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In my last blog, my husband and I were getting ready to go on a Disney cruise. Today, I’m taking you with us and sharing all of our tips, tricks, and favs! We had originally planned to go on the cruise over New Year’s, but we got sick and had to cancel. We were able to reschedule it to May, and I think it just worked out so much better. I wasn’t going to share the last cruise, because I was so tired after Christmas. This time, I was refreshed and so excited to share!

We did this cruise a little bit differently to show you how to do it the adult way, and we didn’t go to any of the normal dining rotation restaurants. That being said, we’ve done these restaurants in the past, so we didn’t just avoid them. Instead, we wanted to try some new places and show you the underdogs. The other thing about the restaurants is, being two people, you risk being seated with someone else, which is not my jam. Even though it might not seem that way, I am the most introverted person, and I just want to have a romantic dinner with my husband.

Montage of a couple on a cruise

Before we get started, I want to be fully transparent. We were upgraded to Concierge Guests on this trip; we did not pay extra for this. Our original booking for the New Year’s cruise was in a porthole cabin, and it was about double the price due to the holiday. When we re-booked, Andre explained the situation, so in order to make it fair, Disney thought upgrading us was something nice that they could do for us. Andre is also a very good negotiator, so he got us hooked up! Hopefully this goes without saying, but I never share this stuff to boast or brag; I’m just sharing our experience. The Concierge service gets you access to Concierge Hosts that will help you with bookings, and whatever else you need during your trip. You can get on the boat super early, butt all the lines, get Dole whip on demand, and get access to exclusive lounges & quiet, adult only areas. In the lounge, you can get complimentary cocktails, snacks, and beverages that you can take back to your room. It was amazing!

Now, are you ready to cruise?

Day One

We got on the boat at about noon and had some lunch, then watched the SpaceX launch, which was sick! We had a really good little room setup. It was Rapunzel themed, and we had a balcony. It was so cute! The last time we stayed on the Wish, we had a Cinderella themed room, which we also loved. I think the rooms have different themes on each floor.

We get asked all of the time about which Disney ship we like better. We’ve been on the Fantasy, and this was our second time on the Wish. One random thing I will say is that we like the quick service a lot more on the Wish than the Fantasy. There are so many more options in the Festival of Foods area, from barbecue, to tacos, to pizza, etc. It’s really fun!

Lounge chairs on a Disney cruise ship

After lunch, we went to check out the gym and get our workouts in, then we headed to the Rainforest Room. One tip I would give you is to secure the Rainforest Room as soon as you get on the boat. It’s basically one big lounge area for adults only, and it’s very dreamy! It’s quiet; you can chill and take a nap on one of the sleeping pads. There are heated beds, a dry sauna, a steam sauna, different emotional showers, an ice room, and a foot bath area. It’s amazing! The one on the Wish is much bigger than the one on the Fantasy. I think they figured out that people really liked it, so they expanded it on the Wish. I will say that the price was higher for this one than what we paid on the Fantasy. However, it’s far superior, so I understand.

We did some shopping, looking for random treasures as usual. The winners of the day were Mickey and Minnie exclusive cruise captain Park Pals. I had to have them! I also found a Stormtrooper popcorn bucket that I thought would be perfect for Andre’s Star Wars themed office. I think you can also get the popcorn buckets in the parks!

Our first night was amazing. We had drinks at The Rose before dinner that were so good. We met some people on board that were there with their grandkids and children, and they asked us why we chose a Disney cruise. We explained that we love Disney and it’s our thing, but there is an adult way to approach it. After drinks, we watched the hockey game at the Keg & Compass pub, which was sick!

Hot tub on Disney Wish ship

Day Two

We stopped in the Bahamas. We were surrounded by cruises! We actually saw another Disney cruise, which was really cool. We started the day with a light breakfast of Mickey waffles at the Concierge Lounge. Then, we went to the Cove Café. It’s an awesome adult only area; the whole back of the boat is all adult only. We just chilled there, got in the hot tub, did some reading, and went in the pool. Later on, we went to the gym to work out, and got massages. Post massage, we went back to the Rainforest Room. It quickly became our favorite thing on the cruise!

