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Organizing Gets Digital with THE x Flavor Maker App

This holiday season, we’re partnering with the Flavor App powered by McCormick to showcase how merging the gap between traditional and digital organization can help streamline an entire kitchen routine.
Organizing Gets Digital with THE x Flavor Maker App









We consider ourselves organizing experts, but cooking experts? Not quite. However, we’ve found that the two often go hand in hand! 





Did you know there is actually a French culinary concept of “mise en place” or having “everything in its place”? Basically….when you know what you have on-hand and where it is, you’re more likely to use it and use it properly. Hmmmm….sounds familiar! 





That’s why this holiday season, we’re partnering with the Flavor App powered by McCormick to showcase how merging the gap between traditional and digital organization can help streamline an entire kitchen routine.





One of our favorite things about this app is its ability to digitally organize your pantry. All you do is scan in your spices and ingredients, and voila! Your pantry is online and easy to access from anywhere. 

















Along with learning about the app and using it to help get ourselves holiday-ready, we partnered with McCormick to offer you our best tips on spice-specific organizing. Check them out!





Tip #1: Clean out your spice cabinet once, maybe twice a year. Daylight Savings Time is a perfect reminder.





Tip #2: Know how fresh your spices are. McCormick products include a “best by” date on the packaging. You can also give it a quick sniff test to make sure the spice is still aromatic. 





Tip #3: Display your spices on a tiered rack (like ours here!), so you can see labels clearly. Keep your favorites front-and-center and rotate in others occasionally to remind yourself what you have





Tip #4: Alphabetize the rest of your spices so that you can find them when prepping for new recipes.





Tip #5: Keep baking spices, extracts, and food color in a separate bin or area of the pantry, so they’ll be easy to find when you need them.





Tip #6: Store spices away from extreme heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. They should not be kept above the stove, and caps should be securely tightened to keep them fresh!

















And to top it all off, the McCormick Kitchens even helped us design our very own recipe: The Home Edit’s Gingerbread Brownies with Eggnog Frosting. It includes all our favorite things – and it’s easy to make based off a boxed brownie mix! Check it out, along with other The Home Edit exclusive content and promo code, on the Flavor Maker App by McCormick, available for free on iOS & Android.





xo, clea + joanna


Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

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Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

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1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
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Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
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Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
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Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
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Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
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Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
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Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
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Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

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Custom Labels
Custom Labels

Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

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Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart

What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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