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Happy New Year Everyone!! I am wishing all of you a year filled with love, good health, and tons of laughter. At our home, I get excited for all of the new and wonderful things that will happen for our family, and I also reflect and thank God for all of the past blessings from the previous year. And then ….. I get into “CLEAN UP” mode around our house – LOL!! I start going through cabinets, closets, and drawers like a crazy madwoman. I begin making mental notes of what needs to go, what needs to stay, and then what needs to get organized. Nothing is safe – really – not even my husband or girls – JK!! So, who is ready to…. Get House Organized: Top Ten List.
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GET HOUSE ORGANIZED: TOP TEN LIST
White Containers (small) – Makeup
White Containers (medium/large) – Kitchen
White Divided Container – Kitchen/Office
Metal/Woven Baskets – Pantry
Silver Metal Rack – Pantry
White Expandable Shelf – Pantry
White Lazy Susan (Turntable) – Kitchen
Clear Shoe Box w/Lid – Crafts
White Shoe Rack (hack) – Laundry, Kitchen
These 10 items are a must-have at my house, and therefore my Top Ten Picks for house organization. The only one that I do not own yet is the lazy susan #8, but it is on my list to purchase asap!!
***TIP***Even though you think an item is for a kitchen, a closet, etc….. don’t let that distract you. Just because it says “shoe rack “or “shoe bin”, doesn’t mean you have to use it in your closet. (see my #9 and #10).
Let’s get to it!!
1. SHELF PAPER
I use shelf paper in ALL of my cabinets and drawers -period. It is first on my list because it is a life-saver for the bottoms of all drawers and cabinets. Over time, cabinets and drawers get scratched with pans, utensils, laundry detergent, etc…. so why not protect it before it happens. Here is a picture of it – yep- even my spice rack get its!
Now YES it IS a little time consuming to install and does cost a little money. But definitely less expensive than having to repaint all of the cabinets in your house just because they look dinged up and dirty. Plus, shelf paper helps with spills or drips from household cleaners, wet sponges, makeup, etc…. so that it doesn’t destroy your wood. Use different patterns in different rooms for fun, or keep the pattern universal for your entire house.
I use small containers to group things together so that they don’t roll around or damage the shelf liner. I love these little white containers (they come in different sizes) to keep all of my makeup, toothbrush/toothpaste, jewelry, glasses, etc…. organized. They also connect to each other which helps them from sliding around your drawer – love this! If you prefer acrylic containers over white, I have linked those as well below.
I also use these containers in my kitchen to organize extra batteries, tools, nails, etc….. for the same purpose. They help keep batteries from rolling around, and help me keep all of my tools (screwdrivers, wire cutters, etc…) all in one spot.
These containers are sooooo versatile!! They come in different sizes, shapes, and also different depths to hold a large variety of household items. I use the more shallow containers for extra kitchen utensils like spatulas, potato peelers, wine openers, etc…. and the deeper containers for bulkier items like notepads, extra packing tape refills, furniture pads, rope, etc. They are perfect for under-the-sink item like cleaners, extra sponges, rubber gloves, etc.
You could use these in the laundry room for clothespins or stain removal brushes or use in a playroom for kids art supplies or toys. Use them in the bathroom for extra toiletries or in the pantry for chips, paper towels. The possibilities are endless. I am constantly finding new ways to use these containers – now my girls are even using them!!
They come in 5 stylish colors and an adorably cute weave pattern: white, black, gray, jade green, and beige.
If you are looking for something to organize your “work area” in you kitchen or office, a divided container works best. This container has a place for scissors, tape, paper clips, stapler/staples, rubber bands, small notepads, whole punch, etc…. to keep everything in it’s place. I keep mine on the top drawer for easy access, and make sure all of the items stay in their individual compartments.
The same concept is essential for keeping silverware organized. I have been using a metal one (personal preference) for awhile now, but I linked some that are plastic, metal, bamboo, and also expandable. I could not live without one of these divided containers for our utensil drawer.
I use metal baskets in my pantry to store items into groups, to eliminate extra clutter, and to help save money when shopping. For some reason, I have a hard time with plastic packages (like pasta bags, chip bags, rice bags,) or anything that is “loose” in structure!! YEP – someone call in an OCD therapist for me – lol! For real!! ha!
It is so much easier to put several packages into a basket or tub so that they stand upright (for easier viewing) and also to gain more space in the pantry. I personally like the metal baskets (vs. woven baskets) just because I want to be able to see all of the contents. But the woven baskets tend to hold more items – just a FYI. Either way, using baskets will give the pantry a cleaner look and a more organized feeling. My silver metal baskets have been discontinued (I’ve had them over 10 years, cry-cry – sniff-sniff), but I found something similar below.
