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It’s time to clean up and organize the home! Spring is just about here and I’m ready to deep clean my home. Below you’ll find some of my favorite organizing DIY ideas from some awesome bloggers.

Use a door to organize your kitchen, C.R.A.F.T.

Fridge Work Station, The Paper Mama for BHG.

Hideaway Printer, PB & J Stories.

 DIY Rolling Rack, Hrrrthrrr.

DIY Mason Jar Storage, Liz Marie Blog.

Rolling Book Basket, Just The Bee’s Knees.

 Lovely Magazine Files (with a free printable), Positively Splendid.

 Plastic Bag Storage, Burlap & Blue.

 Paint storage, Mad in Crafts.

Ikea Hack Mail Rack, Instructables.

 Hidden Alarm Panel, The Paper Mama for BHG.

 Tension Rod Turned Spray Bottle Holder, A Thousand Words.

Kitchen Pantry Makeover, House of Smiths.

Upcycled Dresser Drawers for Under Bed Storage, Olive and Love.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. 1st photo links: 1. A Thousand Words, 2. The Paper Mama for BHG, 3. Just The Bee’s Knees, 4. C.R.A.F.T., 5. Liz Marie Blog.


Pegboard has been around for ages, however, more and more frequently it is becoming the “go-to” solution for organizing projects.  People love when storage is versatile enough to be used while keeping the end result simple and tidy. This makes pegboard the reigning solution for problematic areas around the home.  Here are a few examples of how pegboard can work hard so you don’t have to.

 

Tools:

Never go searching for a that flathead screwdriver again!  Pegboard has been used in garages, workshops and sheds for many years as amazing tool storage.  When working on a project, digging for tools is sure to slow anyone down.  Organizing tools on pegboard will ensure they are visible and easy to find during a household emergency or even a quick DIY.

 

Garden Tools:

Pegboard isn’t just for building tools; use it to corral all of the tools used for gardening and yard-work by installing a system over a potting bench or in a small nook of the garage.

 

Craft Supplies:

If pegboards are the perfect solution for building tools, surely they can offer amazing versatility and storage for craft tools as well.  And that they do!  By mixing and matching hooks, pencil cups and even thread organizers, you can keep all of your supplies for your favorite hobbies right within arm’s reach.  Nail the pegboard inside of a decorative frame to hang it above your workspace, or frame out the back of the pegboard to install it on the inside of a cabinet door for concealed storage.  Either way, it is sure to change the way you sew and craft!

 

Oh Baby:

Wee ones come with a lot of gear.  Prevent rummaging for basic care necessities during late night diaper changes by installing a small pegboard near the changing station.  Because shelves, bins and clips can all be attached, they are an ideal solution for holding lotions, powders, binkies, health care items and even charming photos and mementos.

 

Bangles:

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To manage a plethora of wardrobe accessories, install pegboard on a bedroom wall or within a closet space.  Anything from necklaces to scarves to sunglasses can be stored in this fashion, ensuring getting ready in the morning is easy breezy.  By dressing up the pegboard with your favorite paint color, it will allow the organization to seamlessly blend with your space.

 

Command Station:

For those with a lot of appointments and schedules to manage, creating a command station can offer a one-stop spot for holding invitations, memos and date cards.  By adding pencil cups and small bins, office supplies can remain right within reach for the entire family.  Pegboard clips allow you to pin up important notes, bills and correspondences.

 

That’s a Wrap:

Create a small station for organizing the supplies needed for wrapping gifts year round.  Pegboard hooks hold tools like scissors and tape, while bins can be installed to hold markers, pens and embellishments.  Hooks paired with cafe rods or bungee systems can be used for corralling spools of ribbons and tubes of gift wrap.

 

Cleaning and Maintenance:

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A wall or closet filled with pegboard brings together all of the supplies used to care and maintain a home.  Hooks work wonders for holding brooms, dusters, paint brushes, scrubbers and much, much more.

 

In the Kitchen:

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Framing out pegboard in the kitchen provides instant wall storage for daily cookware.  This also offers an alternative solution when cabinet spaces is limited and is also ideal for those who love to cook and want instant access to pots, pans, lids, gadgets and utensils.

 

If concealed storage is much more appealing to you in the kitchen, add tall pegs to pegboard mounted in the bottom of a drawer.  The pegs can be configured to fit your dishware and prevent them from sliding around or shifting while the drawer is in use.

