There are just so many things in this world, that make absolutely NO sense to me. Such as:
Pink Lemonade. Lemonade is made with artificial flavoring, yet furniture polish contains real lemon juice. Why do “tug” boats, push barges? Why do people say “Heads Up!” when you should duck down? I could go on and on. For this article, I’d like to share with all of you, several ideas and things that DO make sense. Things that make wonderful sense as you move forward on your organizational journey with me!
Magnetic Knife Strip
I have to admit, I fought my husband on this one for some time. I wanted my knives in the drawer, not out on display. I knew I didn’t want them in a big block on my counter (you know I like clear counter space), but I didn’t think I’d like the look of the various knives out in my kitchen.
Out of practicality, I agreed to a magnetic knife strip next to the stove in the home my husband built for us. I love it! It’s so easy to grab a knife for chopping and cutting when I’m at the counter. As well…It looks great! I keep them all in a particular order (I’m kinda that way) and it works! I’m so glad I compromised with my man and it worked wonderfully! I no longer have to worry about getting dull knives in a drawer, or slipping each one into their individual protective sleeves. That just makes sense!
Drawers In Front Of Sink
Have you seen these? I remember the first time I saw someone open that little “wasted space” section above the under the sink cupboard, and they had little drawers that leaned out and help their scraper, sponge and small scrub brush. I thought. “How wonderful!” What a great use of space and a perfect way to “hide” those little items we all need in our sinks, to do our job. We do not have these in our current home, so I use a little suction cup holder for all of my little supplies. But I really do think the drawers are the way to go. That just makes sense!
Use Back Splash Space
Sometimes I’ve seen some decorative things hanging in the area above counter tops. Something maybe like a pot holder, photo or a cute little saying that says, “Kiss the Cook.” This is valuable real estate, and can be used to help free you counter space for needed chopping, slicing, stirring and whisking. Just a simple little raised counter space makes a big difference. You can use this elevated area to store coffee mugs, canisters, etc. It also works well to hang some baskets win the back splash space, and they can be filled with spices, utensils, even rolled dish towels or cloths. It’s just a very practical way to gain space, and it can look very nice and decorative too! That just makes sense!
Chalkboard Paint Inside Cabinets
I love this one! I first saw it at a friend’s house a few years ago. The entire inside length of both of her pantry doors were painted with chalkboard paint. She had her ongoing grocery list in one are, and it was the family calendar area in another. She had a sweet note written from her hubby inside a cute heart in one corner. I just thought it was precious!
Chalk used to freak me out. Actually…it still does. It’s MESSY, dusty, smeary and yucky! But nowadays, you can get chalk pens that look and work fantastic! Problem solved. Chalkboard paint can be applied to almost anything, anywhere. Painting the inside of the cabinet next to the refrigerator, is such a great place to keep the ongoing kitchen inventory and grocery list. You can also paint a portion of a full length pantry door, and post your calendar above it, so family members can make notes and post reminders all in one station! That just makes sense!
Vertical Bake Ware Organizer
This is another good one. I don’t know if you’ve seen the simple wire bake ware organizers. They DO work great for organizing pie plates, casserole dishes, etc. But…if you take this organizer, which is intending to stand vertically, and turn it on end and secure it with cable clips; it works great for large frying pans also! They do have pan organizers, but this works well for some of those large pans you may have.
Sometimes it’s amazing how we can convert something that was intended for one purpose, and make it work great! Keep that in mind while organizing around your home. You don’t want to have to go out and buy a bunch of new organizing accessories. Use some things you already have around the house, and re purpose them. A basket or even a cup, can turn into a wonderful organizational tool! Simply turning the bake ware organizer on it’s end, transforms its purpose! That just makes sense!
Make Use Of That Wasted Space In Corner Pantry
Sometimes corner pantries can be a challenge. If they go floor to ceiling, they can have a lot of wasted space. My husband designed one for me shortly after we were married, and he put shelves on one side and the back, leaving the one side free for broom and mop storage. Brilliant!
If you have shelves all the way across, or shelves going up both sides coming out of the corner, items can oftentimes get shoved way in the back and out of sight to be forgotten and wasted. An incredibly simple solution is turntables. Installing large spinning turntables works perfectly for gaining access all the way around, into the deep corners of your pantry. You can place one in the middle of the corner of each shelf. You will still have space on the sides, but this is such a fabulous space saver for those hard to reach areas. That just makes sense!
- Place cleaning products in a plastic caddy, instead of on the shelf in a cupboard. Then just grab the tote to take from room to room when cleaning!
- Have every family member pick up items off of floor and put things away for 10-15 minutes every evening after dinner. You can even make it a competition!
- Keep 2-3 new plastic garbage bags in the bottom of your garbage can, so you can just grab a new bag when the can gets emptied!
That just makes sense!
I hope that you’ve been able to grab onto one or more of these sensible ideas and will apply it to your home and your organized life! Please comment below and let me know what you plan to incorporate into your world and if you have any questions, I’m happy to help if I can!