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173rd Penny Pinching Party and Winner

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The winner of the Let's Get Organized Party is entry #9 Organizing the Craft Room. Congratulations Shannah, your craft room looks amazing!


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172nd Penny Pinching Party and Voting

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

While you are here for the Penny Pinching Party, please take a minute and vote for your favorite organized space from the Let's Get Organized Party.
The winner will receive a $50 gift card to Lowes.

Voting is at the top of the sidebar.



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171st Penny Pinching Party

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

You have until midnight (Wednesday, January 16th) to link up something you have organized at the Let's Get Organized Party. So far there are only 6 entries, so the odds of winning the $50 Lowes gift card are pretty good. Don't forget to come back and vote for your favorite organized space!


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Let's Get Organized Party!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

This is an ongoing party for organizing solutions that don't cost a fortune.

Here are the rules:

1. Give credit with links to any ideas you used from other blogs.
2. Link back here.

Here are some of my organizing projects:







This is an older post from when I had a small house and had to share a bathroom with my daughter.

This is another old post from when I lived in a much smaller house. Now I have tons of space and a drawer for my knives. Sometimes I miss the creativity that comes with a small house (not very often).



170th Penny Pinching Party


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Simple Solutions to Organize a Deep Pantry



My pantry is very deep and things tend to get lost in it's depths. I spent 1 day shopping and organizing and came up with some solutions:
My husband cut about 3 inches off the shelves and moved the shelf support bars back, which enabled me to put some racks on the doors. You can see in the photo below where we moved the shelves back.
I bought 3 wall mounted cabinet rack sets from Wal-Mart for $7.44 each (each set came with 3 different racks).
 
I bought an extra large lazy susan at Bed Bath and Beyond for $10 (after my $5 off coupon).
I bought the 3 baskets with handles at Wal-Mart for $2.50 each.

I bought the large cereal containers at Wal-Mart for $5.74 each and the totes were $4.47 each.
I just printed mine on regular paper and ran them through my Xyron sticker maker.
  
As I was sorting out everything, I discovered lots of duplicates. With such a deep pantry, it was hard to see what we had, so duplicates were bought and food in the back went bad.  I spent a total of $57.07 on containers and racks, but will end up saving hundreds of dollars on food.

I had 2 racks left over, so I decided to give one of my kitchen cabinets a quick makeover.

It wasn't too bad since I already had OXO containers that I bought and labeled about 4 years ago.
By putting racks on the cabinet doors, I didn't have to put stuff in front of my containers and could get it out of the way on the doors. I also really liked my new chalk labels in the pantry, and decided to re-do the ones on my OXO containers.
These are some extra spices that didn't fit into my spice rack that is hanging in the other cabinet. I had them sitting in a drawer, which I was able to empty out after hanging this rack.
Now I have a completely empty drawer!
Total cost to organize and clean cupboard: $0
It is amazing what a little cleaning and some fresh new labels will do.

Once I start organizing, it is hard to stop. I was only going to do my pantry, but loved how great it looked and had to keep going. Even my husband who hates cleaning and organizing started to get into it when he saw what a difference it made.

Linking to:
Organize and Decorate Everything

169th Penny Pinching Party, Win a $50 Gift Card to Lowes

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!
How would you like a $50 gift card from Lowes to start off your year? Next week the Penny Pinching Party will be an organizing contest and the winner will get the gift card. All you have to do is organize something without spending tons of money on organizing products, then blog about it with before and after pictures. You can copy ideas you have seen on Pinterest or other blogs, but you must give credit with links to the original source. So start thinking about what you want to organize and gather supplies. You can start linking up your projects next week and a vote will decide the winner. I will keep the party open for a week so you will have from Wednesday, January 9th-16th to link up. In order to be eligible all posts must be new (January 2013 only).
I'm thinking about organizing my pantry, but my coat closet could really use a good clean-out too.


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Deep Pantry Organization

My pantry is very deep and things tend to get lost in it's depths. I spent 1 day shopping and organizing and came up with some solutions:
My husband cut about 3 inches off the shelves and moved the shelf support bars back, which enabled me to put some racks on the doors. You can see in the photo below where we moved the shelves back.
I bought 3 wall mounted cabinet rack sets from Wal-Mart for $7.44 each (each set came with 3 different racks).
 
I bought an extra large lazy susan at Bed Bath and Beyond for $10 (after my $5 off coupon).
I bought the 3 baskets with handles at Wal-Mart for $2.50 each.

I bought the large cereal containers at Wal-Mart for $5.74 each and the totes were $4.47 each.
I just printed mine on regular paper and ran them through my Xyron sticker maker.
  
As I was sorting out everything, I discovered lots of duplicates. With such a deep pantry, it was hard to see what we had, so duplicates were bought and food in the back went bad.  I spent a total of $57.07 on containers and racks, but will end up saving hundreds of dollars on food.

I had 2 racks left over, so I decided to give one of my kitchen cabinets a quick makeover.

It wasn't too bad since I already had OXO containers that I bought and labeled about 4 years ago.
By putting racks on the cabinet doors, I didn't have to put stuff in front of my containers and could get it out of the way on the doors. I also really liked my new chalk labels in the pantry, and decided to re-do the ones on my OXO containers.
These are some extra spices that didn't fit into my spice rack that is hanging in the other cabinet. I had them sitting in a drawer, which I was able to empty out after hanging this rack.
Now I have a completely empty drawer!
Total cost to organize and clean cupboard: $0
It is amazing what a little cleaning and some fresh new labels will do.

Once I start organizing, it is hard to stop. I was only going to do my pantry, but loved how great it looked and had to keep going. Even my husband who hates cleaning and organizing started to get into it when he saw what a difference it made.