Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School


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Kids will be returning to school soon – August 22nd, for most. And, with school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot.

 

 

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry-hungry tummies. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

Leave It Out

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).

vegetables and fruits

Lunch Load Up

Visit your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster fixing, keep all of these items in nearby drawers and/or cabinets.

Pantry Restock

The weeknight-dinner routine is on its way, so get your pantry ready by making sure you have all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items are good, too.

Refresh The Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to put it.

Refrigerator interior

Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.

Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

 

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Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School


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Sadly, summer is almost over and the kids will be returning to school soon — August 24th, for most. With school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot:

 

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry kids. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet, or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

 

 

vegetables and fruits

Leave It Out

Out of sight out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).

 

Lunch Load Up

Visit your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster fixing, keep all of this in drawers or cabinets that are near each other.

 

Pantry Restock

The routine of weeknight dinners is coming, so get your pantry ready by making sure you’ve got all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items are good, too. If you don’t have time to plan meals every night, these items will definitely come in handy.

 

Refrigerator interior

Refresh The Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to put it.

 

Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

 

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or a notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.

 

Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

Get Your Kitchen Prepped for Back to School


Can you believe summer is almost over and the kids will be returning to school soon? With school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these 8 tips to get back on track and start the school year on the right foot.

 

1. Snack Station: Long days at school mean hungry kids. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet, or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

 

2. Leave It Out: Out of sight out of mind, right? Make the opposite true by leaving out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school or run out to their next activity.

 

3. Lunch Load Up: Head to your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches in the upcoming year. Keep all of this in drawers or cabinets that are near each other for faster fixing.

 

4. Pantry Restock: The routine of weeknight dinners is coming, so get your pantry ready by making sure you’ve got all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, soup, and things that can be frozen or stored for a while. If you don’t have time to plan meals every night these items will definitely come in handy.

 

5. Refresh The Fridge: Take some time to clean out whatever has been pushed to the back over the summer. This way you’ll know what you need for school days and have the space to put it.

 

6. Color Code: If you’re forever calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks etc. This will make mornings a little bit more organized.

 

7. Wish List: If you need inspiration for lunch and dinner, place a whiteboard or a notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique for when you run out of grocery items.

 

8. Get In The Groove: Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly.

 

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7 Organizing Mistakes You Should Avoid


7 Organizing Mistakes You Should Avoid

There are thousands of organizational tips and tricks scattered around the internet today. So, how do you know which of these to follow for the long-term and which are just quick fixes that you’ll end up regretting later? Read our blog, of course. Today, we’re shining light on 7 organizing mistakes to avoid in your home.

 

1. Plastic Drawers: You know exactly what we’re talking about because you can buy these just about anywhere. They may work for your dorm room, but all these really do is collect junk in a piece of disposable furniture. Take the time to clean them out, dispose of all the extras, and find a permanent place elsewhere for whatever you must keep.

 

2. Shelves with boxes: This piece of furniture has become popular recently- the one that is perfect cut to fit boxes that hold small items. Again, take a look at your things before you buy boxes to store them in. If it can fit in a box that small, chances are it’s not necessary.

 

3. Solid Plastic Tubs: It may seem smart to put seasonal items away in tubs that visually hide their contents, but in the end it can waste time. Buy clear plastic tubs so that you can easily identify what’s inside instead of spending the time to open each one.

 

4. Cleaning Supplies: This tip is especially geared towards those living in multi-storied homes. Don’t keep all your cleaning supplies in one place. Instead, store the heavy-duty cleaners together and divvy up the wipes, disinfectant sprays, etc. in bathrooms and the kitchen where they can be easily accessed for quick cleaning.

 

5. Static Shelves: Installing immovable shelves or trays in your bathroom or kitchen cabinets is a thing of the past. Treat yourself to sliding ones, which make accessing pots and pans, small appliances, and toiletries so much easier.

 

6. Covering with Curtains: We all know deep down that it’s a temporary fix to cover cluttered shelves, rooms, or open storage with tacked-up curtains. Weed out the clutter you don’t need and, if necessary, add permanent doors or storage to whatever you’re hiding.

 

7. Wall Hooks: These are fabulous as a quick place to throw a wet coat or extra scarf, but wall hooks become a problem when they get weighted down by too many items for too long. Having fewer hooks, which will force you to put away excess items, will keep you from leaving your winter scarf hanging out into the summer.

DIY: Deep Clean Your Pantry


Clean your pantry

Ever wish you had a pantry like one of those dazzling ones features in House Beautiful, Southern Living, Architectural Digest, etc? If you’ve got 30 minutes this weekend, you can! Here’s a breakdown of the things it will take to get your pantry in tip-top shape! (Some preparation may be required)

 

1. Grab your trashcan and place it next to , or inside, your pantry.

 

2. Empty your shelves onto your countertop and, while doing so, check expiration dates. Chuck anything that’s expired, anything you think may have gone bad, or things you know you’re not going to use. It’s not doing anyone any good to keep that hot chocolate mix you got from your neighbor over the holidays. FYI-  Spices can hang around for about six months, but items like honey and sugar can last much longer if stored correctly.

 

3. Get rid of excess canned goods. You just don’t need 15 cans of chicken noodle soup. Fill a bag with these nonperishable goods and take them to your local food bank.

 

4. Fill a bowl with warm, soapy water and use it to clean any sticky jars or cans.

 

5. Grab a handheld sweeping brush or a dust buster and pick up all the crumbs and excess debris. Be a perfectionist here, this is the new, clean base of your pantry.

 

6. Grab a heavy-duty sponge or bristled brush and some warm water and clean up any dried spills.

 

7. Wipe down all the shelves with warm water. Let dry. Then, go over it all with a cloth.

 

8. Many people have taken to putting things like cereal, sugar, and loose packets (like tea or oatmeal) in clear containers. These can be found at many supermarkets and will help keep you from having multiple bags of sugar on the same shelf. The see-through nature of these containers will also help with organization and can be more aesthetically pleasing.

 

9. Organize by putting things you use the most in the most accessible spots. If you store heavy pots or bowls, put them on the bottom. Paper towels, napkins, and lighter items can go towards the top. Keep similar items of the same food group or category together.

 

Depending on the size of your pantry and your diligence, this project could turn into a weekend event. Whether you’re going for a good clean or a complete overhaul, we think this project is well worth the time for you and your family!

 

Have an other ideas or tips for the pantry? Comment below and let us know!