How to Organize Your Spice Cabinet Once and For All

Chris Gardner

 

We like to cook at our house. We'll read cookbooks cover-to-cover as entertainment, subscribe to a nearly ridiculous amount of food magazines and blogs, and think a whole day spent in the kitchen or the grill is a very fine thing to do with a weekend.

And since we like a variety of foods, we have a lot of spices. Like, a alot. Since ground spices only last about six months, we like to buy them in bulk at ethnic markets and toast and grind them as needed. Which means, of course, that our cabinets is full of all kinds of bags and shakers and chip clips and jars and complete insanity.

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Make It: Minimal Wood Desk Organizer

Stephanie Lee

minimal wood desk organiser

On any given day, if you visit our house you'll find envelopes and papers strewn all over the place because we're not yet ready to file them away. Okay, I'll admit, sometimes we're just being lazy, but for the most part they serve as a reminder to action something important like paying a bill or scheduling in an appointment. 

Regardless, while the intention is well-meaning, the resulting mess is... well, messy! So I decided to put a stop to the chaos and make us a place where we can put all the letters until we're ready to file them. Follow along for the simple how-to!

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Before and After: Kid's Closet Makeover

Jennifer Farley

Kids Closet Makeover

I have an 8 year old little boy and his closet needed a serious makeover. The long list of problems was clear. Let's start with the air conditioning duct that went from the attic unit to the main floor. It had sharp edges. Kid friendly... nope. We had stained wall paper, badly painted built-ins, and cracked plaster walls. Here is how the closet looks today.   

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Before and After: An Ugly Wall to Open Kitchen Storage

Jennifer Farley

Open Wall of Kitchen Storage

I have a tiny galley kitchen that will one day be fully renovated. I know you are wondering why I want to renovate it? There is much to love here with the yellow rounded countetop, the little desk area, the hard to clean textured vinyl floor, and multi-colored brick. Here is the deal...we are planning to renovate the kitchen from top to bottom in about three years. I had no shame in living with a 70's kitchen until then, but I only have three upper cabinets and three lower cabinets (not including the sink cabinet). I needed storage. And the cheapest place to gain some storage was right here on this wall.    

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Roundup: 10 Ways to Gain More Storage in Your Refrigerator

Jennifer Farley

One of the New Years resolutions my family had in 2015 was to eat less processed and packaged foods. Believe me it was a challenge and we have not 100% switched over to all fresh foods, but we have noticed that our fridge storage is becoming more of a priority over our pantry storage. It feels like, to me, that the world is starting to make small or big changes in eating fresh foods and I am wondering if anyone you who are doing this are as frustrated with your fridge storage as I am? Today, here are some refrigerator storage ideas than can help you make full use of your fridge.      

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Modernize Your Boring Desk with this DIY Giant Wood Block Calendar

Brittni Mehlhoff

Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

In an effort to get organized early in the new year, I've been making myself little desk accessories to get excited about computer work. And I'm happy to say, it's actually working. So, I thought I would share one of the projects that I recently made, for a jumbo wood block perpetual calendar. The larger size makes this calendar a statment piece and adds a fun playfulness to the typically bland work...

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Roundup: 12 Small Space Solutions Anyone Can Use In Their Homes

Jennifer Farley
Small Space Solutions Round Up
Source: Pinterest

There are people out there who are living very big and full lives in tiny homes. Sometimes when I am fighting for space in a room I often grab inspiration from those who are living in tiny spaces. To live big within tiny spaces you are forced to be creative, selective, and efficient. Sometimes it is just what you need to make that room in your home work. Here are some small space solutions you can use in any home..big or small.   

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How to: Clear The Clutter In Your Cabinets Once and for All

Lexy Ward
How to: Clear The Clutter In Your Cabinets Once and for All
photo: Inside Out Mar/Apr 09

I don't know if I can speak for everyone when I say that cabinets (especially closed ones) are hard to keep organized. The dishes stack up and can get put in the wrong place. Random knick knacks from around the house can be placed in that one cabinet in your home. And before you know it, the clutter overwhelms you. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of that clutter once and for all!      

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Drawers in the New Year

Diy Maven

 

Is "being more organized" one of your new year's resolutions? With all resolutions, saying it is easy, but doing it can be....also easy! Especially when following some practical advice. In this post, we're going to tackle drawer organization. From dressers drawers to shop drawers to kitchen drawers, these 5 tips will help you start and keep "being more organized" now and throughout the year. But don't just read and...

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14 Clever Ways to Create Extra Storage Using Everyday Objects

Stephanie Lee
Photo: Today's Creative Life

If there's one thing that's better than scoring extra storage, it's creating said storage out of unused items you have lying about the house! And lucky for us, there are plenty of great tutorials online for repurposing old items and turning them into something that's not only functional, but also looks a million dollars. Click through for my favourites! 

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SHOPPING GUIDE: 10 Stylish Totes, Purses, and Satchels To Keep You Organized This Year

Lexy Ward

SHOPPING GUIDE: 10 Stylish Totes, Purses, and Satchels To Keep You Organized This Year

At the beginning of every year, I feel the need to organize every backpack, satchel, and purse that is in my line of sight. (I do this throughout the year, but am ultra-motivated after the new year.) If you're in search of a new bag to organize everything from makeup to tools and everything in between, read on! Bonus: The style is strong with these.      

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ROUNDUP: 10 Ideas to Get You Serious About Your Mudroom Storage This Winter

Jennifer Farley
Source: Small Fry

It's cold outside and that means you have to constantly put on or take 10 extra pieces of outwear when you enter or exit your home. If you stairing at the pile of coats and mittens thrown on your floor right now...this is the post for you. For me, winter is really the time I start longing for mudroom storage and today here are some ideas to get yours on the way to being a workable space for you.   

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Easy-to-Keep New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

Diy Maven
New Year's Resolutions Primary Pic
Photo: Curbly

 

Hello 2016! It's resolution time, and in the Curbly neighborhood that means getting much needed DIY projects started and, more importantly, completed. "This is the year I finally remove the popcorn ceilings!" Or, "This is the year I finally paint the kitchen cupboards!" Feeling stressed yet? Take a breath and put those big projects out of your mind, becaue this post is about EASY to keep resolutions. Namely, those little things

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