Paper Storage

Kids, Organize

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Once I had my oldest in Kindergarten I realized pretty quickly that I needed to find a way to store all of the cute projects he was bringing home. I hated having them on the fridge because we ran out of room and it felt cluttered. So I dove into my brainstorm one night and decided he needed and box. But I couldn’t stop just there, I knew that it needed to organized so that we could look back through it over the years and know what was made when. To see how he developed over the years. But I also knew I would want that same system to be implemented with my other 3 boys, so it needed to be replicated and easy to manage without taking up a ton of space.
Enter this amazing little number!

These file boxes are affordable and work PERFECTLY!!! I purchased a few hanging folders. They worked perfect and labeled them for each year my child was in school.

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Now whenever my kids bring home those ever so cute school projects we talk about them, helping my child feel validated and seen with what they accomplished. Then they are filed in their box and mom doesn’t get stressed out about the mess. No ones the wiser. I also throw all their important letters and tests in here along with extra school pictures and report cards. It is SUCH a relief to have a safe place for all those sweet projects.

When I started talking about this paper storage subject I started getting a lot of questions about all the other paper in the house. Like the bills coming in and out, taxes, pet papers, birth certificates, etc. The system I use is really quiet easy and simple and honestly it needs cleaned out in a big way. But I’ll get there eventually. We have a little two drawer filing cabinet I keep in a closet in my office. EVERY bill we get or anything of importance gets filed. I try to file weekly but honestly it’s more like monthly. It’s my least favorite chore to do. But the idea is that everything has a home or folder.

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All of the health insurance stuff goes together, all the credit card stuff goes together, life insurance together, personal info like birth certificates, pass ports and social cards get put together. I even have files for all the paper work from previous loans, cars or larger purchases. I also have a fold that all of Jud’s check stubs get thrown into. I can’t tell you how many times I have need his last 2 check stubs and how grateful I was that I had them on hand and was able to supply them without asking our accountant to get me copies.

All in all it just simplifies your life. I have copies of all of our tax returns in here as well as a back up on our computer. It just helps me see the bigger picture. I’ve had times where I had paid a bill and even called and talked to someone in the billing department about it. But then got a bill several months later saying we were late on paying. It was such a relief that I was able to go back to that file, pull out the bill and find that I had written the name of the person who I talked to when I paid it, the date I paid it and how much I paid. It quickly resolved the mistake and no one got frustrated! I call that winning!!!

In an ideal world I will go through this file cabinet at the beginning of ever year and clean out all the files and throw away what we don’t need any more but honestly it’s been a couple years since I cleaned ours out. So thats on the to do list soon. Make sure you burn all that sensitive info you are getting rid of!! I hope this helps with your paper organization, heaven knows it can get out of hand real quick!!

 

 

 

Pantry Makeover

Organize

I have been wanting to do a pantry makeover for so long! So when we moved into this house and I finally had an actual pantry to do that with, I was over the moon!!! So we’re going to talk all things sources on this post!!! I’ll have another one under the DIY tab to teach you how to wallpaper! Let’s jump in because there is a lot!

Before

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Game Plan

Before I bought anything or started taking everything out of my pantry I sat down and wrote out a game plan. I searched ideas on the IG and Pinterest. Once I knew what look I was going for I got to work researching the cheapest, without sacrificing quality, containers. I quickly noticed that The Container Store had the best selection and the best prices. Yes even over Amazon. I then went through my pantry and wrote down EVERYTHING that was in there. This honestly is the least fun part. Go figure. I even wrote a few notes next to certain items that I had problems with. For example my kids basically live on granola bars. But I was SO sick of picking up granola bars that had fallen on the floor, or empty boxes etc. So I knew I needed to eliminate as much packaging on them as I could. This helped me in finding the proper container for them to meet my goal. Pretty soon I had a really good list of items and what problems in storing those items I had. Next was measuring my space. I measured all of my shelves making sure I noted the depth so I didn’t buy any containers that would over hang. This also helped me calculate how much wallpaper I needed. You can find a wallpaper calculator here. I also encourage you to browse the wallpaper on this site because it’s perfection and incredibly affordable. Once you’ve done this your ready to move on to purchasing!!

The Wallpaper

I knew that I wanted something BOLD in this small space. Something that would really give it some pop. So when Classy Clutter came out with their wallpaper options, I knew that was the one! I picked it because it was a small repeating pattern, making it easy to match up in the wallpaper process if I needed it to. It also has a deep green in some parts of the leaves, which finalized my decision. I will be painting my kitchen cabinets a deep green later this summer, so having that cohesiveness was a must for me. It has a door, but if it were open I still wanted it to feel like a part of the space. Not an after thought.