I love these racks for can goods, snack boxes, and extra storage for dishes. They come in a variety of depths so that the more shallow depths fit better in the pantry, and the deeper ones fit better in kitchen cabinets.
I personally used the silver expandable ones in my pantry so that I can double up on height. These allow me to keep all of the can goods in the same area, but I can store a ton on top and underneath this rack. The white ones I use in my kitchen cabinets to store corning ware, mixing bowls, pans, etc…. for the same reason. I can fit more items into a drawer or cabinet by using the space underneath the rack.
These shelves are perfect for smaller items. Some people use these racks for can goods also (which is great), I use them to store peanut butter, pam, olive oil, vinegar, food coloring, and our “extra” take out food sauces that are leftover – LOL!! Basically, anything small that gets lost in the pantry. ***Mine is 2-tiered, but I would love to have one extra shelf***
You could also use these in your kitchen cabinets to store medications, bandaids, thermometers, etc…. so that you can see all of the smaller items. Or use them for spices, coffee mugs, or even keurig coffee pods. Again, these shelves are so versatile.
There is always that ONE spot (or more) in your pantry or cabinets that just isn’t functional – right? No matter what you do, it’s a blind spot, or corner, or just plain tricky!! And it’s a complete waste of usable storage space- enter in the lazy susan.
This little device is a genius, and really can be used almost anywhere in the house (fingernail polish- hint, hint). Use it for spices, cleaning supplies, arts/crafts – you name it. It will make your life soooo much easier….well your organizational life that is!! Leave it out on top of your counter also….you don’t have to “hide” it. This is definitely on my list to buy asap!
I have been using these boxes for years, and years, and years -they are not just good for shoes!! They come in so handy for just about everything small. Use them to store craft supplies or kids’ art supplies (like acrylic paints, markers/map pencils, crayons) or use them in your sewing room for thread, scissors, and extra needles.
You can also use them for extra toiletries like deodorant, lotions, hairspray, etc…. to keep items from falling over. Or use them for fingernail polish, polish remover, extra nail file, cotton balls, etc…. Once you have them, you’ll find hundreds of ways to start organizing items in your house. Plus, you can stack them – win-win!!
I LOVE this little guy here!! He is not just for shoes and the closet!! If you have any cabinets if your house that have no shelving, or need shelving….this rack comes in soooo handy!!
I use these racks in my laundry closet to store extras rags, sheets, and towels. I can roll up the linens so that they work perfect in the 2 smaller shelves, and then I can stack the other linens on the very top shelf. It’s like I have custom built-in shelving….and I don’t!! I also store my decorative vases, smaller knick-knacks, and books on these as well.
In my kitchen, I put 2 of these racks back-to-back to make ONE large shelf over my ovens. This allows me to store all of my china and Christmas china in one cabinet. The smaller racks work perfectly for coffee/tea cups and also for stacked plates. Then I use the top portion for glasses and serving bowls.
Pictured below is just ONE rack put into the cabinet. I can store so much more in here with the shelves, plus I can see everything when I need to rotate out my decorating accessories.
Pictured below are the TWO racks put back to back over my ovens. These over-the-oven cabinets are built deep to allow for the depth of the oven space, so they are perfect for these shelves. Now, I can stack all of my China and stemware here.
We all have that dream kitchen in mind with like a zillion inspiration pictures to support it…..for that one day when dreams become reality. But for most of us, that dream might take longer than we would like. Plus, by the time we get that dream kitchen, there will be new upgrades and inventions that have replaced our awesome ideas. Ring any Bells? 12 Kitchen Upgrades (You Can’t Live Without).
So, until that day, why can’t we add some upgrades to our existing kitchens right now? We’ll get a little taste of what is really important to us, and know what works best and what doesn’t work at all.
Cooking utensils have a way of cluttering up a drawer very quickly. To avoid this, use an existing cabinet or drawer and have it turned into storage for utensils, measuring cups, bowls, etc. Use crock/canisters for frequently used utensils in an upper tier shelf & store other supplies in lower tier shelves. The canisters make grabbing utensils much easier and the drawer ensures that all clutter stays hidden under your counter.
2- Floating Cutting Boards
Attach a wooden cutting board with a hole cut out to an existing drawer, or use it as a pull out shelf (all by itself). The key is to make sure it is installed over a pull out trash can – like picture below. The hole is a great idea so that you can wipe peelings & other scrapings directly into the trash can. Can’t get any easier than this!!
