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    Six Easy Steps to a Supremely Organized Pantry!

    Six Easy Steps to a Supremely Organized Pantry!

    Organize Your Pantry and Tackle the Mess for Good!

     

    Whether you have a big walk-in pantry to organize or something smaller, having an organized space can make things much more efficient in the kitchen, not to mention upkeep and cleaning a breeze. So, take a look at these tips and tricks that will make an easy to access storage space for your home.

     

    Starting with the Right Supplies

     

    While you may be tempted to go out and grab pretty baskets and containers, it’s a good idea to start out with a few other supplies first and then get to the really fun stuff a bit later. When you start out, be sure you have a pen and paper, labels and/or label maker, cleaning supplies, permanent marker, dry erase marker, and trash bags, and recycling bins.

     

    Yes, you’re going to want to get some pretty containers, bins, and baskets, so as you work, use a pen and paper to take notes of baskets and containers that you will need to make things organized and easy to access. That way you don’t buy a bunch of storage items that won’t end up working. When it is time to pick up those pretty containers, consider shopping here. We’ve got a variety of metal farmhouse containers that are fun and pretty, but hard-working too!  We are launching a new 4 pk canister set and flour canister that would be GREAT in getting your pantry organized. 

     

    Step-by-Step Organization

     

    Whether you are planning to tackle this project seasonally, annually, or just a one time task, here is a step-by-step guide:

     

    • Set Up a Work Area – This area will be a countertop, table, or another open area where you can empty out your pantry and use it as a workspace. Set your recycling and trash cans near to this area, too.

     

    • Empty Out the Pantry – Literally take everything out of your pantry. As you go, sort items into the following categories – toss (expired food and empty boxes/wrappers), recycle (empty boxes and containers that are recyclable), donate (food that isn’t expired, but that you no longer want), move (items that you want to put in a different area of your home), and keep. As you create the keep area, sort this category into smaller sections such as snacks, baking, canned items, etc. This is the part of the plan that gets really messy, but we promise, it will be MUCH better when it’s over and will be worth the short period of chaos.

     

    • Clean Everything – Whether you are working with a small cabinet space or a full pantry, do some deep cleaning. Start at the top of the pantry and work your way down. Then sweep and mop the floors.

     

    • Decanting Items – This is where you will have the most impact on the look of your pantry. Here is where you will decant items into baskets and clear containers. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to make this happen. You can find both things on a budget. But having baskets and containers that match will make your pantry look so much more organized. Consider shopping at discount stores or upcycling mason jars.

     

    Containers will save space because they will take up every last inch of your pantry. You will be able to stack them on top of each other, put larger ones behind the smaller ones you place in front, etc. As far as baskets go, consider a neutral color that you can add more containers to in the future that will likely match. You can find these at discount stores, too.

     

    Root vegetables need to be stored in a dark space, but it must also be well ventilated. Consider using wire magazine files that have the bottoms lined with parchment paper or shelf paper so they are mess-free. Just use the bottom of the basket as a template to cut the paper of your choosing.

     

    When putting things back into the pantry, you will want to group similar items not just because it looks good, but because it will look good too. Some items, like cookie cutters, are very decorative when stored in a glass jar.

     

    You may see one issue with this though – if everything is in a jar, how do you know when it expires? Here is where your labels come in. You can either print or write a pretty label to put on the container, or – our all-time favorite – simply write the expiration date on the glass container with a dry erase marker.

     

    • Arrange Items into Zones – This is one of the last steps but is crucial for maximizing the full potential of your pantry organization project. This is where you will create a home for each item in your pantry, and an area that hopefully, the members of your family will learn and continue to use. This is where you are going to put everything back in the pantry, but organized by zone. Here are suggestions for zones for your pantry: emergency supplies, paper products, snacks, canned goods, breakfast items, baking ingredients, pasta, quick meals, beverages, and cleaning supplies/household items. Add pockets and hooks to the back of the door so that you are utilizing every single inch. Don’t waste any space!

     

    • Label Your Containers – Don’t put away that label maker yet! When everything is labeled, there is no excuse for things getting put away in the wrong spot. Use a label maker to create labels to place on containers and baskets. If they can’t stick, use clips to fasten them to the baskets.

     

    And that’s it! You now have a perfectly organized space where everything is easy to find and easy to put back in the right space. Enjoy!

     

     

     

     

     

    Outshine Co Photo Contest Now Live!

    Outshine Co Photo Contest Now Live!

    Shelf with yellow tulips and white canisters best is yet to come wood sign photo contest QR code

    Love to show off your home?

    We want to see it!
    July 6-10 is our customer photo contest!  Show us your photos of our products in your home for a chance to win great Outshine products!  Scan the QR code below or use this link to get entered!  

