Kitchen Cabinet Organizing Solutions (That Actually Work)!

How to keep your kitchen truly organized depends on having organized kitchen cabinets. I've assembled some of the very best kitchen cabinet organizing solutions that actually will work to keep your kitchen organized and optimized!

 

A large part of keeping kitchen counters cleaned off and de-cluttered, is having a place to put everything.  And having your cabinets not only organized, but optimized plays a huge role in keeping a kitchen in order.  I have collected some of the very best options for doing just that and offer these wonderful kitchen cabinet organizing solutions:

First, for the under cabinet area, an option that pulls out is so fabulous.  I have a pull out drawer that installs into the bottom of my kitchen sink cabinet, and I loved it so much that I moved it with us from our old house!  I can’t imagine not having it because it eliminates the need for fishing at the back of the cabinet for what you need.  No, my friend, those days will be over when you install one of these fabulous solutions:

 

 

Elfa Cabinet Sized Drawers are a good option for smaller items, so I would suggest this for only one side of beneath your kitchen cabinet.  For the other side, you need a different option, with more of an open space for larger items…

… much like this Simple Human Cabinet Organizer.  This pull out drawer has adjustable and removable dividers that will keep to keep taller items upright when moving the drawer in and out!   It’s available in two different widths to accommodate most under cabinet spaces!

 

 

This Two Tier Pull Out Chrome Organizer can be installed with the top tier on the left or the right, making it a really flexible option for lower cabinets!

Next, the’s go up the chain and focus on upper cabinet solutions:
Placemats are one of those categories of things that are kinda funky to store in a good place.  A place where they might actually get used instead of just being shoved in an out of the way location.  This Under Shelf Placemat Holder really does change all of that!  It has a low profile so that you can store placemats right under a shelf with a few inches of clearance beneath it.  The placemats will be on hand to use for all occasions and this will reduce the likelihood of forgetting that you have them!

If you have a tall cabinet without a lit of shelves and tall items on the shelves, these Under the Shelf Baskets help to eke out every last bit of space!  They’re available in a few different widths and finishes, with means that you’ll be able to find something that will be a perfect solution!  Another feature of these baskets that I really like is that the support piece that is on the top of the shelf is flat.  That allows the shelf to be installed without much bothering the items already on the shelf.

An Expanding Cabinet Shelf has a huge benefit of adding a second shelf that is the complete width of the space in an easy and inexpensive way!

 

Tall Cabinet Shelves work really well to double space on tight shelves.  I like to make sure that I can get things with one hand as much as possible.  In this picture of the tall shelf, if I wanted to get a plate from the bottom stack, I’d have to use another hand to lift up the bowls.  Not a huge headache, but how nice would it be to get rid of that small hassle?

 

Bamboo Stacking Shelfs are a different aesthetic look for space doublers.  These shelves offer stacking stability with the narrow grooves on the top of the shelf.  If bamboo is your thing, you’ll be really happy with these shelves, as they’re available in a variety of sizes, ranging from small to large.

Interlocking Stacking Shelves allow for space doubling or tripling with added structure.  See how the feet of the shelf go out?   And how there’s a bar at the top that leans in? That’s because they’re designed to hook together!  When I played around with these shelves in the store, I was surprised by how sturdy they were when put together.   A great solution when you have room to go vertical!

Scala Stacking Baskets offer the benefit of being able to pile things up and take full advantage of the vertical space in the basket.  There are at the top of my wishlist for my pantry.  I  need to corral some kid snacks and these will work perfectly!

 

Want even more information about these great kitchen organizing solutions?

Watch the Facebook Live I did about all of these solutions and more.  After the video, come join me to talk all things getting organized in my Free Facebook Group!

 

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How to Get a Sparkling Clean Home

How to get your home sparkly clean with the best vey eco-friendly cleaning products | StreamlinedLivingOh.com | Great Cleaning and Organizing Advice

 

This week I had a little more time to myself and I’ve spent a good amount of time cleaning!  Not so much fun in theory, but in reality, I love a clean space and it motivates me to be more productive generally.    Over the last few years, I’ve found some true gems that have made cleaning so much less of a chore.  I’m doing a run down of my favorites products so that you can have a fabulously sparkling clean home too!

The best stainless steel cleaner ever! Awesome Non-toxic option to keep all of your stainless appliances beautifully clean and polished!

Therapy Stainless Steel Cleaner: This cleaner is awesome.  I absolutely love this cleaner because it cleans and polishes so nicely.  And it smells really lovely too.  This is made by the same company as the great people behind the fabulous car cleaning products by Eco Touch.  Great stuff!

 

This natural bee wax furniture polish makes all wood furniture so incredibly beautiful and protects the finish too. It is super easy to apply and use!Daddy Van’s beeswax furniture polish makes all wood furniture so incredibly beautiful and protects the finish too. It is super easy to apply and use!  I love how it makes my furniture look and feel.  I used it on my bedroom and kitchen furniture just today!

