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Organized at Home

Of all the spaces in our home, the kitchen is one where we all crave the smartest storage solutions.  Any kitchen designer will tell you having a place for everything is the key to organization and efficiency.

If you’re fortunate enough to be designing a kitchen from the bare walls, the best thing to do is make a list of everything you plan to store in your kitchen and create a space for those necessities in the design plan.  Absent that luxury, there are still organizing solutions that can be incorporated into existing kitchen layouts.  Here are twelve ideas to consider for maximizing storage in your home’s kitchen space.

Multitasking Baskets. Pull out baskets break up a long row of cabinets and introduce another texture while also serving the purpose of storage for frequently used items or food that doesn’t require refrigeration.

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Ready to Go Rods.  You can find mini metal storage units designed for spices or utensils at many retail stores specializing in home organization, or create one of your own with a basic metal pipe and brackets from a home improvement store.

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Behind Closed Doors.  The back of a cabinet door is the perfect place to install a memo board for coupons, reminders, or even office supplies.

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Well Designed Disposal.  Trash and recycling fill up quickly in kitchens, so rather than purchasing freestanding bins, dedicate or convert a cabinet into dual purpose trash and recycling center.

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Practical Pullouts.  Reaching for a pot or pan couldn’t be easier with a smart pullout system built into a multitasking cabinet.

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Cutting Edge.   We all need a place to store cutting boards – dedicate a small cabinet with vertical racks or dividers for grab-and-go convenience.

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Harmonious Herbs.   A spice drawer next to the cooktop is a chef’s best friend, especially one with drawer organizers designed for this purpose.

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Appliance Garage.  Life’s everyday appliances need a special storage spot too.  Squeeze them into their own garage for easy access when blending, toasting, mixing, or juicing.

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Divide and Conquer.   The power of separation is a great tool for keeping drawers uncluttered.  Make yours just as organized with cleverly placed dividers or pegs.

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Not So Lazy.  Corner cabinets can become wasted spaces, but with some help from a lazy Susan, storage of mixing bowls, colanders, and platters becomes more efficient.

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Extra Extra!   Anywhere you can think to squeeze in an extra drawer for kitchen miscellaneous is a smart design element especially for towels, placemats, cookie sheets, or other flatter necessities.

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Close At Hand Cleaners.  Sanitation and cleanup are key in any kitchen space so install a rack inside your sink cabinet to house your daily cleaning essentials.

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A well organized kitchen makes cooking, cleaning, socializing, and meal sharing much more enjoyable.  What savvy storage solutions have you incorporated into your own kitchen space?


I discovered IKEA five or six years ago and ever since I did, I’ve been a big fan of their affordable products.  We’ve turned their Billy bookcases into built in shelving, used IKEA kitchen cabinets to make a window seat, and their Vittsjo shelves to store books and games too. 

IKEA products have been popping in homes featured in Better Homes and Gardens for years!  Some of their units have been discontinued but other popular pieces like the Expedit and the Maskros ceiling pendant are still available. 

IKEA’s Expedit shelf is a popular choice for its contemporary clean lines and functionality.  When paired with the Knipsa basket, it makes a great organizer for the home office or playroom.

 

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Since the piece is finished on both sides, it works equally well as a room divider.

 

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Consider it for your collection of dishes, bowls, and ceramics for an open display in a dining space. 

 

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Some Lack shelving units (since discontinued) were turned sideways to create a unique storage center in the dining space below, but today’s narrow Expedit could achieve a similar look. 

 

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Stand it straight up to maximize vertical space in a small room in need of storage.

 

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The IKEA Maskros chandelier for makes a big statement in a bedroom, dining room, or office. 

 

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IKEA’s Majby woven chairs are no longer available but there are few similar rattan chairs in stock that work in any casual dining or gathering space. 

 

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Navigating an IKEA is practically an all day event when you visit their design center, but I’ve learned if you know what you want before you go, you can find the larger pieces by bin or aisle number online, saving yourself valuable time by heading straight for the stock room.

 

Here are 12 very versatile IKEA staples for the home!

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From top left: Maskros fixture, $90; Byholma chair, $90; Jonsbo Barby table lamp (three colors), $60; Vittsjo shelf, $70; Bjursta table & 6 chairs, $899; Stockholm coffee table (2 colors); $199 Billy bookcase (with doors); 149; Expedit shelving (five colors), $90; Ektorp chair (five colors), $150; Nordli bed, $249; Hemnes dresser (four colors), $299; 5 x 7 Alvine rug, $199.

Have you shopped at IKEA for your home?  What is your favorite piece?

 

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Last week, we looked at some clever uses for dressers as bathroom vanities, yet there are a lot of other spaces outside the bedroom where you can put a dresser to good use.  With its flat top surface and handy drawers for storage, dressers large to small make themselves at home in several unexpected places.  The next time you inherit one from a relative, score one at a thrift store, or spy one in a shop, consider these rooms for placement!

In the living room, an antique white dresser makes an elegant prop for sculptural vases or fresh botanicals and provides storage for seasonal items.  A mirror suspended above is the perfect partner for a piece that looks so pretty up against the wall. 

