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No Pantry? No Problem.

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In the days of social media and Pinterest perfect pictures, having an organized pantry is something of a status symbol. Beautifully organized pantries with coordinated bins, clear jars full of food, labels and turntables is fun to look at and admire, but what about the kitchens that don’t have pantries? In those cases, it’s time to get creative and

Think outside the box

What I mean is, look at your kitchen as a whole unit. Just because tradition dictates where certain items typically go doesn’t mean that’s where they ALWAYS have to go. The first step is to eliminate what isn’t necessary. Set aside time to pull everything out and really consider what you need and what you don’t need. You can donate rarely used small appliances and gadgets or keep them in a storage area in the house or garage until the yearly need for them arises. If you’re limited on space, don’t let rarely used items take up valuable space. Once you know what you’re working with then you can begin to assemble the kitchen puzzle.

Some examples from my previous jobs include:
– Hanging mugs on hooks on the wall or under a cupboard

– Using a shelf riser to stack bowls above plates without having to stack them directly on top of each other

– Using bins to keep “pantry” items contained in cupboards, especially if they share space with other non-pantry kitchen items.

– Give each shelf in a cupboard a specific purpose (I.e. the bottom shelf may be glasses and above it may be powders and other smoothie ingredients, along with the items used to make your smoothie)

– 3m hooks on the inside of cabinet doors for measuring cups or other utensils

Just remember your kitchen is YOUR space and you can organize it however YOU need it to be organized. Use Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration but at the end of the day give each item a home in a space that makes sense to you.

The Best Place to Store Plastic Wrap – The Kitchn

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A simple tip that will blow your mind

Hey all! I’m currently on on break with my family but wanted to send a quick tip to get you through your BBQs, picnics and other summer meals. It’s a great little tip from The Kitchn and I think you’re going to like it

Check it out here

AND, you’re welcome.
Happy Summer!

Jenna

Look Back Before Looking Forward

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Look back before looking forward

As a nation we are all in various stages of “re-emerging” after the lock down. Before life really picks up and we focus on looking ahead and doing things we haven’t been able to do for the past few months, here’s my piece of advice:

Reevaluate your systems

How have they held up during this time? Did you make any new systems that are working great and you want to keep them as they are? Or has something not been working and so it needs to be altered? If you have a system that needs to be fixed, set your mind to it now. Once life can actually happen again you’re probably not going to take the time needed to figure out a fix. And if you don’t handle it now there’s a good chance you never will.

1 Simple and Easy Way to Help

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Do your part… by doing this one thing

At some point we will be out of quarantine and back to our regular lives once again. At that time we’ll have to figure out how to get back to “normal”, whatever that may be, and what’s one way we can help that happen?

Shop local

When you can, starting now, please shop local or on small business websites. I know how easy it is to order from Amazon and free shipping is definitely appealing, but who is being more affected by the lockdown – Jeff Bezos or small business owners? This idea is not mine but I think it’s great – if you find an item on Amazon, go to that seller’s website and order the item(s) from there. It’s a lot better for the vendor and it’ll help boost the economy. I know it may not seem like a big step, but for those of us who run small businesses, every client is valuable ALL THE TIME, and especially right now. So do your part and shop small and shop local.

 
 
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Do You Really Need It?

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Do you really need it?

Okay, let’s get real – I know the tendency right now is to hoard all that you have. I’ve struggled with it myself (hello panic shopping at Costco when they clearly said grocery stores are going to stay open!) but, there are some things that, regardless of how long this lasts, you just don’t need to keep around. So, what is my tip for the month with quarantining, social distancing and working from home looming over all of us?

Purge what you can

I understand there may be things you want to hang on to “just in case”. But stockpiling and adding to your clutter while you’re stuck at home isn’t going to help you feel better. If anything, being stuck in a home that’s full of clutter is going to make you feel even crazier! So look through your closet, the kitchen, your pantry, garage and other spaces and see if there are things that, now that we have survived the “what if” scenario, you ended up not really needing.