Did you make New Years goals for 2012? Yaa me too. The usual. Be the best mom I can be, lose weight, exercise more, make memories with the kids, stay on top of the chores, make pretty cookies, learn how to go to bed at a normal hour, be of service, save the world, you know the usual stuff ;-) Was one of your goals to get more organized? Well maybe I can help with that one at least. This is what works for ME.
Pretty huh... and functional.
If you're anything like me and you like to buy lots of cookie cutters online and you probably have lots of these little baggies of goodies. The wonderful companies like CopperGifts.com and KarensCookies.net send super fun goodies in your orders and eventually they tend to stock up and make a mess.
They go right along with all these jars in tons of different sizes. I used to think I was so organized and I kept them all in one large pretty pink box... until it overflowed and I found that I wasn't using all the pretty fun things because it was too much work to go through them all to find what I wanted.
So I found these 8 oz tubs with lids by Delitainer that stack and I'm a happy camper. You can find them on Amazon here.
They look super pretty with my sanding sugar jars, don't they? Yep, I'm in love with my cookie decorating cupboard now. The 20-oz glass jars are available on Amazon here. The link is for jars with glass lids and mine have silver lids that are no longer available, but close. The larger jars, which are my favorite because of the cool olden day twist on silver lid, are from Target. I know Walmart has them too. Unfortunately I can't find them on Amazon for you and it doesn't say on my jar the size or who it's made from, but I promise you can find them at Target and Walmart and they are super useful for sanding sugar. You can buy the big bags (1 pound) of sanding sugar from Country Kitchen SweetArt.
I know the part you've been waiting for.... COOKIE CUTTER STORAGE. That's my favorite part too. I LOVE my cookie cutter storage and it was really easy too. I bought some of the wooden bins at Target in their ITSO line and then added more of these storage bins from Amazon when ITSO made theirs all white. The cloth storage bins are from Target and also available on Target.com and they come in lots of colors for those that don't like pink (tell me that's not possible, right?!). This picture is from several months ago and these bins are fully loaded now :-)
Here's a close-up of the bins. There are large bins and smaller bins.
Here is inside one of the larger bins.
The bins are super easy to organize all your cookie cutters and this is what works for me.
Want help organizing your cookie cutters? I keep a spreadsheet of all my cookie cutters separated by theme/category and it includes the size and where I purchased it. Want your own spreadsheet? I made one just for you. The first section is filled out so that you know how to use the spreadsheet, but the rest is blank except for the categories/themes so that you can personalize it to what works for you. Just go here to download your own copy and personalize it.
I also have lots of satin ribbon on large rolls. I used to buy the individually designed ribbon and decided it was much less expensive this way. Now I use personalized cookie tags to close my cookie bags more often for that personal touch, but I still use my ribbon sometimes too. Unfortunately I don't recall where I got the big spools of ribbon, but if you look at the bakery boxes links below, they would have it too.
I also have several binders of my cookie designs and of cookie designs that inspire me and who the design was from so I can give credit where credit is due.
and those pink bins in my kitchen are where I store my decorating bags and tips and the bags for the cookies too.
and my pretty pink mixer lives here.
Boxes and shipping stuff is up next. I have a storage room. When our little surprise son arrived almost 18-years ago, we added on a small room and now we use it specifically for storage. Someday it will also be used for the grandchildren's playroom. I have lots of pretty boxes in different shapes and sizes. I like boxes from BRP and Nashville Wraps and PaperMart and Box and Wrap.
Inside an old dresser, I store shipping supplies. I rarely ship cookies, but my best friend is in Massachusetts and my niece is in Los Angeles, so there are times that I hold my breath, pray and ship my cookies. One drawer has bubble wrap.
And another drawer for shipping peanuts (yes mine are pink). And another drawer for newspapers and shipping tape and such.
The other side of the storage room has pens, pencils, tape, binders, foam projects, scrapbooking stuff and super fun hama beads and our Harry Potter book collection.
Are you ready to get organized in 2012? I didn't show you all the pictures. My office is a HUGE mess right now. Seriously an embarrassing mess! I better get to work... but before I do, tell me what are YOUR goals for 2012? My biggest goal of the year is to get out of my own way. I tend to get stuck in my head and overly self-conscious. It's a woman thing right? I saw this saying "Whether you think you can or think you can't, You're RIGHT!" That is my mantra for 2012.
Yesterday on a bike ride, two gals in a car drove up next to me and slowed way down. They leaned out the window and yelled "We love you. Seriously we love you. You're amazing". I don't know them. They don't know me. I'm sure it was all the pink, but I actually CRIED. I said thank you so much and they drove away and I cried. How nice is that to take the time to tell a complete stranger something so nice? I was out riding alone and trying to find my way and feeling nervous and I honestly felt like it was God sending an angel to keep me motivated and not as self-conscious. What an amazing blessing.
So what are your goals for 2012? I shared.
It's your turn.
So what are your goals for 2012? I shared.
It's your turn.