New Year’s Goal: Get Organized

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My "Lazy Jo"
I was originally going to title this post "I Hate Corner Cupboards", but as one of my New Year's Resolutions is to be positive, I caught myself. I usually don't make New Year's Resolutions, but this year I've set my sights on four: (1) be more positive, (2) organize my cupboards, (3) drink more water, and (4) try to eat dark chocolate, instead of milk chocolate. This post addresses  goal #2.  I started with the cupboard in my kitchen that I hate the most, my corner cupboard. Why do I hate it? They become catchalls for EVERYTHING! Does yours look like mine? How does this happen?! Should this Lazy Susan be named Lazy Jo?! And what about the contents of this other corner cupboard?
Corner Cupboard Mayhem
Corner Cupboard Mayhem
How many tiny Tupperware containers does one household need?! Thus, my mantra  — purge, clean, un-clutter and organize. I must give credit where credit is due. I love Jen of I Heart Organizing, and in particular her Nov. 2 post "Organized Kitchen Corner Cabinet with a DIY Lazy Susan".  She inspired me to tackle my own cupboard mayhem and turned me on to high end "marble" contact paper.  I decided that if I was going to spend several hours cleaning and organizing, I might as well give the space an upgrade. Who knew that contact paper could range in price from $6.99 a roll (Lowe's)  to $65 a roll (Astek Wallcoving Inc.). At first, I ordered a slightly less expensive roll from Amazon to the tune of $29.99.   This paper is thick and it really does look like marble.  High end contact paperI could easily see covering a table or other items in the house, as Jen (mentioned above) did, for an inexpensive upgrade.
Lowe's Marble Contact paper
Lowe's Marble Contact paper
However, once I realized how much more I had to buy to cover my cupboards, I decided to go back to the cheap stuff, because frankly they are the inside of a cupboard. I know I sound like an über-neat geek, but I'm really thrilled with the way my kitchen cupboards came out. The contact paper upgrade makes me happy, and I think it will inspire me to keep some semblance of order. Lazy Susan Redux
Clean & Improved
Clean & Improved
Clutter Controlled
Clutter Controlled

My second area of focus was much simpler and involved visiting one of my favorite stores, The Container Store. I wanted to think of a way to store some of my daily cleaning tools on the door under my kitchen sink. I bought a mini magnetic strip, some Oxo magnet clips, and some red mini bulldog clip magnets to store my rubber  gloves and scrubbing pads, some Command Strips and the Linus Sugar Packet Holder to hold my sponges.

Under the sink cupboard door
Under the sink cupboard door

It's been about 12 days since both projects were completed and I have to say, the areas have remained organized and practical.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that it looks the same in 352 days! [Note: One of the reasons my posts have been few & far between is because I can't figure out why some of my photos are displayed horizontally. I am trying to figure out a solution; however, I decided I still need to continue to blog. So, please bear with me, and if you know a solution or a fix, please send me a message. Happy 2016!}

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