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Shelving is a great way to add extra storage into a nursery or kids’ room.  It can be used for the inevitable overflow of books, or as a place to display keepsakes or special items that need to stay away from little hands and also adds interest to a room.  Here is a roundup of some of my faves:

Sources, from top left: (1) Branch Shelf; (2) Color Bar Ledge (available in a rainbow of colors!); (3) Prism Brackets; (4) Tricolor Wall Shelf; (5) Honeycomb Shelf; (6) Ingrained Wall Shelf; (7) Paxton Mirror Shelf; (8) Rope Shelf

You can also make your own version.  I love how these turned out that we put into our den.  They are the Ikea Ekby brackets painted gold and paired with reclaimed wood shelves:

What suits your style the best?

 


It’s the holiday season!  To many, that means gathering, celebrating and spending time with friends and family.  Organizing a festive party can quickly add to stress to the already busy season, however, with a few simple tips and planning you can plan and throw a soiree with a smile.

 

Make a List, Check it Twice

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Just like many other organizing tasks, you can’t go wrong with a checklist when it comes to party planning.  In fact, multiple checklists can prove beneficial.  Neatly corralled in a binder, keep a list of your guests and their RSVP status, a cleaning checklist for your home, a beverage and meal idea list, a shopping list and a general “to do” list.

 

Prep the Bathroom

During the party, the bathroom will most likely be one of the busiest rooms in the home.  Give it a little extra attention by giving it a good scrub, adding a small vase of flowers, setting out fresh towels and ensuring that paper products are fully stocked.

 

Be Ready Year Round

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Set up a small cabinet, drawer or closet in your home to house your party supplies year round.  This could include serving dishes, linens, trays, linens and decor.  Having everything in one place will prove to be beneficial when party day rolls around.

 

Hang It Up

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When your guests begin arriving, they will need a place to hang their coats and totes.  Bring in a hanging valet or clear a spot within your entry closet, to easily store away your guest’s personal belongings.

 

Keep It Simple

Serving bite sized appetizers reduces the amount of dishes that will have to be washed once the festivities come to an end.  It will also allow you to do less cooking before hand.  Prepare one or two special or unique food items, and be OK shopping for or catering in the rest.  Gain extra credit points for adding decorative labels to your tasty treats.

 

Set Up Stations

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Prevent over crowding at the food and beverage table by spreading things out.  A buffet with food options, a side table set up with desserts and a bar cart stashed with beverages.  To prevent from being hired on as the bartender for the evening, set out a drink recipe menu with your mixers so your guests can keep their glasses ready to give a cheer.

 

Help Your Guests, Help You

You won’t want to spend your evening cleaning up after your friends and family, the point of a party is to relax and enjoy your company.  You can set yourself and your home up for success by adding labeled trash and recycle bins in an easy to access area.  Dirty dishes can wait until after the party, however, keep your counters free of the aftermath by placing an empty bin for the dishes near the sink.  Be ready for spills and stains by keeping a few stain removal and cleaning supplies nearby in a portable cleaning caddy.

 

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Trend:  Neutral Kitchens with Pops of Color

It seems that neutral kitchens are in it to win it.  Using simple whites, grays and natural elements for all of the primary finishes in a kitchen will ensure that the space remains classic over the years as the pop up trends come and go.  Updating a kitchen is typically a major investment and selecting classic finishes will prevent the kitchen from becoming dated too soon.  However, it also has the perk of being a simple backdrop to bold and colorful accents and accessories which can be swapped out frequently over time.

Staying neutral in a smaller kitchen space is especially helpful in allowing for it to appear larger.  Adding in a few open shelves will not only provide instant access to everyday supplies, they also offer an open and airy effect.  But how do you organize kitchens that don’t sport endless rows of cabinets and work surfaces?  Here are some of my favorite small kitchen organizing tips!

 

1. Use Clear Storage Whenever Possible

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I have always been the biggest fan of using clear storage throughout our home, but I appreciate it the most in the kitchen.  Not only does transferring your cereals and snacks to clear containers extend the freshness factor, it also gives you a quick visual inventory of your stock without having to touch and shake every package in your cupboards.  This will ultimately reduce over purchasing and the bulky packaging can quickly be recycled.  Clear storage also takes the guesswork out of mystery leftovers in the fridge.

 

2.  Take Advantage of Smart Storage Solutions!

This one may seem obvious, however, it is amazing how many smart, space saving options are available these days.  The best part is that many of the products can be found or DIY’d on a limited budget.  Some of my favorite kitchen organizers are:

  • Lazy Susan:  They spin which eliminates the chances of losing items towards the back of the cabinet.  Stacking turntables double storage and when placed in corner cabinets, allow you to easily access items that typically would be far out of reach.
  • Tiered Shelves:  Placing spices and cans on tiered shelving provides height to the items in the back to ensure that nothing is lost or forgotten.
  • Slide Out Drawers:  Installing pull out drawers inside of cupboards and pantries takes advantage of the depth of the cabinet.
  • Knife Blocks:  Knife blocks can now be stored inside of drawers to free up valuable counter space.
  • Drawer Dividers:  Once a drawer is paired down and drawer dividers are inserted, they prevent the drawer from becoming a jumbled mess down the line and really force you to question what you are putting back inside.
  • Magnetic Spice Containers:  Because they are magnetic, they can be hung on the side of the fridge or on a magnetic strip inside of a cabinet door, freeing up valuable surface space.

