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Cleaning & Organizing

Cleaning & Organizing

A Pantry Makeover: Before and After from Mom 100’s Katie Workman

Our friend Katie Workman from Mom 100 shares how she transforms her disorganized pantry into a tidy space that makes cooking and navigating her kitchen a breeze. Check out how she tackles her pantry and enter to win OXO products to help transform your pantry too. 

My pantry was a total disaster.  A black hole.  A closet of chaos.

Despite periodic efforts to reclaim the area, my pantry closet looked like an eclectic and confusing supermarket had exploded, and someone swept up a large portion of the miscellaneous goods and thrown them onto shelves with no rhyme or reason.  Yes, the flour and sugar shared a shelf (most of the time), but they were nestled next to Halloween sprinkles, lentils, and spelt.  Tuna fish sat next to blackberry jam.  A jar of truffled mushroom spread from a trip to Italy in 2016 nestled up near ramen noodles.

Cleaning & Organizing

Organizing for Your Guests and Your Health from The Makerista

You spend hours sweeping the floors, dusting the tabletops, scrubbing the bathrooms, and mopping the tile. You light candles, turn on music, and set the food out. Your guests arrive to a beautiful home and head straight to the kitchen to talk to you while you prep the last few bites. As you go to open the fridge you cringe for a moment, remembering how unorganized and filthy it is…67 kids cups, wilted lettuce you bought because you told yourself you were going to start eating more salads, leftovers that were left over weeks ago and let’s face it, the longer they’re in there, the less you want to be the one to get rid of them.

Cleaning & Organizing

Do These Things Before Leaving on Your Next Trip

I’m meticulous about leaving a clean and tidy home behind when I go on vacations. The thought of my space festering with dirty dishes, an unkempt room, or a kitchen floor covered in crumbs has the potential to take the relaxation out of my trip. Granted, I’m on the extreme side of the clean and organized spectrum, but I think we can all agree there’s nothing better than coming back to a clean house. So take some time and follow these tips before heading out the door so you can honestly say: “it’s good to be home.”

Cleaning & Organizing

5 Habits That You Need to Take On Today To Streamline Your Life

You may be sitting in your home, looking around and thinking that it’s time to start getting more clean and organized. You’re sick of the pile of mail on your kitchen table, the mound of clothing growing in your bedroom, and the excess of stuff you’re not particularly fond of anyway. But getting your home clean and organized can take a long time and often feels overwhelming. By keeping your goals small and taking baby steps, you’ll get there in time and won’t ever be tempted to look back. So get started by taking on these five habits every single day. They’re the holy grail of tidiness and will keep you on track even when a temporary mess comes your way.

Cleaning & Organizing

Save Your Staples: Tips For Keeping Your Pantry Items from Going Bad

We covered storing fruits and vegetables to get the most out of them, and you know when to throw out your leftovers and avoid the sniff-test, so now we’re talking dried foods and pantry storage. For some, the pantry or cabinets are neat, organized havens for dried goods. For others, it’s a part of the kitchen you hide: there are half empty boxes of cereal next to flour spewing from the bag. We spoke to our food storage experts about how to store dried goods to maximize freshness and their tips for keeping your cabinets neat, so you can avoid a baking soda avalanche the next time you reach for a box of pasta.