mudroom organization

Mudroom Organization {organize now challenge}

mudroom organization

This week in the Organize Now Challenge we are discussing mudroom organization or if you do not have a mudroom in your home the area where your family exists and enters each day.

If this challenge has been helping you get organized please, please share this challenge with your friends!

  • What should be stored in the mudroom and what doesn’t belong her.
  • Remove everything that doesn’t belong or can be stored somewhere else.
  • Sorting through coats.
  • Sorting through shoes.
  • Use the Seasonal Swap method.
  • Storage ideas for your mudroom or entryway.
  • Personalizing this area of your home to show who you are as a family.
  • Rules that need to be in place for maintenance.
  • Family Launch Pad.

My favorite product for storing shoes in the mudroom or garage that I mention in the podcast:

mudroom organization

For more tips on organizing the mudroom go to Chapter 20 in the book.

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AND LEARN MORE ABOUT MUDROOM ORGANIZATION

Jennifer Ford Berry

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Organized Pantry {organize now challenge}

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An organized pantry is essential for saving time and money. It is also a crucial piece for feeding your family healthy foods!  By spending a little time this week organizing your pantry you can set up a simple, efficient system that will work for you the entire year.  No more buying items you don’t need or eating expired food!  You will no exactly what is in your pantry which will help ease the tasks of grocery shopping and meal planning.

In this podcast I discuss:

  • What to toss and what to keep
  • The key to pantry organization
  • Condensing
  • How to set up categories
    • Snacks
    • Baking
    • Lunch Items
    • Meal Time Ingredients
    • Canned Goods
  • Systems that work to keep your pantry fresh and efficient
  • How to maximize the space in your pantry

For further tips on how to organize your pantry see Week 24 in Organize Now! a week by week guide to simplify your space and your home.

What does your pantry look like?  Don’t forget to share the before and after photos of your pantry with us in the Organize Now Challenge Group on Facebook!  You will also get tons of ideas there.  

I recently shared an inside view of my own pantry on a live Facebook video on The 29 Minute Mom Facebook page…check it out!

 

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LEARN HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR PANTRY

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Organize Drawers in Your Kitchen {organize now challenge}

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So if you have been following along in the Organize Now Challenge your kitchen surfaces and cupboards should be looking good!  It’s time to organize drawers in your kitchen.

What do you store in your kitchen drawers?  

Are they cluttered?  

When was the last time you went through them?

This week I get down to the knitty gritty about kitchen drawers and what should and shouldn’t be store in them.

  • Ideas of what can be stored in kitchen drawers:
    • Pots & Pans (lids if possible separate)
    • Plastic Ware
    • Silverware & Cooking Utensils
    • Pyrex and Baking Dishes
    • Pot holders, Wash Cloths & Towels
    • Essential Oils
  • Junk drawers say what?
    • Eliminate, eliminate, eliminate!
    • The new name of your “junk drawer” and what should go in it.
    • What should go in the drawer? And what should NOT!
    • Storage ideas for all those little things you don’t know where to start.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!  

AND LEARN HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR KITCHEN DRAWERS

Once you have finished this week’s challenge please post your pics in the Facebook group (Organize Now Challenge) or here under the podcast.  Don’t be nervous!  We are all in this together.  The group is really kind and full of encouragement!

If you still need the book here it is:

Jennifer Ford Berry
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Organizing Kitchen Cabinets {organize now challenge}

organizing kitchen cabinets

Back again with another week of the Organize Now Challenge!!! 

Would you be embarrassed if I looked into your kitchen cabinets?  If so, this is the week for you because we can fix that because we are going to be organizing kitchen cabinets.  I want you to be proud of your cabinets.  I want them to look so good you will hope that your girlfriends come over and open them all up just you can feel the pride!  I’m telling you no matter how bad those babies are today they can make you scream with glee by the end of the week!

So if you have the book open up to Week 23.  In the podcast below I talk about the following topics:

  1. Be honest yourself
  2. Use a holding tank
  3. Items that should be stored near the dishwasher
  4. Items that should be stored near the stove
  5. Use up what you have
  6. Plastic containers
  7. Think outside the box

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!  

I DISCUSS HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS

Once you have started the process of organizing your kitchen cabinets please post your pics in the Facebook group (Organize Now Challenge) or here under the podcast.  Don’t be nervous!  We are all in this together.  The group is really kind and full of encouragement!

Do not forget the maintenance!  In order to keep this area organized refer to page 117 in the book, Organize Now!

Good job today.  You have completed the second week in the Organize Now Challenge.  

