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{Let’s Organize: 2012} Kitchen Cabinets: Recap & Link Party

21 Jan

Week Two of  Let’s Organize: 2012 is COMPLETE! And, finally, I can breathe a bit easier when I open my kitchen cabinets. What a difference small changes can make!

To give you an idea of what my drawers and cabinets looked like pre-project, here’s a quick “before & after” for you:

Before:

Knives on top of tongs… on top of spatulas… on top of whisks. Messy, and not super safe either. Who wants to stick their hand in a messy drawer full of sharp knives? Uh, NOT me.

After:

MUCH better! Still nowhere near perfect, but I love the fact that the Core Bamboo Knife Organizer I found on clearance @ HomeGoods {for $7!} has made the drawer so much easier to use!

Let’s take in the some of the other organizing success, shall we?

Silverware = Check!

Organized Dishes.

Cupcake Liners are all stored neatly in a jar now, thanks to a brilliant idea I found via Pinterest!

Here are some of the products I fell in love with this week while in organization-mode. Some of them, I used in my kitchen. Others didn’t work for my space, but I’m seriously in love with them. Maybe they’ll work for yours.

1. A Bakware Organizer from Crate & Barrel – because I love the idea of not having to take ALL of my baking sheets out in order to find the one I need.

2. A Madesmart Utensil Tray from the Container Store – I love the look of the clear trays {especially if you’re thinking about lining your drawers with colorful paper!}.

3. A Classic In-Drawer Knife Block from Core Bamboo. Safe & Functional is always a Win-Win.

4. Chevron Drawer Liners from Hammocks and High Tea – these are a splurge at $25, but BOY are they adorable!

5. The OXO Softworks 11″ Turn Table from Target – perfect for storing spices, frostings, sprinkles & more in your baking cabinet.

6. The Simple Human Medium Pull-Out Cabinet Organizer from the Container Store – also a total splurge, but I am in love with the functionality. Keep the under-the-sink space clean and organized, AND easy to reach with the bonus slide-out feature.

 


{Let’s Organize: 2012} Week 2: Kitchen Cabinets & Cupboards

17 Jan

Week 1 is complete! And now we are on to Week 2: organizing our Kitchen Cabinets and Cupboards.

Think About it.
What fills your cabinets, and why? What sections of the kitchen cabinets should be filled with what appliances, dishes, and products to make cooking, baking and cleaning easy? Are your pots and pans near your stove? Dishes near the sink and dishwasher?

Be Inspired.
This week, I’m finding serious inspiration from iHeartOrganizing. Her kitchen is PERFECT. Mine may not look as good as hers, but boy does it make me want to work harder! Take a look into her kitchen cabinets here.

 

{Whoa!}

{WOW.}

{Awesome!}

Set the Rules {& Keep them!} This week, I’m telling myself:

1. Keep it convenient – make sure items are organized well and easy to get to.
and {the same rules as last week here}:
2. If it’s a common item {baking sheets, appliances, etc} you don’t use at least once every 3 months, give it away.
3. If it’s a seasonal item {cookie cutters, cake pans, holiday aprons} you don’t use it at least once a year, give it away.
4. If it’s broken, THROW IT AWAY! Seriously, do it.

What challenges do you face? What rules are you setting for yourself? Check back later this week, when I recap the project, share photos, & give you a chance to link to your projects.

Happy Organizing!

{Let’s Organize: 2012} Kitchen Countertops: Recap & Link Party

14 Jan

Week One of  Let’s Organize: 2012 is COMPLETE! And I am so excited to check my first item off the list. Kitchen counters were a great and simple project to start with. Ready to see how I organized?

Before:

Not the worst room in my home, but definitely messy. Dirty dishes, clutter, and folded laundry. {Hah!}

After:

I grabbed a handy Simple Human sink caddy, and these plink garbage disposal cleaners {which I now completely love!}. The sink has never looked {or smelled} better. Sigh of relief…

Due to my recent chalkboard obsession, I was super excited to find these at Pier 1 {and for FREE with a $10 off $10 coupon!}. Baking supplies and pasta look neat and tidy.

And finally, the whole thing…

Nice and clean. My next goal? To keep it that way.

Here are some of the products I fell in love with this week while in organization-mode. Some of them, I used in my kitchen. Others didn’t work for my space, but I’m seriously in love with them. Maybe they’ll work for yours.

1. Method Cleaning Products from Target – perfect for my counter tops. They smell good AND they’re eco-friendly {and decently priced}: that’s a win-win{-win}. Find coupons @ Target to make the deals even sweeter.

2. The Simple Human Sink Caddy from the Container Store – sleek, shiny, lovely. I did some research on this one – the cost is a bit steep @ $16, but is the same across the board at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, & more. I suggest saving with a Bed Bath and Beyond 20% off coupon {you can sign up to receive those via email here}.

3. The Stockholm Fruit Bowl from IKEA – pretty and functional. Clear up that counter space and look amazing doing it. This would look amazing on the kitchen counter, or in the middle of a dining table or coffee table.

4. A Banana Hook from the Container Store – infinitely cooler than the classic hanging fruit bowl. And the best part? It’s only $3.99.

5. Chalkboard Canisters from Pier 1. Check out Pier 1’s Facebook Page for regular deals – I did this and found mine for about 2cents each when I used a $10 off $10 coupon!

6. The Joseph Joseph Elevate Carousel Set {utensils included}from Amazon – this one would be a big splurge for me, but I’m totally loving the colors. Not only would my counter top look super organized, but it would be cheerful, too! Adding this one to the wishlist…

 


{Let’s Organize: 2012} Week 1: Kitchen Countertops & Sink

10 Jan

This week, we start our year of organizing in the kitchen, organizing our Kitchen Counter Tops and Sink. Anyone else have a cluttered counter top like me? Yeah, thought so.

