" Make things accessible, visible and beautiful. " -HT
Cosmetics can really build up over the year. Make a conscious effort to go through cosmetics and throw out items that are empty, out of date or things you no longer wear. An acrylic organizer, pictured above, allows you to quickly grab, use and return. And everything has its place. I keep mine in the cabinet and pull it out when I need it. Amazon has so many options to choose from to meet your needs. I like to keep it simple but you may need more storage space.
2. Medicine Cabinet
Go through those meds! Whether you have an old school medicine cabinet, a drawer or a bin go through and check for dates. Use this time to refill on things used often so you are sure never to be without when in need. A master list for the medicine cabinet is a great tool to use when replacing items. A master list helps you remember to replace that bottle you used up and threw away last time the kids were sick.
3. Under the Bathroom Sink
Under the bathroom sink can fill up with all kinds of things. Half used bottles of shampoos and lotions, cleaners, finger nail polish, so many things can get lost under the sink and start to clutter those things you actually use. Make sure you have a designated spot for everything so it is not as easy to throw things in that don't belong. Clear stackable drawers are great and keeps everything visible.
4. Under the Kitchen Sink
Start the year off right by freeing yourself of cleaners you no longer use, old kitchen towels that need to be replaced and refill and replenish the items that you use daily. When all your cleaners are organized and easy to get to life is so much easier. Create a clean, clear and easily accessible space. Wide and narrow clear bins are great for storing spray bottles and supplies.
Go through your pantry and make sure that everything is in date. Wipe down sticky jars. Store flour, nuts and sugar in containers so they are easy to view and use. Get rid of the boxes and store snacks and breakfast items in easy access bins. Clear is best so everyone can see what is in them.
"Giving is a light of hope to those in need." -HT
Clothes are something we should consistently be going through. Easily we can end up with to many clothes, crowding our drawers and closets. Let go of those clothes that no longer serve a purpose in your life and embrace giving. Winter coats are especially needed right now and Miracle Hill can never have enough. And don't forget about your gently used shoes and boots.
2. Linen Closet
Our linen closets, guest room closets and cedar chests may be full of extra blankets, sheets, towels, wash clothes and pillowcases that we can donate to a local shelter. These items are high on the list of items needed and give comfort and warmth in these winter months. A lot of shelters provide an "item of the month list" so you know what they need each month, and you can always call. Miracle Hill has an "item of the month" needs list on their website so you could donate one thing a month which is pretty cool!
The pantry is a place we overlook when it comes to donating, but I am sure you have some extra canned goods, peanut butter, grits, oatmeal or tuna that you can donate to a local shelter. Most shelters have a most needed list on their website. Miracle Hill has 8 shelter locations in Greenville, SC and a Food Warehouse. Check out your local shelter.
The kitchen is often overwhelmed with things we no longer need or what I like to call doubles and triples. While sometimes it is useful to have multiples of one item such as a spatula, other times it is unnecessary. Look in your utensils drawer or holder and see if there is something someone in need could use that you can do without. Don't forget about pots, pans, cutlery.
We all have those hotel shampoos, soaps, toothpastes and lotions. Travel size items are greatly needed at local shelters. Some shelters will even take opened items, you know that shampoo or lotion you used once and don't like that you can't throw in the trash. Call your shelter and ask if they will except opened items. And if you stock up on extras you could dip into your extra toothpaste or deodorant and pass one along to a shelter in need.
"Remember, it is all about the joy of the season and the season is joy." -HT
1. Make a List and Check it Twice
Sit down. Breath. Brain dump. Then look again. Access the list and prioritize. Just getting it all down on paper will make your load so much lighter. Get it out of your head and onto an actionable list. Junior legal pads are great for brain dumping and prioritizing.
2. Make Time for Yourself
Whether going out for coffee alone, taking a bubble bath or going for a quiet walk. Time for yourself is always important but especially during this time of year when time with family, gift buying and holiday events can get to be overwhelming.
3. Make a Gift Wrapping Station
A gift wrapping station does not have to be elaborate. It can be in a bin that you pull out that has all of your supplies, a shelf in a closet or it could be a rolling cart. No matter what, or where it is, it will take away a lot of stress to have everything for wrapping in one place.
4. Make Ahead
Make ahead some easy meals or at least prep somethings to make meals easier. Eating out can become a habit, especially this time of year. Not only will your wallet thank you in January but you will feel so much better throughout the season.
5. Make Time to Purge
Purging is a good goal for the new year but why not start now? Whether it is toys, clothes or kitchen appliances you no longer need. Just little acts of purging during the Christmas season will move you into the new year in the right direction.
Blog Posts to Look for In 2020
UOL is so excited about bringing you top content in 2020! We work very hard to create content that will really make a difference in your life, if applied. Looking forward to sharing encouragement, tips and guidance in 2020!!!
5 Things to Declutter Moving into the New Year
10 Things to Streamline in 2020
12 Products to Help You Stay Organized in 2020
My Top Favorite Organizing Bins 2020
Brain Dumping and How to Prioritize Your List
5 Foods to Prep to Make Weekday Meals Easier
How to Purge, Where to Start
How to Make Time for Yourself While Staying Organized
5 Favorite Things to Freeze for Kid Meals
How to Organize Your Freezer
1. Coffee Cups
Pick a matching set, mismatched Christmas mugs and/or to-go cups. I always like to have a cute set of to-go cups with lids for the people that can't stay. Set the mugs out in rows on the counter or buffet, display them on a tiered round display stand or neatly store them in an above cabinet.
2. Coffee Additions
Set out all the additions to add to your cup of coffee. I include honey, coconut sugar, cinnamon, white sugar and cream. Store all the goodies, except for the cream, of course, in a basket then pull them out at coffee time. Provide hot chocolate for those who don't do coffee or want to do a mixture. Homemade hot chocolate mix is delightful but hot chocolate k-cups make things really convenient. My favorite is to heat some cream for 25 seconds in the microwave, froth with a hand held milk frother, pour over coffee or hot chocolate and top with honey, cinnamon and coconut sugar. You could also include a variety of seasonal flavored creamers, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
3. Easy to Access
Having everything accessible will make your guests feel right at home. Making everything visibly clear not only helps your guests be able to find what they need but it also helps you to answer less questions. Everyone can relax and enjoy each other.
3 Tier Jumbo Serving Tray
Handheld Milk Frother