     

    QR code scan to Outshine Co Photo Contest

     

    Rules:
    1. You can enter one time daily by adding your photos to our Facebook or Instagram stories, and tagging @Outshine_co. 
    2. Contest runs Monday- Friday, July 6-10 2020. 
    3. Please go to the link or QR code once photo is added to provide email & name so we can contact you. 
    4. All entrants will receive a coupon for Outshine co's online store.
    5. Top 3 entrants will be chosen by Outshine Co team. 
    6. Winner will be chosen by vote in our stories- by our fans & followers.
    7. 2nd & 3rd place entrants will receive a prize pack from Outshine. 
    8. The winning entrant will receive an item of their choice from our online store! 

    Winners will be contacted via email & tagged appropriately on social media! 

    Celebrate Independence Day with These Fruity Favorites

    Celebrate Independence Day with These Fruity Favorites

    This week will wrap up with the Fourth of July and we know that means you will probably spend at least some time firing up the grill. This holiday screams burgers and hotdogs, but there’s something else that is fantastic grilled that you probably haven’t given much thought to – grilled fruit!

     

    Sure, you might have added some onion, tomatoes, peppers, or other veggies to your grill, but fruits are in season this time of year too. Consider grabbing a colorful selection of fruit from your nearby farmers market or grocery store and with just a few minutes on the grill, you’ll have a perfect complement to your other grilled goods. What fruits are good for grilling?

     

    • Apricots – Just cut them in half, brush with oil, and place on the grill cut-side down for about 30 seconds. Turn it over and grill again for another 30 seconds or so. Nectarines and peaches work great this way too, just cook two to three minutes more.
    • Banana – Cut them in half lengthwise but leave the peel on. Place the cut-side down on the grill and cook for about three minutes. Brush with honey (or a mixture of your choice, and grill about five more minutes.
    • Cherries – Toss some cherries in balsamic vinegar, place in a grill pan, and grill about five minutes, turning a few times while cooking.
    • Mango – Cut in half and remove the seed, brush with oil, place flesh side on the grill and cook two to three minutes.
    • Pears – Cut your pear in half lengthwise and remove the core. Brush with oil, place cut-side down, and grill for four to five minutes.
    • Strawberries – Leave whole or cut in half, coat with balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with sugar, and grill for one to two minutes.
    • Watermelon – Cut into ½ inch thick slices and brush with oil. Grill two to three minutes or until grill marks appear.

     

    Pineapple is another fantastic fruit to try on the grill. Give this recipe from Elif’s Kitchen a try.

     

    Grilled Pineapple and Blood Oranges

     

    Ingredients:

     

    1 Pineapple

    2 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar

    2 tsp Cinnamon

    2 Blood Oranges

    10 Mint Leaves

     

    Directions:

    Cut the pineapple into ½ inch thick slices in the shape of a half moon. Cut the blood oranges in half. Place the pineapple slices and orange pieces into a large Ziploc bag. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon and shake gently to coat everything evenly. Preheat your grill and lightly oil the grate. Grill the pineapple slices and orange halves for two to three minutes per side until grill marks appear. For more flavor squeeze the blood orange halves onto the pineapple slices. Serve with mint leaves and enjoy!

     

    Tips for Grilling Fruit

     

    One of the best things about grilling fruit is that it takes hardly any time at all. Five minutes or less  and your fruit will be grilled to perfection. Plus, there’s a reason it tastes so good. When fruit is grilled, it evaporates a bit of the water from the fruit, making the sugars more concentrated. To get the best results when grilling fruit, give these tips a try:

     

    • When grilling smaller fruit, place them in a grill pan or on a skewer. It will make them easier to turn and less likely to fall between the grates.
    • Make sure the fruit is ripe, but not too ripe. Fruit that is a bit more firm will hold up better and will still caramelize and taste amazing.
    • Use neutral oils such as grapeseed, safflower oil, or melted, unsalted butter to keep you fruit from sticking.
    • Try to be patient. Let the fruit sit on the grill untouched for a few minutes before checking and turning it over.
    • Grilled fruit works great for savory and sweet options, so mix and match your ideas. You might be surprised!
    • Just like with bananas, try grilling softer fruits with the skin on to help them hold their shape.
    • Give different toppings a try before and after grilling. Good ones to try include honey, lemon juice, and cinnamon. They help enhance the natural flavor of the fruit.

     

    Don’t Forget to Include Fruit Cocktails!

     

    Now you have burgers, hotdogs, fruits, and veggies for the grill, but you need something refreshing to keep you cool while standing over that grill. Here’s another area that fruit shines! Since fruit is in season right now, which equals cheaper too, stock up on that fruit and mix up some fruit cocktails too. Remember that pineapple that you grilled up earlier? Grab an extra pineapple and give this cocktail from Elif’s Kitchen a try.

     

    Pineapple Rum Cocktail

     Pineapple Rum Cocktail from top view with lime swirl

    Ingredients:

     

    2 Cups Chopped Fresh Pineapple

    2 Cups Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

    ¼ Cup Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

    2 Cups Ice

    ¼ Cup Pineapple Rum

    1 Lime

     

    Directions:

     

    Cut the lime very thin and into half-moons. Add all the ingredients besides the lime slices into a blender. Blend ingredients until smooth. Pour into cocktail glasses and garnish with lime slices. Makes 2-3 glasses to enjoy!