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Isn’t it just dreamy!? You can purchase your own roll here. Bonus it is on sale right now!!!

Containers

Before I dive too deep into this section I wanted to give you guys a heads up! The Container Store is currently having a 25% off sale on a lot of the items I will be linking!

I knew that I wanted to use lazy susans in the corners so I could maximize on using my space. Plus its the perfect way to store sauces and bottles. These were the only products that I bought from Amazon.

12in Lazy Susan

On the bottom shelf I knew that I wanted to have the boys snacks easily accessible especially for my 2 year old.  I decided on getting these large glass jars with metal lids to put all of our crackers or cookies in. I got 2 of the 1.5 Gal jars and 1 2qt jar. They have been my favorite pieces!!

Anchor Hocking Montana Glass Canisters

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Multipurpose bins are largely the biggest contributor to the pantry. I wanted a large box that was clear so I could see what was in them. It needed to hold large boxes of pasta or large chip bags. These have been heaven sent! I ended up getting 5 XL Multipurpose Bins for chips, pasta, baking items, cake mixes and boxed dinners. 1 Large Multipurpose Bin for microwave popcorn bags. 1 Medium Multipurpose Bin for boxed broth and 1 small Multipurpose Bin for all those granola bars.

Multi-Purpose Bins

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My next big obstacle was how to store my canned food. I have seen many people store their cans on a tiered shelving unit. But I have a lot of canned food and didn’t want to devote all of my space to store them. So I went a more compact route with these wire can racks. I have really enjoyed them and they have saved me on space. I ended up purchasing 5 of these bad boys.

White Gravity-Feed Can Rack

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I’m a huge love of hot air popcorn but storing all the bottles of kernels was the biggest pain! So I decided why not display them in a pretty container!? Which is when I found this plastic little number! Its so fun to pour my kernels into the hot air popper.

Hermetic Acrylic Canisters

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I have always hated storing paper plates or plastic utensils. I hate that the plastic around them just remains open as you try to finish the pack off. My packs of paper plates always looked messy and out of control and heaven forbid if they fell. Which is why I got that acrylic magazine sleeve!!! It’s narrow and my plates and extra utensils fit in there perfectly!!! You can see it in the top left of the above picture. It has made me feel so tricky!

Acrylic Magazine Slipcase

I like to keep a few extra rolls of paper towels and ziploc bags in the pantry and the remainder gets stored out in the storage room in the garage. But I didn’t necessarily want to see these items all the time. So I opted for a white container instead of a clear container and they have done that trick! I purchased 2 large white bins. I then needed something that had low sides but could still hold enough fruit snacks to satisfy my 2 year olds addiction. I opted for 1 small bin. Which you can also see in the above picture.

White Plastic Storage Bins with Handles

I buy things in bulk because a lot of the time it saves my large family money. So I knew I needed a large container to store all of our pancake mix, oatmeal and rice. But they needed to be air tight. Enter these cute little numbers. I got 1 in the 4qt size for our pancake mix and 2 in the 2.5qt for the rice and oatmeal!

ProKeeper 4 qt. Flour Container

ProKeeper 2.5 qt. Sugar Container

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I used to buy the cereal in the giant bags. Because my kids would eat it like it was going to disappear soon. Now they suddenly resent cereal… can’t imagine why. So I opted to buy smaller cereal containers to fit a normal sized box instead of a gigantic bag! These are air tight and will keep your cereal from getting stale. Which was another problem because no one could manage to close the bag. The nerve.

4.1 qt. ProKeeper Cereal Dispenser

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Under the bottom shelf with my boys snacks I store my bulk flour and sugar. I HATED trying to wrestle a giant bag to pour most of it on the floor while trying to get some in my smaller container to bake with. I mean, I can’t be the only one. These bad boys are big enough to hold like a lot of flour or sugar. I’ve never filled them all the way. But a 25lb bag fits with lots of room. They are air tight so no worries about bugs or the like! These I actually purchased in October of last year from Wayfair. Bonus they are on sale right now!! Catch a glimpse of these in the first picture under my glass containers.

Weathertight 46.6 qt Plastic Storage Tote

Along with my wallpaper I also purchased some pantry labels from the Classy Clutter shop! I love that you can choose from different colors and they are an actual sticker. Not vinyl that takes all your will power to apply. I also found another shop on etsy that I plan on using to finish ordering labels from since they are customizable!

