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How to Organize your Pantry in Two Hours

Let’s talk about how to organize food. Most professional organizers I know dream about organizing pantries. The product choices are endless and the end results can be so stunning.  But for most of our clients, the kitchen is BY FAR the hardest room to tackle. It is the most used room in your home. And while you can stop shopping to reduce clutter in other areas of your home, you CAN’T stop buying food!  We all have to eat. Whether you have a dedicated pantry or smaller cabinets spread throughout your kitchen, it is possible to organize your food quickly! Below are my tried and true tips on how to organize your pantry in two hours.

How do I know you can do it? Because we put this to the test by giving a mini-pantry makeover for one of our loyal Instagram followers. Check out her before and after (at the end of this post), which we achieved in two hours. Here is the before:

Pantry before the mini makeover

Pantry Organizing Steps

1. PURGE (30 minutes)! 

Always, always, start...

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How to Write a Mission and Vision Statement in 6 Steps

When I launched Grid + Glam I made a commitment to myself that I would run it like a business. That might sound obvious, but the truth is the more small business owners I meet, the more I realize that so few of us take the time to create the business fundamentals, like writing a Mission and Vision statement, that will set our businesses up for success.  It makes sense, of course: We are visionaries who want to jump right into the work. But after coaching and mentoring several business owners, I’m even more convinced of the importance of this.  

I could talk ad nauseum about business fundamentals, and systems and processes. But instead I want to focus on one aspect that so many business owners overlook: creating a Mission and Vision Statement. It might seem easy, but I can tell you that putting ideas on paper is harder than we thought.  It was a long process but the results were amazing. And the best part is that now when we are faced with a difficult...

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Spring Break with Kids: How to Plan Like a Pro

Spring break can be SO fun. No matter your destination, spring break is a great time to get away, enjoy some sunshine, break out of your routine, and knock out those winter cobwebs.

But, it’s not always fun, right? Isn’t there often a little problem that turns into a big problem, and that big problem evolves into a ruined trip? Especially when doing spring break with kids,  it is like a disaster waiting to happen. Everyone gets cranky and blames each other for their crankiness, and you’ve got (what I like to call) a stress avalanche on your hands. 

Below are several examples of small problems that I’ve encountered on spring break trips with my own kids that could have turned into big problems. Luckily, I’ve got a tip for each one, so you can go into your spring break trip knowing you have done everything you can to ensure it is successful, safe, and fun!

5 common problems with doing spring break with kids (and how to prevent them)

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5 Steps To Organize Your Makeup

You know what I love ALMOST as much as I love organizing? Makeup! It makes me feel good and gives me that little pick-me-up when I need it. 

Finding fun, creative ways to organize my makeup is how I blend my love of organizing with my love of makeup. I have a built-in makeup vanity, so my makeup organizing is totally on point. But, I know how easy it is for beauty products to get out of hand. 

I think we’re all guilty of buying makeup we don’t need, don’t use or thought we’d like someday. And, we often don’t think about the best way to organize our makeup. As a result, bathroom counters can quickly become seemingly insurmountable messes. So, I put together these five easy steps so you can easily organize your makeup.

Makeup organizer from the Container Store, used here to organize someone's entire makeup collection.I asked one of our fabulous organizers here at Grid + Glam, Caitlin, if she’d be willing to be our makeup organizing guinea pig.  She was thrilled to participate! Keep reading to see how easy and fun it can be to get...

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Organizing Small Spaces

I often get asked my best organizing advice for those of you who have small homes and are at capacity for storage.  When it comes to storage space, the back of the door is one of the most under-utilized areas of the home.

Almost every room or closet has a door, and with the right storage products, the back of the door can be used to organize a wide variety of items.

 

One of our very own team members, Heather, was already utilizing the back of her pantry door to organize her cleaning supplies (yes, organizers are notorious for finding sneaky storage solutions).  And while her shoe organizer was doing the trick, it wasn’t sturdy enough to hold all of her products. They would sag and fall, so she needed something stronger.

 

 

Enter the Elfa Door and Wall Rack! She was thrilled to discover it and it was super simple to install. Not only is it incredibly sturdy, but it gave her tons more storage space than she had before.  And, it looks so much...

