30-Day Organization Challenge Day #11 – Organize Half of the Bathroom Drawers

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by Cassie

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Welcome to day #11 of the 30-day organization challenge.  It’s a new week and time to move into a new area of the home! It is so great to see some amazing progress with just a few minutes of effort each day!

Today’s challenge is going to be divided into two days so that it is just a little task each day. 

Day #11 Challenge – Organize the Half the Bathroom Drawers

This will work whether you have one or many bathrooms, just organize half of the drawers.  We have three bathrooms, but only six total drawers, two large and four small.  Which is funny because in our previous home, we two bathrooms, but seven drawers (four large and two small). Our very first residence ever – an apartment, had one bathroom with five large drawers.   So I am thinking that no matter how many bathrooms you have, the drawers may work out to be about the same for all. :)

I actually organized the two large drawers first as I considered this about half!

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 Large bathroom drawers before 

This was a fun task because I found so many items! I actually started sorting the excess of stuff.  For example: tooth care, lotions, skin care, small bottles shampoo/conditioner, eye care, samples that are great to have for guests, to have on hand when you run out or to use up before buying more, great for going to the gym, etc. I sorted these and took them out of these drawers and only left what we are actually using right now!  Then when we need something, we can go to our basement storage and grab more.  But I think what was happening, we just threw excess stuff that we found or brought home into these drawers and it piled up quickly and got out of control.  It now feels great to have it organized and to have a good supply of stuff when needed in a location that makes more sense.

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Large bathroom drawers after 

Now guess what?  There are only two more spots left in the kitchen the rest of this work week and then we are ready to move on to another area! I can’t wait to get out of the kitchen, but so happy to see the drawers and cupboards again!

How is your challenge going? What tips do you have for a more organized kitchen? 

And don’t forget…. to help you as you are working on the kitchen for the next few tasks, don’t forget to see these clever ideas and get some DIY Organization Inspiration!

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How To Make a DIY Pallet Chair from Old Pallets: Practical Pallet Furniture

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We love sharing ideas for what you can do with old pallets! There are so many creative ideas for those old pallets and we are hoping that you can find lots of inspiration on a dime with this useful and free or cheap wood source.  

So today’s pallet DIY inspiration is for a practical purpose – a nice oversized chair, that can be used outdoors, on a porch, or even in the house of you want! 

What a great, practical and easy use for old pallets!  This project was done by Tiffany at Breakfast with Tiffany

She shares how she cut apart the pallet chair and how she reassembled it for a large oversized chair.  

Check out the step-by-step process on the Breakfast With Tiffany site HERE

What do you think of this idea? Have you made anything out of pallets.  

Share with us and we would love to feature your project! 

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How to Perfectly Reheat Leftover Steak or Prime Rib

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I finally found a way to reheat leftover steak that turns out nearly as perfect as when you ordered it in the restaurant! It is always such a disappointment to have a nice dinner out every once in a while and have this beautiful steak or prime rib that you just can’t finish to bring it home and have the reheat not so great!

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So I wanted to share a method to recreate that perfect steakhouse steak at home again!

It is actually going to be by steaming it! But you want to retain the juices and the flavor of the original steak.

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So this is how to perfectly reheat leftover steak and prime rib:

  • Place your leftover steak or prime rib in a piece of foil.

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  • Then, using the au jus your steak came with, or a beef broth, use cover your steak in 2-3 tbsp worth. Hint: most restaurants provide au jus for prime rib and you can ask for a “to-go” cup of it.  In addition, if you have a regular steak, you can just ask if you can have a small to-go cup of au jus with your leftover steak.

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  • Fold the foil around the steak and au jus, so it is fully sealed and covered.

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  • Then, place in the steamer basket and steam on high for 3-6 minutes (depending on how big your steak is) with the steamer covered with a lid.

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  • Once it has been steamed, unwrap and place on your plate and enjoy!

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Enjoy your perfectly reheated steakhouse steak once again! 

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30-Day Organization Challenge Day #10 – Organize the Refrigerator

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Welcome to day #10 of the 30-day organization challenge AND the LAST day on the kitchen! It’s so exciting! I also love this task, even when I don’t get the rest of the kitchen organized as it makes a big difference in any kitchen.

