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Simple Organizing Tricks

by - Friday, February 01, 2013

Its the last day of January and I've got a little bit of organizing mojo still in me. I've been purging clothes, organizing drawers, and just getting things on track. There's always something to be organized and I love finding new tricks and tools to help make life feel more orderly.

When we were planning the new laundry room, I designated one of the cabinets as a pantry. We have a small pantry in the kitchen, but I needed additional room downstairs to store the boxes of cereal, juices and other necessities that we always seem to need more of. The only problem was that I would forget what I had in the downstairs pantry and would end up buying more of the same and I would end up filling that pantry too! It was a never-ending cycle people. So then I did this:

That's a Martha Stewart dry erase decal. I affixed it to the inside door of our upstairs pantry. Now if I'm looking for something and its not in the kitchen, I can easily check if its in the basement. It helps with grocery planning too as I know exactly what I have on hand.

I know I'm late to this bandwagon but I've only recently discovered chalk markers. How did I not know about these before?? Not only are they dust free, but they make my penmanship look so much better :) A good trick is to use chalk markers in conjunction with regular chalk. On our kitchen chalkboard, I've started to do some meal planning. All the days of the week are written in chalk marker. All the menu items are written in chalk. I use just a regular chalkboard eraser brush to wipe off the menu items as they change and since the chalk marker needs a damp cloth to be erased, the days of the week don't get erased and stay there "permanently" (or until I decide to wipe the whole thing down).

Is it weird that I feel organized even when the meal plan is blank and all I see are the days of the week?

I've had junk drawers but having a tool drawer is something new in my house. Yes, I know, we've been renovating for five years and we've been walking back and forth to the garage every time we need a screwdriver. And that's just crazy. These are the tools we use all the time. Hardly a day goes by that we're not reaching in this drawer for something. The paint whisk is my favourite. I use it instead of a paint stir stick.

These are all just simple little things but they add up and make my life feel less like the chaos that it is. Do you have any favourite small organizing tricks?

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  1. Julia | Pawleys Island Posh7:56 AM

    Such a great idea! I've been implementing these ideas lately too and its amazing how something so simple is so helpful! I'm totally without chalk markers too, going to need to get some asap!

  2. really, really, really great ideas, Jen!

  3. barbara @hodge:podge10:02 AM

    That wall decal is genius! As for chalk makers I have heard of them but keep forgetting to get me some when I am at Michaels. I avoid writing on my chalkboard decals on my jars because the regular chalk just wipes off!

  4. I love the idea of tracking what is in the upstairs and downstairs pantry. I need to do something similar for our downstairs freezer! I keep buying things are already have frozen! Loaves of bread galore!

  5. ramblingrenovators4:24 PM

    Yes! We used to have that problem with my parent's downstairs freezer too. No wonder it was always so full ;)

  6. ramblingrenovators4:25 PM

    The chalk markers can be a little pricey so definitely go in with your 40% coupon. That's what I did :)

  7. I so need to start getting organized! so much magazine clips, so much paper work, so much accessories and fabrics to file away! I still haven't packed up xmas decor!! too busy at work and no time to do it at night.

    love the Martha decal ... so stylish, and I've always loved the chalk board idea in kitchen. Chalk Marker .... I will have to add them to my wish list!

  8. Tara @ Suburble12:52 AM

    The Paint Whisk may just have become a new addition to our "tool drawer(s)" too! That is genius!

  9. Carrie Rigsby9:38 AM

    Organizing the junk drawer is brilliant. Now I need to go do mine because right now it is one big drawer of clutter.

  10. These are amazing tips! Have the same issue with my pantry so I think I'll give this a shot. I also like the menu for the week as well. Thanks Jen!

  11. good tips! Now I need to find a spot for this wall decal!

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