Get Organized for 2009 and Start in the Kitchen!

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Over,Making Over

I’m thrilled to share another giveaway item that will be up for grabs next week during our giveaway! We took a long vacation over Christmas and spent a month visiting my parents. When I got back, I was just itching to get organized – January is National Get Organized Month, you know…

And I love containers. Reused food containers, plastic, glass, homemade, anything. In the kitchen, I’m a more selective because food needs to be stored in air tight containers. I love the POP containers by Oxo for my kitchen – they’re perfect, and they are one of the prizes for next week!

So come back next week for a chance to win the 6-piece POP container set by OXO!

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Like I said up above, January is National Get Organized Month, and last year I wrote a series of posts on how to get yourself started.

Organizing Tip #1: Plan
Organizing Tip #2: Sort
Organizing Tip #3: Strategize
Organizing Tip #4: Analyze
Organizing Tip #5: Attack

Here are some more kitchen organization ideas from me and the blogosphere:

1. Glass Mason Jars – You can store anything in a glass Mason jar (or empty Mayonnaise or spaghetti sauce jar), and with a label, it will look neat and tidy. Cover the lid with paper or fabric to match your kitchen decor.

2. Fabric Kitchen Storage Bags – Store kitchen essentials in handmade fabric bags (Tip #4).

3. Pretend you’re movingTake everything out of your kitchen (1 section/cupboard at a time) and start over. Get rid of things you don’t use and identify areas that attract clutter. Sometimes you have to look at your stuff with fresh eyes to determine what you really do and don’t need – laying everything out at once helps you be more objective.

If you’re really ambitious, try clearing everything out at once. Seeing everything together will help you more effectively put appliances, tools, etc. in groups and you’ll end up with more order when you’re finished.

4. Containers within ContainersPick up some different sized plastic containers at Dollar Tree and use them in your drawers. I just did this in my utensil and kitchen tool drawers and things are much easier to find.

5. Ice Cube TraysUse ice cube trays in your kitchen junk drawer for little odds and ends like tacks, paper clips, and screws.

I hope these ideas help you get organized and ready for 2009!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 StampinCathy January 22, 2009 at 4:36 am

Great tips. I’m going to have to try some of these. Make note to myself.

2 Becca January 22, 2009 at 7:10 am

Thank goodness January is get organized month. Its a great excuse to have spring cleaning…even if spring feels really far away.

3 Misty January 22, 2009 at 10:06 am

I cleaned out every one of my kitchen cabinets yesterday! I didn’t even know it was Organization Month! But…it felt great!

4 Peggy Gorman January 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

I have too many things and not enough places so I really need to organize everything. Gotta get going to organize

5 Myra Bettis January 26, 2009 at 2:55 pm

What a get organizer and since I have very little storage space I’d love winning this one. Thanks for the heads up.

6 Ginny January 27, 2009 at 11:01 am

I especially like your mason jar tip because I absolutely love the look of mason jars!

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