Our night was insane. We went to the Concierge Lounge for pre-dinner drinks, then went to The Rose. We tried to go to Hyperspace Lounge (the Star Wars bar), but ended up feeling like it was more of an after dinner type of place. For dinner, we went to Palo Steakhouse. It was everything! Our experience was 10/10 amazing. I would say this experience was far superior to the experience we had on the Fantasy. On the Fantasy, it felt like a more casual Italian meal. On the Wish, it was a full steak dinner, and just felt a lot fancier.

Day Three

Day three was our day at sea. We were in the middle of nowhere, and the ocean was so smooth. It was so surreal! We got up and walked over to Marceline Market, which is the buffet. It was lovely and a superior buffet to the Fantasy. The last time we were on the Wish, we didn’t even step foot in the buffet. We hung out outside drinking our coffees; it was hot outside, but gorgeous. We also tried out the Enchanted Sword Café which was really good!

Woman with Kindle and glass of wine

We had a beautiful afternoon. We went to the gym, and it was packed since we were at sea. Then, we went to the Rainforest Room and had a nap. We decided to book Andre at Hook’s Barbery for a hot shave. As we were booking him, the Concierge asked if I wanted to go to the Tangled Salon while he was at Hook’s. That was at 5:00, so we had our cocktail hours separately. I got a really adorable pedicure while I read my book and had some bubbly. It was a really cool experience! Even though we weren’t together, we both got sucked into buying products. We came from a place of “yes!” We both got eye cream, he got an exfoliator, and I got Japanese body oil. It’s all from a really amazing brand called Elemis, so I’m not mad about it!

As we were getting ready for dinner, I realized I wanted to tell you about the bronzer I’ve been using. It’s a dupe for a very expensive version, which I didn’t like. This one has drugstore pricing and smells of tropical vacation coconuts. Plus, it blends way better. I love sharing a good product! You guys also loved when I shared my favorite tinted moisturizer. It goes on white, then magically blends itself into your skin tone. I recently found another one that’s similar, but instead of moisturizer, it’s a tinted serum. It’s so freaking good. You’re supposed to pump it onto the back of your hand and mix it with foundation, but I just put it straight on my face. There are little microbeads in it and I love it.

A big question I got on my last blog was about the motion sickness bracelets I used. I wore them during the whole cruise. A lot of you said that you struggle to even go on a boat in a lake, and wondered if you would be able to handle a cruise. Let me tell you, your girl struggles! Night one into morning one always seems to be my worst. I wake up in the middle of the night thinking I might be sick, but I talk myself off the ledge, and I’m usually good for the rest of the trip. The way I get through it is by taking a Bonine every eight hours, which seems to work. It’s non-drowsy, so it keeps me from feeling like I need sleep. I also make sure I stay very hydrated, and of course I’ve got the motion sickness bracelets as well. The bracelets have a pressure point on them that really helps. I’m sure people are wondering what I am wearing, but I got cute ones!

Angie & Andre Bellemare

Before dinner, we went to Hyperspace Lounge. We bought souvenir glasses there that are so cool. They were super reasonably priced for how cool they are. I live for a cuppie! I thought these could also go really well in Andre’s office, along with the Stormtrooper popcorn bucket. We went back to the Keg & Compass pub for dinner which was fantastic. Us Canadians were watching playoff hockey in the middle of the ocean, how perfect is that?! After dinner, we checked out The Bayou lounge. It was amazing!

Day Four

We had a fun morning/early afternoon at Castaway Cay. We went snorkeling, and I was determined to see every single statue under the water. It was amazing! Castaway Cay is so pretty. We opted for lunch on the boat, and decided to book another massage, because it was THAT good the last time. Of course, we also got our routine workouts in, and took one last trip to the Rainforest Room.

On the last cruise, I didn’t stick to my workouts super well, and came home feeling “blah,” lacking energy, and kind of having post-cruise blues. This time, I stuck to my workouts on the boat, and I really think it’s because of the new program that I’m following. In the app, you can track your progress, water intake, cycle, etc. You can choose programs with little to no equipment so you can do them at home, or you can select full gym equipment if you’re going into a gym. The app will show you what equipment you need for each workout, and you can go through each of the moves & see a little video on how to do them. What’s cool is that once you hit “start” on the workout, it will time each move and rest for you. You can also pause the workout at any time. If you finish a move before the timer is up, you can hit the “next” button to move onto the next move or rest. It’s awesome. To me, it’s so motivating, so obtainable, and I’m seeing progress, so I’m sticking with it!

