Hey hey, friends… how’s your week going so far? Mr. College returned to campus this week, and even though he was gone much of the Winter Break, I still got that familiar pang when he loaded up the car and drove away.
It actually feels more normal with him gone than at home now… which is not something I ever thought I’d say! He’s absolutely thriving on his own though, and that makes it so much easier.
So now that the kids are back in school, it’s time for me to reclaim the house, and get things back in order! How can four people wreak such havoc?!
Fortunately, my friend Annie at SOS Home Organization did such an incredible job setting up organizational systems in our kitchen and bathrooms when we moved in, that it’s been a breeze keeping them maintained!
It’s definitely an investment on the front-end, but having the right products for your space makes life so much simpler (and prettier!) for years to come! This house came with an impressive pantry with loads of storage, and Annie not only made it shine, but made it uber-functional for us.
Our Pantry //
We started decanting our dry foods a few years ago, and I’ll never go back! As long as you have good-quality containers, the food lasts so much longer than when left in their original packaging!
Plus, it makes it so simple to see what you’re running low on, and it prevents me from overbuying.
By having snacks on display and so visible, the kids are able to easily grab-and-go, and you aren’t left with expired food hiding in the back of drawers and cabinets. And believe it or not, removing product from the package creates so much more space…there’s a lot of wasted space in snack boxes!
Did you know The Home Edit has a huge line of products at Walmart?! AND, they’re pretty much identical to their products sold at The Container Store! We chose those more affordable options when possible, but for some items we had to splurge a little more to fit the space best (like these deep bins and woven baskets).
My favorite part of this pantry is having the counter space for appliances… which means I get to tuck them away, but they’re still plugged and ready to use.
These lazy Susans are the hardest working organizing products in our house… they allow you to keep items in a compact spot, and nothing gets lost in the back! We use them in the pantry, medicine cabinet, fridge, under the bathroom sink, and more!
Kitchen Drawers //
Many of our drawers got the SOS Home Organization magic touch, as well… and almost five months later (can you believe we’ve already been here that long?!), they are still as organized as the day they installed! The Home Edit drawer bins from Walmart are seriously the biggest bang for your organizing buck!
I love that they’re deeper than usual dividers, allowing you to take advantage of all the vertical space in a drawer. They are also sized perfectly for the products we tend to keep in each room of the house. Just arrange them like a puzzle to best fit your drawer and needs.
I resisted adding these Ziploc bag containers for years, assuming they were the same as keeping the box. I was wrong, friends. This system is so much better! Plus, it just makes me happy every time I open the drawer!
The same goes with spices… getting them out of their mis-matched containers made a huge difference!
Bathroom Drawers //
Here are The Home Edit drawer dividers in the bathroom… it’s crazy how perfectly they fit all our drawers! I have my makeup separated by category in a system that makes sense to me. Plus, can you imagine the mess if none of this was separated?!
I didn’t zhuzh or clean up these drawers for the photos… this is genuinely how they look everyday now that they’ve been organized right!
Office Drawers //
I’m slowly making an office space for Hi Sugarplum, and already feeling more accomplished now that my drawers have some order!
If you’ve got the organizing bug, too, here are the products I reach for the most to help get you started!
1. Silverware Drawer Dividers // 2. Bathroom Drawer Dividers
3. Office Drawer Dividers // 4. Shallow Drawer Dividers
5. Plastic Bag Holders // 6. Clip Labels
7. Woven Basket // 8. Deep Lazy Susan
9. Clear Lidded Canisters // 10. Set of 4 Woven Baskets
11. Wooden Drawer Dividers // 12. Cabinet Shelf
13. Large Storage Jars // 14. Shelf Riser
15. Shallow Lazy Susan // 16. Spice Jars with Labels
17. Spice Drawer Organizer
Does your New Year include major organizing and purging? Science proves our minds are less stressed and more at ease when our homes are free from clutter! It can be overwhelming to think of organizing your entire house, but when broken down into small spaces one at a time, it’s easier to manage.
And even the smallest organizing project can bring peace and a sense of accomplishment. Seriously, try adding these baskets with two rolls of paper to the back of your toilet and see how accomplished you feel, ha!
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The Sugar Shack | Kitchen Reveal & Other Updates
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Sugarplum Faves | Best of Amazon Home & Beauty
First Apartment & Dorm Essentials
Road Trip Essentials (Also just great for car organization!)
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