New Storage Pieces

so i told you about the new bar area and craft room storage I have right?

I thought I’d show you what I did with them. I don’t have before pics but I’ll try to envision what used to be in the space prior.


 

first up: new bar area.


previously: an ottoman that fit perfectly in this corner! most often was home to: a silver  bucket (maybe 10 gallon) that held water bottles that couldn’t fit in the fridge and clothes that needed to be folded. also lost dolls, dish towels that mini me used as blankets for said lost dolls, lonely socks, and occasionally gym shoes as well. the ottoman kind of blocked some access to the sliding glass door which led to the patio though. this bookshelf has a smaller footprint and makes more space in this corner.

my original intention for this was to store my ever growing baking supplies. I saw a post somewhere of someone that organizes all their cookie cutters and other baking tools in plastic see thru bins on a book shelf. I thought wow why didn’t i think of that? instead of trying to cram all my baking things into my cabinets, kitchen island, pantry and guest bed room??

well my uncle was giving this bad boy away and i kind of love the style of the shelves cause it fits perfectly with the other dark furniture we have. but as soon as it got home ( and i realized we also acquired new drinking glasses) -*lightbulb* lets use it as a bar area instead!

previously i stuffed our fancy glasses above the kitchen sink cabinet but i wasn’t going to have enough space to store all of these in that cabinet. and i love that i can put my servingware on it as well. it makes me feel like an adult to have these kinds of things, you know for like entertaining other people 🙂 which we kind of like to do.

 


 

next up: new craft storage


closet’s previous contents: 2 bins of xmas gear, baby play yard, bin of craft paper and various school supplies, old audrey hepburn pics from my apartment when i lived by myself, wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, sweaters, etc etc…

now y’all know my craft room used to be A HOT MESS. it’s really a guest bedroom that i was ashamed to have to let guests use. but i buckled down and got a lot of it organized a while back.[ see that post here: Craft Room Storage ]

well a few months ago that little wire shelf system passed away peacefully in its sleep. i’ve had it for some time now so i wasn’t too upset. But it meant i had to lay the shelves of stuff out on the floor and that defeated the purpose of craft room cleanliness.

in comes these plastic shelves. my uncle didn’t need them and i knew that i could give them a new home. a home where they would be loved and wanted and where they could live their purpose out respectfully.

(i still need to label the drawers but i like that they fit in the closet and hold more than my old wire shelves did.)

 

 

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Fridge Organization

i am still slowing organizing my house.

my fridge was a pretty big offender that i finally did something about. it is not something that you would notice as it remains closed most of the time, but organizing it has made a world of a difference.


its not my ideal fridge, i would prefer something like:

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something where i don’t need to bend down to see inside.i mean look at all the space in these babies ! the fact that you see everything when you open it, and the adjustable shelves on both sides, yeah that’s a win in my book.

but we rent so its not like i have an option of changing ours out; i make due with it, im not really complaining… although the middle door shelf keeps falling off and has now broken 3 times, and i had to replace the glass on the last shelf. did i mention this fridge has been discontinued? companies don’t discontinue their top products, know what i’m saying? -_-


alright, well there is like a scientific best practice for what to keep where. the airflow and temperature and way the heat rises to the top means you should keep certain things in certain places.

i always knew veggies and fruits should be kept in the bottom drawers, but i didn’t know its because those drawers experience a different level of humidity.

also you want to keep things like dairy items, the ones that go bad more quickly than other groceries, close to the bottom shelf. things in the door should be like condiments or things that don’t need to be as cold, as that is the warmest part of your fridge.


I’ve also tried to move all my leftovers to the top shelf. so i can always see what needs to be eaten first.

i got a couple of those plastic clear bins from tj maxx and burlington coat factory to create “easy pull drawers”. they work out great for the lower shelves, because i pull the bin out and grab what i need; instead of having to move all the items if what i want is more towards the back. it also helps with containing mess, cause i hate wiping down spills that have become cold and stuck to the glass shelves.

on the top shelf i have one bin for more savory items, like pasta sauce, chili sauce, a salad dressing that doesn’t fit in the drawer. then i have a bin for the sweet stuff, caramel, maple syrup, hot fudge sundae topping, etc.

