10 Tips for a Clean and Organized Refrigerator

I’m slowly starting to clean and declutter areas of our house.  I’m using my Cleaning Checklist as a guide and decided to start with my refrigerator.

10 tips for a clean and organized refrigerator

So today I’m sharing 10 Tips for a Clean and Organized Refrigerator.  These tips make such a huge difference when cleaning and organizing your refrigerator.  And I’m so happy with how my refrigerator looks now thanks to some of these tips.

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#1 – Use cling wrap, wax paper, and/or placemats in your refrigerator so you can quickly clean up spills.

Setting up Zones in your Refrigerator - 10 Tips for a Clean and Organized Refrigerator

#2 – Set up zones.  Such a great tip from As Jules is Going.


#3 – Add baskets.  These baskets from Walmart are cheap and I love the handles.

#4 – Add a Lazy Susan

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 Tip #5 – Use baskets in the freezer too.

Adding 4 baskets to my freezer made such a huge difference.  I only wish I had done this sooner!  Now everything has a place and I can quickly grab what I need instead of searching through everything.


Tip #6 – Add labels.

After you set up your zones, use labels to label where everything belongs.  You can print out these labels over at Organizing Home Life.



Tip #7 – Jessica from Mom 4 Real is a genius!!  She suggests writing the contents of your freezer on your ice maker with a dry erase marker so you always know what you have.  Such a great tip!

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Tip #8 – Use labels to label leftovers and stuff you put in the freezer.

meal planner and grocery list

Tip #9 – Use my Meal Planner and Grocery List Printable to keep track of what you need at the grocery store.  I keep mine on the side of my refrigerator so I can quickly add to the checklist.


Tip #10 – And I’ve got a great DIY Cleaner that is perfect for cleaning out your refrigerator.

What tips and tricks do you have for keeping a clean and organized refrigerator?

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Time to Get Organized and Declutter!

Happy New Year!!

My goal for 2015 is to get organized and declutter.  I feel like I spend time organizing closets just to fill it back up with junk.  So instead of just organizing things, I decided it was also time to declutter the house.

I keep seeing ideas and checklists all over Pinterest and Facebook for decluttering your home but they require you to do something every day or once a week. I just can’t commit to doing something every day or week so I came up with a more generic checklist that covers every area in my house that I can do whenever I have time.

Declutter and Organize Your Home Checklist

I printed out my checklist and put it on the refrigerator.  My plan is to start in the kitchen.  I’ll be sharing tips and tricks for each area throughout the year to help with the process.

I hope you’ll join me.  Print out the checklist HERE and start decluttering your home with me.  If you would like a custom checklist, feel free to email me at harvey.karalee@gmail.com and I can make one for you.

Here are a few tips to get motivated:

1.  Set up a system to organizing what you want to keep, give away, and throw away.

declutter with a system


You can use boxes, bins, trash bags, etc.  Use whatever you’ve got on hand.  I love the idea of using collapsible laundry baskets so they can fold up quickly when you aren’t in the organizing mood.

2.  Ask yourself these questions:

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 I need to keep these questions handy to help me stay focused:)

3.  Get everyone in your home involved!  It has to be a team effort.

collect moments not things


What are your goals for 2014?

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Tips and Tricks for an Organized Closet

Tips and Tricks for an Organized Closet

I spent Sunday afternoon organizing my husband’s closet.  I found this awesome closet organizer at Walmart that helped motivate me.  What I love most about it is that it’s portable so when we move, we can take it with us.

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After spending the day organizing, I thought it would be fun to share a few closet organizing tips and tricks that will make your life so much easier.

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1.  I’ve seen this on Pinterest a lot and finally decided to do it.  Let’s see how many things I never wear.  I have a feeling it’s a lot.

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2.  I love these ideas for No-Slip Hangers.  But first, I need to invest in all new hangers.  Mine are all mismatched and old.

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3.  Use a wooden dowel or PVC piping and some string to create a double clothes rack.  Alex you’re brilliant!

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4.  Create space saving clothes hangers using soda tabs or chain.

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5.  I love this idea especially the idea of using drapery rings to hang hats and gloves.

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6.  Use pool noodles to keep your boots from falling over.  Not only does this help your closet look neater but it will keep your boots from flopping over.

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7.  Tension rods to the rescue!  How awesome is this?  Use them to hold all your shoes.  I definitely need to do this ASAP!!

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8.  Use the back of closet doors.  I have a few shoe organizers on the back of doors but I think I might like this idea better.  This would be perfect in Connor’s bedroom.

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9.  Use every inch of your closet.  Last summer I took out the one long rod from my closet and placed two rods on one side and one on the other side.  This allowed me to use all that empty space in my closet and gave me so much more room.  I then placed a dresser and shelves in my closet.  I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough space to hang my clothes but I actually had room for more clothes.

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10.  Add extra shelves to the empty space in your closet.  This might be a little time consuming but so worth the effort.  I love the idea of adding an extra shelf to the top of the closet.  I need to do this in my closet.

What other organizing tips and tricks have you discovered that help keep your closet organized?

