Clean Cabinets

A kitchen cabinet can be your best friend or your biggest nightmare, depending on how you use them. Have you ever opened a cabinet to grab a Tupperware container and found yourself an avalanche victim? It’s terrifying! The kitchen is the known by many as the heart of the home, as food is a central part to our culture and mealtimes a place of relationship building. We gather there to cook, to eat, to visit, to do homework. With so much time spent in one space, it’s important that it function in a manner that serves us...not crushes us!


One of my biggest tips is to keep items where you use them. If you are a big coffee drinker, keep the mugs in the shelf above the coffee maker or on a hook beside it. Keep the oven mitts in the drawer by the oven. Keep extra dishwashing supplies under the sink. You want it to be a no brainer when you are cooking where you stash stuff. For example, I have one section of the kitchen I have deemed “the baking section.” In the cabinets I keep all my flours and sugar together, while in the large drawers below are my baking sheets, cake tins, and Pyrex dishes. This helps me keep from pacing back and forth across the kitchen gathering supplies that I don’t use as often.


It’s also helpful to keep the things you use the most within reaching (and eye) level. Items you use less frequently can be stored higher up, or lower down. For example, I keep my Crock-Pot and dutch oven in a low cabinet, since they are heavy and I don’t get to use them often. On higher shelves I put lighter items like the hand mixer and seasonal ware. Everyday use items, such as canned goods, bread, and dishes should remain easy  to access. This is especially important if you are short like me! If you have little ones, make sure you also take this into consideration when organizing, so they don’t get there hands on anything that could hurt them.


Another thing that I have found helpful is finding a dry goods storage method that works for you. I personally love my Tupperware Modular Mates. They are clear, clean, stackable, and come in varied sizes. I use mine for everything from flour, to sugar, to cereal, to coffee pods. They are easy to open, but sealed up tight to keep food fresh and critters out. They are a great way to get rid of awkwardly shaped  packages and make the most of your storage space. If you do a lot of baking, you could also opt for some pretty countertop canisters!


I hope this helps you through your kitchen clean up! Have any questions about keeping your kitchen neat? Drop me a line!


Peace and Love,

Jessie

Keeping Everything in It's Place

As we say goodbye to the holiday season, I have been reflecting on how this whirlwind time of year can impact our day-to-day lives. With the holiday season comes the stress of cleaning house for all the guests coming through the doors. From Christmas parties, to family gatherings, and just getting ready for the influx of new toys and gifts, it can be overwhelming to think about keeping things straightened up! Thankfully, I have pretty much gotten this part of the holidays down to a science. Keep reading to see my top tips for keeping things spic-and-span during the holiday season.


  1. A Place for Everything: You have probably heard me reference this rule before. Every item in your house should have a home base, a place where you know it goes when not in use. Ideally, you keep it where you use it, and if you don’t use it, you let it go. This goes for anything from toys, to the dog’s tennis balls, to bills, to coats, to unwrapped gifts. If you have established this in your home, you have already completed the first step to sanity during the holidays!

  2. Establish an end-of-day clean-up routine: This step is a great reminder not just for the holidays, but year round! Every night near bedtime while my husband is showering and taking the dog out, I have a few things that I do to leave a clean slate for the next morning. Each night I wash up the dishes and wipe down the counters. If I have to leave a couple pots soaking, I don’t feel bad. I usually have time in the mornings to wash these if I let the soak real good first! I then take a few minutes to walk around the house putting up what my dogs and husband drag out. Dog toys go in the toy bin, recycling gets carried outside, sermon writing materials go back on the shelf, throw pillows get fluffed on the couch, and shoes go back to the closet. Even combined with dishes, this usually only takes me 10-15 minutes to straighten up and it leaves me feeling positive and relaxed to see everything where it goes. You can even take this routine further and get the family involved. My husband often tag teams dishes with me if I’m still washing up after he finishes his shower, or he’ll take out the recycling with the dog. I’m still trying to train the dog to clean up his toys...maybe someday!

  3. Clean as you go: This is one of my top tips, particularly when preparing for a party. I recently did a ton of baking in preparation for a party, using a huge quantity of dishes and bakeware in the process. It would have been a nightmare to wait to the end to start cleaning up after myself, plus the other tidying up I needed to do around the house. My secret: I use the bake time to wash dishes and clean the bathrooms. Most cookies take about 10 minutes to bake, so everytime I threw another batch in the oven I would do a sink-load of dishes, target a room, or prep another batch of cookies. By the time I finished baking, the only thing I had left to do was to wipe down the counters and sweep the flour off the kitchen floor!


I hope these tips help in your day-to-day life! If you still feel overwhelmed trying to navigate the clutter and find a place for everything, shoot me an email! I am here to help!


Peace and Love,

Jessie