Archive | January, 2014

Before and After

21 Jan

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I absolutely love a house with lots of storage to play in! Give me your pantries, utility closets, and mudrooms! I love them all! No joke! Here is a before and after of a utility closet that had become a place to store odds and ends! This lovely closet just needed some structure and a quick 30 minute clean-out!

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And the after… oh yes!

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The blue bins are from the Dollar Store… gotta love it! I also used a small white trash can from the Dollar Store to hold the rolls of wrapping paper! The stacking bins for gift wrapping supplies are from the Container Store, as is the cleaning supply caddy.┬áThe bins contain cleaning supplies, tools, paint, light bulbs, bug spray, etc…

Fabulous! If this was my closet, I would just stand and stare at it!

15 Minute Organization

9 Jan

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So my recent organization dilemma was paper clutter… in the kitchen.

I don’t have a ton of counter space and even if I did, I hate piles of paper in the kitchen.

Here is what it looked like…

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This lovely little pile included; my planner, my son’s paperwork from his doctor appointment, my daughters school folder, my to do list, etc. All piled up on the end of my counter, ugh! I needed a place in the kitchen where I could store these items.

We have two junk drawers in our kitchen. One, stores pens, pads, batteries, and miscellaneous items. The other, a real junk drawer. It started out as a drawer for my husband, a place where I could put his things that were left on the counter. In the end, it just became a real JUNK drawer!

Here is the proof…

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See how random… a broken watch, my husbands baby photos, chargers, lip gloss, outlet covers, cat medicine, random papers, you name it! Talk about embarrassing, but remember this was my husband’s drawer!

So I decided to use this drawer as my little kitchen office, of sorts…

1. First, I emptied the drawer. Of which, 90% of the contents were just trash. Then, I relocated the other items.

2. I bought scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. Using the paper as drawer liner, I used double stick tape to adhere it to the drawer. See? So much better!

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3. Then I purchased clear drawer organizers from Container Store, for under $15.

4. Finally, I just loaded all my things back into the drawer and voila!

15 minutes and under $20 dollars!

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Here is a list of what I keep in this drawer… my planner, a notebook, my journal of kids quotes and stats (where I jot things down about them), my menu planner, chargers, pens/pencils, and to do list pads.

I also keep any papers, forms, to do items in this drawer. This way, I will see them daily and remember to complete them! I have a home office, but this allows me to keep the things I need in the kitchen and not have to look at the cluttered counter top. Problem solved!