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7 Prudent Pantry Hacks

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Check out some great ways to make the most of the space you have. Some of these tips are great!

Here are the tips from Canadian Home Trends:

It’s all too easy to let your pantry get away from you and much like your bedroom closet, the more you have the harder it is to keep track of it all. Lucky for fashion junkies, clothes don’t spoil, get stale or grow mould; the same simply can’t be said for our food. Check out these seven creative hacks for keeping this important space under control.

  • Use towel rods, mounted on the inside of your pantry door, to organize the lids for your pots and pans. This way, lids are easily accessible, and you can free up valuable drawer space.
  • Self-adhesive hooks are another inexpensive solution for pot and pan lids
  • Hang mesh laundry bags and use them to store onions and potatoes to keep them fresh and off the floor.
  • Install under-shelf racks and store literally twice as much.
  • Attach a magazine rack to dead wall space and use it to store anything from Tupperware lids to saran wrap to cookbooks to cutting boards.
  • Hang a shower caddy and use it to store fresh produce.
  • Use hangers to keep your half-eaten potato chips from getting shoved to the back of the pantry where they’ll be crushed and ultimately forgotten.

Here is the link from Canadian Home Trends:

http://canadianhometrends.com/7-prudent-pantry-hacks/

Home Office Organizing

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Creative Organization Ideas for Your Home Office

It’s hard to get work done when your home office is a mess. Most of us just don’t know where to start or what works best to get organized. There are thousands of ideas out there in the world. Here are some quick tips from Canadian Home Trends on how to get your office organized. Click the link below for the full article and some impactful pictures.

  • Get an out box
  • Build colored binders
  • Use a Murphy desk – it can be tucked into the wall when not in use and is easier to keep clutter free
  • Keep receipts organized
  • Hide your printer
  • Label wires and cords
  • Setup an office pegboard organization system
  • Use a rolling cart next to your desk
  • A shoe organizer is great for mail
  • Use small bowls or trays for items

Got anymore great organizing tips for home offices? Leave your in the comments below!

http://canadianhometrends.com/creative-organization-ideas-for-your-home-office/nggallery/image/label-wires-and-cords/

Cute Travel Bags

Baggie All: Buy One, Get One FREE

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Baggie All: Buy One, Get One FREE

Introducing a stylish-yet-practical way to organize your belongings. The Baggie All is the ultimate organization system for loose items; it works great as a purse organizer, travel toiletry bag and gym bag organizer. A multitude of stylish colors allow you to arrange similar items together so that you can quickly find gym toiletries versus phone accessories. Three zippered pockets add three-times the organization, keeping your office items separate from your personal products. Now, aren’t you just SO organized!

Uses for the Baggie All: Purse organizer, Travel toiletry bag, Phone accessories organizer, Makeup bag, School supplies organizer, Diaper bag organizer, Stocking stuffer, Gift giving

Features:

  • Buy One, Get One FREE (select both patterns below)
  • 3 zippered pockets
  • Machine washable
  • Water-resistant
  • Size: 8.5” x 7.5”

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Moving Checklist

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Moving Checklist

You may not be able to move mountains, but you can plan an organized move with a little help from this step-by-step timeline.

Get prepared to move like you have never moved before. This master moving list will take you month to month with tips. Insights include what to organize when, information to gather and so much more. People hate moving, it’s a fact. Moving creates a great deal of stress for many reasons. Starting the process months before can drastically reduce your stress. It seems that a single thing isn’t forgotten in this list from Real Simple. Check out the full list provided through the link below and use it for your next move!

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/moving/moving-checklist

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/moving/moving-checklist

Food Pantry Organization

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Women’s Day Guide to a Well-Organized Pantry

Get smart tips for keeping your cabinets stocked and under control food pantry organization

Think of your pantry the way you think of your refrigerator—as the food command center of your home. “You want to be able to open your cupboards and make dinner,” says Amy Pennington, author of Urban Pantry. “You can’t do that if your pantry only has flour, sugar, nuts and cereal.” And you can’t do that if you don’t know what you have or where it is. What you need is a master plan to get your pantry well-stocked, well-organized and ready for duty.

5 Universal Rules
Whether your pantry is a few shelves in the cupboard, a walk-in closet or three deep drawers, you can make it work. Just stick to these rules:

1. Know what you use. How to know what to keep a stash of? Ask yourself what you eat most. If you love rice, then a 20-lb bag is great (if you’ve got the space). If you’re crackers about crackers, sure, keep a row of them. Avoid the common mistake of filling your pantry with foods you don’t often use, such as a supersize bag of flour or a row of powdered drinks.

2. Shop small. I know, this is contrary to the dogma of rolling up to Costco in your minivan, but you don’t need a pantry that can feed your family through autumn, bomb-shelter style. The idea is to keep all items in your pantry constantly in use, filling the space you have with whatever healthy foods you might need. “People tend to go to warehouse clubs and buy giant family packs, then those huge boxes sit half-used for a year,” says Scott Dolich, chef at Park Kitchen restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Buy in bulk only the stuff you use often.

3. Go canned. “A lot of people think canned goods are not as fresh, but canned vegetables are picked at their peak freshness, so they’re a great way to keep your pantry stocked,” says David Mechlowicz, culinary purchasing manager for Food Network. You can also enhance what you’re serving by adding fresh items to canned products. In other words, when you want to make a stew or soup or spruce up pasta, canned tomatoes are better than no tomatoes. Ditto with artichokes, pineapple, and pretty much every fruit and many nonleafy veggies.

4. Unwrap. “Most people don’t unwrap excess packaging before putting away foods,” says Lorie Marrero, author of The Clutter Diet. “Take paper towels, for instance. Cut off that overwrap that holds the rolls together, and you can fit individual rolls much easier.” Ditto for soda, snack packs and multipacks.

5. Be cool. Pretty much all pantry items do well in cool, dark environments. “Store foods away from your stove,” says Dolich. The biggest threat? Nearby appliances giving off heat. Dampen your hand and feel around your pantry to make sure the fridge or dishwasher isn’t heating it.

Check out the full article here: http://www.womansday.com/home/organizing-cleaning/tips/a5330/wds-guide-to-a-well-organized-pantry-112582/