Feeling overwhelmed with all of the clutter left behind from the holidays? You are in luck because January is Get Organized Month!
Over the next few weeks we will be tackling the clutter in each room of our home. Items needed are a timer, white trash bags(donations), and black trash bags(trash.)
Each day there will be a designated space. Touch each item in that space. Do you love it? Do you use it? If not, put the item in the donate(white) or trash(black) bag.
If it is broken, torn, missing pieces or doesn’t work, it is trash!!
Let’s begin in the hub of our home, the kitchen.
Day one: The Pantry
Set your timer for the time you have available to focus on this one space. I like 30 minutes.
Toss all expired food items. Wipe the shelves. Group like items together.
All snacks can go in a basket or bin. Plastic shoe boxes work if you are on a tight budget. Breakfast foods can be contained on one shelf. Cans can be grouped and organized.
Dry good can be stored in airtight containers that are clear and labeled. (The OXO containers below can be found at Target, TJ Maxx and Marshalls.)
Day Two: Refrigerator
Set your timer! A simple task. Keep or toss. Wipe shelves and door. Put items that you are keeping back neatly and grouped by use. Quickly check freezer for food over a year old. Toss.
Day Three: Kitchen Drawers
Set your timer! Take one drawer at a time. Empty the drawer, wipe it and put back only what you use. Donate or toss anything you haven’t used in a year.
Day Four: Upper Kitchen Cabinets
Using the same process of empty, wipe, donate or toss, group like items and put back neatly.
Day Five: Lower Kitchen Cabinets
I bet you have the hang of this now! Same process!
Day 6: Flat surfaces in your kitchen
This one can make or break all of your hard work because if your cabinets, pantry and refrigerator look fabulous but your counter is cluttered with stuff, your home will not feel organized! Tackle the piles, put away items that don’t belong in the kitchen and wipe down your counters.
Voila! Feel better?
Be sure to check back next week for the second week of quick and easy home organizations tips!
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