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 😉 Some of my favorite concentrates are this glass cleaner, this disinfectant, and this multi-purpose cleaner. (more…)


Currently: October 2020

Welcome to October! I’m not sure how it’s fall and the tenth month of 2020, but here we are. Also, want to hear something crazy? This month marks ten years of blogging for me. 

Carnegie Library

Here’s a look at what’s currently going on in my life this month! 

Current book Still working my way through Midnight Sun and Sadie has been enjoying the Gerda Muller Seasons Collection that my blogging friend Grace gave her for her birthday! Thank you, Grace 🙂

Current excitement Celebrating Sadie’s birthday with our families. We’re having a little get-together with immediate family tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to it!

Current joy The everyday moments of life. Going to the library with Sadie, taking Niva on a walk, snuggling with Malcolm on the couch, sitting next to Jimmy at church. Such blessings!

Toddler at Carnegie Library

Current indulgence Taking a nap while Sadie is napping. It doesn’t happen often, maybe once a week, but it’s always refreshing to get in a power nap every once in a while 🙂

Current food Butternut squash soup. I’ve been using this recipe for years and love how simple it is.

Current feelings Sad our garden is on its last leg but excited for this season and the upcoming holidays. 

Current cuteness Niva sleeping in our backyard. The weather has been cooling off here in Pittsburgh and she is loving it. 

Siberian husky sleeping in yard

Current baked good I’m really wanting to pick up some molasses so I can bake these or just some good ‘ol ginger snaps. 

Current beauty product This leave-in conditioner has been making my hair so soft. 

Current drink I usually buy Sadie Juicy Juice in the fruit punch flavor at the store and always steal some from her because it’s so good. Also loving this coffee, as always. 

Current laugh I was at the grocery store the other day while Sadie was napping and checked on her via our baby monitor and found this adorable scene. 

Dad sitting in baby's crib

Current craving A trip with Jimmy. We haven’t gone on a trip just the two of us since before Sadie was born and I’ve been dreaming of a little one-night getaway!

Current goal As always, going through our belongings and donating what we no longer use and then organizing what is left over. 

Current confession I’ve been looking at Christmas decorations. I may or may not have picked up a few holiday-esque things at Dollar Tree the other day. Are you a “it’s too early to think of Christmas” person or a “yay! Christmas!” person?

Current blessing This may sound weird, but the joy of passion. Just being creative and having ideas and doing things is such a blessing, you know?

Tell me something current in your life!