Easy Kitchen & Pantry Organization

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If you can’t find what you need easily in your pantry, it’s time to clean it out.

Do you want to get your kitchen organized quickly? Read about how you can get the busiest room in your house on the path to calm, uncluttered, and organized with these easy steps over at One Girl One House.




Get Neatsmart: 5 in 5 for Last Day of March

Can you believe it’s the last day of March already? We’re a quarter of the way through 2014? How are you doing with those resolutions? Just kidding, you don’t have to answer.


  1. Clean out your medicine drawer/ cabinet. Check for expired medications that have lost their efficacy. Your pharmacy can help with proper disposal of prescriptions. Make a list of anything that needs to be refilled like bandages, antiseptic gel, hydrogen peroxide, etc.
  2. Keep a running list of groceries to buy as you run out. This makes grocery shopping so much more efficient because you have your list started before you even start to think about it. Write it down as soon as it’s out and you know you need to replace it. I have a small dry erase board on my refrigerator that I use and then I take a picture of it with my phone before I leave for the store.
  3. Clear off the entrance(s) to your home. Even if you use the garage or a back entry most frequently you want to have a a pleasant entry way to greet you and your guests. Sweep the welcome mat and clear trash or other debris from the area.
  4.  Consider your magazine subscriptions. If you are repeatedly tossing out magazines without reading them or, even worse, keeping lots of magazines that you intend to read “one day” consider reducing the number of subscriptions you have. Now I enjoy the few magazines that I subscribe to and pick up the occasional bonus one when I have time to read it, like traveling.
  5. Make a phone call. If you need to get the answer to something quickly, consider calling instead of emailing. People call so infrequently now that you can usually get the person and get to the point quickly, saving time and effort at the same time. You can always leave a message if you don’t reach the person and let them know the question so they are prepared to answer it at a later time. You’d be amazed at how much time getting on the phone can save if you are concise with your message or request for information.

If you missed some of the other 5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Get Organized, here is a link to the first.

What’s your favorite tip? Have you been able to get organized in 5 minutes?


Get Neatsmart: 5 in 5


  1. Check your pantry for expired foods. Go to the far reaches of your shelves and pull out anything with dust on it and look for an expiration date. If it hasn’t expired and you don’t plan on using it soon then donate it to a shelter.
  2. Check your refrigerator for expired foods. Hmmm, there’s a theme here. :-) The refrigerator door is the home of seldom used condiments. It’s amazing how fast time flies between adventurous cooking sessions. Check these bottles for dates and throw out what’s past its prime.
  3. Don’t stop by the Sale section in a store. Just because something is on sale does not mean it should come home with you.
  4. Name a Folder “Taxes 2014.”  Put all of your deductible receipts, W2s, and any other tax related items. You’ll be happy you did this next year when you sit down to work on your taxes.
  5. Put all appointments on your calendar immediately. This includes anything you are responsible for attending: parties, meetings, doctors’ appointments, forms that need to be returned, etc. Don’t wait until later because it may never happen and then you’re time management is challenged.