Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Nursery: Now It's Really Finished

While the nursery is definitely "done," or at least as done as I had planned, there was still a little something missing. Remember my final mood board for the room?

The silver ottoman wound up staying down in our living room since I use it there much more often but when Evey's sleeping in her crib at night I'll probably move it back upstairs. The one other item that I had planned on using but never got around to buying was the Ikea Lappljung Ruta pillow. At 39 weeks pregnant my husband wasn't okay with my traveling to Ikea by myself to buy a pillow so I just chalked it up to running out of time. Then my wonderful mother surprised me with a little gift this past week...

As a faithful reader of this here blog she knew I had my eye on it and when I didn't get it for myself she went and got it for me. Thanks Mom, you're the best!

Now the room really feels done and I love how it brings in more black to tie in with the other elements like her chevron blanket, our light fixtures, and the frame on her book ledges.

The second addition to her room was also a gift. A friend of ours typed up this awesome print for Evey detailing all of her birth stats and I used a little washi tape to hang it up in her closet. Thanks Erica!

If a room can ever be "done" this is as good as it gets.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Organized Kitchen Cabinet Tour

Hey yo! For all my American friends, I hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather. For everyone else...happy Tuesday! 

Well guys, I finally did it. I finally got around to organizing every single one of our kitchen cabinets and man does it feel good. Not one door was left unopened and every shelf and drawer has been wiped down and organized. Let's go on a little tour shall we:

First stop on the tour, our fridge wall:

1. The top left cabinet next to our fridge holds all of our mixing bowls as well as supplies, such as napkins, paper plates and cups, plasticware, vases, and drink holders. The plastic spoons and forks are stored in tin cans I made cute with a little scrapbook paper.

2. The middle left drawer is used to store our most often used tools for easy access. Everything else is stored in our basement.

*updated to show most recent organization!

3. The bottom left cabinet contains two pull-out drawers. 

The top drawer holds our plastic storage containers. A little while ago I went through them and matched everything up with its corresponding lid. Anything without a match went in the trash and now the drawer is easy to maintain.

This bottom drawer used to be a mess with no real purpose. I used to keep leftover jars here as well as random dishes and other items I didn't know what to do with. Now that Evey's here though I knew I wanted it to be a place to keep all of her items so one day she can have access to these drawers without worrying about anything getting broken and I don't have to child-proof the doors.

4. Above our fridge is that elusive over-the-fridge cabinet that nobody can reach. It's here that we keep our wine glasses and liquor which are used rarely. I don't drink and my husband is more of a beer guy so these things are rarely accessed, perfect for this location.

5. Moving over to the right side, the top cabinets are what we refer to as our pantry and hold the majority of our dry goods. I organized this cabinet just recently with the help of a 50¢ under-shelf organizer and a couple other free items. You can read about that here and even watch the video tour.

6. Our junk drawer is also holding strong ever since I cleaned it out a few months ago. 

7. The bottom right cabinet also has the same two pull-out drawers as the left side.

The top drawer holds our potatoes and onions as well as extra flour and sugar. The white dishes, truthfully, had no other place to go.

The bottom drawer holds our cereal as well as extra bulk food items in the back as need be. The same idea of "kid-safe" applies to these cabinets as well, except for those white dishes of course. I'm sure I can find a better spot for them before Evey's crawling.

Next up is our sink wall:

8. The top right drawer holds all of our sponges, dishwashing gloves, and even a toothbrush, the best cleaning tool there is. I also keep Evey's washcloths in here since she gets bathed in the sink.

9. The bottom cabinet got cleaned out and organized just last month and holds bath supplies on the top shelf and all the rest of our cleaning supplies on the bottom.

10.  Our under-the-sink cabinet isn't anything to write home about but it is relatively organized and does its job containing our recycling, dishwasher detergent, and other random items. I'd like to eventually give this cabinet a little more love and attention one day.

And last but not least, the stove wall:

11. Starting at the top left cabinet you'll see our newly organized baking cabinet. I'm loving this thing and even filmed a video of it you can watch on my YouTube channel.

12. Below the baking cabinet is our utensil drawer that just recently got a little more colorful with the addition of some adorable baby spoons.

13. The bottom left cabinet is right next to our stove and holds all of our cooking oils and vinegars as well as a few cookbooks and our blender/food processor. The jars that used to be in the other cabinet next to the fridge got relocated to this cabinet, a much better spot.

14. We have one more of those hard to reach cabinets above the microwave and in it we keep our extra coffee makers (since we only use our Nespresso now) as well as coffee filters and a cake stand.