Jennifer Ford Berry

Organizing Kitchen

Declutter Kitchen Surfaces {week 1 organize now challenge}

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Welcome to the Organize Now Challenge!!! Woo hoo…super excited!!!  This week is all about how to declutter kitchen surfaces. This is the quickest way to make your kitchen look clean and organized.

I don’t want you to just look at this challenge as another thing on your To Do List. 

I want you to get excited!  I promise if you stick with me this WILL be life changing!  

How do I know this? Because I have been helping people get organized for years and the reason why I LOVE what I do isn’t  because I have OCD it is because when someone I work with finally, truly understands the blessings that come with getting organized and more importantly the blessing they can be to others…I get PUMPED UP!  

I want YOU to reach your full potential here on this earth and can not do this if you are not organized.  

Remember I said FULL potential…sure you can be successful, reach goals, make money and buy lots of stuff if you are not organized but you can do SO much more on this earth if you clear the clutter.

I encourage you to stick with the challenge and do not give up.  An organized home does not happen over night.  It takes one small step at a time.  Most of us don’t have all day to organize so from this point forward your goal is to focus on one area per week.  Schedule time to do this.  You may want to chart your progress…this particular challenge is going to be 12 weeks long.  Just imagine what we can get done together in 12 weeks if you commit!

So without further a do we are going to start with the kitchen!

Ok I am going to give you 2 HUGE reasons why you should get your kitchen super organized this week and next:

  1. This is an area of your home that the most people see.
  2. You spend more time in the kitchen then any other room so it is imperative that it is easy to find what you need when you need it AND it is not cluttered!

So if you have the book open up to Week 22.  This week we will cover the most visual areas in the kitchen:

  1. Countertops
  2. Refrigerator (the outside)
  3. Paper
  4. Walls

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!  

I DISCUSS HOW TO DECLUTTER ALL THE SURFACES IN YOUR KITCHEN.

Organized Medicine: {week 6 organize your health challenge}

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This week the Organize Your Health Challenge coincides with Chapter 39 in my book: Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free

An organized medicine cabinet may not be top on your priority list, but it should be.  Especially if you have children!  The last thing you want to worry about if someone gets sick in your home is whether or not you have the proper medication that is NOT expired.  If you have emergency you do not want to be wasting precious time trying to find your first aid essentials!

I used to make sure that I hit up the latest coupon deals in order to keep our medicine cabinet stocked. But times have changed and the more I educate myself on holistic healing and clean living the less medicine I want in my cabinet!

But whether you are using over the counter medicine, prescription or essential oils like we do…everything needs to be organized so that you can find what you need in a hurry!

Here’s is a great tool if you keep your medicine in a cabinet, a step shelf.

Your To Do List For This Week!

  • Read through Chapter 45 in Organize Now: think & live clutter free
  • Empty your entire medicine cabinet and wipe it down. 
  • Toss all expired items or items you will not be using.
  • Organize remaining items by category.

 

Organizing Tip of the Day

  • Labeling your medicine cabinet by category will not only help you keep a visual inventory of what you have but it will show other family members where things belong.  This is also helpful for babysitters.
  • Keeping a weekly pill organizer next to your computer, filled with vitamins, is a great way to remember to take them!
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    Here’s mine 🙂

*For more organizing tips on this topic: go to page 188-189 in the book

Thanks for joining me for this Organize Your Health Challenge! 

 Jennifer Ford Berry

Organize Doctor Appointments {week 4 organize your health challenge}

health examinations

This week the Organize Your Health Challenge coincides with Chapter 42 in my book: Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free

listen to your body

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Why is it that we can make so much time for television and surfing the web, but our doctor and dentist appointments can often fall to the bottom of our To-Do lists?

I admit that in the past, I too, neglected some of my doctor appointments. But over the past five years I have seen so many lives saved because the person found out early about an issue. Not too long ago my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had done a great job of keeping up with this yearly exams, so his doctors knew his normal PSA. When that level changed they were able to detect cancer. My dad opted to have surgery and within a few months was declared cancer free! His doctors said that my dad’s regular exams are what saved his life. If he had waited another year, it could have made all the difference in the world. Cancer is scary, but choosing not to think about it doesn’t mean it won’t affect you. 

After prevention, early detection is your best way to beat a serious illness. Don’t wait until you have a serious health scare to start taking your health seriously.  Make time for your appointments and make it a priority to get your appointment scheduled. Sometimes simply calling the doctor’s office is three-fourths of the battle.  

Your To Do List For This Week!