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Homework Caddy – Keeping Homework Time Organized

School started yesterday for Connor and I needed something to keep all our school supplies organized during homework time.  Last year I felt like I was always scrambling around looking for glue or highlighters or even pencils when it came time to complete homework.

Homework Caddy

So this year I’ve solved that problem with a Homework Caddy.

I found the wooden box at Michael’s on clearance.  Since it already had the chalkboard, all I had to do was tape it off and  spray paint it red.  After the paint dried, I lightly sanded it to give it a distressed look.

Homework Caddy

I added 3 mason jars and then filled it with school supplies and books for Connor’s monthly reading log.  When it’s time to do homework, all I have to do is pull out the homework caddy and we are good to go.  Such a time saver!

Homework Caddy

Now we have all the school supplies in one place and we are always ready for homework time.

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Organizing Under the Bathroom Sink

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My goal every summer is to organize different areas of the house.  And since summer is halfway over, I decided I better get motivated.  I was getting so frustrated at the clutter and disorganization I had going on under the bathroom sinks that I knew I needed to start there.

After spending a few nights last week cleaning and organizing all the bathroom vanities, I thought I would share what I did.  The best part – it didn’t take as long as I thought it would.

organizing under the bathroom sink


This is what I did in each bathroom:

  • I added shelf liner to the bottom of each vanity.
  • I added a paper towel holder to the side of each cabinet for quick wipe downs.  I got them for a dollar at the Dollar Store so this was super cheap.
  • I had a couple of these wooden boxes that I purchased a while back.  They are actually planter boxes and since they have plastic liners, I knew they would be perfect in the bathroom.   I wrapped them in washi tape to hold hand soaps and tall bottles.
  • In the downstairs bathroom, I added a spice rack to hold medicine and vitamins.
  • I added plastic containers with chalkboard labels to each bathroom.  Now everything has it’s own place.  Even Rocky has his own drawer.
  • I added a small plastic basket to hold the hand towels that go in each bathroom.

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The last thing I did was stock every bathroom with Cottonelle toilet paper and Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths.

These things are amazing!  I’ve been buying them since I first started potty training Connor and now we are all hooked on them.  I’ve placed a Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths Upright Dispenser in each bathroom.  Connor and my hubby are obsessed with using these so I now also keep a small pack in my purse for when we are out and about or traveling.  I can’t tell you how many times they’ve come in handy this summer while we’ve been at the beach or traveling.

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Mason Jar Bathroom Set

This post brought to you by Listerine. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ok, let’s be honest – who doesn’t love mason jars?!  I’ve become obsessed with them just like everyone else and when I started redecorating our master bath, I thought it would be fun to make a toothbrush holder using a mason jar.

Then, after searching on Pinterest, I found this fabulous idea – add a shot glass to the top of a mason jar to hold cotton balls and q-tips.  How smart is that?!

I’ve come to the conclusion that you can’t really go wrong with turquoise paint and mason jars.  I painted one mason jar turquoise without painting the band and for the other mason jar, I just painted the band.  I left the lid off of both jars.  Then I sanded the turquoise mason jar and added the shot glass.  Luckily I already had the shot glass but I’m sure it won’t be hard to find one that fits.

And look how great these mason jars look with my chevron Listerine bottle.  These fun, new designs add charisma and spunk to any bathroom!  The bright color and chevron pattern creates a decorative feel so I don’t won’t mind it sitting out on my bathroom counter.

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The bottle’s four different colors allow room for individuality and creativity when choosing which color best fits in your bathroom. The variety of flavors and fun colors paired with a chevron pattern gives everyone something to look forward to in the mornings and at night!

They are available in four different colors and flavors:

  • Cool Mint
  • Fresh Mint
  • Arctic Mint
  • Fresh Citrus

I chose the Fresh Citrus because of it’s color and I love the way it tastes.  Next I have to try the Cool Mint.  These chevron Listerine bottles are available for a limited-time and exclusive to Target so make sure you pick some up the next time you are out shopping.

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DIY Drawer Dividers

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I finally finished a project I’ve been needing to do for years!

DIY drawer dividers


My kitchen drawers were a disaster.  I could never find anything.  I found a few different tutorials for DIY Drawer Dividers on Pinterest and decided it was finally time to try it.  And, of course, I LOVE the way they turned out.  But what’s not to love about a great DIY project and getting organized.

I’ve tried buying different containers and trays to organize things but they never seem to do the job so it was time to make them myself.  Look at all that junk!  I don’t even know what all is in that drawer!!

Materials needed:

  • 1/4 inch poplar wood.  The width will depend on your drawers.  Mine was 3.5 inches wide.
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • miter box saw
  • wood glue
  • Duck Brand’s Shelf Liner


I’m going to start with my junk drawer because it was the worst drawer in my kitchen.

Step 1:  Clean out the drawer and add Duck Brand’s Shelf Liner.  This simple step made the drawer look better already.

Step 2:  Figure out how you want your drawers divided.  I decided I wanted my utensil drawer to have diaginal dividers and my junk drawer to have different sections.

Step 3:  Use the miter box to start cutting the wood.  I cut my longer pieces first and then cut the small piecess to fit in the spaces.