Day #10 Challenge – Organize and Clean-Out the Refrigerator

This is such a budget saving, health saving, money saving, beneficial task.

We encourage you to get your fridge cleaned out and organized today.  It doesn’t seem like our before and after pictures are really that different, but to me, when I go to use my fridge and kitchen now, things are more easily found and not forgotten and in a logical place again. When you are making food, this little bit of organization can really make the task more difficult or easier.  Well, we hope after organizing it is easier for you!

As you are doing this task, I HIGHLY recommend that you use the No-Food Waste Menu Planner (HERE) because it will help you to plan out your meals with the foods you have on hand.  It is FABULOUS and has saved us hundreds of dollars by not wasting food (or it going bad before you realize you needed to use it).

So after you grab that, check out our before and after and my organization inside my fridge.

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 Refrigerator before 

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Close-up of left side before

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Close-up of right side before

And now the AFTER photos!

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Full view of the fridge after

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Close-up of left side where all of the sauces and misc. foods

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Close-up of right with the milks and dairy

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Close-up of top, we have produce in the whole bottom shelf (salads mostly). Then the other dairy and misc. 

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Then the produce drawers and the deli drawers

During this clean-out/organize process, I also washed out the shelves/drawers with warm, soapy water and planned my No Food Waste Menu around the soon to expire foods.  It feels so good to have this done and have this part of our lives clean and organized.

And don’t forget…. to help you as you are working on the kitchen for the next few tasks, don’t forget to see these clever ideas and get some DIY Organization Inspiration!

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To help you find some thrifty and DIY organization ideas, see our organization category HERE  (click on the organization tag!) and our Organization Pinterest Board HERE. Looking for encouragement, inspiration and a place to ask questions and share answers?  Request to join our private Facebook group HERE.

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30-Day Organization Challenge Day #9 – Organize the Rest of the Kitchen Drawers (and the Junk Drawer!)

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Welcome to day #9 of the 30-day organization challenge.   I feel like I am starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel! Our kitchens are just about organized.  A couple of more days and we can move on with the rest of the house with a nicely organized kitchen behind us!

Today’s challenge is the second half of yesterday’s challenge.

Day #9 Challenge – Organize the Second Half the Kitchen Drawers

With the second half, I chose to deal with the dreaded junk drawer in this batch! I also have a misc. kitchen supplies drawer.  Both can get out of hand pretty easily.

Again, I will just take you around my kitchen! I did 5 drawers today, unlike 3 yesterday, however, a couple were literally a minute or two, so quite simple.

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 Kitchen Sink Tools drawer before 

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Kitchen Sink Tools drawer after 

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Pot holders drawer before

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Pot holders drawer after

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Knives drawer before

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Knives drawer after

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Miscellaneous Kitchen Stuff Drawer Before

I am happy to accept suggestions on this one! It is a wide, flat, weird drawer. I moved the teas to the top cupboard from a couple of days ago, then I have three gallon ziplocs – one for lose tea bags, hot chocolates, etc., another for spice packets, seasoning packets, etc., and a third for baking chocolates, pieces, etc.  I also then have bread baggies, cheese cloth and other miscellaneous, random items. 

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Miscellaneous Kitchen Stuff Drawer After – not super totally happy with it, but it’s at least better! I might try to find some more permanent solutions for this drawer later. 

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Finally, the grand daddy drawer of them all…. the dreaded JUNK DRAWER before! 

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And the beautiful organized finish to this crazy drawer! I love seeing the after’s on junk drawers.  It makes such a huge difference! 

Now guess what?  There are only two more spots left in the kitchen the rest of this work week and then we are ready to move on to another area! I can’t wait to get out of the kitchen, but so happy to see the drawers and cupboards again!

How is your challenge going? What tips do you have for a more organized kitchen? 

And don’t forget…. to help you as you are working on the kitchen for the next few tasks, don’t forget to see these clever ideas and get some DIY Organization Inspiration!

>>>>> Don’t forget to sign up for our daily reminder! <<<<<

To help you find some thrifty and DIY organization ideas, see our organization category HERE  (click on the organization tag!) and our Organization Pinterest Board HERE.

Looking for encouragement, inspiration and a place to ask questions and share answers?  Request to join our private Facebook group HERE.

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