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by Jolene Hanig-Jones
Yes, you read the title of this post correctly: Planning for Christmas 2018! Do you buy Christmas cards, wrapping paper, and other Christmas items at the after Christmas sales? Have you ever packed said items away and then forgotten where you put them when the holiday comes around? Or, like me, forgot that you even purchased said items and purchase more of that item in November? I have done all of the above. I am also guilty of squirreling a few items in one closet, because I have a little space, and a few items in another drawer--because there is a little space--and completely forgetting what is where!!!
Part of my New Year's Resolution is to store all like items together, AND make a record of it. I am a visual person, so I decided to use my phone to take photos of purchased items for Christmas 2018 and store them in a folder on my computer.
It's January and time for me to dig into closets, cupboards, and pantries and begin my annual organizing, purging, and clean up! We are experiencing record low temperatures and wind chills and since, I am cooped up inside, it is the perfect time to set about these tasks.
I sat down to read a few blogs one morning with a cup of coffee in hand. I started coveting the look of organized pantries, with beautiful containers, and pretty shelf paper. My first thought was, my pantry could never look like that, and then, do "these" people really use their pantries? Next thought, "I want...I "need" to go buy all matching beautiful containers"... I "need" to purchase fun shelf paper!"
My practical voice gently reminded me I was "putting the cart before the horse." Take a look at how I applied the following principles to organizing our kitchen pantry: 1.) Use what we already had. 2.) Organize like things together in one spot. 3.) Label, label, label! 4.) Think long and hard about which items were most used and place them in the most convenient places for our use.
Read more to find out how I went from...
Spoiler Alert: I didn't buy any new containers or shelf paper...yet!
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