Got an organizing tip?

photo 3Over the holiday break I cleaned out my pantry for our new healthy eating journey. (More about that later!)

When I was trying to figure out what to do with my aluminum foil, saran wrap, wax paper and such that had been taking up precious storage space on my pantry shelves, I went to my container stash.

When I’m not using a basket, plastic container, file folder holder, etc, I have a place I store them in our walk up attic.

I dug through my stash and found an old hanging file holder that I wasn’t using. I asked my hubby to attach it to the inside of the pantry door and viola….my new storage container that freed up space from my pantry shelves!  I love it!

What about you? Got an organizing tip to share? 


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7 thoughts on “Got an organizing tip?

  1. Organizing tip? You bet. Here are two of my favs: everyone has paper clutter on the kitchen bar or counter top. To corral all the paper clutter I have a manila folder that I labeled “CURRENT” and place it on the kitchen bar. I then add all incoming paperwork from school, church, etc… It’s still there, all in one spot, just not a messy mess all over the place.

    Linen closet tip: No more looking for flat sheets, fitted, sheets and pillowcases. I fold them all up into one of the pillowcases of the same set. Now it’s easy to grab a sheet set because they are self contained. Then I set them on the linen closet shelf that I have labeled according to it’s size: king, double, twin.

    I like organizing. My friends think I have a sickness. lol

    • Cindy, I’ve been doing the pillowcase tip for several years. LOVE IT! Great idea on the folder. Sometimes the little things make the biggest difference!

  2. Hello Jill,
    We are in a new phase of our lives , revolving door nest. Essentially 3 men children coming and going as they get on with their lives.
    So my organizing tip is to label everything. With empty nesting so temptingly close my husband and I decided to start reclaiming the house. Labels help in making sure things are returned to their proper place and that unwelcome things dont end up in the wrong spot. Its not perfect because nothing is. But it is a huge improvement and makes cleaning so much easier. Label everything and the shelves and hooks and closets and all places where stuff accumulates. There is no such thing as going overboard with this.:) No more( I didnt know where it went).

    • Thanks Anne. Great advice! Got any pictures? If you do, you can share them on my Facebook page! I’d love to see some of your “labeling.”

  3. This Christmas I decided to not lose my receipts. I labeled a folder Mom’s receipts and put all receipts from shopping in it . It was so easy and helpful because I did need to return some boots after Christmas. I was scared that I wouldn’t find the receipt. It was there. Don’t know why I didn’t do this before. Sure beat searching through my wallet and/or purse(s).

    Happy New Year!

  4. I hung an over-the-door shoe holder with clear pockets on the inside of my linen closet door. I organized all the bandaids, toothpaste, medicines, lotions, etc. in the pockets. Now, we can quickly find what we’re looking for, space has been freed up on the shelves and (best of all) I can quickly locate the thermometer, etc., in the middle of the night when one of my sons wakes up sick. I also have a basket on my desk in the kitchen. We each have our own file folder, plus others for the house, etc. It helps me keep everyone’s papers sorted and easy to locate. Finally, I live by my planner. It’s actually an appointment book, so each day goes from 7am-7pm. I put all upcoming events on there and circle them with highlighters. Each person in the family has a different color highlighter. That way, I can quickly glance at it and see who has an event that day and the overall order of the day’s events. I also put my to do list on there and get a rush out of erasing things as I get them done. 😉 I list items that the boys have to take into school each day in red at the top (library books, etc.). It really helps with having 2 different school schedules.

    • Love these ideas, Sara! I use an over-the-door shoe holder on the inside of my coat closet for hats and gloves. Works great there too!