     

    As you can see there are plenty of great ways to add fruit to your weekend 4th of July celebration. So, fire up that grill, kick back and relax, and enjoy some of that colorful, healthy goodness!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    July Calendar and Wallpaper Download-ables Now Available!  Free!

    July Calendar and Wallpaper Download-ables Now Available! Free!

    It's the summer time, and the weather is good.  And we've got something for you to enjoy! The sun is shining, and so are our free downloadables! 

    The start of a new month means it is time for a new wallpaper or calendar. We’ve got you covered! Choose your favorite format below & download it. Calendars in laptop or mobile versions, with both Sunday & Monday start. And of course, there is just the pretty wallpaper if you don’t need the calendar backdrop. Click on the version (or versions) you like below to download!  

    Since it is July, we did a summery orange version AND a patriotic stars/stripes version.

    Go here  to grab your summary orange version, in desktop or mobile version

    Go here to grab your patriotic stars & stripes version, in desktop or mobile version

    And if you REALLY love these designs, you should check out our blank note cards! 

     

    Kara Williams, Outshine Founder, Featured on Shopkeeper Podcast!

    Kara Williams, Outshine Founder, Featured on Shopkeeper Podcast!

    We're pretty excited around here. 

    Our very own Kara Williams, founder & fearless leader, has been featured on several recent episodes of the Shopkeeper Podcast!  

    Check out Episode 88: Direct Mail, the latest episode of 100 Ways To Promote E-Commerce Products video series here.

    And if you are an eCommerce seller, or thinking about becoming one, check out Paulina's full video series & check out her tool, Shopkeeper, available for Amazon sellers! 

     


     

    Quarantine Clean-Up?  Yes please!

    Quarantine Clean-Up? Yes please!

    Now is the Perfect Time to Clean Up and Get Organized

     

    Have you been binging on Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix while you’re stuck at home? Are you ready to organize and clean things that you didn’t even realize needed to be organized and cleaned?

    We’re talking deep clean and major organization.

    It’s not as hard as it sounds and we’ve got a few tips to make it easy peasy.

     

    • Make a Checklist – It may sound unnecessary, but making a checklist will make the process so much easier. Stroll through your home and make a list of everything that needs to be organized and cleaned. Our journals are perfect to create your list in – both beautiful and functional. Once you have the list, group things together by task. For example, wash the shower curtain, bath mat, and kitchen towels.
    • Create a Schedule That Will Work for You – Once you’ve made your list, place them into your schedule – even if that means you will only work on a couple of tasks each day. You don’t have to try to tackle this project in a day or even one weekend.
    • Assemble a Cleaning Kit – This also goes along with creating your list. Having a checklist makes it easier to know what supplies you need to get the work done. What types of cleaners do you need? You likely need some paper towels, a mop, vacuum, tools to dust, etc. Go ahead and get these things together so you are ready to go once you get started.
    • Consider Renting Equipment – Many home improvement stores and even some grocery stores rent cleaning appliances by the hour. If you need one of these tools, rent a furniture steamer, floor polisher, pressure washer, carpet shampooer or others when elbow grease just isn’t going to cut it.

     

    Time to Tackle the Work

     

    Now that you’ve made your list and assembled the tools, it’s time to get started. Here are a few tips for tackling the list.

     

    • Start With the Laundry – Gather all the dirty clothes, rugs, and towels and take them to the laundry room. Start your first load of laundry, but don’t strip the beds yet.
    • Raid the Fridge – It’s likely that you have dirty dishes hiding in your refrigerator. Clean out those dishes as well as anything that is spoiled or past its expiration date. Give the freezer the same treatment. Consider organizing your kitchen using our utensil holder.
    • Wash the Dishes and Take Out the Trash – You don’t want that rotten food sitting in the trash or the dirty dishes in the sink. So, take out the trash and wash and put away all the dishes.
    • Don’t Forget the Window Treatments – If you have curtains that can be washed, put them in the washer and get those clean. Be sure to wipe down any blinds as well.
    • Work on Those Surfaces – Get rid of any clutter from your kitchen, dining room, and living room surfaces. Give your countertops a thorough wipe down and then dust all other flat surfaces. If you need some organization for your countertops or desk, try one of the pieces from our galvanized home collection.
    • Now for the Bathroom – Spray down the toilet, sink, and tub. Give them time to soak and then start wiping them down to clean them. This is also a good day to replace the toothbrushes and shower curtain if you haven’t done that in a while.
    • Wash the Bed Sheets – Strip all the sheets off the beds and wash and dry them while you tackle the next task.
    • Vacuum and Mop – While your bed linens are washing, vacuum and mop all your floors. After that is done, put all the beds back together.

     

    Now it’s time for the best part of cleaning and organizing your home. Sit down with and relax and admire your hard work. Need tips on how to create a deep cleaning schedule?  Check that out here!