Simple Ways to Organize Kitchen Cupboards

This week’s focus is on kitchen cupboards.  (The weekly focus is always listed on the left hand side of the calendar in gray.)  If you haven’t grabbed February’s Cleaning + Organizing Calendar, go get it!  It’s free here.

Simple Ways to Organize Cupboards via Clean Mama

We’ve been undergoing a little kitchen renovation the past couple weeks and it’s nearly completed (yay!)  I’ve posted a couple pics on Instagram (cleanmama#) if you want to take a peek.  I’ve been working on rearranging and re-working the cupboards for optimal efficiency and ease of use.  Take a couple minutes this week to work on one kitchen cupboard, all your cupboards, or somewhere in between.  Here are a couple steps that I find helpful when organizing my cupboards.

  1. Empty the cupboard.
  2. Donate or toss anything you don’t need or use anymore.
  3. Wipe down the cupboard.
  4. Add a drawer liner (optional).
  5. Return items to the cupboard – stack items that can be stacked, group like items together, make sure your arrangement makes sense.
  6. Label (optional).

Want to take a peek at some organized cupboards?

Simplify your kitchen cupboards - Put Dishes Near the Dishwasher via Clean Mama

Keep your dishes near your sink and dishwasher to make emptying the dishwasher a little easier.

Simplify your kitchen cupboards - Label Your Drawers to Keep it Orderly via Clean Mama

I use my label maker with clear tape to label the pull-out drawers in my kitchen cupboards.  This may seem a little overboard but it helps anyone that’s putting dishes away know where they go and it keeps the drawers and cupboards neat and orderly.

Simplify your kitchen cupboards - Group Like Items Together via Clean Mama

Always, always group like items together.  Bowls, measuring cups, colanders, strainers, etc.  Anything that you have multiple items of can be stacked and placed near each other to keep items easy to find and put away.

Have any kitchen cupboard tips to share?


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Kitchen Organization – Under the Kitchen Sink

The space below your kitchen sink can easily turn into a messy catch-all of sponges, cleaning supplies and plastic bags.  But with a couple containers and a little organizing and planning, the space under your kitchen sink can quickly become the efficient space you need it to be.

What goes under the kitchen sink?  It depends on what you need at-the-ready in your kitchen and near your kitchen sink.  For me, it’s a spot to dry dish cloths, store extra hand and dish soap, kitchen cleaners, veggie scrubbers, garbage bags, pot scrubbers…

Use containers to hold similar products – sink and dish scrub brushes are in an upcycled flower pot, veggie scrubbers are in a little dish, and sink stoppers are in a wire container


Need to access cleaners in a hurry?  Try a lazy susan - always have your cleaning products easily accessible.

Some other ways to pretty up the cupboard under your kitchen sink?

  • contact paper – adds a pretty touch and protects your cupboard from leaks and spills
  • containers – group like objects together
  • cover the box for garbage bags with contact paper to coordinate with the bottom of the cupboard
  • lazy susan – keeps spills and drips on the lazy susan and off the floor of your cabinet

What do you have under your kitchen sink?

Curious about my favorite cleaners?  You can check out my updated ‘cleaning routine’ page.

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New Year’s Organizing Revolution – Week 5

I can’t believe we’re coming to the end of January already – if you’ve been following along with our New Year’s Organizing Revolution, you’ve been challenged to organize your office, your kitchen, your closets, and your living areas.  This week you get to help choose the top four spaces and grand prize winners for this month’s challenge!


But first, the three winners from last week’s living/play area challenge are:
1st Place: 
Laura, from Casual Fridays - JOYS paper filing system

2nd Place:
Katy from Kate’s Great Crafts - Scentsy gift pack

3rd Place:
Vanessa who’s Pinterest pictures are here -  $100 Gift Certificate to Thirty-One {Jessica Wright, Consultant}

NOW these three and all the winners from the weeks before get a chance to see the GRAND PRIZES and vote for the #1 winner!!! Here are the grand prizes.

For First Place:

An Oreck Versa Vac

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Value: $249.99

Paragraph (from their website): ”The VersaVac, a full-powered bagless vacuum cleaner that is also a steam mop. The ultimate multi-functional, multi-surface cleaner, VersaVac is powerful and is easy to use — on all floor types. With its incredible suction, an on/off brushroll and adjustable steam settings, the VersaVac has all the power and performance you expect from Oreck. With its dual functions, the multi-tasking VersaVac eliminates the need for multiple cleaning tools!”

For Second Place:

A Membership to Alejandra’s Power Productivity Program


Prize – $197 value Power Productivity Program
 Alejandra Costello is a Certified Professional Organizer who shows individuals how to become more organized and productive on a daily basis by setting up systems that work for their own organizing style. Alejandra started her company,, in 2008 at the age of 23 and to date has shared her organizing expertise with thousands of people in over 100 countries around the world. Formerly an IT engineer, Alejandra was named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV. Her expertise has been featured in HGTV, The Washington Post, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, The Washington Times, CBS, NewsChannel8, and Mashable. Sign up for her FREE 7-Day “Jumpstart” Video Series  on her website to start getting organized today!

