-21T16:21:18-05:00May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Home Remodeling, Planning|Tags: , , |

  As mentioned at the end of my first article, Spring Into Home Remodeling Projects, the next article would be about planning, so here it is. Timing I chose spring because Midwest winters can be harsh & I wanted to use the garage as a staging area but need the garage for our cars. A staging area is needed to store furnishings while the floor is being laid, and to store delivered materials prior to the project start date.  Oh yes I forgot to mention that the family room next to the kitchen needs new flooring, so it will be [...]

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Spring Into Home Remodeling Projects

By |2021-05-21T16:01:41-05:00April 6th, 2016|Categories: Home Remodeling|Tags: , , |

Spring is typically a busy time to start home remodeling projects.  After being in the house for so long over the winter months, we notice things about our homes that we would like to change. It may not be a ‘nice to have situation’, it may be out of necessity.   In my case, my kitchen really, really needed some help.  It’s an older home and parts of the kitchen were maintained, not updated.  Appliances may have been changed out as they broke down, but little else was done.  The inside of the cabinets are metal, which I believe was the [...]

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Organize Your Kitchen for the Holidays

By |2020-11-17T13:41:44-06:00October 13th, 2012|Categories: Holiday Organization, Holidays, Kitchen, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Here we are, once again, at the beginning of October and just past the autumnal equinox. Temperatures are cooling, leaves are beginning to turn colors and will soon begin their descent from their limbs to the ground. Fall decorations are beginning to appear in shop windows and in many homes around the neighborhood. The holidays are just around the corner, and it’s time to begin preparations for all the festive events that take place this time of year. As we begin to plan for the upcoming holidays and the gatherings with family and friends, meal planning is a big piece of the [...]

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Do You Even Know What’s in Your Refrigerator?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:46-06:00May 15th, 2012|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips|Tags: , |

How many times have you opened the door of your refrigerator to get something out and been blown away by the smell? Or can’t find what you’re looking for because there is so much stuff jammed in there? It’s a common problem for a lot of families. Living a hectic lifestyle leaves little time to think about the dreaded task of cleaning out the refrigerator and keeping it organized. However, if you don’t practice some simple, regular maintenance steps, you could end up wasting a lot of time and money on a regular basis. Yes, you will spend some time [...]

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