DIY End Table

So remember when I shared how I spruced up our living room by rearranging the space, adding some fun pillows, and buying some adorable chairs?  Well, there was something I didn't share... I was missing an end table.  You couldn't see it from the pictures I took, but...
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Reader Request: Traveling With Toddlers On Road Trips

This week's reader request is focusing on ideas for traveling with toddlers on road trips.  I am focusing on tips this week for longer road trips that don't involve screen time, because coming up with ideas that don't involve screens seems to be more challenging than...
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Keeping Dinners Organized: My Meal Planning Printable

I have been gluten-free for over 6 years now and have just recently been trying to eat according to the Paleo diet.  The Paleo diet focuses on eating foods that our paleolithic ancestors would have eaten.  These foods would include meats, fish, veggies and fruits, but...
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How To Organize Kitchen Drawers

How To Organize Kitchen Drawers

I wanted an entire kitchen of drawers.  That was my dream!  Because when you come from a kitchen that only has two tiny drawers, you want all the drawers.

So, when we renovated our kitchen we designed it to have all the drawers!  No upper cabinets to keep with the clean lines we wanted in the space.  And keeping the same look throughout the kitchen, we could either do all drawers or all cabinets.  I picked drawers!

Well, we do have skinny cabinets next to the ovens and cabinets on the chair side of the counters.  But other than that, we have drawers!

how to organize kitchen drawers

I love each and every drawer I have, but organizing them can be a challenge… especially when you have to store plates, bowls, and cups in them.

But when you get creative with how you store things, organizing kitchen drawers can be a breeze!

Kitchen Utensil Drawers

organize kitchen utensil drawer

I wanted something that could hold all our utensils, since we have a lot of them!  I found an expandable utensil holder that fit perfectly into the space.  Then I added a long drawer organizer that matched to hold our serving utensils.  I wanted to keep all the utensils (every day and serving) all in the same drawer, since we use them frequently.

kitchen utensils drawer organizationFor all the cooking utensils, I used drawer dividers to separate each section of utensils.  I started by grouping the utensils into categories.  My categories are super random, but it’s how we use them that make sense.  I started with scoopers and smooshers (on the left).  Then I did mixers and mashers.  Sharp utensils are in the middle.  Meat cooking items came next.  Then was the wine/bottle openers are on the right.  I told you they were random categories!


spice drawer organization

All our spices are in a drawer next to the stove top.  They are alphabetically ordered so we can find them easily.  We went with an expandable drawer organizer because we move things so frequently.  All our prep cups are in the same drawer.  Since my husband uses them for all his cooking, this just made sense!


how to organize baking drawer

All our baking prep is organized in a drawer using lots of drawer organizers.  Since these are so small, it just makes it easier to find all the items we have.

Our baking flours are in another drawer, organized in containers with labels on the lids.

Pots and Pans

pots and pans drawer organization

Our pots and pans are in a drawer under our stove top.  I try to keep lids on each of the pots so we don’t have to search for the matching lid.

Our pans are organized by type.  All grill pans are together.  The frying pans are stacked with largest on the bottom.  And I keep the splash pad covers with the pans.

Plates and Bowls

organizing plates in a drawer

As you can see I didn’t empty the dishwasher before I took pictures.  So there is one more stack of plates that go in this drawer, it was just in the dishwasher!!  #lazy

So all our plates and bowls are in drawers.  We have a lot of plates, so our large plates are in one drawer.  Our smaller plates and kid’s plates are in another drawer.  Our bowls are in another drawer.  And our pasta bowls are in another drawer.  We planned it that way since we have a lot plates!


Towel drawer organization

Next to our dish washer we have four small drawers.  When we were designing this, everyone thought I was nuts for wanting these four drawers.  But when they actually saw my vision come to life, they all agreed that this was a great decision!  These small drawers hold our towels!

I have one drawer for hand towels.  One for bar rags.  One drawer for drying rags.  And the bottom drawer holds our aprons!

Not Pictured

I would have loved to picture each and every drawer, but some of the pictures just weren’t coming out right.  So I am just going to tell you about the rest of the drawers!!

Our Tupperware is in a drawer.  I store it with the lids on each piece of Tupperware to keep things organized.

All our baking and cooking gadgets are all in drawers, organized by baskets.  Our mixing bowls are in another drawer that is next to the stove top.  That drawer also holds the oven mitts.

Our glasses and cups are in a drawer, turned face down.  I used the grip liner to hold them in place.

Finally, our cutting boards and pantry are in the skinny cabinet next to the oven.

how to organize kitchen drawersSo now you have had a peek into my drawers!  This took time to get things organized.  We totally moved things around after we shoved them from the boxes they were packed in into drawers.  I made a plan and put all the stuff away.  Then, as we used the kitchen we quickly realized that some of the drawers were not working.  We moved stuff around until we were happy with where it was.  Then I found things to organize the drawers.

My suggestion for you is to finalize where you want all the items in your kitchen drawers.  Then, and only then, find drawer organizers that fit the drawers and your stuff!!

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DIY Washi Tape

DIY Washi Tape

The entire month of January I am using to get myself organized for the year!  I am working on the Get Organized Challenge to organize categories of my home.  And I have been setting up my planner to keep my schedules organized.

I always love the starting the new year off on an “organized foot”.  This is the first year that I am strictly focusing on setting up my systems in the month of January.  That is the only goal I am focusing on.  Well that, and starting monthly date nights again!

Because 2016 was super crazy with the kitchen renovation, I needed to start 2017 off fresh.  I wanted to get the house put back together.  I wanted to create routines and systems to help my family function.  And I didn’t want to stress about everything… I wanted a flow.

I decided to create my own planner this year.  And with creating my own planner, I decided to create my own stickers and washi tape.  I thought it would be fun to try it out and customize a planner that is everything I need!!  We shall see how this goes!

I love using washi tape in my planners because it is an easy way to separate things without just drawing a line.  I think it gives my planner some color without trying too hard!

I am over on Imagine’s blog sharing a tutorial for creating DIY Washi Tape!

This is a rather easy way to add some color to your planner, cards, or scrapbooks without spending a ton of money!

Just take some tissue paper, irRESISTible ink, Xyron 3″ disposable sticker maker, scissors, and packing tape!

Head over the the Imagine blog for the full tutorial to create your own washi tape and add some sparkle to your planner!


The Best Organizing Tips On The Internet

The Best Organizing Tips On The Internet

If you have been following me on Instagram, you know I share the best organizing, decorating, and crafting tips.  But I realized that I haven’t shared them on the blog!!

This is the resource for the best organizing tips on the internet!  Get ready because they are AMAZING!!

I broke them down into categories and will continue to update, so check back frequently for new tips!!

The Best Organizing Tips On The Internet

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Organizing Hacks



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Meet Jessica

The Organized Mama is an organizing, crafting, and home decorating blog based out of the Chicagoland area. With a focus on helping families get crafty and organized, I believe that order and creativity can promote joy, even when doing the most daily and basic tasks!

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