Organize + Energize: What’s In Your Kitchen?
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
In the past month, I’ve organized a bunch of kitchens. I think people get nervous when the holidays roll around and some want to be as efficient as possible during this time. They truly understand the benefits of having an organized kitchen.
Instead of giving you tips like I normally do, I thought I would tell you what’s going on in people’s kitchens. See? It's not just you.
Plastic food containers.
I can already hear the moans and groans. So many people have a hard time with containers and lids. I just finished organizing a kitchen and found that once we emptied the cabinet, she had about 20 lids and 2 containers. Where did all the containers go? My favorite containers are Lock N Lock containers. They are stackable and durable.
In every kitchen I organize, we throw out at least 4 garbage bags of expired food. You know what this means? You can’t see what you have in your food pantry and you forgot you had it, and you just threw money out the window!
Do tennis balls really belong in the kitchen? How about hair elastics or staple guns? They should have a home in another area of the house, especially if you have a small kitchen.
Mostly everybody is guilty of this. Breakfast food mixed in with canned goods. Snacks mixed in with pasta. Rice on different shelves. I see you nodding your head.
Do you label?
I will tell you a story about what happened to me a few Christmases ago. I was making pizzelles and I grabbed what I thought was the sugar, (it wasn’t labeled) and I proceeded to mix it into the batter. When I went to place a dollop of batter on the machine, it caramelized on the machine. At that moment, I realized I put confectionary sugar instead of regular sugar into the batter. I ruined the machine and needless to say, nobody had pizzelles for dessert that year. I thought I was smart and didn’t need to label the containers. I still don’t have a label on the confectionary sugar, but...do as I say, not as I do.
Food on top of the refrigerator.
Do you do it? It’s an eyesore and the heat will wreak havoc on your food. I will guarantee that once you organize your kitchen, you will no longer need to store anything on top of it. Alternatively, decorative pieces look great on top of the fridge.
Do you struggle with a box top every time you try to get your favorite snack? Rip those tops right off the boxes so you can grab what you need quickly.
Half empty boxes.
One Crystal Lite packet, one oatmeal packet, two granola bars. Take these guys out of their boxes, condense, and store like items together.
Oh boy. How many cinnamon spices does one need? Take 5 minutes and make a clean sweep of the spice cabinet. You may be surprised at what you find.
If you have a disorganized kitchen, I know you can relate to all of the above. It’s time to get your kitchen organized so you can save time and money, have less stress and be more efficient and productive in your kitchen. What’s stopping you from getting your kitchen organized?
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Head out to Springfield this week to visit Bright Lights! This is one of the Northeast’s premiere lights displays, and is perfect for a chilly December evening. This is a drive-along route of over three miles of beautiful holiday lighting displays. There is even musical accompaniment via a radio simulcast on 98.5 FM to enhance your holiday experience!
302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA.
Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism/Flickr
Newport Mansion Christmas
Enjoy a Rhode Island holiday tradition at the Newport Mansions! Visitors to the event will tour three beautiful mansions—The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, decked out to the nines in holiday lights and spirit. There are a total of 28 lighted Christmas trees; beautifully crafted gingerbread models of the mansions and so much more to be seen!
Click here or call 401-847-1000 for more info.
La Salette Shrine
La Salette Shrine in Attleborough, MA is a close to home favorite for MA and RI families alike. The grounds glisten with sparkle of over 300,000 gorgeous lights. As this is the 60-year anniversary of the shrine, they are going all out for this Christmas season. Make sure to visit the illuminated walkway on the pond—it is striking. This event is free to all.
947 Park Street, Attleborough, MA.
Photo: Šarūnas Burdulis/Flickr
Marblehead Christmas Walk
From December 5-8, visit the quaint New England town of Marblehead, MA for a great Christmas stroll. Although celebrations will be happening all weekend, the big event is Friday night tree lighting at 7pm. On Saturday, there will be a Christmas walk parade featuring all the sights and sounds of Christmastime in this seaside village. Santa will be arriving by lobster boat Saturday morning at 9:30am!
Head to the zoo for some holiday magic! Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA is hosting Zoolights, a great holiday excursion for people of all ages! This huge holiday lights display incorporates dazzling lights into every part of the zoo. If you have little ones, make sure they get a visit with Santa and the Zoo’s resident reindeer!
149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA. (781) 438-5100.
Photo: Mark Dumont/Flickr
Festival of Lights
Edaville USA is a family favorite year-round, but this amusement park brings something extra special to the table during the holidays. Join Edaville for their annual Festival of Lights, all viewed from coach trains! This year’s festivities feature thousands of lights displays, holiday themed treats, vintage amusement rides, Santa and more!
5 Pine Street, Carver, MA. (508) 866-8190.
Photo: Eric Kilby/Flickr
Known in the summertime for its sprawling botanical gardens and horticulture displays, Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA is also a do-not-miss this holiday season. The grounds will be embellished with 117,400 beautiful lights that will brighten the holiday season! Aside from viewing the lights, visitors are also invited to attend mini-workshops that will teach them to fashion great holiday decorations, like handmade topiary wreaths!
67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA. (508) 888-3300.
Take the family on a close to home trip to Holly Days at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA! This year, the theme of this huge lights display is “Woodland Magic.” There will be thousands of twinkling lights adorning the grounds, as well as whimsical, woodland-themed decorations with a natural touch. If you head over on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, make sure to come hungry. There will be “Food & Fire,” featuring comfort foods that will warm you up after a chilly walk!
11 French Drive, Boylston, MA. (508) 869-6111.
Photo: Tori Siegel/Flickr
Holiday Light Fantasia
Take a trip to nearby Connecticut to enjoy Holiday Light Fantasia. This is a two-mile light show featuring over 1,000,000—yes, one MILLION—sparkling lights dedicated to celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Three Kings Day . There are animated scenes, tributes to favorite family characters, and so much more.
1130 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT. Click here for more.
Photo: Ben Pollard/Flickr
The Connecticut Trolley Museum will come to life this holiday season for their annual WinterFest and the Tunnel of Lights. This great event has become a family tradition throughout southern New England and beyond. Visitors will enjoy a trolley ride on a closed car or electric sleigh through the Tunnel of Lights, while singing traditional carols. The Visitor’s Center will have plenty of hot cocoa and entertainment!
58 North Road, East Windsor, CT. Click here for more.
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