Menu Plan Monday ~ March 2/15

Menu Plan Monday for the week of March 2/15 with quick and easy recipe links at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Hi friends, happy March to you :) This week is pretty special to me. My husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary! I just can’t believe that we’ve been married that long…27 years together in total. Our anniversary falls in the middle of the week so we are going to cook a special dinner at home and then (hopefully) go out on the weekend to celebrate.

wedding in hawaii

On a beautiful Maui beach. So young and the hair so high :)

wedding in hawaii sunset

Are you celebrating anything special this week?

Also if you haven’t had a chance to enter to win TWO Purse Perfectors, you still have time right HERE. Your purse doesn’t have to be a bottomless pit :)

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Menu Planning Resources:

Your menu planning resource this week comes from Super Mommy Club.  Check out these 6 simple meal planning tips for busy moms.  If you feel like you are in a menu planning rut, these tips will be sure to help!

Have a wonderful week everyone and enjoy your dinners!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Prosciutto Provolone Panini

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Garlic Bacon Pot Roast served with sweet potatoes and broccoli

Wednesday: 20th Wedding Anniversary! Dinner at home: Sirloin Steak with Herbed Salt, King Crab, Strawberry Avocado Salad, Guacamole Stuffed Mushrooms and AIP and Paleo Brownies for dessert

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night! I’ll have some Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Saturday:  Grilled Lemon-Lime Pepper Chicken served with asparagus

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own)

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How to Hang Disposable Cleaning Gloves

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.

I’m a big fan of tackling deep spring cleaning chores one month at a time throughout the year rather than all at once. However, it never fails to end up with a handful of tasks that always get bunched up around spring time waiting for a sunny day. That said, I was recently reviewing my supplies & spring cleaning plans when I ran across something I thought was worth sharing – how to hang a box of disposable cleaning gloves for easy access.

Using the inside of cabinet doors to hang a box of disposable cleaning gloves

I keep disposable cleaning gloves handy for a variety of reasons. I also have reusable gloves which are just as effective, but sometimes a bacteria-laden situation requires gloves that can be properly (and promptly) disposed.

In the medical field, boxes of gloves are mounted to the wall by specially designed holders. It’s convenient and something I grew accustom to utilizing over the years. In my own home, keeping a box of gloves on a shelf or in a container hidden somewhere never worked quite right for me. Many times I wanted to hang a box of gloves on a wall exactly like a hospital room, but that seemed a bit tacky. Plus, my husband was less than thrilled with that idea. :)

Then, it hit me… why not hang them on the inside of a cabinet?!!

Using the inside of a cabinet door for organizing

The challenge was how to hang the box of gloves. I really didn’t want to purchase a professional glove box holder sold at medical supply stores and I knew industrial strength tape or a glue adhesive would ruin the wood finish if I change my mind.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way! I brainstormed and ended up using my trusty sticky-back wire hooks (not a sponsored post, just sharing what worked for me!).

creative use for making the most of the inside of a cabinet door

I always keep a box mounted on the inside of our kitchen cabinet door. It works great yet remains hidden from sight. It’s also out-of-reach from children & animals to avoid potential harm. Best of all, it’s easy to access for putrid messes or handling raw meat in the kitchen.

Here’s the easy and inexpensive how-to…

I found a box of gloves that would fit inside my cabinet door, also taking into account the contents on the shelves inside so that all would fit once the door shuts. Then, I opened the top of the box and made a hole using a standard hole puncher.

How to hang disposable gloves inside your cabinet door

I did that on each corner at the top of the box, making two holes total and then folded the lid closed again.

punch holes in the box and hang on the inside of a cabinet door

I attached the adhesive part to the plastic backside of each hook as instructed and then put the hooks inside the box holes. (Sorry, no picture to share since this was done months ago, but the idea is to line everything up before mounting to the cabinet door.) With the hooks inside the box, I then removed the second paper backing of the adhesive strip and pressed each piece onto the door.

DIY holder for hanging disposable gloves

At the bottom, I stuck an extra double-sided sticky strip on the box (shown below). This sticks to the cabinet door and…

A creative way to put to use those unused adhesive strips that come with Command Hooks products

…keeps the box from flopping around whenever the door is opened or closed.

Anchor the bottom with an unused adhesive strip

The hooks allow me to replace the box as needed but that’s a time-waster to punch more holes and find an extra sticky strip for the bottom. Instead, I just refill the box with more gloves when we run low.

creative way to make the most of the space inside your cabinet doors

The inside face of a cabinet door, or any door for that matter, is full of organizing potential! I can name at least half-a-dozen ways to use that unmarked territory for good. One example I’ve shown in the past is my medicine cabinet (HERE). Currently, I’m working on getting permission to compile a long list of ways other organized bloggers have maximized this often overlooked space. Spoiler alert, more on organizing the inside of your doors coming soon! So in preparation, give yours a good wipe-down before spring cleaning starts! ;)

Rachel

In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.

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Sponsor Spotlight ~ February 2015

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We made it to the end of the month and we are that much closer to spring!  Whoot!  At the end of each month I like to take a moment to shine a bright spotlight on my fabulous sponsors. If you are interested in some fantastic organizing resources to help you get organized in 2015 […]

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The Perfect Purse Organizer + Giveaway!

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There are many ways to keep your purse organized and my wonderful contributor, Kristin, just recently shared a great post on 8 Ways to Keep Your Purse Organized.  Today I want to share with you what I use to keep my own purse organized.  I use an amazing purse organizer called the Purse Perfector and […]

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Thrift Store Find for Organizing Drawers

Thrift store find for organizing kitchen drawers

Happy Tuesday friends!  Today I want to share another great thrift store find with you that I picked up recently to organize my big kitchen drawer.  This drawer holds all my bigger cooking utensils and nicer serving ware pieces.  My most often used kitchen utensils are kept on my counter by the stove in my […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Feb 23/15

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Hi friends, happy start to a brand new week to you :)  We are having some unusually warm weather right now which has been amazing.  And when I say warm I mean -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees F).  Minus 5, with the sun shining and the skies bright blue, means I get to break out […]

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The One Organizing Habit You Need to Break Today

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A couple of years ago, while I was visiting my family in Ontario, I helped my sister and brother-in-law do a few organizing projects around their house.  It didn’t take me long to notice that my brother-in-law had a really bad habit of doing something that I know is a common mistake for many when […]

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Feb 16/15

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Welcome to another edition of Menu Plan Monday!  I’m so glad you’re here.  Together we can help each other create and stick to our weekly menu plans.  The hardest part for me is finding and choosing the recipes especially when we deal with so many different food restrictions in our house.  However sitting down each […]

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