 

These microfiber cleaning cloths are fabulous! I love how they have lasted for years and years and are easy to be cleaned in the washing machine. Makes keeping my home dust-free so simple!I have at least a half dozen of these wonder Scotch microfiber cloths.  They work well to snag dust dry, but even better wet!  When I like about these cloths is that they feel different from other microfiber cloths, and feel much nicer in my hand.  I don’t know exactly how to describe it- some microfiber cloths feels sticky and yucky.  It’s a funky tactile thing, I guess.

 

this stainless steel cleaning mitt is awesome! Keep your hands neat and clean while you make your stainless steel appliances shine!

This Simple Human stainless steel cleaning mitt is awesome! Keep your hands neat and clean while you make your stainless steel appliances shine!  I keep mine on a Command hook on the inside of the cabinet door under my kitchen sink so it’s always close at hand for a quick cleaning touch-ups.

Scrub Daddy cleaning tool is awesome!

I’m a huge Shark Tank fan and don’t you know, the Scrub Daddy is the number one selling product of all time to come out of that show.  And I know why!  This little guy is awesome.  And I really like that there is a 4 pack available because this is the sort of thing that you’ll want to have on hand at all times.  The one I got about four months ago is just about ready to be replaced and I’ve been super pleased with how long my Scrub Daddy has performed!

 

This Roomba vacuum cleaner is one of the easiest ways to keep your home clean. You simply set it up, schedule the days and times you'd like the machine to run and you'll be pretty set!

This Roomba vacuum cleaner is one of the easiest ways to keep your home clean. You simply set it up, schedule the days and times you’d like the machine to run and you’ll be pretty set!

We were gifted a Roomba this past Christmas and I was instantly in love.  I cannot stress how much time this has saved me.  I no longer have to worry about the first floor of my home to be vacuumed.  And with a dog in the house, I used to have to vacuum at least two times a week.  Rosie the Roomba has single-handedly been a time saving game changer!

 

This Seventh Generation bowl cleaner will keep your bathrooms sparkly clean in a eco-friendly way!

This Seventh Generation bowl cleaner will keep your bathrooms sparkly clean!  I really like to use eco-friendly options in my home and this one totally fits the bill.

 

This handy grabbing tool is fantastic for getting items out of hard to reach places. I

This handy grabbing tool is fantastic for getting items out of hard to reach places. I really do consider this to be an essential for homes with kids because kids, or maybe it’s just my kids, seems to get stuff stuck in the weirdest places.  And this grabber has saved me on multiple occasions from having to move furniture to retrieve a toy or something else!

 

This spray mop is an awesome alternative to the traditional mop and is highly durable!

This spray mop by O-Cedar is an awesome alternative to the traditional mop and is highly durable!  It’s an eco-friendly options since the mop heads attach with hook and loop and can be easily removed for machine washing.  I have several of the heads so that I always ave a clean one on hand.

 


 

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How I’m Taking Organizing to the Next Level

I'm super excited to announce that I'm taking organizing to the next level as I partner with The Container Store as a Contained Home Organizer!  See how this elevates my expertise and access to exceptional products that solve all organizational woes!

I have some rather big news to share:  I have partnered with The Container Store as a Contained Home Organizer and Independent Representative!

Christina Hidek, Professional Organizer and Contained Home Independent Representative

 

What’s this mean?  Only that I have been thoroughly vetted and found to be an awesome professional organizer!  It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to work with even more people in the Cleveland area to fully organize and optimize their spaces.  I feel especially honored because only two organizer were selected, out of a truly talented and crowded field.

 

Christina Hidek, Professional Organizer and Contained Home Independent Representative

I will still be available to organize your space work, as usual, and now I will have more refined expertise about all of the solutions The Container Store has to offer.  Plus, I will have access to pick the brains of other solutions experts to bring you the very best answers to your organizing issues.

It’s a fantastic partnership pairing the best products with my outstanding organizing expertise.  Truly amazing!  I’m super excited for all that this means for my business, and I look forward to all of the opportunities this partnership brings.

The grand opening of the Beachwood store was this past weekend and there was a Cleveland.com photo story where yours truly was featured!

What’s more, last week, I also had the opportunity to organize and style a space in the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House!  I had fun working in the volunteer kitchen space and making it a more functional and inviting space.

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Garage Sales: Clutter Buster or Magnet?

garage sales clutter buster or clutter magnet

 

Poll time!  Raise your hand if you’ve ever held a garage sale.

Kudos to you for following through with the monumental task of collecting up all of your stuff, finding a day in your schedule that worked to have the sale, then enduring hours of haggling.  After all was said and done, you then boxed up all of the stuff that didn’t sell.

I’m exhausted just typing out all of those steps! Good job dealing with all of that! But what’d you do with the boxes then?  Did they just sit in your home until the next garage sale?  (Did that next garage sale ever happen?)

On the flip side, have you ever planned to have a garage sale, and kept mounds of stuff around  to sell, but the garage sale never actually happened?

 

Turns out, you’re not alone, my friend.  This happens all the time.

