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The Kitchen Products That Help Me Fake It

Dear Diary,
I have a confession to make.

Everything - my schedule, my life, my hair - it's all a mess.

I don't have it all together. In fact, most days make me feel like I'm rushing from one task to another.

I'm still trying to pinpoint a routine that works for us, one that streamlines our to-do list and works to calm the chaos. They say balance is a beautiful illusion, and it couldn't be more true.

Thanks to gift cards I've received for Christmas, I made a number of Amazon purchases to inspire my lofty goal of, at the very least, appearing like I'm on top of things. (Spoiler alert: I'm not.)

Note: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I'll make a small commission that I'll use to buy more products to help me fake it 'till I make it.

First, I purchased a pair of inexpensive bins that house a week's worth of the kids' school lunches. I pre-prepare their sandwiches, add them to the bins and then each morning, the kids pack them. At 10 and almost-7, they're fully capable of completing that task for themselves.

This soda can dispenser is a necessary space saver in our fridge.

I received a set of these OXO storage containers for Christmas too. I purchased the chalkboard stickers and pen and additional OXO cookie jars with the gift card I mentioned earlier, and include carb counts for easy snacking.

I do believe these cereal containers keep the kids' favorites fresh for longer.

Finally, and probably one of the best purchases I've made, were two of these expandable drawer organizers. The wood tone almost matches that of my cabinetry so it looks like it's meant to be in there. I utilize one for our cutlery, and the other for our miscellaneous cooking utensils.

Now, I know none of this is going to revolutionize the known concepts of organizing, but it did help automate our routine. Everything is in its place, it's easy to find, and it allows our children take ownership of their lunches. Our food stays fresher longer, and all of our precious shelf space is used to its full capability.

What kitchen organization tricks do you employ?

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