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Come on in…the pantry’s fine!

October 26, 2010

Often times a client will say, “I bet your house is really organized.”  As my mind pours over the images of laundry, dust, and yes, *gasp* some clutter in my house, I’m always quick to answer, “well somewhat, but I’m human too.  And, the old adage applies that the dentist’s kids always have the worst teeth.”


While it’s true that I’m always ahead on taking care of my clients but not as ahead on taking care of my own house, there are many areas that are organized well.  I’ve posted previously about my laundry room.  Yesterday’s trip to the grocery inspired me to post about my pantry today.  First of all, this is how it looks today:


Does it look like this all the time?  Actually, most of the time yes.  How?  Here are my top 5 tips for keeping your pantry in shape:
  1. “Packaging adds clutter.”  Just like a dry cleaner’s cover on our clothing adds clutter to our closets, boxes and bags that contain individually-wrapped items add clutter to our pantries.  In the picture you see a brown basket on the right end of a middle shelf.  That basket holds snack cakes for packing lunches.  The cup beside it holds Kool-Aid singles.  Added bonus: time savings!  If you open the box one time and empty the items into a storage container like these, you save the time spent having to open that box many times more for each item.
  2. Assign your shelves “zones.”  Breakfast items together, canned goods together, pastas and rice together, etc. not only look nice, but make it very easy to find what you’re looking for at any time.  It also helps to save money wasted on purchasing items you already have, and it also makes it easier to know when you need to add an item to the grocery list for your next shopping trip.
  3. Tiered shelving is great for making canned goods more visible.  (My inexpensive ones were purchased at WalMart; you can also find these at The Container Store).
  4. Once a month, check dates.  My kids have a knack for picking out snacks that look really tasty in the store but don’t appeal to them at home.  I just tossed a bag of macaroni-n-cheese flavored chips yesterday that had expired.  (This is one of the reasons I don’t take them with me anymore!)
  5. Cereal containers are our friends.  I buy family-size boxes of cereal for this family of 4.  The problem with cereal boxes is you can’t tell by looking at them how much is still in them.  Depending on if you have teenagers, many boxes of cereal end up back in the pantry with the tops open which contributes to stale cereal.  On the bottom shelf of my pantry, you can see the cereal containers I use.  Bonus tip: After I pour the cereal into the container, I cut the name of the cereal out of the box and tape it to the container for fast scanning of the types of cereals.
Still wish to have the help of a professional organizer?  Call us today and let us help organize your pantry’s chaos!
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Is the Easter Bunny Hiding Pumpkins in Your Christmas Tree?

October 15, 2010

I spent last weekend decorating our front yard.  It’s not extravagant–I save that for Christmas–but it’s festive.  I knew exactly where my scarecrows were stored in the garage, and pulled the rest of my fall decorations out of the closet where I keep them.  I believe the total time it took was about 30 minutes, only because I had to hot glue some of the scarecrows’ clothing back together.

If we were to venture into your storage areas right now, would we be able to quickly pick out the decorations for Thanksgiving in 10 minutes or less?  Or is Aunt Flo’s wedding dress tangled up with your inflatable Great Pumpkin wedged somewhere under a plastic reindeer?

A client of ours recently asked us to return to her home to organize her attic.  She was no longer able to tell which boxes contained which holidays and it was becoming overwhelming for her.  We’re always thrilled to be asked back to a client, and this was the 4th project we completed for her.  (The home office, storage closet, and garage all have been organized by us.)  But the best part of this project was that we came in under our client’s budget by almost $150!

I think you’ll agree with our client that this was a great investment that will save her a lot of time in the future!

Here’s one end of the attic:

Before



After



 And the opposite end of the attic:
Before



After



If you ready for your holidays to be organized, call us today.  We look forward to organizing your chaos!
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