Wine bottle, decanter and rose

For our final dinner, we went out with a bang! We went to Enchanté which is a Lumière themed restaurant, and I had the cutest Belle style dress to wear. I got the chef menu because I thought I would get steak, and I did. There was even caviar! It was the most luxurious, bougie dinner I’ve ever had. The sunset was insane, the wine was insane, and it was such a beautiful, beyond incredible experience.

Day Five

The boat docked around 8 AM, so we got home pretty early. I’m going to recap the trip and give you the lowdown of the highs, lows, favorite parts, and try to answer some common questions I received.

We didn’t buy a lot on the cruise, just a couple of tchotchkes. The Loungefly backpacks were not that exciting; the one that I got on the last cruise was so much better than what they had available this time. My favorite finds are definitely the Mickey captain Park Pal, Stormtrooper popcorn bucket, and the glasses from Hyperspace. I gasped when I found the Park Pals; I was so excited! We immediately put the popcorn bucket and glasses in Andre’s office when we got home, and they look so good!

Woman standing in front of cruise ship

One of my favorite parts of the cruise was our last dinner at Enchanté. I would say it was one of the top three dining experiences of my entire life! Palo Steakhouse was also phenomenal. Beyond the dining, Rainforest Room, and Castaway Cay, the underdog moment for me was my trip to the Tangled Salon. It was so special and relaxing, I loved it! I feel like we really succeeded in four days of just chilling and relaxing.

As far as restaurants go, if you don’t have kids, the Marvel restaurant (Worlds of Marvel) is a hard pass. It wasn’t my favorite food nor ambience, but it was fun the last time since we were with a bunch of friends. The Arendelle restaurant has a show & the food is phenomenal, and the 1923 restaurant is awesome. Cove Café, The Bayou lounge and Hyperspace were all amazing as well. Our favs that we kept going back to were the Keg & Compass pub, and the Concierge Lounge. Adult-wise, the one bar we didn’t go to (although we did try) was Nightingale’s. We walked in, and it was completely empty. It wasn’t a vibe, so we decided not to sit down.

I would also like to give a huge shout out to the staff! There are amazing crew members on these ships, but there are a couple that will make your trip so special. We kept going back to the pub because it was such a vibe. If you go on the Wish, you have to say hi to Julian and Saro, from Angie & Andre. We had so much fun with them! The Concierge staff was also incredible, through and through.

Woodland creature wallpaper

Something I love is sharing the Disney inspiration for our home. I took so many photos of the Keg & Compass because I thought we could do Andre’s office in our Canada home as a whiskey, Keg & Compass inspired room. The ceiling was a Peter Pan style pirate map, which was so cool. There was also really cute woodland wallpaper in some of the elevators. I was thinking we could recreate that in the powder room in Canada. I found a really cool set of artwork in one of the staircases that’s all Bambi themed, which I think would be perfection in our Bambi room at the Disney house. I have lots of inspo that I’m very excited about!

If you can do the adult only areas, Disney cruises are superior cruising experiences. We’ve done several Royal Caribbean cruises, and I prefer Disney. They’re just more magical and more fun, especially as a Disney lover.

As I mentioned, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the Wish compared to the Fantasy ship. The Fantasy was amazing; it outdoes the Wish in adult only areas. They’re next level on the Fantasy! The Rainforest Room on the Wish is far and wide superior to what was on the Fantasy. I just think the sheer size of it makes it so there aren’t a ton of people on top of each other, which is amazing. On the Fantasy, it was basically just a small room. The quick service on the Wish also wins because of the variety!

Rainforest Room on Disney Wish ship

Now, the one negative part is that there are a ton of kids, but being on a Disney cruise, I can’t be mad at that. Even in the adult only areas, there were a lot of parents that didn’t abide by the rules and just didn’t care that their kids were in an adult only area. You could see that the staff tried to enforce it, but it must be super difficult. I found that other than the Rainforest Room, it won’t always be quiet. You can’t really escape it, and you just get used to it. I wouldn’t say that was a damper for us, but if it bothers you, I wouldn’t recommend doing a Disney cruise.