Weekend in Review – House work + French toast

i had a nice long weekend; friday off + sat & sun. princess and i slept in friday while D went to work. he came back for us around lunchtime so we could run errands. we had a houseguest friday night so that meant we needed some food in the house and i have been wanting to organize the pantry…

so i organized the pantry on friday. i feel better, but its not there yet..

see this is the before mess. its not a very big pantry but its still kind of a big mess…

so i grabbed some tupperware and a few labels and got to work.

i took everything out the pantry and grouped like items first.

i tried to take things out of boxes, to make things stackable and better utilize vertical space. i didn’t want to lose the cooking directions for somethings so i cut the box and taped the directions on top of the tupperware.

like i said, not there yet but my rice/pasta/dry mix shelf is looking nice.

i also pinned my ziploc bags to the wall on the inside to save shelf space.

saturday morning i made rum infused pecan crusted french toast. really yummy but it needed more rum 🙂

the rest of saturday was kind of rainy. we didn’t do much but watch movies and make chicken parm with zoodles for dinner.

sunday morning was for church and later gym for me. upper body + cardio.

Linen Closet Update

just a quick update on what my linen closet looks like now.

im really happy with it actually! Everything has a place and most things are labeled and neatly put away 😀

I spray painted the chrome baskets to an almost black color to match the other ones. My mom found a smaller  basket that had a lining which i moved the medicine into so small tubes wouldn’t fall thru the cracks.

i also found this nice glass jar from Joann that i plan to use to make laundry detergent. i took a break from making my own for a while because i couponing and stocked up for a while but everyone seemed to really like my homemade one so ill be reverting back soon. (if you are interested to know how i made it see my post here: DIY Laundry Detergent)

and im still loving the hang tags idea. i even got my mom in on them!

Closet Organization 

Personally I like to try and finish a task, like really and truly finish it, before I start another. It feels soooo good to cross that item off my to-do list, but if you’re doing 5 things at once it takes a lot longer to complete any of them.

But in the case of my home organizing extravaganza, I have been picking up storage finds for all parts of the house and incorporating them into my efforts. And I’m ok with that.

I told y’all about my 3 main problem areas and I have focused mainly on the craft room… To see it today, and to see it like a week ago is such a drastic difference! I’m trying to do the same for our closet.

A few of the things I’ve done so far:

[Organizing all my clutches!

They used to just be crammed into the smallest cubbie in my closet. And they fit in the space… But trying to pull one out was a hassle, all the rest would fall out and I never really got to the ones in the back cause I pretty much forgot they were hiding back there. Now that I have them in this drawer/bin, I can pull the drawer out and see everything I have.

And it looks nicer. Way nicer.]

Hanging up my purses!

  

I love that my mom has this beautiful armoire and cute baskets to organize all her purses. I thought I could just stack my purses in one of the cubby spaces of my own closet.. But it just never turned out that way. They always seem to fall over each other and it looked chaotic. So I looked into command hooks and said I’d hang them up instead, the lighter ones anyway. And I decided I should try and add in extra shelves to help use the wasted space of my cubby system. Also get more drawer/bins to do like my mom 😀

Clearing up my shoes!

This has been a big source of irritation for a while. I never had a good place to put them in the closet and the space to add in a shoe rack is very limited. So they have always just been in a pile on the floor. Or in some of the low space underneath my second hanging rod. I also have another drawer unit in the garage which has kept some of the shoe clutter away from the closet; mainly shoes that don’t get worn as often. I was considering finding a tall tiered shoe rack but i would have to turn it on the side to fit in this small space and it would mean i only have a few inches trying to get shoes in and out of it. I came upon this tiered revolving shoe tree and was pretty excited. The diameter was small enough to fit the space, and it would mean I could access all of them pretty easily. Found it on Amazon for $33.


[All of my flipflops and flats are going in… – you guessed it ! Drawer/bins!!]

Fixing up the cubbies!