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How to Store + Organize your Holiday Decor

I know, I know.  The holidays aren’t even over yet.  My goal is always to help you stay one step ahead.  One way to do that is to do the hard work in advance to save you time and energy later.  Most of us give little thought to strategically storing seasonal items so that the next time we need them we know exactly where to look. 

So let’s get you in that habit today before you put away this year’s holiday decorations.

Practice Makes Perfect

Learning how to store holiday decorations is a great way to practice home organizing.  Why? Because you can leverage the universal principles of organizing, but with a confined space and a finite number of items.  All your holiday decor goes into storage at the same time and comes back out again 10 months later.  It’s a way to get into the habit of planning ahead, which does take practice!  Listen, friend, if you can do this then, you can tackle any...

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Don’t Get Fresh with Me

What’s the toughest thing to keep organized on a daily basis for you?  If you said “OMG, my fridge,” you are not alone, friend. Fridges are challenging: items are being placed in and then taken out again by everyone in your household pretty much all the time.  

With all of this activity, its inevitable that some items get hidden, ignored, and wasted.  You know that sad half of an onion in your produce bin? And that bunch of cilantro that you had every intention of making cilantro-lime rice with but is now wilty and gooey hidden in some corner?  Yeah, me, too!

 

I see it often in my client’s fridges, but also in my own.  I always go through my fridge the night before garbage day to throw out food that went bad.  The wasted food and money is SUCH a bummer.

How can we keep from wasting so much?  I’ve got three ideas to share that helped to dramatically reduce our food waste and keep us organized:

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The Truth About Hiring a Professional Organizer

I know so many women who want to hire a professional organizer, but either don’t know where to start or think it is out of reach for them. So today, I’m debunking some of the myths around hiring a professional organizer and giving you some pro-tips to help you in the process.

Hiring a Professional Organizer:
Myths Debunked

 

MYTH: Only the rich and famous can hire a professional organizer. 

TRUTH: Hiring a professional organizer can seem out of reach, luxurious, or even frivolous.  Thankfully, you don’t have to be a Kardashian to benefit from professional organizing services! Most modern professional organizers work with all different budgets, and in homes (or apartments) of all sizes. 

 

MYTH: My house is too messy to let you in! I need to clean and organize it first!

TRUTH: It’s extremely common to feel embarrassed about the current state of your house, no matter how messy it really is. Without seeing anyone else’s mess, most...

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An Intervention of a Most Surprising Kind

Hello Grid + Glam friends!  My name is Briggs and I am the COO of Grid + Glam.  In my recent conversations with Corinne, it became clear to both of us that I had a message to send to you, her loyal readers, regarding the surprising impact Corinne has had on me of late.  She provided an intervention I didn’t even know I needed. Let me start from the beginning.

IN THE BEGINNING . . .

As a child, I was so, so easy.  It was easy to be easy. I pleased my parents, I pleased my teachers, I pleased my friends, siblings, and babysitters. Everyone.  It didn’t matter if I wanted to do what I was told or not, because the feeling I got from making others happy superseded any satisfaction I would have gotten from charting my own path (or so I believed).  It also reduced the times I experienced those awful feelings of causing disappointment or (gasp!) anger in someone else. I just could NOT handle being the object of someone’s anger.

As an adult, I...

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OMG! I'm Turning 40!

I’m turning 40 at the end of this month and I kind of can’t believe it.  So here’s the deal, friend.  I sat down to write a post that somehow weaves organizing into lessons on turning 40 because I know most of you are here for organizing advice.  But I promised myself that when I turned 40 I would stop doing things just to please others.  So it starts now. And right now I don’t feel like writing about organizing.

I feel like writing about how through determination, grit, and a lot of mistakes, I have created a life that I’m super proud of.   As a mom of two little ones, I reflect a lot on the life I am creating for them, and also on my own childhood. I won’t bore you with the details of the jagged line that brought me to where I am today.  I don’t feel like sharing too much of the suffering . . the journey . . . the healing. But I will share with you the five big lessons I learned.  And five promises...

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