 

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The entry benefits from additional storage too, so consider a dresser for storing hats, mittens, and scarves for grab-and-go convenience in colder months.

 

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How about a dresser in the kitchen?  Now there’s a clever concept!  Incorporate a beautiful antique into your design plan so it acts as an island for a one-of-a-kind look!  

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If you stumble across a worn dresser or two, there’s no need to use the frame when just the drawers will do.  While technically in the bedroom this clever repurpose of the drawers into a headboard is worthy of  mention.  Unite different finishes with paint for a cohesive style statement that packs plenty of storage.

 

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Any dresser can be reinvented to suit your style, all it takes is a weekend spent personalizing it with paint, stain, decoupage, or wallpaper to make it your own. 

 

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Look around your house for those empty corners or walls, is there a place outside the bedroom you could tuck a dresser into your home?

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Back-to-school days are here again, and as the mom of two kids in elementary school, it’s important for me to feel prepared on Day One.  I’m spending some time getting organized for the big day coming up next week, tackling the kitchen junk drawer and readying the family computer armoire that also functions as a study station.  

With homework and school projects looming, I started organizing school, home, and office supplies and in the process, compiled ten clever ways to corral all that small but oh-so-necessary stuff we need at home. 

1.  Ready and Waiting.   A colorful drink caddy serves up back-to-school readiness instead of refreshments when the glasses are used to store pens and office supplies.

 

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2.  Mess-less Muffin Tins.   No need to bake with this clever solution to use a muffin tin as a drawer compartmentalizer to hold all those things that without it get lost at the bottom.

   

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3.  Clever Caddy.    A shower organizer is easily reinvented as a creative storage solution for correspondence and wrapping supplies.  

 

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The other day I bought myself yet another tray for corralling small items around the home, they’re just so stylish and versatile too!  Trays work well in the kitchen for mail or utensils, in the office for bills and desk supplies, in the family room for remotes, books and magazines, and in the entry for keys and cell phones. 

 

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You can personalize them by lining store bought trays with maps from your travels or creating your own fabric lined tray with spray adhesive.   

 

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There are many options available in retail stores and online, here’s a collection of uber-chic trays, any one will bring both function and flair!

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From top left: Acid Palm Tray, Jonathan Adler, $78; Blue Marimekko, Crate + Barrel, $82; Carnival Tray, World Market, $10;  Square Lacquer Trays, West Elm, $19; Dabney Lee, Traylor Papers, $120; Thomas Paul Whale Trays, Burke Decor, $40; Inlay Bone Tray, Wisteria, $199; Chain Link Tray, Horchow, $195; Gold Athena, Jayson Home, $45; Mod Chevron Melamine, Target, $10; John Derian Clipper Ship Tray, Orange and Pear, $165; Dabney Lee Personalized Tray, Saks Fifth Avenue, $135; Sprout Tray, CB2, $24; Macbeth Tray, Orange and Pear, $78; Root of the Earth, Viva Terra, $59; Hammered Nickel Tray, Pottery Barn, $24;  Scalloped Tray, Clayton Gray Home, $98; Mirage Tray, Z Gallerie, $99;  Leather Handled Nickel Tray, Jayson Home, $495;  Dwell Peacock Tray, Layla Grace, $213.

 

Do you have a favorite use for a tray in your home? 

 

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Ladies, how many of us have collections of jewelry hidden away in a box or drawer somewhere?  Have you considered displaying them out in the open for your own enjoyment or creating attractive zones for storing your commonly worn pieces? 

Placing your jewelry on display not only reminds you of what you have (I tend to forget…) but also can make a decorative statement in your home.  Vignettes of jewelry bring femininity and personality to your vanity or dressing zone, so instead of burying your baubles in a box, consider these lovely alternatives for displaying your jewelry at home.  

 

An antique brass tiered stand holds bracelets while a handmade frame jewelry holder displays favorite earrings and necklaces on a dresser.

 

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Simple knobs secured to a wall suspend statement necklaces creating instant art above a modern Lucite vanity tucked in a corner of this bedroom.

 

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Eclectic frames that house pretty knobs come together to create a salon gallery display and make an artistic statement on the wall.  

 

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Mini wooden bowls on a tray hold pretty earrings, rings, and bracelets for grab and go style.

 

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A white ceramic urn paired with a glowing silver tray becomes an instant drop zone for end of the day removal.

 

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These two ideas are definitely "outside the (jewelry) box”.  Kitchen pulls and knobs are secured to a fabric covered board to suspend favorite pieces, and a shadow box on the wall displays stylish jewelry as art.  

pulls and shadow box jewelry holder

 

Metal tins keep rings and earrings organized inside an armoire drawer assigned to scarves and jewelry.

 

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There’s no need for framed art in a bathroom if you cover your walls with your favorite necklaces making them easy to choose from when dressing for the day.

 

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Butterfly broaches “framed” with paper on a wall and bangles casually clinging to candles are two creative ways to use jewelry as decor. The next time you entertain, consider sachets as parting gifts secured with costume broaches, or bracelets casually wrapped around cloth napkins on your dining table.

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How do you store or display your jewelry? In a pretty bowl, on a tray, in a special box, cabinet or drawer?  Do share. 

 

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