3- Hinged Cabinets
Use these hinged cabinets to hide appliances you use everyday, or ones you leave out on top of the counter. These work much better than cabinet doors, drawers, or the roll down bread bin versions, and still keep counters from looking cluttered. You can attach a pull out shelf also to gain additional surface space.
4- Storage Drawers at Sink
Instead of cabinets and/or hinged doors to store supplies under the sink, try using drawers. You won’t have to worry about products falling down on each other, and you’ll be able to see all of them at one time. Use a u-shaped drawer to go around the dimensions of the sink. Use a small drawer for items like sponges and brushes and a large drawer for detergent and cleaning supplies – genius!!
5- Pet Center
We can’t forget about our furry friends either. Use a larger pull out drawer for food, toys, leashes, etc….and a smaller drawer for food containers/bowls. Both designs can be pushed back in (under the counter) when not in use and helps to keep walkways clear. Plus, all of their goodies will be stored in one place.
6- Spice Rack Pull Outs & Doors
Store spices under the counter in small or medium sized pull outs for easy accessibility. You can have this installed right by your stove so you don’t even have to leave your area while you’re cooking. You can also store a ton of spices and other products in pantry doors. This definitely will save space in the kitchen by freeing up cabinets and drawers.
7- Charging Station
These are becoming more popular and important than kitchen appliances- LOL!! Designate a drawer and have electrical sockets added for computers, phones, i-pads and more. Use it with or without partitions depending on what works best for you and your family. Choose an area in the kitchen that can handle a lot of traffic.
8- Pop Up Hinged Shelf
These are something else!! The hinged shelf goes from under counter storage to out of cabinet shelf (and work center). The shelf fits onto very sturdy hinges so that it can hold the weight of heavier appliances, and then pops up to create additional work space. They can be designed with or without an extra storage bin underneath (see picture to the right). Use a pull out shelf for the area at the bottom of the cabinet for additional appliances.
9- Toe Kick
Use unused/wasted space under cabinets with toe kick drawers for storing items that can lie flat. Have them installed with pressure sensor (toe touch) so that you can release drawers for easy access. These work great in smaller kitchens or when extra storage space is needed.
10 – Corner Cabinet
Corner cabinets are tricky because there always seems to be wasted space in such a big storage area of the kitchen. If you’ve tried a lazy susan, but are wanting something different, try one of these. Each design uses the entire space, and makes getting items in the back of the cabinet so much easier. You’ll be able to see everything in the cabinet without sticking your whole body in!! 😉
11- Under Cabinet Ideas
Use the space under upper cabinets for more than just lighting. Cookbooks, tv’s, & charging stations work well on hinged devices, and lighter items like spices, measuring cups, & mail work in racks or bins. Try storing knives in pull out drawers to keep them out of little one’s reach. Don’t like to see clutter? Try the hinged design, or pull out shelf.
12- Built In Appliances
Coffee built in – I love this built in coffee unit with pull out tray for coffee fixins. What a genius idea so you can save much desired counter space, and you don’t make a mess with sweeteners and creams.
Microwave Drawer – How did we live without this? This is a great idea for the trending under counter microwave craze. The drawer makes it easy to drop things directly into it, instead of bending down and breaking your back to put things into it. Plus, you will save space by not having the swing door option. This saves a lot of room in a cramped kitchen.
Wine fridge – Add a wine fridge to a beverage station or to kitchen island. They give the kitchen a modern look, and a more custom feel. You can also add a wooden wine rack built in to keep your “extra” bottles in – LOL!!
What do you think….which one is your favorite? My favorite is the coffee station because I LOVE my coffee, but we are adding the microwave drawer for function (of course), spice rack pull out, and electronics charging station. I also love the utensils in the canisters pull out drawer- such a genius idea. Let me know which one you try – I’d love to hear from you!!
We have all heard the phrase that the kitchen is the hub of the home. It not only holds cooking utensils and essentials, it is a memo station for important activities, a linen closet for table settings and entertaining, and a utility closet for cleaning supplies and tools all rolled up into one area. So it’s no surprise that having an organized kitchen will help you have an organized lifestyle (or at least get you one step closer). If you’re looking to start fresh in 2018 to get more organized, start here….yep….in the kitchen! Here are 15 EASY solutions for kitchen organization you can try without spending a ton of money, or hiring a carpenter to do. *** Stay tuned for Kitchen Upgrades & Remodeling Ideas – Post coming soon!!! ***
Add an area with cork board or dry erase board to the inside of cabinet doors or wall. Add hooks to hold keys or pet leashes, and containers to hold pens/markers/pencils. Create an area to hold mail or other important documents, and a notepad when you need to write a quick note to take with you on the run. Don’t forget a NEW calendar for 2018!! Go with a small station, medium station, or large station depending on your needs.
