Garage Organization

In my professional organizing days, I learned that about 60% of Americans cannot park their cars in their own garages due to clutter. So, if you don’t currently have room in your garage to park one or more of your vehicles, you certainly aren’t alone. Fortunately, the majority of situations I encountered, households suffered from a lack of a good organizational system, and not due to having “too much stuff”.

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Kitchen Utensils Organization

The biggest issue with kitchen utensils is that they come in various lengths and sizes. They have multitudes of uses or are very specific in their use. They are used often or used once a year. All of these things make kitchen utensils and gadgets hard to categorize and store. But it most certainly can be done, without throwing everything into a drawer and hoping you don’t slice your hand the next time you’re rooting around for the item you need. Which is a holdover horror from the time I helped someone organize a kitchen drawer where they kept their knives in the drawer with all of their other utensils, just freely floating around, ready to bite the next unsuspecting victim. If you’re doing that, stop it, right now. Please.

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Pots and Pans Organization

There are several ways to organize pots, pans, and lids but the first thing I always recommend is to pare down to what you actually use. The stainless steel cookware we have was part of a larger set, with a tiny sauce pan and a tiny pot and I never ever used them. Ok, the one or two times I did, I regretted using them and usually dumped the contents into the larger pot or pan. So I finally parted ways instead of trying to store the whole set, simply because it was part of a set. If you need permission to part with pieces of a set you don’t use: there it is, I give you permission.

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Spice Container Organization

When I’m helping people get organized, I like to start small. It’s a hard place to be when you know you want to get organized but are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. So a small start is usually a drawer, or a small cabinet, something we can tackle in an hour or an afternoon, but can still give someone the confidence that they can organize a space. A spice drawer or cabinet is one such place to start.

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