The only other negative part for me was having motion sickness. This water baby is struggling more and more with motion, and I don’t know why. Even off the boat, I have dock rock, which is basically when you still feel like you’re moving, even when you get off the boat. Like I mentioned earlier, it seems to be the worst in the middle of the night. This has happened on three different cruises now! Maybe I need something stronger than Bonine and the bracelets. A couple of people have recommended the patches you put behind your ears, but if you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them!

The last thing I will say is that it wasn’t a bad idea on Disney’s part to upgrade us, because now we’re a little bit broken, and we’re going to want to cruise the Concierge way every time, lol. It’s a magnificent experience, but I’m sure we will change our minds when we see the price!

Needless to say, we had an epic time on an incredible trip. Thank you for being a part of it! I hope this helped you if you are planning a Disney cruise. I’m so excited that I want to book the Treasure ship now. If you’ve been, drop your tips and favs in the comments!

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  • Writer's pictureAngie Bellemare

Today, I want to take you through the prep days we took for our Disney cruise. We were supposed to go on the Disney Wish cruise ship over New Year’s Eve, but we got sick and ended up having to cancel. Luckily, we were able to postpone it to this month, and I’m so excited! We’ve been on the Wish before, and I was not prepared for it at all. I’m so ready this time! We’re packing, eating, shopping, sharing tips, and I’m going to take you through it all!

Montage of a couple getting ready for a cruise

First things first, Andre and I got our workouts in. I was one of three people chosen to be ambassadors for a new fitness app. This is something that’s been on my vision board for a long time! I’ve secretly been using the app since December and I’m obsessed. It has empowered me to not only work out at home, but also work out in an actual gym. I was always the nerd in the gym that was embarrassed because I didn't know what to do, so I never really did gym workouts. I went into a gym and powered through a killer workout using all the machines, because the app literally shows you what to do. You can listen to your music and basically have a personal trainer in your pocket. It’s incredible! The program I’m doing is five days a week, so my goal is to do the app’s five days of workouts, and on the other two days, I’m going to do pilates or yoga. There is a gym on the ship, so I’m also planning on utilizing that to stay on my schedule.

Post-workout, we went to fuel up with Disney food. We’re going to make it our mission to try all new Disney restaurants, especially the quick service ones. We love trying new places! We always go to the Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter, so we decided to give Port Orleans Resort - Riverside a try. It was amazing! It was very New Orleans themed food, so we had jambalaya and gumbo. So good!

Woman wearing Disney dress with a Disney bag

Back at the house, we went into full packing mode. I wanted to try to fit everything into a carry-on since we would only be gone for four days. I laid out all my clothes in the spare bedroom and planned out my outfits. There is a restaurant on the ship called Enchanté that is Lumière themed, so I found a gold dress that I thought would be perfect for dinner. It was giving Beauty and the Beast! There’s also a bar called The Bayou, so I found a green dress that was giving bayou. I love a good theme! I bought some new bikinis for Castaway Cay, and a matching dress and hat set from @kingdomsandco to wear when we get on the ship. My fav hair accessory shop sent me a bunch of fun scrunchies, clips and headbands for the cruise, so I’m definitely bringing those as well!

Ready for my first cruise tip? The most annoyingly expensive thing on a cruise is buying water and water bottles. You have to order them to your room. It’s insane; don’t do it. Instead, bring a tumbler that you can fill up. I found a sparkly rainbow tumbler that I topped with a Figment Park Pal. It’s giving Disney and I’m here for it! Andre is also bringing one. What we’ll probably do is fill them up in the gym so we have water in our room.

Cruise tip #2: You need motion sickness bracelets. I thought I was a champion with motion… but apparently I’m not. I got some bracelets for our last cruise and the game changed! You put them on each wrist, and there’s a pressure point on them. Don’t ask me how it works, but it works! Some people have nausea on cruises, and some don’t at all. Some people have never dealt with it before and then dealt with it, like I did. For me, it usually comes on day one. I don’t know what to expect, so I just try to go in prepared. I also get dock rock after getting off the boat, which is when you still feel a sense of motion on land. The bracelets help a ton, but Bonine is the best. It’s so much better than Gravol and Dramamine, in my opinion. It tastes like raspberry and doesn’t make you drowsy. It’s just amazing!