  • Read through Chapter 42 Organize Now: think and live clutter free
  • Grab your planner and your phone THIS week and call to schedule any appointments that you have been neglecting: dentist, yearly exams, etc.
  • Know how often you need to screen.
  • Top Health Screen You Need to be Mindful Of:

    • Blood Pressure: every two years beginning at age 20. Normal pressure is considered to be 120/80
    • Cholesterol: every five years beginning at age 20.
    • Colorectal cancer screenings: Screen every 5-10 years. Exam should include colonoscopy, barium enema, sigmoidoscopy, digital rectal exam.
    • Fecal Occult Blood test: Test every 5 years for total and HDL count
    • Blood glucose: screen for diabetes every 3 years starting at age 45.
    • Skin exam: Annually to detect early skin cancer
    • Dental: every 6 months. Healthy teeth isn’t just good for your smile it is good for your heart. The plaque that build around your teeth is the same as the plaque that build in the arteries around your heart.
    • Eye exam: every year if you wear glasses or contacts
    • For women: cervical cancer screen every year or two until age 30, then every 3 years; pap test every year; mammogram every year starting at age 40 
    • For men: digital rectal exam to check for prostate cancer every year; be sure to get the Prostate Specific Antigen test (PSA)
  • Schedule a massage! Great for reducing stress and a nice gift to yourself for all of your hard work these past 4 weeks in the challenge.
  • Set up a Health file for you and your family.  Then consider a checklist of each person’s name along with the dates of their last health care appointments.

Organizing Tip of the Day

  • Always bring a list of medications that are covered by your insurance to your appointments.   This way your doctor can prescribe something that is covered. Furthermore, if you are finding it hard to afford your medications ask your doctor for some free samples or to switch you to a generic if possible. 
  • Always bring your planner to health care appointments and schedule your next appointment that day!
  • For more tips on this topic read pages 177-179 in the book!

Jennifer Ford Berry

Increase Your Healthy Eating Habits {week 2: organize your health challenge}

 

healthy eating habits

This week the Organize Your Health Challenge coincides with Chapter 38 in my book: Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free

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I dislike the word “diet”.  Why?  Because a diet only lasts for a short amount of time and then usually you will give yourself an excuse to go back to your old way of living when the diet is over.  Personally, I would much rather focus on ways I can implement healthy eating habits into my lifestyle on a daily basis.

This week I encourage you to add 5 goals pertaining to your healthy eating habits that you can begin to make part of your everyday life.  Goals such as: replace one cup of coffee with green tea, don’t eat after 7pm, replace sweets with fruit, begin cooking with coconut or grape seed oil instead of butter etc.

Most of us are not getting all of the nutrition we need from our food.  For this reason alone I think it is important to take your vitamins.  Plus, I just feel better when I take mine!  The vitamins I personally take include: Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Fever Few, Calcium, Evening Primrose and B12.  I encourage to learn a little about vitamins and then incorporate the ones that your body needs the most.

Your To Do List For This Week!

  • Read through Chapter 38 in the book.
  •  Keep a food journal as mentioned in goal #1 of the book. This may seem silly at first but it will open your eyes wide to what you are putting in your mouth!  Trust me!
  • Add 3-5 goals to the 2nd tab in your “exercise plan” from last week, that will begin changing your eating habits for the better.
  • Set a limited amount of time your family will eat out from today forward…1 night per week? 3 times per month? 
  • Plan ahead! Pick a day, maybe over the weekend, when you can prepare enough healthy snacks for the week.  Cut up veggies, make some homemade snacks etc.  By doing this you will have no excuse for packing healthy food when you leave for the day.
  • Go through your pantry, refrigerator and freezer and cut down on all the junk food or over-processed foods that you have. Throughout this challenge, begin restocking your shelves with easy-to-grab, healthy choices.
  • Make a list of 10 healthy snacks that you can keep in the house at all times.  These should be added to your grocery list! 
  • Focus on replacing sugary drinks with water!
  • Post in the comment section below or on the Facebook group with your questions, tips and progress.
  • If you haven’t done so already make you join my Organize Now Challenge! Facebook group

 

Organizing Tip of the Day

  • Don’t let yourself get to a “I’m starving point.” It’s not good for your blood sugar and you will be more likely to binge eat and take in way more calories than you need.
  • Start reading the labels on your food. If a label has more than 5 ingredients listed, reconsider it!
  • A good rule of thumb to ensure that you eat enough veggies is to fill half of your plate with produce.

*For more organizing tips on this topic: go to page 161-163 Organize Now: think & live clutter free

Thanks for joining me! Please comment below with your favorite healthy snack options.

Jennifer Ford Berry