A Pantry Makeover Made Easy

We absolutely love to organize pantry spaces, and we’re thrilled to have teamed up with the Container Store to share our top five pantry organization tips + favorite containers!  Here’s to keeping your pantry well-organized and Practically Perfect this holiday season!

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TIP # 1 – CONTAIN, CONTAIN, CONTAIN

This might seem fairly obvious, but we’ve encountered many a pantry that simply needed a few extra jars and baskets to go from disorganized to dapper.  The more items you can decant into containers, the more contained your pantry will be… and the fresher your products will stay!  So say “goodbye” to excess packaging!

We’re big fans of clear jars and containers for dried goods — and matching ones look especially lovely — but be sure to utilize any products that you already have in your home before you run out to spend money on anything new.  Add a printed or handwritten label to a repurposed jar or bin can give it a whole new purpose… see what we did there?

We almost always add a spin tray/lazy susan (or more than one) to any Practically Perfect pantry.  Storing condiments and other smaller items in a way that makes them both visible and accessible ensures that they’ll actually be used before they expire.  

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And speaking of repurposing containers, any extras from your pantry overhaul can be used in practically any area of your home.  There were two beautiful anchor hocking jars that didn’t fit perfectly into this client’s pantry, but they were just what her laundry room was missing!  Baking soda and dryer balls = contained!

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TIP # 2 – CREATE PANTRY ZONES

Keeping like items together in designated areas means your pantry will be as functional as it is beautiful.

Perhaps this means that you’ll have a breakfast shelf, a canned goods corner, a sweets section… create the areas that are specific to your own needs.  

It’s also helpful to do a full shopping trip before you organize, so that you’re sure to have space for all of the staples.  

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TIP # 3 – USE WHAT YOU HAVE

We’ve all found mystery items — sometimes expired ones — in the back of our cabinets that we fully intended to use for an exotic recipe but never did.  We’re looking at you, lemon curd…

Be realistic about whether or not you’ll actually use that (insert literally any pantry item here) and consider gifting it or passing it along to friends or family who will.  Take a weekly inventory of what’s in your pantry, and plan your meals around what you have already purchased before it expires.  Commit to only buying what your family will truly eat.

TIP # 4 – LEAVE ROOM FOR GROWTH

We always advise leaving a little room for growth when you layout the organization of a pantry space.  It’s totally tempting to fill up every free inch of pantry space, but the end result can be an overstuffed pantry which may impact the visibility and accessibility of your staple items.  

Leaving some space (i.e. an extra basket for snacks) helps tremendously with the organizational maintenance of any pantry over time, as different treats and ingredients tend to enter our homes and pantries throughout the seasons.

TIP # 5 – COMMIT TO CLEANING

Start with a clean slate!  When we organize a pantry, we start by pulling everything out and wiping down all of the surfaces.  It’s important to look through all of the contents of your pantry to ensure that you discard expired foods and donate anything that’s still good but that you don’t plan to consume.  

And once your pantry is in order, make sure to check in on it periodically and give it a little tidying up.  Your pantry will thank you!

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Below are all the organizational products that we used to organize this pantry, which were generously gifted to Practically Perfect from The Container Store for this project.  We genuinely love and use all of these items for our clients’ spaces, as well as in our own homes!

Prokeeper Coffee Container

Prokeeper Pasta Container

Prokeeper Cereal Dispenser

Prokeeper Baker’s Storage Set of 6

Tosca Basket With Wooden Handles

Bamboo Spin Tray

Anchor Hocking Glass Canister


Out Of The Box Playroom Storage

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This post was created in partnership with The Laundress.  For more information, please read our disclosure agreement.

At Practically Perfect – with six kiddos among the co-founders’ families alone! – we love a good playroom project.  From fort building and book nooks to craft corners and costumery, we’ve seen and organized it all. This month we had fun re-working a playroom with The Laundress’ newly-released line of home organization products.

We decided to tackle just a few areas of the playroom that needed the most love.  If you’re looking for a short and sweet makeover, we recommend picking just one or two spots at a time — perhaps just the toy bins or the craft supplies, or simply an overstuffed shelf.  This will you allow you the time to really dig in without becoming overwhelming.

