Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Organizing Your Kitchen

Professional Organizer Houston, Magdalena Bogdan can help to organize your kitchen, and make your family life flow more smoothly when it comes to meal preparation.

The kitchen is an area of your home that gets used more often than most other areas. So it stands to reason that if your kitchen were more organized and simple to use, your life would feel easier.

Organize Appliances
Frequently used small appliances, such as a toaster and coffeemaker, should be stored on the counter; ones seldom needed on a lower cabinet. Install a drawer onto a deep lower shelf for appliances used occasionally, such as a rice cooker and blender.

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Keep Like With Like
Store all bakeware in the same cupboard, all wooden spoons in the same ceramic crock, all spices in the same drawer.

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Store Smart
Store your most frequently used items in the most accessible places. Keep things you use most often at eye level; store heavy items below waist level; and infrequently-used items on high shelves or in another area of the house.
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De-clutter Yearly
Take an inventory of all utensils, cookware, and dishware and get rid of unnecessary duplicates, items damaged beyond repair, or things no longer used.
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Use See-Through Bins
Keep small kitchen items in containers -- see-through bins if possible -- with neat, easy-to-read labels.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Back to School: Study Spaces

Window-Seat Workspace

Stocked with everything a student needs, this hideaway is an inviting place to do homework.
The lightweight wooden bench is wide enough that she and a pal can work on projects side by side and has cubbies for sports equipment and a backpack.

Space-Saver Desk
Using a twist on under-bed storage, the area below a store-bought loft bed becomes a welcoming small-scale study. An adjustable desk is made of painted plywood attached to a homemade wooden frame, which was screwed to the bed's base for stability.

Paint Can Cubbies

Purchase inexpensive, unused cans at paint stores. Lined up on a shelf and anchored in place with Velcro, they become organizing cubbyholes with a modern flair.

On-the-Go Desk

This little portable office starts with a store-bought wooden artist's supply box outfitted with a slightly larger board for a desktop, and painted white. Small and light enough for kids to carry, it can be taken along on vacation or toted outdoors on a warm afternoon.