Follow this 5-step process to organize your kitchen pantry
Believe it or not, just a few short years ago our kitchen pantry was neat and well-ordered. But, over time, and as our needs have changed, it’s become very unorganized indeed!
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to know where to begin when things get a bit out of control – it happens to all of us! I have a 5 step process for most any kind of storage organization. It goes something like this:
1. Evaluate what you need to store.
2. Sort Stage 1: Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item.
3. Sort stage 2: Sort into categories for storage.
4. Organize! This is the part where you find containers, and find those containers homes.
5. Maintain. If you’ve found the right home for everything, this will be simple!
In the case of our pantry, our shelves are very deep, but the shelves come out far enough that storage on the door isn’t possible. Still, if organized correctly, we have plenty of room for everything we need to store. So, what was our biggest problem? The containers we were using were either not properly sized for what we needed, taking up too much room, or not large enough to store what it needed to. Things had gotten out of control!
So much so that we’ve started moving into other cabinets to hold the overflow.
Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item
Sorting made me realize how many duplicates I had and also that I had a few things that were a wee bit out of date. Like, ahem, one that had a best by date of 2012.. how?
Sort into categories for storage
After purging any expired foods, sort whatever is left into categories. From that, you can determine what storage you need.
Ready, Set, Organize!
We moved some foods to smaller containers, while some remained in larger containers.
For some categories, such as pasta, rice, and bagged snacks, baskets from the Target dollar aisle were a perfect home. To make the baskets easy to use, I added rope handles. This allowed me to maximize the number of shelves as I could make them just the required height for the basket to slide underneath, as we don’t need to be able to reach the top to slide the basket out.
Drawers were a great alternative for lunch snacks, making it simple to see what is available and what is needed when making up the shopping list.
To complete the organization, I added vinyl labels for each container made on my Silhouette machine. I used the Harlow Solid Italic font in the Silhouette Studio and applied the vinyl to each container using transfer paper.
I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to find everything again! Such a simple project that has made such a big difference in my every day!
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How about you? How do you organize your storage areas?
Thanks so much for stopping by and please be sure to check out the other refresh projects for this month’s Silhouette Challenge!
Store-bought Christmas stockings quickly become Personalized Christmas Stockings when you add these fun DIY felt name tags and colorful pompom embellishments!
I have a confession. I have a slight Christmas stocking buying problem. It might be a pretty significant problem, as every year for past three years I have purchased new Christmas stockings in an attempt to find a set to accommodate my fickle decorating needs. Remember, there are seven members of my family – that means I now have twenty-one unused stockings. TWENTY-ONE. I’ll be looking for a project for THOSE this year!
But, you guys, I think I’m finally happy with our stockings! I purchased store-bought cream colored stockings in three different textures. They go with everything!Ask me how much I love them! Go ahead, ask! I LOVE THEM!
The only thing that would make them better is if they were Personalized Christmas Stockings. What I needed was a set of ridiculously fun and colorful felt name tags!
I can’t wait to show you how I made them. Nothing adds whimsy like pompoms and tassels. Color is a must – I’m not exactly a neutral kind of girl – just check out my most recent decorating projects for proof of that! These tags have tons of color, made with my die cut machine; each has four layers of color and loads of sweet pompoms.
To only add to the fun, if you scroll down to the bottom of this post, I’m sharing eleven OTHER Winter Wonderland projects just for your Silhouette machine, so be sure to check those out! For now, though, let’s get started!
HOW TO MAKE DIY PERSONALIZED CHRISTMAS STOCKING TAGS
Create the names in silhouette studio using the font “Yellow Daisy.” If you decide on a different font, remember that the felt is tough to cut, so you want your shape to be large and not too detailed!
Prep the felt for cutting
Adhere the wonder under to the backside of three of your felt pieces by applying a hot iron to the paper backing side of the “wonder under” (the bumpy side goes against the fabric). Put the remaining piece aside. I used acrylic felt, and wool felt – I found no difference in either as far as cutting goes. What I did find helpful was to iron the felt flat on each side.
Cut your names
Now it’s time to cut. Set your silhouette blade to 10. Choose thick fabric for the material, set your cut blade setting to 10, the thickness at 33 and the speed to 2. Lay your fabric on your cutting mat, paper backing side down and smooth firmly to the mat. I found it useful to attach a piece of masking tape along the edge to keep the rollers from bunching up.
Send the cut to the Silhouette. Then, without removing the mat, cut again until you see the cut lines on the backside. You likely will have to do this to her three times before it will cut through.
Put the tags together
Remove the felt from the mat and snip any edges that are attached. Remove the paper backing.
Repeat steps 1-5 for all four felt pieces, including the section without the wonder under backing.
To stack and adhere the name pieces, lay the name piece without the wonder under down on the ironing board, and cover with a interfaced name piece, lining up the edges. Using a hot iron, press the felt pieces together. Add the remaining pieces in the same fashion until you have a stack. Trim edges where needed and thread through with a bit of yarn.
Make the pompom strands
Create the pompom string using a piece of yarn about 12″ long, the pompoms – about 6 of different sizes and colors and a tassel made of yarn. Thread the yarn first through the tassel, then through the pompoms and tie off.
Attach the strands and tags to your stockings
Attach both the name tag and the pompom string through the loop on the stocking.
Hang the stocking and have a fabulous Christmas!
Aren’t they fun?! All that pompom and tassel cuteness has just made my Christmas – or at least my Christmas stockings! So, guess who won’t be buying new stockings this year? Yep! This girl!
Looking for a quick and easy gift idea or a festive addition to your holiday table? Make your own personalized wine glasses with just a sharpie and stemless wine glasses!
So, it’s the time of year where I’m torn between planning for Christmas or living in the moment and just enjoying Thansgiving (which is right around the corner!). I want to be the person who’s already finished her Christmas shopping but really, I’m the person who’s thinking alot about it and will leave my ever-growing list of gifts for friends and family until the last minute, while I focus on thawing out the bird and whipping up some stuffing. Lucky for me, this project allows me to do both!
Personalized wine glasses make thoughtful gifts for your friends and family and a beautiful addition to your holiday table, but you don’t have to buy them. Here’s how to DIY monogrammed wine and drinking glasses on the cheap!
How to Make Personalized Wine Glasses
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