When we moved in, I was super excited for this closet and its existing setup. But lately I wasn’t utilizing it to its best. So I decided to get some shelves cut and add some cute bins to put the stuff in so it didn’t look so messy. See what I mean about messy?

What do you think?

also got a cap rack to hang up Ds hats.


Now on to organizing all the clothes O_O.

Craft Room Update

I so wish that I had a picture of what the madness looked like before I initiated my “organize house” mission. But here are a few in work pictures of my “craft/guest room” to give you an idea of how far the space has come.

These are the earliest before pics… Stuff was everywhere.

I took this pic after we had already starting trying to put the pegboard up, so it’s not a true representation of the controlled chaos that was this room. Origianlly I had the desk against the wall and all my baskets of different things, and papers, etc on the top of the desk and old textbooks stacked underneath. You couldn’t really see or use the desk though :/

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But after getting the pegboard up, and moving that drawer unit in, it evolved to this:

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And after a little more time and effort it looks more like this:

I still have room on the board to add more things, and have cleared leg room out beneath the desk. I put the printer down there because it looked too clunky on top of the desk. See here babygirl is trying to show you the floral pattern on the glass 🙂

I also moved the drawer unit to the side of the bed. I’m going to get a top for it so it can double as a nightstand, and hold a lamp or a cute clock or something.  I also might do some hang tags so I can see what is in each drawer. Actually i would hang them because I think they are cute, I already know what’s in each one 🙂

Linen Closet Makeover

I realize when you call something a makeover it means you should have before and after pictures… And I don’t 😦

But I did give the linen closet a little makeover. [I took out a lot of my couponing stockpiled items and used my dollar store basket to categorize them before putting them under the guest bathroom sink, I talked about that in my other post: dollar store deals. ]

This opened up the space I had available in my linen closet which meant I could put my serve-ware into the closet instead of on the guest dresser! (See the top shelf slightly pictured)


I found these nice metal/wire baskets at TJ Maxx and used them for my medicine cabinet; holding my mouthwash & conditioners; and all the candles & lotions & room scents. I also used a basket to hold various cleaning products, pillowcases, and sheets.

I want to find a smaller basket to put the wash cloths and maybe a smaller one for the meds? I’m lacking in my first aid supplies so the basket looks empty… Maybe I just need to get more meds just in case…

Remember those black hang tags from target?  I used some white scrapbook letter stickers and created some name tags for the linens. This way guests can know which are the bath towels vs the pool towels, and where to find the blankets,sheets and pillowcases.

  

D says I should have put the hang tags below the item like you find at the store for the price, but I like keeping the tag closer to eye level. What do you think?

Target dollar deals! 

So I showed you what I found at the dollar store, but can I tell you how much I love the target dollar section??? I think it used to be called “see spot, save”? Maybe I’m imaging that.But seriously I love all the cute things they have there! They always have some cute stationary finds, little reading and coloring books for baby girl, character socks, upcoming holiday decor, travel sized essentials, gift wrap items, snacks, etc etc…

The amount of times I have been to target, I think seriously alarms D. Maybe he thinks I have a secret boyfriend there? Bahahaha Yeah my secret boyfriend is target! I just love that I can really find anything I need there whether it be grocery, baby related, home related, even clothes & beauty.

Anyways back to my original point, they have great dollar store finds. And they didn’t disappoint while looking for things to help me organize!

(A few things were $3 but I still paid only about $13 for it all!)


I needed the small metal pails to hang pens, markers, and paints on my pegboard. I picked these slightly squarish cylinder ones because they almost match my existing  silver ones. (But target had a bunch of other designs and a few solid color buckets too, in case you were interested)

I used the half fabric drawer ($3) to hold all my clutches that I kind of just stuffed into a closet cubbie previously.

 
 
The wire trash can was the other $3 item and it’s going to keep all my wrapping paper in one place. I hate that wherever I used to put them they would get wrinkled and torn up. (I spray painted it gold.) 

  

I got a few black tag stickers and some black hang tags. These are going to be for a linen closet project that I have in mind.

And the clear 4 compartment box I used for push pins and safety pins.