Cruise tip #3: Don’t bring your hair tools if you don’t have a converter. I’ve brought my Dyson air wrap without a converter before and it was fine, but it was really risky. When I got off the ship, I saw all these confiscated hair dryers and steamers and thought, “that would’ve sucked.” I’m not going to bring mine this time around; I think it’s just safer.

View of Disney Springs

After getting some things packed up, we headed to Disney Springs. It was Cinco de Mayo that day, so obviously I needed a margarita from Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ while we did some shopping for our trip. It’s arguably one of the best margaritas on property! My other top picks are from Jaleo’s, La Cava del Tequila, and the smoked margarita from Finn’s.

First, I went to Sephora (shocking) and got a couple of things. The Sephora at Disney Springs is insane, but the line does move semi-quickly. I got a tinted serum that I have at home in Canada with little beadlets in it that is so good. I love a good tinted moisturizer/serum! I also got some de-puffing eye patches. I could use about 20 of these so I should’ve gotten more, but what I got should be fine for the cruise. Last, I got a beautiful little eyeshadow palette, so that’s definitely coming with me as well. When I cleaned out everything from moving, I donated SO MUCH makeup, and the few things that remained were my Huda Beauty palettes. Out of many years of makeup, I think that speaks volumes!

Next, we went to a jewelry store called Ever After Jewelry Co. They carry Disney Loungefly, jewelry, Pandora, Baublebar, etc. I got some Mickey stud earrings that I thought were very cruise appropriate. I also got a ring that I found at the cash register. You might know that I love Donald Duck… well, they had a Baublebar stacked ring of Donald that I had to have. It’s absolutely incredible!

Then, Andre needed some day shirts and nice, collared shirts. He got two button down shirts at Ron Jon that are so good. The fabric is super light and just perfection. They were great finds! We also spotted a Star Wars shirt with all the characters on it. Even our little Ewok, Carl, is on it; it’s incredible! We decided it would be his Hyperspace Lounge shirt on the cruise.

The next day (Monday) is the day we left. We were able to get checked in on the Disney Cruise Line app before heading to the port. On the app, you can complete your health questionnaire, see the balance of your room, review your itinerary, and find a checklist of everything you need to get done before boarding the ship. There is also a QR code that can be scanned when you check in. It’s super easy!

Couple standing in front of a cruise ship

One of the reasons we like the Wish and the Fantasy ships (the times we’ve gone; anything can change) is that we really like the port that is the closest to Disney, which is Cape Canaveral. The drive is about 40-45 minutes from our house, so it’s not bad at all. We’ve now taken cruises three times out of Cape Canaveral, and three cruises out of Fort Lauderdale. I don’t know if I’m biased because it’s Disney, but the experiences we’ve had in Cape Canaveral are so much smoother (knock on wood). Every time we’ve gone out of Fort Lauderdale, it was a 45 minute to an hour endeavor just waiting to get on the boat, and it didn’t feel organized. At Cape Canaveral, you get right on the boat. If you’re taking a Disney cruise, they also have a Mickey archway you walk through, which is so fun!

On the ship, I booked the barber shop for Andre to go to right when we got on. On Tuesday, we have massages and dinner at Palo Steakhouse. We decided we won’t be getting off the boat in the Bahamas because we’ve done it before, so we’re good. For our day at sea, we don’t have anything planned, so we will probably just sit by the pool. On day four, we have dinner reservations at Enchanté, the Lumière/Beauty and the Beast restaurant I mentioned. Apparently it’s amazing! We’re also going to try to do the Rainforest Room, utilize the gym, and try different things that other people don’t always talk about, and we’re going to do it the adult way. In my next blog, I’ll share all the nitty gritty details!

I hope you enjoyed this if you’re prepping for a cruise. Hopefully this was helpful, entertaining, and as always, Disney-esque! I love being helpful with tips and tricks, so if you have specific questions, drop them in the comments. I’m excited to share it all with you!

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I’m so excited for today’s blog, because we’re going to do a deep clean and super organization of my entire kitchen! We’re talking pantry, fridge, cupboards, the whole shebang! The cupboards and pantry had just accumulated so much extra stuff that things were getting disorganized and lost in there. I wanted to relabel and reorganize everything, and put things back where they belong. I’m going to take you through it all!

