Checking in on you during stressful times!

I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. These are certainly unusual and stressful times. I appreciate all of you who sent notes and ideas for how you’re using your time. I have included a list of some of them at the end of this blog.

In my last blog, I mentioned that puzzles are good for relaxation and family togetherness. I haven’t gotten very far with my puzzle . . . guess who wanted to help? I hope your family members are more helpful than Oliver.

We are at home now more . . .

Since we are all home more now and probably doing more cooking, this is also a good time to make a list of what is in your freezer and use up things that need to be used. My daughter and I cooked a large ham that had been sitting in the freezer for a long time.

It is also a good time to look in your pantry for older or unique items that you bought on a whim but haven’t used. There were a couple of things that I found that just got tossed. But I did use a box of spinach, kale, broccoli and lentil noodles that I had been ignoring. Surprisingly, they tasted really good.

It is helpful to create uplifting routines for your day. When under stress, routines can actually make us feel calmer. Be sure to include getting out in the sun and walking.

Ideas from others . . .

Here are some of the ideas that others sent me of what they’re doing during isolation:

  • showing appreciation for all the people in my life,
  • creating a Jeopardy quiz to play with friends,
  • going through all my recipes,
  • working Wysock puzzles,
  • weeding out my clothes,
  • keeping my windows open to listen tot he birds as much as possible,
  • taking long walks,
  • decluttering.

Let me know what you’re doing, and I will continue to add things to the list.

Stay safe and healthy!

End Kitchen Counter Clutter

Do you have kitchen counter clutter? Try this strategy to put an end to the clutter.

Start on the left side and pick up each item on your counter as you go around and ask, “How often do I use this?” Whenever I do this exercise with clients they are always so pleased to have a calmer kitchen counter!

Follow these 3 guidelines:

  • If an item is used once a day, it needs to be within arm’s reach. Example: If you drink coffee every morning, put all the coffee items together near the coffee pot.
  • If an item is only used once a week, you can look for it in a lower cabinet.
  • If an item is not used often, you could walk to another area to get it, such as a pantry, or store on a higher shelf.
kitchen counter clutter

For more kitchen clutter strategies as well as other areas of your house, see these organizing tips from the Clutter-free & Organized website.

Quick Kitchen Organizing Project

Taking my own advice in the kitchen. . . .

Recently as I tried to close the kitchen drawer which holds my plastic lids for storage containers, I realized I had to do something. Lids were trying their best to jump out, crawl out, or fall out the bottom onto the kitchen floor; there were just too many pieces in the drawer.

Time to have a Lid Party! So this morning, I took all the lids out and put like ones together. Taking all of them out at once would make me finish the project. Next, I emptied the drawer that was filled with all the bottoms and put like sizes together. Then I matched bottoms to tops.

You guessed it – a number of items without matches. All right, I confess: 6 bottoms with no tops and 25 tops with no bottoms. I think that container tops and bottoms are like clothes hangers – they multiply at night when you can’t see them do it.

Finally, I checked the refrigerator and dishwasher to make sure none of the matches were hiding from me. Then out went all the unmatched pieces. How wonderful to be able to close those kitchen drawers!

Organizing Tips:
1. Don’t be overwhelmed by this mini-project for the kitchen. It’s quick, fun and immediately satisfying. Get
your children to help!

2. Once your matches are made, ask yourself the Clutterfree & Organized question: “What
will make me need this?” Be honest, you probably don’t need a dozen old chicken salad containers.

3. Reuse, recycle, donate! Use the containers for crafts, crayons, picture hangers, uncooked
pasta…you get the idea. Be sure to use a sharpie and write in bold letters what you are
storing in them. Give friends in need a lovely little meal and invite them to keep the
containers. Could a senior center use the containers for game pieces, sewing bits and pieces,
craft projects?

What ideas can you come up with to organize your kitchen drawers? Please share them with me!