Home organization

Easy Time, Money, and Space-Saving Organization Tips for the Kitchen

I feel like the smallest tweaks and changes in a space can make all the difference in how it functions and feels. We have a small kitchen, and I run a business out of it, so I am constantly looking for ways to make things run more smoothly, optimize our space, and save money.

Here are a few simple ways I have organized our kitchen to save time, space, sanity, and money!

–> Cook at home. We rarely go out to eat and this has saved us a lot of money and also makes going out to eat a special treat! I also make some staple foods myself to save money: granola, bread, soup, and even peanut butter.

–> Buy in bulk (if it makes sense). There are some foods and drinks that we go though consistently, so it makes sense to buy them in large quantities because the price per unit is lower than not purchasing in bulk. A few items we buy in bulk are coffee beans, eggs, flour, juice, honey, croutons, and pancake mix.

Sam's Club Groceries

–> Use cleaning concentrates. I buy a bottle of cleaning concentrate and dilute it myself. This is helpful in saving money and I’m not constantly running out of cleaner. We do a lot of scrubbing around here ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some of my favorite concentrates are this glass cleaner, this disinfectant, and this multi-purpose cleaner. (more…)

Duck Eggs and I Understand Now

When I was growing up, I never saw my mom buy anything for herself. She would take me back-to-school shopping and not even glance in the women’s department. I would always ask her why she didn’t buy herself clothes, or maybe a purse? A pretty necklace? Her response was always that she wanted her kids to have the new clothes, fun items, etc. rather than herself.

Since becoming a parent, I finally understand what my mom would always tell me. I would much rather buy Sadie a new shirt than myself. I think I can count on one half of a hand how many items of clothing I’ve purchased for myself since I’ve had Sadie, and most of them have been nursing bras. It’s just so much more fun to buy clothes for my child than myself!

Garanamals leopart toddler long sleeve shirt from Walmart

Like the above shirt. It was $4.50 at Walmart and Sader Tot is in need of fall clothing so I picked it up for her. While we were in the store, I didn’t even glance at the women’s department. I’m becoming my mom, haha. Not really, though, because I don’t have too much trouble using my spending money on books ๐Ÿ˜‰

I just finished up Finding Zoe by Brandi Rarus and wow, what a (true!) story. It deals with adoption, deafness, and identity. It had so many twists and turns that I had a hard time putting it down. I’m also working my way through Hannah’s Song, which is a Bible study on the book of 1 Samuel. While I don’t agree on the author’s viewpoint oo salvation, the rest of the book has been very insightful.

Onto duck eggs.

My brother and his wife bought a few chickens and ducks this spring and they’ve been getting eggs lately and passing some on to me. They know they way to my egg-loving heart โค

Duck eggs and chicken eggs

Can you guess which ones are the duck eggs?!

My brother said he heard duck eggs are excellent to bake with because the high fat content results in fluffier baked goods. I asked them if they wanted me to bake them anything with some of the eggs as a thank you and they requested challah. Can’t wait to make it ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news, we had a normal day over here at the Zottola Zoo. Sadie learned about the color orange and did some painting.

Toddler painting with orange paint

I went on an organization spree while she went down for a nap. Our linen closet is one of the spaces in our home that slowly becomes a catchall over time and today was the day I decided to finally tackle it.

I ended up nailing baskets and old plastic containers to the door to add some extra storage and it helped clear up a lot of space inside the actual closet!

Closet organization with baskets on door

Time will tell if it all holds up ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yesterday was Niva’s first birthday and tomorrow she is getting spayed. Poor girl. It was so hard to see Mavis struggle after she was spayed (I’m going to blame my crying on the pregnancy hormones in 2018, lol) and I’m hoping it’s a better experience for everyone involved this time!

Do you have any catchall spots in your home? Our linen closet, basement, and a few drawers in our living room are our places.

Do you like to buy clothes? I would much rather spend the day in a bookstore than clothing store, but enjoy getting Sadie clothes.