Process of kitchen deep clean

First things first, I opened up the pantry to take inventory of what we had. There was a lot of stuff in there, from supplements to baking supplies, and all of these empty containers that weren’t being used. I pulled everything out and set it on the kitchen counter so I could really see what I was working with. Checking expiration dates along the way, I ended up throwing a lot of things out that we didn’t realize had expired (unused condiments, old flour, etc.). Once the pantry was empty, I wiped everything down to get out all of the gunk, grime and extra dust that had collected on the shelves.

Next, I emptied and cleaned out all of the unused jars and food storage containers. Some of the containers that I use for dry goods had old food in them, so I cleaned those out as well, and replaced the old food with fresh food. We had a lot of loose bags and multiple items like rice, oatmeal, collagen, etc., so I used the empty containers to combine each thing. I also individually packed up sunflower seeds, pistachios, raisins, and mixed nuts into some extra glass jars so we could see them. I made labels for each of the jars and containers because I wanted everything to have its place. I just got clear labels off of Amazon and printed them in Pages on my computer. You can also use Microsoft Word. It’s super easy and makes for a much more organized situation in your pantry!

Woman organizing pantry

I continued with labeling some plastic tubs to organize baking supplies, oils, spices and noodles/pasta. I created a can area, a soup area, and all of our supplements went down on the bottom shelf. I moved all of our junk food like popcorn and chips out of the pantry into its own drawer, so we were less likely to reach for those things than what was more accessible in the pantry.

Some of the labels I made weren’t fitting quite right on the containers, so I decided to use my Cricut machine. I know it looks complicated, but it’s honestly really straightforward! I typed out the words in the font I wanted, printed them on sticker paper, and peeled off each word. It took me five minutes! I made labels for shakes, flour, pasta, chocolate chips and nutritional yeast. I labeled everything I could, and it made such a difference in how the pantry looked once it was all done! I felt like everything had its place, and there was so much less clutter because I knew where everything went, and it was all categorized.

Then, I moved on to our coffee area. Just like the pantry, I took everything out of the cupboards and gave them a good wipedown. I found so many mugs and random things in there! I put some mugs aside to donate, and organized all of our coffee supplies in a way that made sense. Another cupboard I really wanted to tackle is where we keep our dishes. I had accumulated some Mickey bowls and random little jars, plates, etc. I don’t like having random mismatched stuff, so I took those out of the cupboards, wiped it all down, and reorganized everything.

Inside an organized refrigerator

Next, I went to work on the fridge. We had a lot of leftover stuff like takeout and meal prep items in there, so it just needed to be cleaned out and organized. I like to wipe down the fridge every couple of weeks so it stays fresh and clean, so that wasn’t too difficult to finish up quickly. In the door, I organized the top row with juices and creamer. The second row was salad dressings, and condiments like mustard and soy sauce filled up the last two rows. On the shelves, I organized everything into sections. On the top shelf, I put small items like eggs, butter, etc. The second shelf held pickled stuff like hot peppers, olives, and pickles. The third shelf is a little taller, so I put things like cashew milk and juice there. The last shelf held cans like sparkling water, and fruits and veggies went into individual drawers.

The other thing that I hadn’t tackled in so long was our freezer. I don’t know why, but Andre and I are just not freezer people. If something goes in our freezer, it’s either booze, or it goes there to die, lol. We wanted to change that, so I got to work organizing. I started by putting all of our alcohol bottles in the door. Then, I put meat on one shelf, frozen fruits and smoothie ingredients on another shelf, and bread went on the top shelf. I moved seafood into its own drawer with shrimp, tilapia, haddock, and some smoked salmon. Last, all of the junk food went into the bottom drawer so it was all in one spot.

An organized spice rack

The last thing that needed to be organized, especially because I went through the pantry, was all of our spices. I took everything out, condensed a lot of containers, and threw out anything that was expired. Like everything else, I wiped it all down before putting everything back in.

Obviously, it made such a mess to put everything out on the counter, so I cleaned it all up by wiping down the counter and vacuuming. It was such a long process, but totally worth it at the end of the day! I hope this helped give you some cleaning motivation and ideas for organizing your kitchen. If you have any organization tips or tricks I might have missed, be sure to share them in the comments!

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