Day 3: Kitchen love challenge

Organize your cookbooks, baking containers and linens

Instead of wiping down my baking containers, I decided to wash them so this challenge took a little longer than I anticipated. But it needed to be done as there was some grime and splattered cookie dough on the containers.

I found a set of inexpensive labels at one of the craft stores and they are handy for kitchen organization.

I enjoyed organizing my linen drawer as it gave me a chance to get out Valentine-themed kitchen towels.

Patterned and colorful linens make dull chores like drying “fun” — well, sort of. 😉

I had several cookbooks scattered throughout the kitchen so it gave me a chance to get them corralled back into the cabinet. And I rounded out this challenge by washing all of my pretty aprons.

Do you enjoy wearing aprons in the kitchen? I am not typically an apron wearer, but when I am on a baking spree during the holidays, they are a must to keep me tidy amidst the flying flour and confectioner’s sugar.

NEXT CHALLENGE: Clean out fridge and tidy the freezer.

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Day 2: Kitchen love challenge

Cleaning your trash can

Since it was cold outside on the day of this challenge, the bath tub proved the perfect place to clean the trash can – inside and out! Seriously, folks, I never realized how much grime can accumulate on the bottom of a trash can. Once again, I used hot water and baking soda to rinse and clean it out.

As an added bonus, baking soda’s odor-fighting properties made it the perfect cleanser for this challenge.

Here’s the before …
And here’s the amazing after …
And another one of the entire trash can …

Was your trash can as grimy as mine? Glad to have this one done and behind me!

Was your trash can as grimy as mine? Glad to have this one done and behind me.

NEXT CHALLENGE: Tidy cookbooks, aprons and linens. Wipe down baking containers.

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Kitchen love challenge

Show the hardest-working room in your home how much you love it by joining the Kitchen Love challenge.

28 days to a cleaner, better kitchen

In celebration of Valentine’s I thought it would be fun to organize a daily kitchen challenge that shows the hardest-working room in your house how much you love it. Join me!

Each day, I will put out a different kitchen challenge here. By the end of the month, you will have a clean kitchen that you can be proud of. I don’t know about you, but a clean kitchen gets me pretty excited because it motivates me to cook more and dine in versus going out.

The challenges are easy and most of them should be completed in 15 to 30 minutes (and maybe even less!).

Breaking up tasks day by day makes things more manageable for busy households.

Special thanks to the folks at The Kitchn for inspiring me with this challenge. I bought its Kitchn Cookbook a few years ago, and I thought their monthly kitchen clean-up plan was brilliant.

An indispensable resource for recipes, kitchen tips and hacks.

So I wanted to share it with others in the form of a challenge in case it can help get your kitchen in better order. Please check out its site for more helpful resources for those of us foodies who live, work and breathe in this hallowed space of our homes.

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Stockings to the rescue

Organizing your child’s Christmas ornaments

Many years ago, I learned a great tip from home organization expert Janna Lufkin. It has made organizing Christmas ornaments for our girls so much easier. As I was putting away the last of the decorations this weekend, I recalled this tip that is just too good not to share. It can help you get better organized for next Christmas.

I know many families have a tradition of gifting a different ornament to their children each year. Across multiple children, the collection of ornaments can grow faster than you can say “baby bunnies.”

To help organize them from year to year, Janna suggests storing them in your child’s stocking. I thought it was a brilliant idea (thank you, Janna!) and have been using this method for years.

When we decorate the tree, I give each girl their stocking full of ornaments. They love unwrapping them one by one and hanging them on the tree. Once they’re finished, I hang the empty stocking on the mantle, leaving the tissue paper inside to reuse later.

Here’s my simple process for getting them organized. Use these tips as a basic guide to get you started as you develop your own process:

1) First, organize ornaments by child. Working on my dining room table – so I have room to spread out – I separate the ornaments by each of my three daughters.

2) Next, I gather the heavier, more durable ornaments and place them in the stocking first so it’s bottom heavy.

3) For more delicate, breakable ornaments, I wrap them in tissue like below.

Wrapping the more delicate ornaments in tissue keeps them better protected. You can also try bubble wrap but that tends to get bulky so you may not be able to fit as many ornaments in each stocking.
This stocking holds about 8-10 ornaments. If you have additional ornaments, simply store them in a box labeled with your child’s name.

Storing your children’s ornaments in their stockings is a simple yet smart way to organize. And during the Christmas hustle, simple can go a loooong way.

Christmas is 345 days away, but by organizing your ornaments now, it can make decorating the tree much easier (and faster) later. Let me know if you have any other tips for organizing your children’s ornaments or their decorations at Christmas.

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What’s in a name?

You may be wondering why Scott Ink? I love to write and always have a notebook or pad near me, along with my favorite writing instrument (I love a good pen or a freshly sharpened No. 2 pencil). While I have come to embrace digital publishing, I will always be a print girl at heart. Like so many of my generation, I prefer tactile over technology any day. From time to time, my husband will be contributing to this blog. Among his many creative pursuits, he is a calligrapher and painter.

So we thought Scott Ink would be a perfect marriage of our loves and interests.

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Nice to meet you

Welcome! I am so glad you are here. My name is Leona Scott, and I started this blog, Scott Ink, as a way to slow down the fast-paced life of families today and concentrate on savoring the everyday moments. Like enjoying a meal around the dinner table. Doing a simple craft that allows us to tinker with our hands. Studying a Bible verse for daily inspiration and application. Or just watching a favorite movie or playing a game. I believe that time is the most precious of resources that God gave us and it is finite.

Starting this blog is a way to keep me accountable, too. You see, I’m a  classic type A, action-oriented person who is most happy getting things accomplished and checking off an endless list of “To Dos.” Scott Ink is a way for me to stop and savor those special moments with family.

Sloooow down time

If your family is like ours, we cannot believe how quickly each day is passing. I started this blog as a way to make family time count. Scott Ink began during a season in my life when our oldest daughter was embarking on her middle school years. I wanted greater flexibility with my schedule and time so that I could be more accessible to her and our other two daughters. So I left my full-time job to become an independent contractor and start my company. Alongside my career goals, I had always wanted to start a blog to have a creative outlet and share the special journeys that so many of us share as mothers and women.

Goal of Scott Ink

Scott Ink is a way to share ideas and be a source of inspiration for other families to join us in savoring the everyday moments as we build our families and homes. One day, we can hopefully look back with no regrets and be content that we did make the most of the time we had.

Follow along!

Our family invites you to join us as we make family time count. We look forward to sharing some of our favorite recipes, activities and everyday moments with you so that we can grow and share in this great journey of family life together. From time to time, my husband, Robert, will be joining us here on the blog, along with our daughters, to share hobbies, crafts and other ideas. We want Scott Ink to be as much about our family as yours. So please share your journeys and comments with us. Thanks for visiting, and we hope you come back soon.

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