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Tackle 21 Simple Projects for an Organized Kitchen This Holiday

“Organizing for the Holidays,” a free e-book from YouCopia, presents 21 easy projects for de-cluttering the kitchen—just in time for Thanksgiving and a busy cooking season.

“Think of the time, money and stress you'll save by being organized BEFORE the holidays begin,” says Lauren Greenwood, VP of sales & marketing for YouCopia. “Completing these mini-projects will help organize your kitchen and simplify your life, so you can have more moments to celebrate with the people you love.”

Written by Professional Organizer Susan Fleischman, founder of clutterfree and a blogger at YouCopia.com, the e-book features three sections:

1) Kitchen Command Zones (Days 1-14): landing strip, surfaces, upper cabinets, lower cabinets, bakeware, entertaining essentials, drawers, pantry, beverage station, baking ingredients, herbs and spices, fridge front and inside, and freezer
2) Kitchen Clutter Traps (Days 15-17): junk drawer, food storage containers, and under sink
3) Kitchen Papers & Related (Days 18-21): mail, coupons, recipes, and cookbooks.

Each project in “Organizing for the Holidays” features step-by-step instructions based on the acronym SPOTS, developed by Fleischman to help her clients manage the organizing process:

Sort. Begin by sorting like items into piles. 
Purge. The decision-making step: keep, toss or donate. And since you already sorted, this should be relative easy.     
Contain. Corral remaining like items together in appropriate size and style containers, or boxes, bins, plastic bags, or file folders, etc. 
Tag. Fleischman’s word for label, which she says saves time and effort in the long run. 
Store. Deciding where to keep items, or in professional organizer jargon—establishing a designated home where an item will live. This is an old but always relevant adage: a place for everything and everything in its place.

“When a kitchen feels more spacious and functional, holiday cooking marathons go faster and become more enjoyable,” Greenwood says. “Knowing what’s in your pantry makes it easier to make grocery lists, use what you already have and save money by avoiding duplicate purchases. Ultimately, an organized kitchen means less stress during the busy holiday season.”

The “Organizing for the Holidays” e-book can be downloaded for free here.

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YouCopia creates innovative home organization products to help you simplify and enjoy life. YouCopia products are available at leading retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store and Amazon.com. Be sure to check out the YouCopia Blog and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube.

Susan Fleischman is founder and owner of clutterfree, which provides professional organizing and home staging services nationwide. Prior to founding clutterfree in 2004, Fleischman enjoyed a successful career in marketing for prominent food, beverage and wine clients. A true “foodie” known for her fabulous dinner parties, she is especially knowledgeable and passionate about kitchen organization.                                                   

For more information or images, please contact Cynthia Greenwood at cynthia@youcopia.com, or call 847-404-8404.


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