Kitchens

My Love Affair with Command™ Hooks

If you’ve been reading my organizing tips for a while, it should come as no surprise to you that I love Command™ Hooks. If you’re not familiar with them, let me elucidate. They are a line of hooks, strips, and other products that can be adhered to a wall or other smooth surface without damaging it. Command™ hooks are all over my house. Here are some of the ways in which I use them: Outside the entryway closet door: a hook for a…

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Keeping a Lid on Your Pots and Pans

The other day, I was marveling at how much easier it is now to get out and put away pots and pans and their lids. It used to be such a struggle. A few months ago, I reviewed all of my kitchen cabinets and drawers. I reacquainted myself with the contents, disposed of anything we didn’t use, and rearranged everything that was left so that the things we used the most often were easy to reach. I made two big…

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Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

A few years ago, Marie Kondo made a splash with her best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. A Professional Organizer from Japan, Kondo exhorted her readers to get rid of any possession that didn’t “spark joy”. Her method of folding clothing vertically allowed for easy viewing and retrieval of items in drawers. (See my previous organizing tip: To Fold or Not to Fold.) Kondo is back in the news with her eight-episode Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie…

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Little Things Mean A Lot

I made a small change in my kitchen yesterday and it is making me ridiculously happy. What did I do? I used a Command™ hook to hang a strainer above my sink. It only took me a few minutes, but every time I walk into the kitchen, I am practically giddy. You see, I use this strainer almost every day. Sometimes I use it twice a day. I may use it to rinse blueberries at breakfast, or to rinse cherry…

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It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Back in June, I wrote about a project on which I had done a good bit of procrastinating (see A Blessing and A Curse). To refresh your memory on the salient details, I was asked to record a 90-minute class I had delivered at a NAPO conference 6 years earlier, so that the class could be made available as part of NAPO’s educational offerings. I put it off and put it off, and finally got it done by setting myself…

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