15. To the right of our stove is our cooking cabinet and it holds all of our spices as well as dry pasta and cooking sauces.

16. Below the spice cabinet is our plastic bag/wax paper/tin foil drawer. We also keep our birthday candles in this drawer for easy access.

17. All of our pots and pans fit nicely in this cabinet since we don't have too many. Two non-stick and two stainless steel pans are all we use as well as two smaller pots and one big pot for soups/pasta/etc.  Below the pot is our roasting pan with a sifter tucked on the side.

18. We're almost there! The top right cabinet on this side holds all of our cups, dishes, and bowls. I recently added the white wire rack to maximize space for our mugs and it worked out perfectly. I can fit them all in so much better and there's no more stacking and fearing that they'll fall when you open the door! The top shelf holds rarely used items like Christmas mugs and serving dishes. 

19. The last drawer on the tour holds all of our utensils as well as pot holders, trivets, and grill tools. When organizing this drawer I pulled out the smaller utensils (like peeler, ice cream scoop, and bottle opener) to allow more room in the two dividers and put them in a small plastic container. A few unused items got tossed and I was even able to gift my mother in law with a brand new pizza cutter since we had two. 

20. And finally, the bottom right cabinet holds the rest of our baking and cooking supplies like cutting boards, baking pans, rice cooker, crock pot, and large serving dishes, most recently organized here.

And there ya have it! A place for everything and everything in its place. 

>>To see some cabinets a little more in depth, check out my YouTube channel!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Functional File Storage

Files. Everyone's got em and everyone hates to store em. Or maybe that's just me? Blame it on my incessant need to purge anything that doesn't have a purposeful function but I despise keeping papers around that don't serve an immediate need. And saving them for years? Just about kills me. But in truth those important papers do need to be kept and therefore need to be stored in a functional way. Before, we kept most of our files in this file box (from Target) in the office next to our computer desk. Basically it was as out of the way as possible so I didn't need to see it all the time.

Problem was, it was too out of the way and papers tended to pile up elsewhere because I was too lazy to bring them over to the file box and put them away properly. I needed a better solution. I needed something close to the entry of our house (where the papers come in) so I could quickly file them away instead of letting them pile up.

This desk sits in between our living and dining rooms, across from our front door. The green bin is where we put our mail/bills until they need tending to and also the location of the stashed papers that need to be filed. It just made sense to keep the files here so I went ahead and cleared out the few random items from one of the ottomans (a pair of pillow covers, our Just Moved announcements I never sent, and a hair clip...random I told ya).

Then it was just a matter of moving over the most important/most often accessed files from the box to the ottoman and leaving the long-term paperwork in the file box. Sidenote: Our very important paperwork like birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, etc. are stored in a separate place altogether.

Obviously since file folders are square and I was putting them into a round ottoman I needed a way to keep them propped up so a few heavy hardcover books did just the trick.

Now those most often used files are right by the front door and hopefully I won't dread putting the papers away like I did before. Then when these files fill up I suppose we'll need to transfer them some place else. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Organized Baking Cabinet

I am so happy to finally have tackled this project because it has literally been on my To Do list for months and months. I have Pinterest to thank for that and if I didn't just have a baby three weeks ago I might have been able to tackle this in time for the Pinterest Challenge. Oh well. The point is that I did it! With a three week old! Woot.

Before, our baking cabinet was a sad state with everything kinda thrown in all willy nilly. I could never find my measuring cups and spoons because they were lost amongst the chaos and I had about five mostly empty boxes of tea bags taking up way too much space. To top it all off I couldn't even fit my hand mixer in the cabinet and had to keep it in a different cabinet all together. Finally I had enough!

To start I used a couple Command strips to attach some cork board (found at Staples) to the inside of the cabinet door. I had to cut the third piece to fit on top but this cork was easy enough to cut with a pair of strong scissors.

After adding the cork I was able to hang all my measuring cups and spoons! Life changing! Gone are the days of searching and now everything is right there easy to find, use, and put back.

I used black baker's twine to hang each one from a brass thumbtack. A little striped washi tape (four pack found at the Goodwill, originally from Target!) divides the space and adds some fun.

With those items out of the way I organized the rest of the cabinet and used some more washi tape for labeling.

Yay! My mixer fits now!

Ten trillion times better.

Oh and Evey supervised.

Psst: I updated the cabinet once again a couple weeks later.
Read all about it here!

And watch the video tour here on YouTube!

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