 

3.  Don’t Forget About Wall and Cabinet Surfaces

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There is so much potential to double or even triple kitchen storage, by smartly utilizing vertical space.  Installing rails with hooks is a great solution for everything from bulky pots and pans down to simple serving utensils and linens.  Small shelving works great to hold spices and cooking oils while larger shelves can hold dishes and cookbooks.  One area I consistently see forgotten is the back of doors and cabinets.  Simple adhesive hooks allow items such as baby bibs, oven mitts and measuring spoons to hang inside of a cabinet door, while over the door organizers can accommodate larger, heavier items.

 

4. Stand In Organizers to the Rescue!

If you are short on cupboard space, consider adding in solutions that don’t require you renovate or build.  Rolling islands add surface and storage space, and can be moved around to make extra room when it matters most.  Open shelving carts provide a similar bonus, while also taking advantage of that precious vertical space I just mentioned above.  These solutions provide instant storage which does not have to be permanent, making it a great option for renters.

 

5.  Carve Out A Spot for Planning

I am a huge believer that proper planning, ultimately saves you time, money and space!  By taking the time to plan out weekly menus, you reduce the risk of over-purchasing groceries at the market.  By planning out your shopping trips, you eliminate impulse purchases at the department store.  Even taking time to plan out schedules and creating a small landing zone, can ultimately reduce counter clutter and chaos.  Creating a system can be as simple as installing a chalkboard on the side of your fridge to using a small notebook or binder tucked away on a shelf.

 

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Trend: Multifunctional Credenzas

The credenza is one of my top storage furniture picks because of the endless versatility that it offers.  Today, I am sharing the top eight ways to utilize these multifunctional furniture pieces.

 

One: Dining Room Storage

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The dining room is one of the most common places in which a credenza (also known as a buffet or sideboard) is used as storage.  They are wonderful for stashing away bulky appliances, baskets containing dining decor, linens and accessories and even serving dishes.  The top acts as a prime space for serving up a big Sunday brunch or intimate family dinner.

 

Two: Media Storage

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Credenzas are lovely, unique and statement media stands.  They are a step above big box store options, and often times boasting in character.  Most are designed with a mixture of drawers and cabinets, making them ideal for storing both large components and smaller bins of digital media.  Whether the TV mounted on the wall or set directly on the stand itself, a credenza will provide visual balance and scale to the larger piece of technology.

 

Three:  Shoe Storage

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There is no doubt that a beautiful old credenza will add beauty to your entry.  Especially when it is serving as a way to tuck away and conceal unsightly footwear and cold weather accessories.

 

When using these beautiful pieces as entryway storage, it is a good idea to line the bottom and any shelves with durable shelf liner or shoe trays to protect the finish of the furniture.

 

Four:  School Cubbies

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We personally turned a large, three door credenza into hard-working school cubbies for our children.  We do not have a designated mud-room inside of our front door, therefore, the set of cabinets does takes on many of those tasks.  The large plastic baskets hold footwear, the smaller acts as a charging station for any electronics.  The paper boxes hold daily papers and school supplies and the remaining space stores backpacks and lunch totes.  The doors even act as a command center for staying on top of daily communications, homework and schedules.

 

Five:  Toy Storage

Not only do kids need storage for their daily school gear, but for their play gear as well.  Open faced options keep toys accessible and easy breezy to find and put away, while concealed options keep everything tucked away nice and tidy.

 

Six:  Changing Table

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Fellow Style Spotter, Joni, boasts great storage within her nursery due to the beautiful vintage credenza that she selected.  The cabinet keeps unsightly necessities concealed within organized drawers while the top provides ample space for daily changes and cleanups.

 

Seven: Office Storage

Not only is the credenza shown above beautiful with it’s hand painted chevron treatment, the inside contains a surprising amount of organized office storage.  The size of the cabinet made it an idea candidate for holding those unsightly and bulky office electronics and mailing supplies.

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Eight:  Bar/Serving Station

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By adding a large sideboard within your living area or dining room, it “serves” as the perfect place to hang out during a gathering or happy hour.  The inside can store wines, glassware and serving accessories, and the top can keep the bottles and mixers on display.

 

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