Creating Systems for your Pantry and Bedroom
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN ISSAQUAH HIGHLANDS CONNECTIONS NEWS, FEBRUARY 2019 ISSUE
Last month I left you with the task of making your organizational intentions known, by creating your goal list for 2019. I mentioned how getting organized leaves you with more time to spend on the things that are most important to you. But what steps can you take to get the ball rolling? And how do you create systems in your home if you don’t know where to start? This month I will give you a few ideas to help you start to create more functional spaces in your homes. This will leave you feeling happier, as you’ll have less clutter weighing you down!
First lets tackle the pantry! This area can descend into chaos pretty quickly. With everyone in your home in and out of this space regularly, its no wonder it ends up messy and disorganized. It can also become a dumping ground for things that aren’t food or kitchen related.
The first step is to remove everything and empty those shelves! As you do this, take time to throw out all old and expired food, and set aside a box to donate the things you’ll never use. While you are removing items, try and group them in like categories. Cans with cans, breakfast with breakfast and so forth. When your pantry is completely empty, assess the space and take some photos. You will need supplies, and the pictures will help guide you as you shop your home, or take a trip to Home Goods.
I like to choose a blend of materials. Woven baskets, plastic containers, metal bins and glass jars will definitely come in handy. When you have your supplies on hand, go back and start from top to bottom. Put small appliances, kitchen accessories and items that you don’t use on a regular basis on the top shelves. Next, decant your baking supplies, pasta and cereal into containers and then label. Not only does it look lovely, but food is kept fresher longer. Use woven baskets or plastic tubs for snacks. And be sure to choose one for bags and boxes that are already open, so those get eaten first. You want your pantry to have different sections, based on the type of food, so group all of your cans, jars and boxes based on contents, with labels facing forward. And dedicate the three middle shelves to the things you use the most.
By creating an organized pantry, you will save yourself time and money!
Next lets look at our bedrooms. Too often these areas can become a free for all! Bedrooms should be a comforting, peaceful sanctuary, where we can rest and rejuvenate.
Start by creating an area outside of your bedroom where you can leave miscellaneous items. Choose a small table or a slim chest and add a decorative bowl on top. Clutter won’t even have the opportunity to land on your nightstand. And speaking of nightstands, use a small chest of drawers instead to optimize that space! Another way to add storage, while keeping your room looking like the retreat it should be, is to use the space under your bed. This is the perfect place to store blankets, pillows and clothing that is out of season.
And for this month’s challenge, we will stay in the bedroom!
FEBRUARY DECLUTTER CHALLENGE: While you are moving your extra linens and pillows to their new home under your bed, go through and donate the ones you don’t use. You can drop them off to The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank with your box of food!