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Getting Organized: Problematic Kitchen Cupboards

Are you trying to get organized in 2016? I sure am! I am so tired of all this clutter – it clutters my home AND my mind. Every spare chance I get will be devoted to creating beautiful spaces in my home. CREATE is my 2016 word. If you haven’t chosen a word for 2016, get some help choosing a word of the year here. I think the kitchen is a good place to start …

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Getting Organized: Problematic Kitchen Cupboards

We have been living in our current home for several years now. The lazy susan cupboard, pictured above. has been the bane of my existence the whole time. It seemed like a great place to keep all our Tupperware, since it’s so large but Tupperware is so light that everything flew off the spinning shelves and got stuck in behind! Luckily my daughter is still small enough to squeeze most of herself in the cupboard and grab everything that fell in behind the shelving.

We thought about putting canned goods in the lazy susan cupboard because they’re nice and heavy, but we have a nice pantry cupboard for them already. So, we gave the pots and pans a try.

I didn’t take a photo of my lazy susan full of Tupperware (it was embarassing). Here is my ridiculously not organized pots and pans cupboard though (I swear, it’s not all my fault – my 16 year old son doesn’t know how to stack).

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I took everything out of it and tried putting everything in the corner cupboard. It works very well! Nothing flies out because it’s nice and heavy. Just look:

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I still have to figure out the best way to set up the Tupperware in the other cupboard. I’m not quite there yet. I will try to share once it’s all organized.

Don’t forget to get your kids involved in cleaning and decluttering! I couldn’t have done this without my daughter. This is a great way to teach kids how to clean and organize the home – part of home economics! Make it part of your homeschool day.

If you think the kitchen is a good place to start, too, check out Simply Stacie’s 30 Days to a Clean and Organized Kitchen list with just one cleaning/organizing project to tackle per day – what a great list to work through! Start number one today, or start on the day of the month it today when you’re reading this, and get the rest done on the first day of the month – however you want to tackle it. If you miss a day, just catch up or work the next day regardless of the date on the calendar. Crossing each one off will feel so good and at the end you can see all that you’ve accomplished on one page!

Another great way to get organized this month is to check out The Canadian Homeschooler’s Organize Your Home in 20(ish) Days Challenge. Get tips from a real organization expert, ooh! The first challenge of Week 1: Supplies is to corral all your writing implements into containers – I’m off to do that now, wish me luck!

What are you getting organized this month? Do you have a lazy susan cupboard or other problematic cupboard – how do you use it? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.