Oh ,how we loved the genius idea of using bread clips for power cord labels. However, there are a few problems with running with this hint. First, not every loaf of bread sold has this kind of clip, and, second, if we want to label all our power cords in such a fashion our carb intake will skyrocket. To circumvent these hiccups, we're going to make our own "bread clips," and get those cables organized!
Ok folks, it's November and holiday season has officially begun. That means gift-wrapping, decorations, and finding a place to put all that stuff! This week, we're going to help you out on that front. We've teamed up with Easy Track, makers of easy-to-install closet organization systems, to give away an Easy Track starter kit, worth $270!
Read on to find out more about the giveaway prize, and how to enter!
The Easy Track starter kit package: this week's giveaway prize (it's available in three colors: truffle, white and natural cherry)!
This summer, Bruno told you all about our sometimes-trying, very-rewarding kitchen makeover (parts 1, 2, and 3). What he didn't tell you about was all the work I put in behind the scenes to make our kitchen look photographable (huh, musta just slipped his mind). No, our kitchen doesn't always look like that:
Today, I'll tell you about all the organizational hoops I had to jump through to get our cupboards, pantry and lazy susan under control. Let's start with the bad stuff:
That's how our kitchen looked when I started. I will not say explicitly that this is all Bruno's fault, but I will imply it. Explicitly.
"Hi! I'm your dangerously disorganized cupboard; good luck trying to find anything in me without getting brained by a can of crushed tomatoes." It's like a Home Alone booby trap waiting to happen ...
But wait, the pantry must be better, right?
It's a pantry party, and everyone's invited! That space beneath the lowest shelf? That's where our recycling monster lived:
And the upper pantry?
No biggie, just a bunch of fragile glass stuff waiting to fall on you...
Beneath the sink. Hide your kids, hide your wife.
... and this is just a gratuitous Ayla shot (that face is how she feels about the sorry organizational state of the kitchen):
Ok, so I started like any sane person would, by REMOVING EVERY SINGLE THING:
Bruno annoyingly captured this process on video:
After a lot of sorting and trashing, things started to get better in a hurry. The cupboard got sorted out with the help of these amazing air-tight storage containers from OXO (I love pretty much everything OXO makes, and these are no exception):
The pantry was more about old-school organizing and getting rid of crap that didn't belong. Looks way better now:
And Bruno stepped up and made some awesome custom recycling bins (read about that here) to tame the recycling monster:
The upper pantry; still glassy, but less precariously so:
A few castoff plastic containers made the sink cabinets nether-regions a lot more tolerable.
The entire project took me about four hours (spread out over a couple of weekends, and some trips to the store). It was worth every minute, and although the kitchen hasn't managed to remain in that pristine, just-stare-at-me-cause-I'm-clean state, the improvements I made have helped keep things reasonably organized, and given us a template to follow next time we need to clean up a bit.
This post was sponsored by Caesarstone (thanks!), makers of quality natural quartz surfaces for your home. Although we were compensated for writing this post, the opinions expressed here are ours alone.
I know the Great Kitchen Month here at Curbly is over, but why not share one more kitchen organization tip? I know that my measuring cups and measuring spoons have always sprouted legs and walked away when I need them most, so I am thinking this is a great way to keep tabs on those elusive measurers.
As seemingly perpetual renters, we've seen our share of gross and really, really small kitchens. I absolutely love the kitchen we are in now...not that it is everything I want in a kitchen, but in that everything works and isn't falling apart. It makes a big difference! An organized space makes it a better space, too. Want to see how I make our small space work for a busy family?
A little turquoise spray paint, some brass hooks (for feet) and an old kitchen grater makes for a kitschy and cool earring holder. Unconventional, yes, but we LOVE unconventional earring/jewelry holders here at Curbly. A perusual into our coffers is evidence of such.
Organization plays a big role in a house, but nowhere is it quite as important as in the kitchen. There's just so much stuff in such a small space that it's easy to become overwhelmed. Here are a bevy of project ideas to get your wheels turning and the elbow grease churning! Oh, and to get things in order, too.
First and foremost, what do you spend most of your time in the kitchen doing?
Spice racks. They're not just for kitchens. Plus, the ones used in this roundup are those dime-a-dozen kind that you can find at just about any thrift store or rummage sale these days. Clever storage for peanuts...doesn't get much better!
I'm a mother. And we've been through the baby food stage twice, so far. If I had saved all the baby food jars from our kiddos, we could have an entire room dedicated to Baby Food Jar Spice Racks. Thankfully, I'm not that crazy, but I did find a few interesting ways to use the finished jar of peas in a new way. Take, for instance, the colorful and magnetic jars above, from Dav.i.son. Which one of these ideas is your favorite?
Confession: when I was in college, I'd watch This Old House every Saturday morning. Granted, it was on during my shift at the broadcasting station, but I made it a point to shirk all my other duties so I could take notes during the episodes. (It was college, taking notes was like breathing back then.). They always had something useful for my DIY-self. Take, for example, this bracket-turned-magazine rack project:
I've been obsessed with covering something, anything really, in cork ever since seeing a lamp base in a now defunct shelter magazine a few years ago. Who couldn't use a little extra place to pin an important note or photo? Somehow the material manages to fit into any number of decor styles, making it super versatile and useful. Ready to find out how?
I spent a bit of time recently wrapping birthday presents, and realized that my gift wrapping storage under the bed was less than effective in keeping everything organized and accessible. Just imagine this DIYer's Before picture under my bed. No bueno. I'll just admit I've been slapping on those cheap bows recently just to avoid pulling out my supplies.
I am highly considering making our coat closet (coat closets in Arizona? What were they thinking??) into something as organized as this Before/After closet.
Warning: For anyone who doesn't have a pantry and wants one, these makeovers will only make you want one MORE! And for those of you who DO have pantries, they just may make you want to do some serious organization. (Visit the links to see how each
Junk drawers. Everyone's got one. Which I think is okay, because homes do really need one. You need a central location to store something like a pencil so you don't have to run upstairs to the office everytime. A place to keep the things you don't wanna forget about, like gift cards, receipts, your Netflix DVD envelope, or for "need it when you need it" items like coasters or matches. Having a designated spot for these random items is way better that leaving them out on side tables and countertops.
But just because you need a junk drawer doesn't mean you can just pile items atop each other and then go banging around in there as you look for that other earring you thought you saw in there the other day. That's why you, my friend, need a custom, inexpensive junk drawer organizer that you can make yourself.