Christmas Hangover!

There is nothing like after the holidays. Finally the hustle and bustle of shopping, spending, decorating, and baking is over and life can return back to normal, except there is a mess everywhere you look. You go through the amazing gifts you received and are reminded how blessed you are but now you have to find a place for all this new stuff! Here are some great ways to organize your stuff and make space for your new goods. Plus, isn’t one of the regular New Year’s resolutions that you plan to get more organized?!

One of my favorite things is the over the door shoe holder. I love the clear ones because you can see exactly what you have stowed away.

  • Leggings, tights, scarves – roll these items up and store them in these clear pockets to allow you to see what you want to wear.
  • Bras and Panties – store your delicates in the shoe holder for a way to keep everything neat and easy to grab.
  • Out of season shoes – All those Toms, flip flops, and sandals can take up a bunch of room, I put one of these shoe organizers behind the laundry room door to keep the out of season items out of the closet.
  • Bathroom storage – I do not have a ton of space in my bathroom, use these awesome organizes to hold cleaners, hair spray, lotion bottles, wash rags, etc.
  • In the Kitchen – use these to organize snacks in the pantry or cleaners
  • Kids Room – What better way to organize all those “guys” your kids got from Santa, add easy to read labels to help kids to keep things clean.

All those shipping boxes, shoe boxes, and food boxes – why not use them!

  • Wrap with contact paper or plain bench paper and label the boxes for storing seasonal items or crafting projects together
  • Cover shoe boxes with decorative fabrics or papers for storing photos or memorabilia.
  • Use boxes to store hard to organize items like tupperware lids or packet pantry items.
  • Use boxes for power stations or ribbon organizers, just a few holes in the side of the box and pull the cords through.
  • Cut into frames and wrap with fabric, ribbon, washi tape, or paper and use as photo matting in picture frames.

 

A few other random tips:

  1. Don’t feel like you have to do your whole house in one shot, move one room at a time.
  2. Look at common things you use and ways to repurpose them. Glass jars from spaghetti sauce, try spray painting them or printing new labels and store cotton swabs, cotton balls, or pantry snacks.
  3. When organizing, don’t forget to purge too! Get rid of things you no longer use. That will automatically give you more space.
  4. Use skinny hangers! It’s amazing how much room you gain in your closet when you get these small skinny velvet hangers. And, add a pop tab and your hangers become double deckers!
  5. Remember to line the inside of your boxes. Use contact paper to add to the stability, longevity, and easy clean up!

 

Easy Slow Cooker Supper:

Roast Beef & Root Vegetables:

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Ingredients:

3-5 lb Chuck or Round Roast

3-4 cups milk

2-3 full carrots

2-3 stalks celery

1 onion, quartered

3 large potatoes, cut in large chunks

1 box unsalted beef broth

1 packet lipton onion soup mix or beefy onion soup mix or other seasoning blend

salt and pepper

optional veggies: Turnips, Celery Root, or Rutabaga.

Directions:

Place roast in large bowl and cover with milk. Refrigerate covered overnight.

Remove from milk and pat dry.

Liberally salt and pepper all sides of roast.

Place in hot pan and brown all six sides.

Place vegetables on bottom of slow cooker.

Place roast on top of vegetables.

Add beef broth and soup mix to slow cooker.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

 

* Soaking your roast overnight in milk is an awesome trick! I know it sounds really strange but the enzymes in the milk eat away at the connective tissue in the meat, making the roast even more tender. Give it a try! You can also try brewed coffee or Coca-cola instead but I find those flavors too strong for me.*

 

 

 

 

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