A Week of Mini-Organizing Projects

I have no idea why I was thinking about fun-sized candy bars (probably because I was craving chocolate and it’s a bit slim around here) and decided to apply the concept to organizing.  In an effort to post every day this week and get some organizing done (some of it may or may not be cleaning disguised as organizing), I am going to post one mini-organizing project each day this week for each of the 5 rooms in our house.  I’m not counting the bathrooms this time (or the basement).    Today I started in the kitchen.  Have you ever been able to eat just one of those mini-candy bars?  Me either.  So you shouldn’t be surprised then that I tackled two small projects.  

First, I cleaned out the fridge!  I don’t suppose it counts as an organizing project but I was proud that I actually tackled the job the day BEFORE trash day and wanted to share.  I found inspiration over at Don’t Waste the Crumbs while looking around to see what everyone else out in Internet land was eating for dinner this week.  I’ve been on a kick of watching those food documentaries lately (the kind where you sort of never want to eat again while watching but still console yourself with junk) and thinking we should eat a bit healthier around here especially when it comes to plant-based foods.  I decided to follow  her “Fresh Start” series that she ran in January.  Nevermind that it’s mid-February.  The first assignment was simple enough:  clean out the fridge.   Here are my before and after pictures. 

I really was not sure what I had in there.  The orange marmalade had to go!

I was not really sure what I had in there.  The orange maramalade had to go! 

Much better although I did fill it up a bit more after a grocery store run.

Much better although I did fill it up a bit more after a grocery store run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After cleaning my fridge, I decided to tackle my baking cabinet.   I wanted to do organizing projects that I could complete in 15 minutes or less but this one did take me about 25 minutes.  My baking cabinet has been a mess for some time now. 

Yes, things sometimes fell out of this cabinet.

Yes, things sometimes fell out of this cabinet.

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I started by taking everything out and sitting it on the counter.

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There wasn’t enough room for everything on one counter!

 I use my baking cabinet to store a hodgepodge of items but they all (mostly) relate to baking except the tea and the popsicle molds.   I could have stored some of these items in the pantry but I’m so used to them being in the baking cabinet that I opted to leave them there.  By the way, did you sing the Ch-ch-ch-ch-Chia song when you spotted those Chia seeds in the middle picture?  I guess they aren’t the same type of seed?  I’ve mixed some into yogurt and they aren’t too bad.  Does anyone have a good recipe that calls for Chia seeds?  I basically did the usual with this cabinet.  Cleared out the items I didn’t need or use including a few packets of Kool-aid, a package of orange frosting (why did I think I wanted to keep that?) that came out of who knows what, and a cake level (my cakes will forever be crooked and I’m okay with that).  I then returned the items to the cabinet in a way that seemed more logical.  I use my Pyrex liquid measuring cups all the time so they shouldn’t have been so hard to reach.  The only time I use the sifter is when I make the family birthday cake about 3 times a year so that should go on the top shelf.  Here is the completely cleaned and organized cabinet.  I opted not to get cute with shelf paper this time as I was in the mood to just get it done.

Items are sorted more logically by the way I use them and even though it still looks messy, I know exactly what is there and expect it to function much better.

Items are sorted more logically by the way I use them and even though it still looks messy, I know exactly what is there and expect it to function much better.

 It’s even a little more cleared out this morning as J had the end of the marshmallows as an after school snack yesterday (ah, yes, very nutritious…I know) and my husband requested chocolate chip cookies last night instead of my making the Mardi Gras Cupcakes that I had on my weekly menu. 

Today I plan to do a small organizing project in our bedroom and maybe one more in the kitchen depending on my time constraints.  Do you like to do mini-organizing projects or are you more of an organize the whole room kind of person?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “A Week of Mini-Organizing Projects

  1. Elizabeth

    I have organizing/cleaning ADD! I start one project where the logical placement of an item will make me go to a different spot in the house and then I see that is dirty and/or disorganized so I instinctfully start working on that because what’s he good of putting something away where you will lose it in the mess again right? But think I find other miss placed items so the process starts again! So no place is ever truly organized or clean but hours will be spent making progress no one but myself will ever recongize LOL
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    1. Jean Post author

      I can really relate to that one especially since I have so many pockets of mess and disorganization around here!

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  2. Kristy

    Great idea with the mini organizing projects! I have a baking cabinet too, and it never looks beautifully organized but it is sooooooo handy for me to have everything there right above my longest counter space.
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    1. Jean Post author

      I really do have to keep everything in that cabinet or I will end up looking all over the kitchen for the items.

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  3. OM

    Mini organizing projects are the easiest way to feel accomplished, in my opinion, and I love them because of that. I’ve found that you can do a whole room in less time if you go by mini-projects than if you try to do it all at once.
    Way to go! I am looking forward to reading your next posts 🙂
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    1. Jean Post author

      I think just getting started is the hardest part! Tomorrow (or Today 🙂 would be a great time for you to start.

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