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Quick Kitchen Tips

on September 23, 2013

I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks, so this weekend, there’s a two-fer!

For this post, I’m going to chat about a few small changes I have made in our kitchen that have already made me smile.

First problem:  The top of our fridge had become a breeding ground for daily use items.  A few years ago I contained our boxes of cereal in a metal bin we acquired along the way.  The rest of the top of the fridge became a crazy mess of prepackaged snacks to throw in lunches, cereal bars, protein powder, etc.  It was a visual catastrophe.  Add to the that the Gatorade bottles that usually took up residence on the floor near our pantry, and we had two areas crying out for help.  (And, no, there was not room in my small pantry…)

I didn’t really want to buy anything new–because that would require me making an extra stop on an already busy day…  And I really wanted to take care of the problem right then and there.  Patience is a virtue I strive for and sometimes miss.  Luckily, I have storage solutions hanging around all over my house.  I didn’t want to use a plastic milk crate or anything that wasn’t “pretty” since the whole point was to make the area look nicer.  Instead, after wandering around my house, I decided to re-purpose a basket I bought a few months ago.  (I had read in blogs about having a basket in high traffic areas to take things back where they belong.  This was in place of piling things on the stairs–a bad habit my hubby was glad to see disappear.  I bought one for the bottom of the stairs and one for the top.  I found I used the one at the bottom all the time and the one at the top not really at all.  So this basket has been moved to the top of the fridge.)

A view from the top...

A view from the top…

A place for all our lunch making items.

Finally, a place for breakfast and lunch making items we use every day.











The basket now houses most of our top of fridge clutter–except for two large containers of powder drinks.  They have found a home in the pantry for now.  It looks so much better!  I wish I had before and after pics–but once again I was so much in the zone that I forgot to snap the before.  But here is the lovely after!

My other problem kitchen area was my process for leaving notes on food containers letting my family know if they were to be saved for meals or safe to eat whenever.  I was using little post-it notes, but ran out–and the moisture/cold of the fridge usually meant they didn’t stick very well.  I KNEW there had to be a better solution.  Then, like a sledge-hammer, it hit me.  I was standing in front of the fridge looking at my dry erase calendar and menu planner and thought–DUH!  Write on them with dry erase marker!  So, I am.  Since the lids are plastic, the dry erase marker comes right off.  Yeah!

Easy does it!

Easy does it!

I love it when a few small details come together to make life easier.  Maybe that’s why I’m somewhat of an organizational junkie.  I wonder what other quick tips could make the kitchen function even better.


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