AAAGGHHH! This is the very things that stress me! Especially being a neat freak!!
So all that cleared out was enough to clutter my kitchen and I can't have that so diving in to the task at hand!
I have shelves on the pantry door as well that needed a redo! ;-) I also took this time to throw away or give away to the guys at Jerry's work all the unhealthy food that had found it's way in over the holidays.
I got my folder out for my notes and organizing (it has a pocket folder I use for my pending to do's, like book orders for the girl's school, numbers I need to call etc.
I then proceeded to make a new inventory list of what is actually remaining in my pantry.
Then I was feeling a bit more relaxed seeing the after!
The top shelf is for extra tea bags, transportable dishes and some appliances, like my bread maker. (However I have another whole closet of appliances, more on that another day ;-)
Then I have a shelf for baking items and pastas.
Next canned food including fruits
Next shelf is for in stock items like ketchup, dressings, mayo, drink mixes, etc.
To the left is a tiered shelf for the animals treats and brushes and toys.
The bottom shelf is for snack items that are accessible to the girls. Nuts, crackers, granola bars, although I am phasing out lots of the carbs/ crackers. Just using up what we have.
The floor is for overflow items as we shop at Costco's and tend to have larger boxes etc. that won't fit on the shelving.
This side is coffee and protein powders on top,
Then cereal and breakfast mixes.
Next is canned and cooking needs, then underneath which you can't see well here is organizers holding oatmeal packets and next to that trash bags for easy access. Then the dog and cat items.
Here is a better shot. The container to the left is dog food and the blue container is for extra lunch and cooler bags and tablecloths.
I don't like being wasteful and I'm always looking for ways to save money, so for me it makes sense to store in the boxes the food comes in to cut down on the expense of extra plastic containers. It is also helpful for building Kathleen's reading skills associating words with pictures on the boxes. :-) I do use baskets to organize also.
Also straightened up the pantry door. Here I keep protein bars, jellos and pudding mixes, in a clear container I have sauce mixes (usually for Jerry's meat items). Also a box of wet wipes for when we are out with the girls I grab them for my purse or to put in a picnic container :-)
I also have these hooks where I hang aprons, dog leashes and our swiffer. On the top I usually have our mini dustpan and dust brush :-)
I also decided to clean out my cleaning supply cabinet!
Lots of that stuff I never use, so I ended up donating a lot of that too. I prefer all natural products as much as possible and have made the switch almost entirely to Shaklee products.
I can't stress enough that the best way to properly organize an area is to clear everything out and give it a good cleaning before putting it away!
This is my bin of cleaning supplies to take from room to room. Really helps when I have to clean upstairs and downstairs in the basement.
When keeping the boxes I wanted to mention that I always cut the flaps off for easy access!
By the way if you haven't tried these yet they are really yummy! :-)
I also received some of my pictures for scrap booking, I am a little behind at the moment and I haven't even ordered our Disney pictures yet. :-)
A little flashback to Disney (I still have more to share, lol) The girls had their cartoon portraits done! They turned out really well!
I have also completed two books for review. Both of these books I received from Bethany House Publishers for free and I just provide my honest review. :-)
The first is: A Whisper of Peace by Kim Vogel Sawyer
This book is about Lizzie Dawson who is living on her own in Alaska and meets Clay Selby, a missionary.
The story unfolds about acceptance and differences that Lizzie faces in her life and her relationship with God.
Together they face some challenges and it is interesting to find out whether or not the challenges they face will propel them forward into love or reeling back into different paths in life. Finding out who we really are in life is sometimes one of the hardest things, and when we do it may not always be what we desire.
The book I will say was o.k. It did not grab me and become a must read, can't put down kind of book. Although I enjoy these stories and she is a wonderful author, this just did not completely grip me this time. But all in all it was a good read.
The next book I read was: House of Secrets by: Tracie Peterson
This book was a really good read and was engaging from the start. It is about the main character Bailee Cooper and the secrets that her family has encountered. It is not until later in her life that she learns what happened to her family when she was younger and in the process tries to become closer with her father. Bailee's sisters and her mother are key points in this book as well and just when you think you have it figured out, there's a twist! This book also has Bailee coming to terms with who God is and by accepting him how that will influence her life and who enters into it. This is a book that truly makes us think about our lives and the secrets that family members sometimes keep, whether they are good or bad is sometimes yet to be determined. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a good, lightly suspenseful read.
I am also enjoying using my beautiful bookmark for these wonderful books that my Mom gave me for Christmas. Ladies at a local church made them at the holidays. :-)
Just to wrap up I am still getting healthier each day by making new changes in our food and upping the exercise challenges!
I ordered new walking shoes (Asics)
and running/athletic shoes....
Then I gave myself a huge challenge and ordered P90X!!
Today was day 3 and even though I am sore....I love it! I'm always one for a challenge and this routine brings it! Plus I am still taking Zumba on Monday evenings. :-)
Whew are you still with me? What are you working on this week?