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This bookshelf is a true-to-life example of what a playroom looks like after kids actually play in it.  As both professional organizers and moms, we wholeheartedly believe that creating a home for everything is essential to involving kids in clean up time — and we quickly recognized that The Laundress’ Storage Cubes would be a practical solution for these playroom shelves.

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The storage cubes are the perfect size for storing collections of toys.  We love how crisp and clean they look. And as lovers of all things labeling, we especially appreciate the built-in label pocket!

When labeling a play space, it’s important to take into account the ages and stages of the kiddos.  We recommend including text and photos for pre-readers so that they can still be independent at play time as well as clean-up time.  It’s also important to choose a labeling system that can is flexible and can be changed over time, as needed.  As always, consider what would work best for your own kids!

Not only are these storage cubes super functional — they also look beautiful on the shelves!

When choosing containers for your spaces, be sure to consider both your household functionality and aesthetic preferences.  Are your kids likely to put lids back onto bins, or is that not realistic? Would you prefer to see what’s in each container or keep everything tucked away?  Follow your instincts! Whatever you decide, make sure that you’re selecting items that offer both function and fashion.  

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This photo was taken post-playdate, when the teepee and surrounding area had enjoyed some intense imagination time and soft materials and stuffed toys were strewn all about.

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We always recommend playroom containers that are easy to empty and fill, to ensure a quick clean-up and happy kiddos.  We found the Collapsible Hamper to be the ideal home for the oversized parachute and stuffed animal collection.  It’s attractive enough that it doesn’t need to be stored out of sight when it’s in use, and the collapsibility is also a huge plus — we appreciate anything that takes up less space when it’s not in use.

We also love to find new uses for products, so we chose the Large Zip Laundry Bag to store pillows in.  This bag felt like an easy way to transport fort building supplies from one space to the next.  While traditionally used in a laundry room or linen closet, it’s versatile and neutral enough to use in this playroom, too!  

Don’t be afraid to use products in out-of-the-box spaces or to repurpose them in creative ways.  Consider a toolbox as an art supply organizer, food storage containers for beads or loose toys, a mail sorter as a homework station… the list goes on!

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Dressing up is one of our kids’ favorite pastimes, and displaying adorable items is one of ours… so it made sense to also utilize a Collapsible Hamper to organize this collection of costumes. 

We decided to display a few of the kids’ favorites on hooks for easy access — and also to up the cuteness factor!  We often opt for hooks or bins when it comes to setting up organizing systems for costumes and dress-up clothing, as hangers tend to deter the little ones from tidying up.  Dropping something onto a hook or into a bin can feel a lot less intimidating and time-consuming than wiggling it back onto a hanger.

And with that, three of our playroom spaces got a beautiful new refresh!

Remember to start small and be targeted in your organizing.  What works for another home may not be best for yours. Your system just needs to be PRACTICAL and PERFECT for you!

We had a great time incorporating some pieces from this new line of products into this playroom.  If you’re in the market for some quality cotton canvas products to help keep your playroom and home in order, head over to The Laundress for even more inspiration.  And don’t forget to check out their eco-friendly laundry and cleaning products while you’re at it — you won’t be sorry!


5 Tried And True Strategies For Keeping A Tidy Home

Use It Or Lose It

Belongings are easy to keep tidy when you don’t have too many of them!  Only owning items that you use and love keeps belongings to a minimum, which keeps clutter at bay.  And that brings us to our next suggestion…

One In, One Out

We highly suggest abiding by a “one in, one out” rule.  For every item that you bring into your space, consider removing another.  For instance, when you purchase a new pair of jeans, contemplate whether you might be able to let go of an older pair.

Don’t Put It Down, Put it Away

Keeping a tidy space is simple when items don’t have the chance to pile up.  It takes almost the same amount of time to put items away where they belong as it does to drop them down in your entryway or on your kitchen table.  So place your shoes in the closet, your purse on a hook by the door and your mail in a basket that’s designated for exactly this purpose.  Which bring us to the next suggestion…

A Place For Everything

Having an obvious place for everything turns tidying up your small apartment from a dreaded chore into a quick and simple activity.  When you know exactly where to put everything, the process if really frustration-free.

