PUBLISHED: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 by Donna Cook

It's hard to believe October is already here. Everywhere you look people are putting out their fall decorations and "spooking" out the lawn in preparation for Halloween. Personally, I love Halloween and I already have this years costume for the annual "Thompson-Halloween Gala" held by my neighbors. We get caught up getting the kids ready for Halloween, buying the latest Super Hero, Fairy Princess, and assorted Ghoul and Goblin costumes or making the other crazy costumes they think up. Then you have to buy the candy to hand out! How much should I buy? Will I have a lot of "Trick or Treaters" this year? Do I get the cheap candy mix or get the stuff I know we will eat if we don't hand it all out? After all this is done, we tend to forget that Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching. I have been working on organizing my kitchen cabinets for a while now and I'm still not completely ready to pull off a big Holiday dinner, but I'm on my way! Who hasn't had to dig for a pot or pan in the stack we keep in the cabinet? Organization is the key! Since I have added the Cookware Organizer to my kitchen cabinet, doing a simple Sunday dinner is a breeze. I know without a doubt, it will make my holiday cooking so much easier than last year!  Now I don't have to kneel before my cabinet and beg it not to dump the entire stack on the floor after I get the one I need. I open the door, slide the unit out and voila, neatly organized lids, pots and skillets. It does not matter who is doing the cooking, during the holiday season, it is STRESSFUL! There is so much to do and it seems there is never enough time in the day to get everything done we need to do! Now is the time reflect on holidays gone by and remember the things that could have made preparation of dinner easier. Do you have a KitchenAid mixer sitting on your countertop? Do you have a full height cabinet? (One with no drawer above it) The Rev-a-Shelf Heavy Duty Mixer Lift could be just the ticket to free up your counter space. The RAS-ML-HDCR stores the mixer in the cabinet until you are ready to use it then, lifts the mixer to countertop height when you need it! With all the prep work you face, that freed space is a blessing! Holidays and baking go hand-in-hand.  You may be baking breads, rolls, cookies and pies. If you have extra space beneath your Mixer Lift once it is installed, you may consider adding a Chrome Wire Pull-out Basket (as pictured) for storing other baking items, Why not add this item to your kitchen and it easier on yourself. It also makes a wonderful gift for baker in your family. Christmas is coming and you and I both know, it's hard to find things that mom or dad may not already have! If they have the full height cabinet and mixer, this could be their favorite gift from Santa. If you are like me, you have a cabinet over your stove that has a hodgepodge of spice bottles. I plan to add a Door Mounted Spice Rack to the cabinet beside my stove. I can't tell you how many times I have to drag a chair to the stove so I can reach the cabinet and get my spices. (Actually, I can tell you! Practically, every night when I cook dinner.) Think about it, during the holidays we constantly need spices and seasonings for our dishes. It is a hassle to dig around the cupboard and find what we are looking for. With a spice rack, it simplifies finding the correct bottle and prevents you from accidentally knocking a bottle in the gravy! During Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, wouldn't it be nice to be better prepared than last year? Wouldn't you love to spend more time with the family and less time fussing with an unorganized mess? As for me, I plan to get my cabinets in order and eliminate the problems I faced last baking season. Now is the time to take a look at your kitchen and see what you could add to make your holidays, joyful.

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