It’s been a terribly long time since I have posted, but I’m getting a head start on my new year’s resolution. I’m picking up where I left off starting with three recommendations from spending the past few days using someone else’s kitchen:
- Own good knives. It’s really hard to enjoy cooking if you don’t have a good set of knives. Dull knives make every cut feel like a chore. In fact, I bet there are some people out there that would enjoy cooking if only they had the right tools. I recommend everyone have at least a Chef’s Knife, a Utility Knife, and a Bread Knife. Personally, I like the look and quality of Global cutlery. I’m also happy with our 6″ knife dock which stores up to 10 knives. It keeps them off the counter and in good condition. Just make sure to also get your knives sharpened 2-3 times a year!
- Store like things together. Maybe you have some wine glasses that are short and others that are really tall so they can’t all fit on the same shelf. If some of them are used very rarely, then it’s okay to store them separately in a less accessible place. But if they are both used regularly, then I would try to find some way to store them together. One solution would be to store them on a shelf with enough vertical space to fit them both. Alternatively, you could lower the shelf so the short glasses fit on the bottom and the tall glasses can fit on the shelf above. While storing like things together, like wine glasses, isn’t critical, it helps when taking them out and when putting them all away.
- Choose everyday plates that are microwaveable. There’s no need to heat up food in special microwavable containers or plates. Make sure the plates you use regularly are also microwavable, and you’ll save some extra dishwashing and maybe even some extra space.
Instacart is a beautiful product. There is also something satisfying about how they’ve neatly organized thousands of grocery items. The supermarket has never been so easy to search. My favorite feature is the ability to favorite items. I recommend flagging the things that you buy every week as a favorites. Then when it’s time to go grocery shopping, you can just flip through the favorites list to quickly and easily add what needs to be replenished.
My other Instacart tip is to use the app in the store. I used to write down my shopping list on a post-it note that I would carry with me up and down the aisles. I would inevitably scan the post-it note and my basket before checking out but would get home and realize that I forgot something. Now I use the app (and my favorite list) to create my shopping list, and I swipe and delete items as I add them to my cart. No pen. No paper. And I know I can’t leave the store until my digital cart is empty.
After borrowing Pepto Bismol from my fiancé, Colin, for the 3rd time, I realized that maybe I needed to start carrying my own mini medicine cabinet. In fact, I decided to emulate Colin’s solution. I got this 7-section stacking pill organizer from the Container Store for $1.99 (significantly cheaper than on Amazon or at CVS) and filled 4 of the 7 sections. One section for: Ibuprofen, Pepto-Bismol, DayQuil, and NyQuil.
I don’t just buy any socks, I buy gray ankle socks from the Gap. I admit they’re not as much fun as stripes or animals, but gray also goes with everything. The other great thing about gray is that it hides dirty much better than white and isn’t as grim as black. And when all of your socks are the same, it’s very easy to pair them up. Even if they leave the dryer in an odd number, they’ll even out soon enough.
But don’t think your sock collection has to be all gray and boring, your tall socks can keep the creativity alive! Happy Socks are my favorite.
For years I had dressers from Ikea and would try to dedicate certain corners of the drawer for socks, underwear, knee highs, etc. That system never really worked. I could be low on sports bras and not realize it until they were all in the laundry. Finally, I discovered these drawer organizers that perfectly fit into my Ikea dresser drawers, and they solved my messy drawer situation overnight.
I especially recommend them for children’s clothes. Toddler clothing takes up such little space; they need all the boundary control they can get. Before we put these dividers into my niece Natalie’s drawer, I used to spend 10 minutes looking for leggings.
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Do you know anyone that organizes the things in your home when they come to visit? Do you know anyone that digitally catalogs every invitation or greeting card they receive? Do you know anyone that keeps their desk clutter free? Well, I’m one of those people. Organizing pretty much anything gives me an immediate serotonin boost. I’ve racked up a number of tips and tactics over the years and thought it was time for me to share them widely. I hope it helps make you a bit more organized – and maybe even “terribly organized.”