Kitchens | Organizing Goddess

Rethinking My Utensil Drawer

My recent home renovation included replacing all of my kitchen appliances. This required a widening of the doorway (don’t ask). As a result, one of cabinets was replaced with a narrower cabinet. The original cabinet had a drawer that I used for kitchen utensils. I was lucky to have multiple shallow drawers in different areas of my kitchen. I used one for silverware, one for utensils, and one for my wraps and baggies. Now I was down one drawer. Even…

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Double Your Space with Helper Shelves

One of my favorite organizing products is the helper shelf. You may not be familiar with the term, but I bet you have seen helper shelves in action. Do you have different size dishes piled on top of each other in the cabinet but you’re tired of moving the smaller dishes every time you want to get to the larger ones? Then you need a helper shelf. It provides a higher surface for the smaller dishes but still gives you…

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Using Stuff Up, Part 2

Last time, I talked about how much I love to use stuff up. This time, I’d like to address a related topic: stuff that never gets used up. When I work with clients, here are some of the most common places where I see this happen. In the kitchen: food that gets opened but doesn’t ever get finished. Or food that gets purchased and never even gets opened. In the bathroom: products that are used for a while but then…

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Let’s Talk Plastic Containers, Part 2

Last week I wrote with guidelines about plastic containers as well as my ongoing love affair with Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids™ containers. (See Let’s Talk Plastic Containers.) I’ve received some requests for assistance in navigating the gamut of Easy Find Lids™ containers, as there are many types, shapes, and sizes. I prefer the square-shaped containers, as opposed to the rectangular ones, as they fit best in my refrigerator. My go-to size is the 3-cup container, as they are perfect for leftovers….

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Let’s Talk Plastic Containers

Dear Sharon, I’ve helped several clients lately with organizing their plastic containers, and I’ve also been redefining how I use mine. So this seemed like a good time to address this topic. Helping my clients with their containers has brought the following four principles to the front of my mind: Don’t keep more containers than you have use for. While it’s tempting to save every plastic container that crosses your threshold, it’s unlikely that you will ever have a need…

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