Tackling a Trouble Zone: Kitchen Pantry

It’s time for me to tackle another trouble zone in our house! Do you have a spot where clutter builds up or the way you put stuff away just isn’t working? We have several of them and I’m taking the time to show you how I’m attempting to clean out and reorganize these areas to make them functional for our family of seven. A few weeks ago I spent a couple hours tackling our front hall closet and so far it’s still working for us!

This time I decided the pantry was in dire need of an overhaul. It’s far too easy to keep buying new food and shoving it in wherever it will fit instead of where it makes sense. Not to mention as we buy things the older food gets pushed to the back and forgotten about. Our pantry isn’t huge by any means but it still has spots where little things go hiding. 

Tackling a Trouble Zone: Front Hall Closet

The front hall closet often becomes a drop and run zone. Without decluttering and organizing on a regular basis it can become overwhelming – like it did for us. See how I got it back to a more manageable state and find some tricks and tools that can help your front closet stay organized as well! #coatclosetorganization #shoestorage #closet #decluttering #organization

Why you need a daily schedule – and how to create one

Do you have a general idea of what you are going to do each day or do you simply wing it and hope things go well? 

I like to think of myself as a “fly by the seat of my pants” type of person but in actuality I’m very much a planner. I’m the type of person that looks at a menu for the restaurant we are going to a week in advance so I can see what my options are and possibly decide what I’m going to order. I love menu planning and creating our weekly grocery lists. I had notebooks filled with planned out ideas for 5, 10, and 20 year reunions with my core group of childhood friends (none of those events happened but they were fun to think about!) and don’t even get me started on vacation planning! So while I can easily change plans and do things spontaneously I find having a plan and idea of what’s to come very comforting.