What’s that? Our best intentions turn into clutter.  And the clutter holds us back from doing or having what we truly want in life.  All of the stuff you’re keeping in anticipation of having a garage sale is most likely cluttering up your life.

So before you decide to have a garage sale, think about this: is it really worth your time to do everything you gotta do in order to have a successful sale?

 

Take an honest look at your things.  How much would you pay for the item at a garage sale?

If the entirety of all that you’ve decided to sell is less than what you’d consider it’d be worth it on a good day, then maybe you’d be better off donating the stuff instead and taking the charitable donation tax-write off.  Because time is money!

For me that number has to be north of $250.  But that’s because what I know to be true in life is this: what you expect will sell right away at a garage sale never actually does.  It’s true!  The stuff you almost tossed into the donation pile is what gets snapped up faster than a hot Krispy Kreme donut.

 

If it’s worth it

If you decide that yes, you do want to have a garage sale, then this is what you have to do:

1. Pick a date.  NOW.  and keep checking to make that date works.  Consider the weather too and maybe even pick a back up date.

2.  Corral all of your stuff in one area of your home.  Don’t let items live out and about with everything else.  It’s just clutter at this point if that happens.  Get it all in one place and out of the way.  It’ll make setting up for the sale a lot easier.

3.  Make a plan for what to do with anything that doesn’t sell.  May I suggest scheduling a donation pick up with the fine folks at DonateStuff.com the day after your sale?  If it didn’t sell, let it go.  It’s simply not worth it to keep trying to sell stuff that no one wants any more.

 

If not a garage sale, then what?

And of all of the garage sales I’ve ever had, I know that it was only worth my time once.  So for me, I’ve decided to never have a garage sale again.  Does that mean that I donate or give away all of the things I no longer want/need?  Nope.  I’ve just figured out a better way.

 

Watch this video

So, what do you think?  Will having a garage sale help you get organized?  Or could it sabotage your organizing efforts?  I dig a little deeper into this issue in this video!  Watch it and get some great advice before you decide to have a garage sale!

How to Conquer Kid Clutter

Tired of dealing with toys and other kid stuff? Me too! Read this for quick tips you can really use to get rid of clutter and get organized, despite your kids!

 

Overwhelmed by kid clutter?  The crap stuff kids accumulate certainly seems to multiply like bunnies overnight.

Before you know it, you’re drowning in a sea of plastic junk.  What to do with it all?  You can’t just pitch it all and be done with it, unfortunately.

Read on for some quick strategies for conquering kid clutter:

 

Wait for the right chance

Look for opportunities to get rid of items they’re not using.  Like nap time.  You might think I’m joking, but I’m totally serious.  Chances are they won’t miss the plastic do-dad acquired from the fast food joint.  When I get called on this, I usually just say, “oh, I’m sure it’s around here somewhere” and 5 seconds later they’ve forgotten all about it!

Truth is, I regularly cull this kind of crap-eola from my house.

The secret is to get rid of it when they’re not looking.  Sneaky, yes, but totally necessary.  There’s simply some junk they’ll never voluntarily get rid of and in reality, they have no use for it.  It’s just junkity junk.  Get rid of it and feel no guilt!

Pro tip: use a dark colored bag to dispose of the aforementioned junkity-junk.

Time it wisely

Use the weeks before birthdays and holidays to have your kids voluntarily get rid of things.  I use the carrot of new shiny things as an incentive for my boys to let go of things they no longer want or use.  When this type of de-cluttering is routine, it turns into a fantastic habit.

Pro tip: Use specific language like “Which of these (insert specific category of toys) are you done playing with?” or “Gather all of your baby dolls. You have 10 baby dolls here.  Which ones can leave to make room for all of the new toys you’re about to get?”

 

Get into a routine

Regularly get rid of things they’ve outgrown.  If you plan to use the item with another child when they grow into it (clothes or toys), pack them away in a labeled container.

Until the right time comes, you’ll be able to keep the extra items out of the way and safely stored.  If there’s no one in your immediate family to keep the items for, pass them along to friends or donate them.

Pro tip: Use big labels so there’s no doubt as to what you have.  I’ve designed the most perfect set of labels and inventory sheets.

This organizing printable, clothing organizer kit, inventory printable and closet organizer is the perfect solution for organizing outgrown children's clothing that you're saving in an easy + simple way These clothing organizers makes organizing baby clothes and hand-me-downs so simple and allows for the easiest clothing organizing system. Bin + label it, baby!

Check them out!

 

 

The Golden Rule of Organizing

Live by the One-in-One-Out Rule aka the golden rule of organizing.  It’s as simple as it sounds: When you bring something new into your home, say a new stuffed animal, something else must leave, perhaps an unloved stuffy.

Pro tip: Make no exceptions to this rule and you’ll be amazed what a difference it makes when it comes to the amount of clutter you no longer have to deal with.

 

Over to you!

Want even more tips?  In just under 3 minutes, learn techniques for de-cluttering kid stuff and staying organized in this video!  Among other things, I spill the beans on the best types of containers to use with kids so that you can stay organized!