Mission Organization: Week 51 - The Top Five Missions of 2012

This week for Mission Organization I am taking a look back at the posts readers viewed most frequently in 2012. These five were the reader favorites from the weekly household mission tips and were also popular on Pinterest.

1. Are the Dishes Clean or Dirty?

This is a question that can be answered with a simple DIY project. Scrabble game tiles are glued to a magnet that can be placed on the front of the dishwasher, then the magnet can be flipped over to indicate the answer to that oft repeated question.

2. The Ironing

This project was not only a favorite of the blog readers this year, it is also a favorite of mine. I made a dryer-top ironing board that is always in place. This eliminates the need for setting up my big ironing board that never seemed to be put away.

All those splatters that are made when someone forgets to cover the food they are reheating just wipe away with this recipe for a vinegar and water steam cleaning. This makes the gunk wipe right off.

Finding a better way to store my bakeware led to this project. I stood these corner shelving units on their sides so I could slide the various sheet pans and other baking pans into the slots.

My bakeware cabinet is so much better organized now, and I can find the pan I'm looking for without so much digging.

5. My Bathroom Countertop 

One of the hot spots in my house is the bathroom countertop. For this project a kitchen plate rack was repurposed to organize the bathroom. I used a plate rack and added some metal bowls to hold the items that I frequently use in the bathroom. This eliminates the clutter and makes wiping off the countertop so much easier.

So those are the top five projects of this year, and each one has helped me come a step closer in my quest for home organization. The remaining projects of 2012 are indexed and can be viewed in the Mission Organization tab in the header bar.


  1. I need to do that bakeware one - my holiday baking has shown me that! I have too many of this and not enough of that and some of it is so old that it's about ready for the trash can. As soon as everyone leaves after Christmas my kitchen cabinets are my first chore. :) blessings, marlene

  2. Hi, I found your site from just lovely blog, and I'm sure glad I did! I love these organization tips! I just recently started my blog...hop over if you'd like!
    Happy Blogging,

  3. Hi Anita I think I like the cookie sheet, baking pans organized idea the best. Mine are all piled high and hard to get to the one I want, which is usually on the bottom! Merry Christmas to you and your family Andi

  4. They're all great tips, Anita! I really need to do the bakeware one. That'll be on my list. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.