Here are 4 quick tips from me, Molly Boren of Simplicity Works Organizing Services. I hope they make your life a little easier.
Do Shelve Smartly
Think like a grocery store to make the most of your kitchen shelves. Pull everything toward the front & arrange them in columns of like things, so you can see a representative of each type of item in the front row. Fewer unknown items will lurk toward the back of the shelf, where they're easy to forget.
Don't Fix Things
It's close to sacrilege in my green & thrifty world, but yesterday I recycled a spray bottle instead of figuring out how to reassemble its spray mechanism. Repairs aren't always worth your valuable time (& counter-space, & mental energy/guilt). It's ok -- & a relief -- to say adios to some unfinished projects.
Get Extra Space
This 3-piece breakfast cart is the perfect improvised kitchen island or bonus counter. It's magical how you can tuck away the 2 stools. Extend the leaf when you need more surface space. There are even two drawers & towel racks on both sides.
Give a Home
Habitat for Humanity believes that "every man, woman, & child should have a decent, safe, & affordable place to live." We can all get behind that! And we can donate furniture, home accessories, & building supplies to their ReStore locations (pick-ups are often available), as well as time & cash to support their good work. In SE Michigan, check out Huron Valley's Habitat for Humanity website to see what kinds of donations they accept & how to volunteer.