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February 20, 2014

$.88 Kitchen Organization

A few years ago, I read a challenge that encouraged me to do at least one [small] thing a week to improve the overall flow/organization of our home. While I may not religiously follow the "at least once a week" rule, I do try to consistently think of ways to improve the quality of our home environment.

I love the holidays (most ALL of them), and I recently felt like my kitchen was being overtaken by small festive items like cookie cutters, holiday treat bags, seasonal cupcake liners, decorative paper straws, candy molds, etc. and I had to do something about it.

I like to call this my $.88 Kitchen Organization Project:

Kitchen Organization

So, I started keeping an eye out for just the right containers to help me sort/organize all of my supplies! I browsed The Container Store, Target, Lowe's Home Improvement, Home Goods, and Wal-Mart. I just love The Container Store and felt certain that I would find the perfect containers there, but I actually found exactly what I wanted at Wal-Mart - and each shoe-box size bin only cost $.88. For less than $10, I was able to bring perfect order to the storage cabinets under my kitchen island. Let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, I am sleeping much better at night.

Valentine's Day - Hearts, Hearts, and More Hearts!

Spring - This includes items I may use for Easter, Mother's Day, etc.

July 4th - Red, White, and Blue

In some of my bins, I have plenty of supplies for the next year.
However, for some holidays, I need to watch for good deals on items I can use.
Rarely will I buy these types of things "in season". I usually watch for specials immediately following a holiday.
For example, I buy all of my Christmas trimmings just AFTER Christmas. In recent days, I have stocked up heavily on discounted Valentine's Day merchandise, and I can officially say I am all set for next year.
Fall - This includes any items related to college football! ;-)

I tried not to cram each bin completely full!
I wanted to leave plenty of space for additional items I will add in the coming months.
During yard sale season, I typically find lots of great [new] holiday goodies!
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

As you can see, we are not lacking when it comes to Christmas cookie cutters.

If you have items that will not fit in to your containers, you can place them elsewhere.
In these particular cabinets, I do not have space for larger plastic bins,
 so a few of my larger items were simply placed on a different shelf.
*Cookie cutters used for tracing, playdough fun, art lessons, language arts/math activities, etc. are stored in our homeschool area - These bins were solely for kitchen/food [holiday] items.**

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