Where do you put your stuff?
Constantly I feel the need to clean out or organize this place or that. Usually, I have very organized storage, it is the ‘homeless’ stuff in my house that causes the clutter and mess. I don’t even remember when I started but it hardly matters because like painting the Verrazano bridge, as soon as you get to the end you need to start again because where you started is messed up again.
Recently I’ve circled back to the kitchen. It has been nearly a year since I took out ever piece of silverwear etc and this year I could part with over a dozen kid plastic stuff because only Fiona wants to use it now, so, don’t need plastic service for 12 anymore. I know, how interesting! I would never have mentioned it except yesterday a friend acutally asked my opinion on orginizing in her kitchen. She noticed that I orginize by use of item. I’m flattered she noticed but except for a few things I don’t know how else one could possibly orginize? So that is the question; in your kitchen what do you put where?
For us, the kitchen isn’t that big so everything is pretty in reach. When we made the pantry in the garage I moved all baking pans I didn’t use daily and the majority of the dry goods that are not needed for daily use, and, all the extra/duplicate stuff. It is normal to put the extra things out there like when I buy a 3pack of ketchup or a double syrup 1 is inside and the other are stored. The dry goods took some thinking, seriously, I don’t need a cake mix within arms reach so out it went. In the pantry are; all baking mixes, jello, noodles of all variety, and, canned/jarred everything. It is easier for me to go out and look at the options then go to the cupboard and dig around wondering if I have spaghetti in there somewhere. My exception is open packs have a home and I try and use them first.
The other organized thing I do is that I put all the things I use together in the same spot. I put all my baking spices on one shelf, including baking power/soda and all the not baking spices on the other. My cupcake cups and all decorations are right above them. I have a shelf of all the lunch stuff for the kids so it is an easy selection when I’m packing 3 lunches in under 10min. Dinner sides are also all together on the same shelf for easy finding. My last is that I put the tea next to the teapots on a shelf near the coffee and the coffe and sugar together directly above the coffee maker. The worst thing is when the container that something comes in does not fit in the designated space…
Other then those little tricks, I’m not sure how other people organized and I’m interested!
ps. the one thing that nobody has a real spot for; lightbulbs. We keep ours in the bathroom closet by the towels but I’m open to suggestions.