Monday Mom Tip: Kitchen Organization

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a great Father’s Day!  I wanted to share a few organization ideas for your kitchen that have served my family well over the years.  Here we go!

1.  Keep it fragrant

Nothing makes us happier than coming home to a clean smelling house.  Or at least one that smells pleasant.  So here’s my tip:  Use a candle, candle warmer with a jar candle, plug ins, scentsy or other method of adding scent to your home.  I even remember growing up with those vent sachets.  They still sell them!  You can even make your own blend with potpourri, essential oils, dryer sheets or washcloths (use the unsightly ones) saturated with your favorite scent.  Every time the furnace or a/c comes on, your home will get a burst of freshness.  I keep a bucket of all kinds of scents in our hall closet so if we want a change, everything is nearby.  Grab the basket, pick one out, plop the rest back in, return to closet.  Done.

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My current method of choice is this mug warmer with a glass dish.

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It’s usually pretty hidden, so its aesthetic isn’t an issue.  It allows me to add more fragrance at almost any time.  Instead of only being able to use 1 or 2 cubes, I can use 4-6.  Also, I can put essential oils and not worry about blowing a candle out.  I won’t admit how long this has been plugged up, but let’s just say it’s been a long, long….long time!  I got the cubes from Wally World for about $2.  Dollar General & Dollar Tree also have them.

2.  Keep it organized.

20150515_125658See the little thing in between my counter cleaner and the hand sanitizer?  Not the placemat, the other thing.  Well, sadly I don’t know what it’s supposed to be used for (probably dips for a party or something) but my children use it for their cups.  Yep, no more arguments about whose cups are whose, where’s my cup, etc.  Cool, huh?  The best thing was I got it last year at $1.5 with 90% off!  Yuuup 15 cents, baby!!!

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The other great thing is that I clean the counter much less because glass dibbles run down into the wells.  You can squirt each well with foam soap or dish detergent or just throw it in the dishwasher.  We’ve had this one for over 2 years and it hasn’t cracked, faded or started peeling.  I also like how the gold place mats coordinated with it.  Bonus!

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3.  Keep it out of sight

I love cookie jars.  And guess what?  They’re not just for cookies any more!  I use these to keep my loose teas, secret stashes of hot chocolate, Teavana pink sugar and my ginger tea (for the grumpy time of the month-just being real).  There’s other stuff in there, but I don’t even remember any more.  So sad, but that’s how good they are for keeping things out of sight and out of mind.  The 2 smaller ones are airtight, so they’re great for keeping things fresh.  And the children don’t go into them because they never see me put cookies in there.  There’s a see through cookie jar for that!20150515_125721

I hope you found these tips helpful.  I’ll be back next time with some other cool stuff to share.  If you’d like to see more, check out my facebook page.  If you’d like about 100 more tips, pick up my book on Amazon!

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