Spend Time To Save Time

Once everything has a “home,” it likely won’t take more than 5 minutes each day to place items back where they belong.  This small amount of time spent will be time saved at the end of the week, since there won’t be a pile-up to deal with at the end of each week.


Meal Planning Made Easy

We pride ourselves on being highly-organized.  We are are detailed oriented efficiency experts, tried and true.  But to be completely honest -- sometimes we’re frazzled and flustered -- even when we’re hiding it well.  Our homes can feel completely chaotic, albeit organized.  Our to-do lists feel never-ending.

As our business grows, so do our kids.  We’re always moving forward, and we simply can’t stop time.  We want to read more chapters at bedtime.  We want to leave the dishes in the sink and the emails in our inbox.  We smartly schedule our days, but even when we strike the seemingly perfect balance between business and motherhood, we still yearn for more time.  And we all have to eat!

Alas, we’re sharing 3 simple meal-planning tips that provide us with a little sanity and help us to stay ahead in our hectic lives.  These take very little time -- and save you a whole bunch of it!

Shopping List = Sanity

Devote just a few minutes to create a list of your household's "staple" items -- the items that you always purchase every week.  For us, this list includes milk, eggs, bread, apples.  Save this list (we use the Notes app on our phones) and add to it each week.  Each week, take a quick peek in the fridge and pantry to see what items need replenishing (this is easy when your pantry is Clearly Contained!) and add those items as additions to your list of staples.  Finally, determine what ingredients you'll need to prepare an special meals you're making.  We love Prep Dish because it provides you with a menu for each week and automatically generates your shopping list - which it can even add to an Instacart order for you.  So easy!

Slow Cooking = No Cooking

We aspire to plan a meal for each night of the week, but that’s rarely a reality for us.  What we do find to be practical and maintainable is having at least one night covered.  When in doubt, we use our Crock-pot to slow cook a simple, healthy meal.  There’s no shame in easy when it’s healthy!

Tuesday = Take Out

Our kids have enrichment activities that run into the evening on Tuesdays.  So, we’ve instituted “Take Out Tuesdays.”  The kids take turns choosing from a list of parent-approved restaurants, and they love being involved.  Try using an app that allows you to order in advance so that your dinner arrives home right when you do.  Hello, Postmates!

Here’s hoping that one or all of these suggestions can buy you even a few extra moments to snuggle in the week to come.


One Simple Solution For A Cleaner Closet

The hard truth is that getting organized -- and staying organized -- requires an investment of time.  We’re sharing one of our all-time favorite closet organizing tips.  And for those of you who appreciate a closet filled with matching hangers, this one's for you...

The next time that you drop items off at the dry cleaner, leave as many hangers as you do articles of clothing.  2 blouses, 2 dresses & 2 jackets = 6 hangers.  It’s so simple.  Freshly-cleaned clothing goes right back on your own hangers... which means they go straight back into your closet!

Bonus feature: this method not only saves time, but it also helps reduce your environmental footprint, one wire hanger at a time.  Additionally, you may ask your dry cleaner to swap the plastic bags for a reusable cover (which can also double as the bag you use to deliver you clothes to the dry cleaner).  One less step in your day; one more step towards a cleaner planet.  Practical.  Perfect.


Clearly Contained

We love the style and functionality of food storage containers.  And if it’s a Pinterest perfect pantry design you desire, they are a must!  But it’s important to understand that maintaining a pantry with this aesthetic is a commitment requiring an extra step when you put your groceries away.

As organizing experts, we’re fans of these containers because they allow you to see how much of each product you have left.  We’re proponents of anything that reduces over-buying and eliminates wasting of food.  So in our minds, you’re winning on two counts -- form and functionality!

We suggest labeling the not-so-obvious items (sugar vs. salt; gluten free crackers vs. glutinous).  Feeling inspired to get started?  You can shop for some of our favorite food storage containers right here...  Happy Pantry Organizing! 

Artisan Canisters

Mason Jars

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