Mid-Season Maintenance Check

Copy of ext_downspoutNow that we’re into the winter season, it’s a good time to do a quick inspection of a few areas of your home that may be impacted by winter weather.

  1. Balconies: Inspect to ensure water is properly draining after rains. Water should never pond on your balcony surface, it should always drain either over the balcony edge or through the designated drain.
  2. Gutters & Downspouts (SFD & Townhomes): Take a look to make sure rainwater is able to freely drain from your gutter system. Check for clogs that might prevent proper drainage.
  3. Yard Drains (SFD & Townhomes): Your yard should drain to designated drains or the community’s storm drain system. Inspect drain inlets on your lot to make sure they aren’t clogged. Remove debris from around drains to allow for proper drainage.

Getting Organized: Pantry/Food Storage

The pantry is one of the most used spaces in our kitchens. As a result, it can quickly become disorganized – costing us time as we hunt for things, as well as money in food items that expire or never get used while hiding at the back of the pantry.

No pantry? Read on, this article has ideas for you as well!

Before you start to stress over this cruel reminder that you have one more thing to add to your to-do list, let’s take a few minutes and look at ways to start getting your pantry or food storage cabinet organized – one shelf at a time. All you need are some great ideas and a plan!

4 Steps to Organized Food Storage

1. Separate items by type. Canned goods, seasonings, cereals, snacks, baking supplies, rice and grains, etc. Once you have your items separated in a way that makes sense to you, you’re ready to start thinking about how to organize these items. A little inspiration: Before and After – My Pantry Organized

2. Make a list of your categories and collect baskets/containers for each. Depending on your budget, there are lots of great places to find containers suitable for organizing. If you have a larger budget, look at bed and bath stores, The Container Store, etc. If you have a tighter budget, look at discount stores like Home Goods, Target, or Ikea. Even dollar stores and thrift stores are great options for inexpensive baskets and jars to organize your dry goods. Mix and match your baskets for a fun, eclectic look that is all your own. A little inspiration: Tools for Pantry Organization

3. Organize your food items in your new baskets and containers. This will help save space as well as allow you to quickly locate them in your pantry. A little inspiration: 10 Steps to an Organized Pantry

4. Label your baskets, containers, etc. Labeling your newly organized baskets will help you and the rest of your family keep up with the organization by letting everyone know where to find things and where to put things! You can use a label maker, or another creative labeling idea. A little inspiration: 10 Tips for an Organized Pantry

Big Ideas for Smaller Kitchens

Organize a Small Kitchen with No Pantry

Organizing a Small Kitchen

Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more great ideas and links!