Baby Kitchen Cabinet

During my last weeks of pregnancy I felt the urge to organize everything and have everything ready for the baby. That included a dedicated kitchen cabinet to keep bottles, pacifiers, pump, and other items. As you might know if you have visited my site before, we live in a small townhouse in Baltimore. So organization is very important to keep our lives running smooth. So, here is what I did:
We have a cabinet under the microwave where we used to keep appliances, medicine box, etc.
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I decided to dedicate this space for the baby because as he grows older he can help getting his own plate, sip cup, snack, etc {that is going to be in a while, I know}. Anyways, this is the space he will have.
The baby things are very small and we always have a little bit more than we need. As we never know how much they will use, I decided to keep all the items contained in baskets.
I got these plastic baskets at the dollar store. They are very colorful, sturdy and easy to clean.
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I used my label maker to make things easier to find. There it is: a very organized, easy to maintain, baby kitchen cabinet. So now we have a basket for: Bottles, Sip cups, Plates and Bowls, Pump, Cleaning tools and Miscellaneous. I also put a 3M hook on the door to keep the bibs.
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I am a Mommy!

i am a mommy

So, erhm – long time, no write? Long story short, 2013 was a great year for me. As you know, in the beginning of the year I started my own business as a professional organizer. In April I found out I was pregnant and things started to get busier.

I worked very carefully with all my clients organizing: kitchens, closets, home offices, master and guest bedrooms, laundry rooms, living rooms, linen closets, packing and unpacking for travels, etc. As I said it was great and I managed to work until I was 34 weeks pregnant.

My son was born on December the 20th. He was my perfect Christmas present {I am a very happy mommy!}

Now that he is getting a little bit older, I am looking forward to getting back to work {even though it is going to be difficult for me to leave him for a couple hours}. It is time to start new projects, see old clients, meet new ones, blog more and do what I like most: to organize! {don’t be surprised if I come up with a bunch of posts of how to organize baby stuff}

Lets get back to work!

How I keep linens organized

I have seen many linen closet organization ideas online lately and I was wondering: how do people keep their sheets and towels organized if they don’t have a linen closet? So that is what I want to share with you today.

Space in our homes is very valuable, especially if you live in a row house like we do. Everything needs to have a home in order to function. So check out how we do it!

On top of our wardrobe {No, we don’t have a closet in our room} I keep 3 fashionable, good looking boxes that I got at Ikea {one of my favorite stores}.

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In them we keep towels, bed sheets, hats and bags. The boxes have slots for labels so it is very easy to find what I’m looking for. I love this organization system because I use the vertical space available in our room and it is simple to get and put things away.

 

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I think it looks great and adds to our decor! What do you think? Do you like this system?
Later I will post how I use the same concept to organize table cloths and dish towels. Stay tuned!

 

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Win a free 2 hour consultation

Wow! Spring has arrived, at least on the calendar. =)

To celebrate the date I decided to giveaway a free 2 hour consultation to two lucky people out there (In the Baltimore area). Together we could get one part of your home organized. Isn’t that great? We could organize your pantry, or the linen closet, or even the cabinets under the sink. Have you thought about setting up a household commend center, a weekly meal planner, or making your family busy schedule to work to everybody in your home? You will choose the project and we will work on it for 2 hours. I am sure we can get a lot done in so little time.

By now you might be asking yourself: how do I win it? Well, it is super easy! You just need to tell your friends about “Di is Organized” and ask them to read this post and follow these steps:

1 – Sign up on this website to receive notifications about new posts.  There is a space to type your email address on the right.
2 – Like our page on facebook. Here is the link to it: www.facebook.com/diisorganized

That is it! When we reach 150 likes/sign up emails we will raffle one name. This person will get 2 hours of free consultation and her/his friend who referred us will win 2 hours as well. So let’s get this giveaway started!

*I will use www.radom.org to select the winner.

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Being Green: Reusable Bags

I have always liked the idea of saving the planet with small changes in our day to day lives. I know that many people still don’t believe in global warming but I am sure it is here. We need to take care of our home: Earth.

With that thought in mind, one small change we can make in our routine is to use REUSABLE BAGS when we go shopping or we need to take something somewhere. However, an issue that I used to have was to remember to take my reusable bags with me when going shopping.

My husband and I fixed this problem with a simple organizing routine in our house. We keep reusable bags in three different spots. That way we don’t forget them anymore.

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1. In my purse: a folding bag that I got at Target. It is a decent size bag, good for my small shopping trips to the pharmacy, to the Asian market, to the mall, or places that I know I will be getting small things. When folded it takes almost no space in my purse. I love it!

