I don’t know if it’s still the New Year spirit or just my slightly obsessive personality, but for whatever reason I had the urge to organize this past weekend. Most of the items in my house are now either neatly stacked or perfectly compartmentalized. Just the way I like it.
I started out with my pantry (I know…again). It didn’t need re-organizing per se, but I wanted to experiment with some chalkboard paint. Seth and I spent an hour or so adding these charming chalkboard labels to all of my jars. If you’re interested, I can post a tutorial for this project.
Then I turned my attention to my weekly calendar picture frame. It was tragically broken in the course of our move last fall, so it has been sitting in pieces in the closet for the past three months. I assembled all the pieces again, and Seth kindly hot glued them back together. I love how it adds a little extra color to our otherwise drab kitchen.
Remember how excited I was about my magnetic spice rack a few years ago? Well, it has served me well for two years, but it needed a little update. I went through and discarded the tins that were falling apart or non-functional (I couldn’t even get the top off the garlic salt), refilled the spices, and replaced the labels. I can already tell that the large text on the new labels is going to be time-saving—Seth no longer has an excuse to tell me “I can’t find anything in this spice rack!”
And, this last one has nothing to do with food or cooking, but it was another highly essential organization task—the cleaning supplies. I was getting really annoyed by the disorderliness of our laundry room (which is where I keep all our cleaning supplies). So I dug up a few baskets I already had ($2 from Target) and re-purposed them for organizing my three main types of cleaning products: bathroom (toilet cleaner, Windex, brushes, rubber gloves), stains (mostly pet stains from our ever-nauseous cat), and surfaces (for dusting, cleaning the cooktop, furniture polish).
Oh, the joys of organization!
Do you like to organize, or are you content with a little “organized chaos?”