Label All the Things – Pantry

Label All the Things - Pantry

Lets Get Working

Now for the hard work!! I started by pulling everything out of my pantry and grouping it in like items on the counters.

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Honestly this part was a little bit overwhelming. There was so much stuff in there but it also gave me some relief to see a clean slate and what I was working with.
I then wiped off all the shelves and encourage you to give it a quick refresh on paint if they need it. Mine were done a few months prior so I skipped this step. You’ll be amazed at what a little paint can do!
Next step is to apply your wallpaper. I won’t go too in depth into this because I have another post coming on how to wallpaper. But don’t be afraid to do it. They have wallpaper that you get wet and apply to the wall, that is what I used, or there is peel and stick wallpaper. It’s literally a giant sticker. Both of which come off of the wall just as easy as it is to apply it.

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The final step is to put all your food into their designated containers. Follow your list and organize them in a manner on the shelves that makes the most sense for the space and needs of your family. I waited to label mine for about a week. That way if I wanted to move anything or swap out containers then I had that option and wasn’t married to my first choice. Going through and labeling after will give you that sense of self accomplishment!!

That about covers it!!! I need to order a few more containers for my spaghetti sauces and hot chocolate and a few randos. But for now I’m satisfied! I love it so much and plan on upgrading the light fixture later this summer after I get a better feel for how I want my kitchen to look. So I’ll leave you with a couple hot tips.

Hot Tip #1:

Remove as much packaging as possible. I am blown away at how much room I actually have in a before cramped pantry!! It has also helped me keep it more clean with my kids getting in it multiple times a day.

Hot Tip #2:

If after filling up your container you still have some food left in the package just store it behind your container. I have done that in several areas in my pantry.

Hot Tip #3:

If you are worried about getting rid of packaging because it has the instructions for how to cook said item. Then cut the instructions out and tape them to the back of the container.

Do you feel ready and inspired to go start your own pantry makeover!? I hope so!!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

After
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Let’s Organize This Place

Organize

You know that feeling where you are about to freak if one more thing falls out of a cupboard or your kids throw one more toy under their bed? Just me? Good to know.

I’m currently at this point. I was cleaning the house today and went to go throw a toy in the boys large outdoor storage bin that we have to hold all of their toys and noticed that the lid wouldn’t even close. You guys, this thing is huge. So to say that it wouldn’t even freaking close is just embarrasing. Well not embarrasing but real life. And thats what I am here for. So at my expense you can watch today’s stories on the IG to see what we did about it. But in the mean time I am going to share ideas on how I plan on organizing the rest of my house in the coming months!

Pantry

My pantry is always a source of frustration for me. I LOVE having a pantry to store my groveries in. However it’s like free range for my kids. Which leaves it in total chaos after they are done.

Now this pantry from my very very favorite IG duo, Classy Clutter, is total goals. And what I am hoping to achieve with my pantry makeover. You can find the deets for this makeover here.

I also purchased this glorious wallpaper to put in my pantry once I get to that point. Also from Clasy Clutter which you can purchase here.

Toy Orgnaization

This as well as the boys closet needs the most attention. Today while sorting through everything in the large bin I pulled everything out that was little. Hot wheels, small tractors, Paw Patrol figures, etc. and plan to put each of these in their own bins. I plan to put them up on a shelf so that frees up more floor space. But it will also keep my 2 year old out of the smaller toys which will mean less clean up for mom.

I love this idea that I found via pinterest from another fellow blogger here.

Master Closet

I have been noticing a large amount of clutter in the top of my closet. So I’ll be adding everything into baskets and labeling them all. Giving it a more clean and coheasive look.

I found this gorgeous netural image from Country Living. I also think the sorted laundry basket in the bottom of the closet adds a great layer to the already orgaized space.

Laundry Room

I have about 1000 kids. You know this right? Which brings at least as many pounds of laundry. I currently have 1 washer and 1 dryer. And my dream is to have twice as many.

Isn’t this amazing! It literally makes my heart sing and all my dreams come true! This will be a larger renovation but to organize something I need a place to put all of the laundry that has been sorted and is ready to wash.

I have a large counter that I love having to fold all of my laundry on. But the space underneath is not being utilized. So I hope to put in a couple shelves and add in baskets like above. This way I will be ablet to remove the laundry hampers that are currently taking up floor space in my laundry room.

So tell me. What areas are you planning on organizing now? Clearing the chaos will invite the peace into your home as well as your mind.