For Third Place:

A Cricut Machine!!!
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Prize- Cricut Mini Prize Package- $129 value
Cricut is the family of products that will help you hear the three little words most creators just can’t get enough of: “You made that?” It doesn’t matter if you want to craft cards, scrapbooks, home décor, organizing labels and more. One thing’s for sure, Cricut will always craft a smile. Portable and lightweight, yet powerfully creative—what more could you ask for in a creative partner? The Cricut Min®i machine is perfect for the new and seasoned crafter alike. Designed to work in tandem with our innovative design tool, Cricut Craft Room™, your creativity will reach new heights thanks to this petite inspiration machine.

And for Fourth Place:

Office Depot $100 gift card

Get your gift card and get your home organized with all kinds of Office Depot products. 

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We want to thank all our sponsors for being a part of this challenge. Please go and visit them!

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Alejandra TV
A Time for Everything
Clean Mama Printables
Clever Container
Closet Maid
Fridge Coaster
Joys Paper Filing
Office Depot
Off the Floor Rack-It
The Neat Company
Thirty One {Jessica Wright, Consultant}

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  • Grand Prizes: Voting for Grand Prizes will include the four winners from each of the four prior weeks. Voting begins 6 a.m. PST January 28, 2013 and ends at 6:00 p.m. PST January 30, 2013. Grand Prizes will be determined based on the highest number of votes accrued during the Grand Prize voting.  4 Grand Prize winners will be announced on January 31, 2013.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • Winners will be e-mailed and announced here on January 7 (Week 1 winners), January 14 (Week 2 winners), January 21 (Week 3 winners), January 28 (Week 4 winners), and January 31, 2013 (Grand Prize winners).
  • Winners have 7 days to respond to e-mail.

So, who are the past winners that qualify to be a part of this grand prize round?  Vote for your favorite!  The winner will be announced this Thursday (January 31st) so hurry and vote:

Clean + Organized 2013

It’s officially 2013 – Happy New Year!  Ready to get started on a ’Clean + Organized 2013′?  It’s going to be a great year – full of new habits and routines.  You’ll be cleaning a little bit every day – just for 15-30 minutes.  Think of all the time you’ll save not having to look for things – they’ll be where they need to be.   Did you grab the cleaning calendar?  Go to this post to see an infographic and explanation of my monthly cleaning schedule and the FREE printable.

It you bought my eBook, hopefully you’re in (or ready to get into) decluttering mode.  Pulling Yourself Together: Creating a Cleaning Routine that Sticks has a great decluttering section and worksheet sure to get you motivated and on the right track.  I’ve been re-working and decluttering  a couple areas in my home this weekend and I’d love to share them with you.

First up?  Kids’ dressers.  I went through everyone’s clothes and packed away the outgrown clothes, put some in a donate basket, and tossed a couple worn out socks and undies.  Then I put the clothes back like this:

If you don’t fold and put away kids clothes like this, you are missing out!  I’ll have a tutorial this week (it may seem silly, but it will revolutionize your laundry).

We paired down the large toys in the family room to one big basket (on sale at Target this week).

Then I added a couple baskets to the master bath closet and reworked the toiletries a bit.  Nothing too spectacular, but definitely much easier to find everything.

What’s up for you today?  Relaxing?  Taking down Christmas decorations?  Starting in on your resolutions?

Today’s the last day for the big sale in the shop:

Did you see the new Work @ Home Kit?  It’s intro priced at $6 through today – use the 25%off coupn and it’s only $4.50!

Clean + Organized 2013 – FREE January Cleaning Calendar

I’m continuing with the Clean and Organized theme for 2013, but we’re going to step it up a notch.  An updated cleaning calendar and look were in order – the calendar has a Sunday start and it’s now vertical to fit in a cleaning or homekeeping binder.

 I made a little  infographic to explain the calendar:

Get ready to start the new year off right – it’ll be a clean and organized 2013!  Are you with me?  Follow on Facebook for friendly daily cleaning reminders.

You can go here to grab your FREE January Cleaning Calendar for 2013.

I also have a sale in the shop through January 1st if you are looking for a new, fresh start for 2013 – enter the code 25NEW for 25% off your entire order!

If you need a little help starting a cleaning routine, you’ll love my new ebook!

See you back here on Monday for the Top Organizing Bloggers’ New Year’s Organizing Revolution!


Pulling Yourself Together: Implementing a Cleaning Routine that Sticks

In the scheme of things a cleaning routine can seem trivial, but without one your home can get out of control in a hurry.  My hope is to help you gain control over your clutter and start with a fresh approach to cleaning your home.  The tried and true methods and techniques I provide are sure to help you pull yourself together in a hurry.

I’m so excited to introduce you to my eBook…

Pulling Yourself Together:  Implementing a Cleaning Routine that Sticks

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What do you get when you purchase Pulling Yourself Together: Implementing a Cleaning Routine that Sticks?

Five Chapters sure get your home and routine in order:


The chapters have spots to write in thoughts and ideas and ways you’ll implement what you’ve read in your own home. 

Here’s a sneak peek at Chapter Two:


Of course a Clean Mama eBook includes great printables! 

Clutter and chaos taking over your life?  Ready to start Pulling Yourself Together?  This is a color PDF eBook (instant download) that you can print out (recommended method), read on your computer screen, or your iPad or tablet.  I know you’ll love the methods of de-cluttering your home and the simplification of a cleaning routine that this ebook will provide.  Priced at just $10, it’s an inexpensive way for you to put some order in your life.

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Want to do some spring cleaning anytime?  Check out my other eBook Cleaning Around the Seasons: Deep Cleaning On Your Schedule