Think About it.
What you use your counter space for: do you cook and clean? Is the kitchen a hang out spot? A homework or study area? What is crowding it – and why? What’s a storage alternative for those excess spices, utensils, and appliances you have lying around?

Be Inspired.
This week, check out HGTV’s 9 Ideas to Keep your Kitchen Functional and Organized. I am especially loving their vertical wall storage ideas:

& their “spice drawer”:

Set the Rules {& Keep them!}
This week, I’m telling myself:

1. If you don’t use it everyday, put it away.
2. If it’s a common item {baking sheets, appliances, etc} you don’t use at least once every 3 months, give it away.
3. If it’s a seasonal item {cookie cutters, cake pans, holiday aprons} you don’t use it at least once a year, give it away.
4. If it’s broken, THROW IT AWAY! Seriously, do it.

I am really bad about having a clean counter & usable space in the kitchen – dirty dishes and unused appliances seriously crowd the space. So, I’m excited to not only clean up this week, but attempt to stick with a system I can use from now on to keep it clean!

What challenges do you face? What rules are you setting for yourself? Check back later this week, when I recap the project, share photos, & give you a chance to link to your projects.

Happy Organizing!

Let’s Organize: 2012

9 Jan

This year, I’m challenging myself to be more organized. {What a common New Year’s Resolution, right!?} Though common, I know my home needs it, and Home Storage Solutions inspired me with their simple “52 Weeks to an Organized Home” series. Since I’m not yet in the 2kids-big-house-attic-garden-and-a-dog phase, I’ve taken their schedule and have adapted it a 50-Week Series to fit my young-adult-small-space-living lifestyle.

Anyone else feel like me, and take one look at their messy home, inside their pantry, in their closet… and feel totally overwhelmed? Yeah. I love: the way it is broken down week by week. No reason to feel overwhelmed, because all of the tasks are small and simple. And by the end of the year… ta-da! A {mostly} perfect home!

I’ll walk through the challenges week by week, and hope you’ll do the same! Join me: Follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe via e-mail. Throughout the year, share your successes {& failures} & photos with me each week, and I will share them on the blogosphere. Here we go:

  • Week 1: Kitchen organization: countertops and sink (January 9, 2012)
  • Week 2: Kitchen cabinets and cupboards (January 16, 2012)
  • Week 3: Kitchen pantry and food storage areas (January 23, 2012)
  • Week 4: Refrigerator and freezer (January 30, 2012)
  • Week 5: Recipes(February 6, 2012)
  • Week 6: Coupons (February 13, 2012)
  • Week 7: Addresses/Contact Information (February 20, 2012)
  • Week 8: Mail (February 27, 2012)
  • Week 9: Bill Paying (March 5, 2012)
  • Week 10: Receipts/Tax Documents  (March 12, 2012)
  • Week 11: Filing System (March 19, 2012)
  • Week 12: Magazines and Newspapers (March 26, 2012)
  • Week 13: Internet Accounts and Passwords (April 2, 2012)
  • Week 14: Take a deep breath… and a BREAK! (April 9, 2012)
  • Week 15: Home office (April 16, 2012)
  • Week 16: Cleaning supplies (April 23, 2012)
  • Week 17: Bathroom (April 30, 2012)
  • Week 18: Medicine cabinet (May 7, 2012)
  • Week 19: Entryway / mud room (May 14, 2012)
  • Week 20: Living room / family room (May 21, 2012)
  • Week 21: Dining room / kitchen eating area (May 28, 2012)
  • Week 22: Laundry room (June 4, 2012)
  • Week 23: Laundry baskets and hampers (June 11, 2012)
  • Week 24: Purses / briefcases (June 18, 2012)
  • Week 25: Books (June 25, 2012)
  • Week 26: CDs and DVDs (July 2, 2012)
  • Week 27: Photos (July 9, 2012)
  • Week 28: Craft Supplies (July 16, 2012)
  • Week 29: Vehicles (July 23, 2012)
  • Week 30: Pets (July 30, 2012)
  • Week 31: Storage Space (Storage Unit/Basement/Attic) (August 6, 2012)
  • Week 32: Patio (August 13, 2012)
  • Week 33: Home “Launching Pad” (August 20, 2012)
  • Week 34: Linen Closet (August 27, 2012)
  • Week 35: Coat Closet (September 3, 2012)
  • Week 36: Take a deep breath… and a BREAK! (September 10, 2012)
  • Week 37: Master bedroom closet (September 17, 2012)
  • Week 38: Seasonal clothing switch (September 24, 2012)
  • Week 39: Master bedroom (October 1, 2012)
  • Week 40: Jewelry & Accessories (October 8, 2012)
  • Week 41: Shoes (October 15, 2012)
  • Week 42: Makeup & cosmetics (October 22, 2012)
  • Week 43: Organizing closet space for your Guests (October 29, 2012)
  • Week 44: Guest bedroom organizing challenge (November 5, 2012)
  • Week 45: Organize toys and games (November 12, 2012)
  • Week 46: Create personal home inventory (November 19, 2012)
  • Week 47: Keep a family calendar (November 26, 2012)
  • Week 48: Christmas decoration storage and organization (December 3, 2012)
  • Week 49:  Organize wrapping paper and gift bags(December 10, 2012)
  • Week 50: CELEBRATE! ‘Cause you’re done.

Want to take the pledge to organize with me? Share this post on Facebook or Twitter & tell your friends you’re jumping on board.

Come back tomorrow to read about the Week 1 challenge and get started!

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