2- SPICE DRAWER
Choose one drawer or cabinet to hold all of your spices. Place a foam spice liner, wooden spice rack, or plastic spice rack in it to keep them from rolling around. These organizers will help cut down on time searching for the spice you need while cooking, and alert you when the spice is running low. Plus you will be able to see the front of each label. Sometimes oregano looks like basil, or maybe it’s rosemary….LOL!!! You get the idea.
Put tupperware in storage bins or baskets to keep lids and containers together. The bins will keep the lids from sliding down and help match container to it’s lid. They will also help save room in your cabinet or drawer by stacking them vertically rather than horizontally. Go with small/medium/large bins, or multiple sizes to work with all drawer and cabinet dimensions.
Attach a paper/wrap organizer to the inside of a cabinet door to hold saran wrap, foil, wax paper, etc…. It saves space and is easy to grab quickly when needed. You can also do the same thing with ziploc bags. The boxes stay upright when grouped together, and can be seen through the mesh screen.
5- TRASH PULL OUT
Keep trash out of sight (and smell) by storing it under the counter. Use one can pull out or two cans pull out, depending on your needs, and keep extra trash bags in the same area. Plus you can roll out the drawer and wipe food items from the counter directly into the cans. Gotta love that!!
6- BAKING SHEETS
Gain more space in cabinets by arranging baking sheets vertically versus horizontally. Use a wire organizer so the pans have something sturdy to lean against, and room for stacking multiple pans in small sections. This also would work for muffin pans and broiler pans.
With the growing trend of open shelving being used more and more in the kitchen, there is a greater need for under counter storage. Use large drawers for dishes and and glasses with wooden partitions. These partitions will help dishes from sliding around, and the wood helps the dishes from breaking.
Instead of having wasted space at the sink, use hinged doors with plastic containers to store cleaning sponges and brushes. These containers hold water that may leak from sponges and help to keep wooden cabinets dry. They also also allow porous sponges to dry (lying vertically) instead of lying flat (lying horizontally) on top or inside the sink bowl.
9- UTILITY CLOSET
Attach doors to side of unused cabinet walls for laundry and cleaning supplies. Make a long section for taller items like brooms and mops, and a shorter section for cleaning products. Add storage hooks to hang items on the wall in the longer section to free up space, and add shelves to the shorter section to hold multiple products and refills.
Use a wine rack- type of organizer to store water bottles, thermoses, etc… that can’t be stacked one on top of each other. Laying them horizontally helps them from rolling around or falling over like dominoes, and you can see the exact bottle you want to use. You can also stack more bottles because you are utilizing the entire cabinet height.
11- CUTTING BOARDS
Attach a wire rack to the inside of a cabinet door to keep cutting boards all in one place. The rack keeps them from sliding (if stored upright), and allows you to see the one you want to use (because it is facing you). If you store them shortest to tallest (like the picture) you won’t have to dig around looking for the one you want to use.
12- COOKING UTENSILS
Use a ceramic crock (new or old) to hold cooking utensils and store on top of your counter. The crock holds the utensils upright to so they are easier to see and grab. You won’t have to dig through a drawer to find the one need, and you can put your favorite utensils in it . Plus, it’s super cute!! Try stainless or ceramic.
Attach top and bottom wire wracks to inside of cabinets or drawers to store pots, pans, and lids. Use narrow dividers to hold lids, and wide dividers to hold pots and pans. These racks help utilize the height of cabinets and drawers to gain the most out of these spaces. Use a pot & pan organizer and a lid organizer also.
14- UNDER SINK
This area seems to get the most congested since it is a “catch all” for a variety of cleaners and supplies. Add racks with shelves to sides of cabinet doors for frequently used items, and a lazy susan (that is sturdy) for less frequently used items. Use a plastic bucket to fill with products you can take with you for cleaning areas of your home. All of your products will be ready to go (for a quick grab), and any drips from cleaners or sponges will drop into the bucket.
Store utensils in organizer that fits the entire drawer. You won’t waste unused space in the drawer, and you can add more utensils or serveware. Try out this DIY project or use this flatware organizer – it expands to fit any size drawer. Since utensils are used every day, keeping them organized causes less wine drinking when cooking -LOL!!!