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2. By the front door of our house I keep a Papyrus bag my husband gave me. I use it to take correspondence, documents, magazines, or things to keep myself entertained when I go to places I will need to spend time such as doctor’s appointments, meetings, or hang out at a friend house.  This bag is a little larger and more stylish.

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3. In the car: Every time we used to go to the grocery store we would forget the bags at home. After forgetting them at home many times we decided to keep them organized in the trunk of our car. Now, whenever we decide to go shopping we don’t need to worry about where they are. At the grocery store we open the trunk and grab them. When we get home, we put the groceries away, fold the bags and leave them by the door so the next time we need to use the car we take them and store them back in the trunk.

I hope you liked our system. Where do you keep your reusable bags?

Ten minutes tasks

I have seen in many places and have heard from friends that every year one of their New Year’s resolutions is or was to get organized. Why do I say it “is or was”? Because many people believe they have failed already. Getting organized is not a  transformation that happens in the blink of an eye. It takes time and dedication.

In this case what I would suggest is to start slowly and don’t get overwhelmed. Tackle one small project at a time. You could start with  a 10/15 minute per day or even per week task. Think about organizing as a new routine at the gym after a long time away. You need to start slow so that you keep going and don’t give up.

You don’t need to have expensive organizational tools to get the work done. Re-purpose bins, baskets, drawers organizers from other parts of the house that are not working very well to get a project accomplished. I’ve found out that trying a new organization system for a couple of days is the best way to make sure that system I am using is really helpful for my lifestyle.

To give you an idea of what to organize in 10/15 minutes, I would say one drawer (like the one in the picture). I did a junk kitchen drawer, the one where everyone just dumps the kitchen utensils in it, and organized it with bureau dividers (that are used to organize wardrobes). The utensils that are used most of the time now live in a container on the counter. It is easier to access them when cooking. 

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What will organize this week? I would love to know about your projects.

The time has arrived!

So many things have happened since the last time I posted:  Holidays celebrations, my brother visited from Brazil, my husband and I got the house and our schedules even more organized, etc.

Talking about Di is Organized, I got the website domain, facebook page, business cards, the letter from the Department of Assessments and Taxation confirming the registration of the business, and much more. I am so happy that everything is good to go. Now I will start putting in practice what I have learned. How exciting is that?

My goal with the blog is to write at least one post a week with some kind of organization tip. I hope you come along.

Keeping my Recipes in Order

3D_Cooknv10_box_500Cook’n Recipe Organizer Software is the new organizing tool I have found and will test it myself. I have seen this software before on amazon.com but thought it was a little bit pricey. However, this morning when I was checking my Groupon-Goods emails there it was on sale for just $15.00.

I’m very excited with this new product I have just gotten because it will help me to plan our meals.

I downloaded Cook’n to my computer and have already started using it. It seems to be very helpful to plan our weekly menus. This software allows me to search for recipes online and save them, or I can type my own recipes. They have cook books that I can buy and download. To my surprise there is also a book just with Brazilian Recipes.

One more think about Cook’n is that I can choose the recipes for the week and the software makes the grocery list for me.

I’m gonna find out if I can scan the recipes I already have in paper or magazines, what would be very helpful. I was reading on their website that soon they will start to sell apps for Iphones and Ipads and I will be able to sync with the software and recipes on my computer.

So far I would heartily recommend this product to my clients that are having a hard time keeping their recipes organized.

If you want to check this product out go to:  http://www.dvo.com

Agenda / Planner

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The year of 2012 is practically gone and it is a great time to start planning a new whole year. It is time to write a New Year’s resolution. I’m sure that most people have the goal of getting organized in a certain area this year.

When I was teenager I used to spend a lot of time with my friends and cousins organizing and color coding our agendas/planners. We used to have such a good time doing it. This memory reminded me that is time for me to get myself a new agenda.

For the year of 2013 I got a pink, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, pink Mead agenda. I have also gotten different colors of gel pens, one for each area of our busy schedule. I will show you later how I do it.

Looking forward to start

Just few friends and family members know about the project of turning my hobby in organization into a real business. I want to start working at my new profession in 2013, probably in the end of January.
I have used this time to get myself organized with my new home office / guest room in our spare room and rejuvenating some other parts of my house. I have been reading many books about organizing and watching videos on the internet. There are a lot of good books, videos and ideas out there. Maybe one day I could start my own YouTube “Di is Organized” channel. I would love to put some of my know-how in Journalism into my new profession.  Let’s see what the future has in store for me.