Step 4:  Glue everything together using liquid nail.  I glued the pieces together but I didn’t glue them to the drawer.  I actually made the dividers into two seperate pieces so I could easily remove them if I wanted to.

Step 5:  Once the glue is dry, you are ready to place the dividers in the drawer.

An organized junk drawer in FIVE easy steps!  Woohoo!!

And for the utensil drawer, I decided to make the sections diaginal.

This time I used the miter box and saw to cut the ends of the wood at an angle and glued the pieces to the drawer.  Then I cute the Duck Brand’s Shelf Liner to fit inside each section.

Look at what a huge difference that makes!

Finally – organized kitchen drawers!  Now I can actually see how many wooden spoons I have and find stuff in my junk drawer.

I just have to say that shelf liners makes such a huge difference when organizing drawers and shelves.  Duck Brand’s Shelf Liner‘s are available in various colors and designs.  I love how something so easy can make a boring drawer or shelf look so much better!  And it makes me happy everytime I open my new organized drawers.

Now’s the perfect time of year to get things organized!  Follow Duck Brand on Pinterest and Facebook for more creative ideas on how to use their shelf liners.

What projects will you be working on this summer that Duck® brand shelf liners would be perfect for!

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Chevron Magnetic Board

First of all, can you ever have too much chevron in your house?

I finished my Family Command Center a few weeks ago and wanted to share the Chevron Magnetic Board I created.  Not only was it easy to make but it only requires a few materials.

DIY Chevron Magnetic Board

Materials needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Sheet metal
  • white spray paint
  • gray paint
  • FrogTape Chevron Shape Tape
  • Paint brush

Step 1:  The first step is to get your frame ready so you know what size to cut your sheet metal.  I needed a long, skinny frame since the wall in my kitchen isn’t that big.  I ended up using a 3 photo collage frame that I had in my garage but you can find them all over the place.

Step 2:  Cut the sheet metal so it fits inside your frame.  I purchased mine at Home Depot in the aisle where the vent covers are located.  After cutting, I spray painted it white.

FrogTape Shape Tape Chevron Magnetic Board

Step 3:  Then I covered the sheet metal with the Chevron FrogTape Shape Tape.  This stuff is awesome!!  I covered the entire piece of metal in rows of the chevron tape and then removed every other piece so it was evenly spaced out.

Step 4:  Paint with gray paint.

Step 5:  Once the gray paint dries, remove all tape from sheet metal.

Step 6:  Add the metal toyour  frame and you are finished.  Hang and admire your awesome new Chevron Magnetic Board.

Chevron Magnetic Board

So what do you think?  Have I inspired you to create your own Chevron Magnetic Board?

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Family Command Center {with a $200 Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Coupons.com.  All opinions are my own.

Since Connor started kindergarten, I feel like my kitchen and dining room table have been taken over by papers and school work.  Add mail to the mix and there seems to be piles of paper all over the place which then made it extremely hard to find important paperwork that I actually needed.

Something had to change so I finally decided it was time for a family command center!

family command center

I created a magnetic board using an old picture frame that I had in my garage.  If you ever come over my house you will know that I do not like anything on my refrigerator so this magnetic board is perfect for important reminders.

key hook family command center

Then I looked everywhere for wire baskets that I could use to hold mail and paperwork.  I couldn’t find any that I liked so I decided I could make them myself.  I love a great DIY project especially when they turn out the way I want them to.  I used Hardware Cloth so make the baskets and I love them!

family command center

And as soon as I saw the key holder on Etsy by Veritas Inspired, I knew I needed it!

Now all the papers on our countertop can be put in its proper place and the kitchen looks more organized.  Finally I feel like I’ve taken control of all the mail and schoolwork that was taking over my kitchen countertops and dining room table.

Come back later this week to see how I made the wire baskets and chevron magnetic board.  And be sure to check out these other great ways to simplify your home.


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Organizing and Storing Christmas Decorations {and a $300 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway}

I’ve spent the last few days taking down all the Christmas decorations and I’ve found some great tips around blogland.

Organizing and Storing Christmas Decoration

I really dislike having to take down all the holiday decorations but the idea of putting it all away in an organized manner makes it a little easier.

Organizing Ornaments

Tip #1:  Make an ornament holder with plastic cups.  Thanks Mom’s Party Cafe and The Vintage Modern Wife for sharing this awesome idea!

wrapping lights

Tip #2:  Wrap lights around cardboard by I Heart Organizing

storing wrapping paper and gift wrap

Tip #3:  Use a garment bag to store holiday wrapping paper.  How I have I never thought of this? Practically Martha – you’re a genius!!  This is also a great tip for all wrapping paper.

storing Christmas decorations

Tip #4:  It’s amazing what a little cardboard can do!  Ness from One Perfect Day shares her perfectly organized holiday bins.

Christmas Decorations_Free_LabelsTip #5:  And it’s always fun to have cute labels for all those bins.  Here are a few that I made.  Download HERE and print on full sheet label paper.  You can write what is in each bin or customize using Picmonkey.  Just save to your computer.  Then open in Picmonkey and add text.

Happy organizing!

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