Katie’s Note: I’m so happy to have Lisa Woodruff from Organize 365 back again this week after last week’s “paper clutter reduction” post resonated with so many readers. I trust her professional organizing tips can help you organize your kitchen supplies wherever you are in your real food journey.
Quick and Easy Organizing
You don’t need fancy organizers, new cabinets or a professional organizer to make a big difference in your kitchen. Often, simple organizers that you already have around your house will do the job just fine.
Plastic shoe boxes that you can get at dollar stores or for two dollars in any hardware store are great organizers.
#1 A plastic shoe box will contain all of the various sized lids that you have for your plastic, glass or stainless steel containers.
Or remember that other containers might work too that take up just the right amount of space – a circular cottage cheese tub for certain lids, a quart-sized clamshell from strawberries for another, etc. And think free! If it doesn’t have to be see-through, a regular cardboard shoebox will do (that’s how I just reorganized my lunch packing supplies), and the 1-pound clamshells from spinach are great too.) – Katie
#2 Extra kitchen utensils that you use on a rare basis can be put in a plastic shoe box and stored on the top shelf in one of your cabinets. This will give you more dedicated space in your drawer for more frequently used items. The other items are still within reach, but not in the way.
#3 Plastic shoe boxes are a great way to divide the drawer or shelf and corral snack size chips (or individual bags of trail mix ready to go and small containers of homemade snacks, easy to grab).
#4 And cereal bars (try Healthy Snacks to Go for lots of ideas to take on the run!).
#5 Plastic shoe boxes are a great way to organize decorative sprinkles and toppings, or the supplies you use for natural food coloring…or of course, herbs, essential oils, or supplements, right KSers?” 😉
#7 A plastic shoe box of Play-doh is the perfect distraction for a child while you are making dinner. (I’ve got an excellent recipe for playdough here! -Katie)
#8 Opening bulk purchases like boxes of instant oatmeal packets and putting them into a shoe box will allow those packages to take up less space. It will also give you a visual reminder of when you need to buy more oatmeal. Mini boxes of raisins or other field trip treats are easy to stow away like this as well.
#10 I like to have a plastic shoe box with each child’s name on it in your kitchen. Then, when the area gets too cluttered, I grab the shoe boxes and divide the clutter that I see among the children that I have. Each child can then be given their shoe box and sent to put their items away.
A stack of shoe boxes is also great for mom. By laying the shoe boxes out on the kitchen counter, you can divide overwhelming tasks into smaller piles.
For example, if you need to make cookies for the kids’ bake sale, put everything that you bought to make the cookies in one shoe box. In the next shoe box, you might have mail. The following shoe box might have a birthday party gift, the card and the wrapping that you need to have for your child’s birthday party this weekend that they’ve been invited to. And the last shoe box might be full of mail that you need to take to the post office and copies that you need to make on your next errand day.
By taking the time to break all of these activities into shoe boxes, you can grab one at a time, complete the task and put the shoe box away.
I love shoe boxes because they are economical, they stack and they are easy to use!
What about you? How have you used shoe boxes in your kitchen organizing…or anywhere else? Or what other containers around your house can you imagine would straighten out a messy cupboard or drawer?
From Katie – My favorite tip was number two by far – sometimes the simplest ideas feel like a REVELATION, don’t they? What’s your favorite?
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