October 25, 2014

Organizing Your Linen Closet

Re-organizing this house before we put it on the market made me realize that I really, really  like having a place for everything and everything in it’s place! I was surprised at how much my husband loves it too! One of the great things about moving is that you get to start over with your home. I plan on spending some time making sure that all the spaces in our new home are maximized for storage (since it’s a smaller home).

Fantastic ideas for organizing your linen closet!

One of those spaces is the linen closet! Most people don’t have a large linen closet so it’s really easy to just stuff things in there. But there’s something really lovely about an organized linen closet isn’t there! To help inspire you I’ve gathered some great linen closet organization ideas.

8 Tips for A Beautifully Organized Linen Closet

Ideas for organizing your linen basket like this one from A Bird and A Bean

Use plastic baskets to contain like items and don’t forget to label! The Dollar Tree has these baskets so you can make your linen closet look cute for not much money! See the before and after at A Bird and A Bean

Lots of great linen closet organizing ideas like this one from The Real Thing with the Coake Family

What a great idea! Use a office file sorter to hold washcloths! See this linen closet makeover at The Real Thing With The Coake Family

use towel rods on the inside of your linen closet  door for more storage via BHG

Love the idea of using towel racks on the inside of the linen closet door via BHG.  You could hang your tablecloths or tea towels on them. I roll my big bath towels like those pictured above instead of folding them.

Great linen closet organization ideas like this one from Simplicity in the South

Place shelf dividers between stacks to keep them separate and again, labels help.  See the full makeover at Simplicity In The South

Sheet sets wrapped in cloth via Martha Stewart

Here’s an interesting idea from Martha Stewart. Wrap each sheet set in a square of fabric to keep the sets together and easy to find (some people also like to put all the sheets into a pillowcase of the set.

Great linen closet organization ideas like this one from Turnstyle Vogue

Organize your linen closet with baskets  like this one from Turnstyle Vogue

Great linen closet organization ideas like this one from The Happy Housie

Use large baskets or bins on the floor of the closet. See the Before & After Linen Closet Makeover at The Happy Housie

2 different ways to fold towels

Here are 2 different ways to fold towels via Code Red Hat so that they’ll fit neatly on your shelf.

I hope this gives you some ideas for organizing your closet.

You can find all of my organizing posts here and my Pinterest  organizing board has lots of great ideas – find it here

 

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Ideas for Maximizing A Small Kitchen

We will be moving into a kitchen that’s  smaller than the one we currently have if we go with the house I showed you ( which I’m 99% sure about). I’m not quite sure how I’m going to set things up and where I’ll put everything but I thought I’d share some ideas for the making the most of a small kitchen  I’ve found.

Great ideas for maximizing  your small kitchen

Moving is such a great opportunity to not only get rid of stuff but to start out more organized! I’m really looking forward to that!

Small kitchen organization ideas like this one from SAS Interiors

Use the inside of doors via SAS Interioris

DIY burner covers that double as more countertop space via The Kitchnn

Find ways to give yourself more workable surfaces like this project. Here’s how to build burner covers that extend your countertop space via The Kitchnn

Small kitchen organization ideas  like this one

Using your backsplash area is a great way to keep your counters free via No. 29 Design

small kitchen organization ideas

This is a great idea if you don’t have many drawers via Food Network

Small kitchen solutions like this one from Sweet Verbena

Get a cutting board that goes over part of your sink for more counter space via Sweet Verbena .  I know Ikea sells one but I’ve seen some at TJMaxx as well

Maximizing a small kitchen - Shower caddy produce rack

Use the space at the end of  a cabinet like this idea from Domestic Diva. She  hung a shower caddy up and used it to store some vegetables

small kitchen solutions like this pegboard pot rack

If you have the wall space a pegboard pot rack like this one from Rice Designs is a great way to free up cabinet space

Maximize your small kitchen by using the side of your refrigerator

Utilize the side of your refrigerator via Instructables

double your cabinet space with under the shelf baskets

Double your cabinet space by using under the shelf racks via HGTV

I hope you got some ideas for making the most of your small kitchen!

What do you do to make the most of your kitchen?

 

You might also like: 11 Laundry Room Organization Ideas

Check out these 11 amazing laundry room organizing ideas!

11 Laundry Room Organization Ideas

I don’t have a  laundry room per se. My “laundry room” is in my garage. It’s more of a laundry area :)  We recently spruced up that area and I was looking at some cute laundry rooms for inspiration and thought I’d share a few laundry room organization ideas with you.

Check out these 11 amazing laundry room organizing ideas!

I’m sure a few of these ideas will make an appearance when I do my laundry room reveal! Here are some great ideas for organizing your laundry area!

Stain kit for your laundry room from BHG

Love the idea of keeping all the stain treating products in one easy to find place. via Better Homes & Gardens

Laundry Room Organization - wall organizer via Small Notebook

Towel racks are inexpensive and look how great they work for organizing a laundry area! via Small Notebook

Back of the door laundry organization from My Sweet Savannah

Using the back of the door is always a smart idea especially in a small space (which laundry rooms usually are) via My Sweet Savannah

laundry closet organization

If you have more of a laundry closet you could add some small shelves on a side wall like these from Waffling

corral laundry items on a lazy susan via BHG

Corraling laundry items on a lazy susan is a brilliant idea. via Better Homes & Gardens

built in DIY drying rack from Me and My DIY

Wouldn’t it be great to have built in pull-out racks to dry your sweaters on!  Me and My DIY has a great tutorial on how to build these.

leave notes on a washer with a dry erase marker via The Paper Mama

LOVE this idea to keep a dry erase marker on your washer to leave special laundry instructions via The Paper Mama

Laundry room organization - pocket finds jar via BHG

Having a separate jar or bin for “pocket finds” is a great idea via Better Homes & Gardens

Laundry Room Organization - hooks on wall via Smart Girl Style

Mount some hooks on a laundry room wall to use for drying items like these from Smart Girl Style

Laundry containers with DIY labels from Simply Designing

Here a pretty way to contain your detergent. You can use jars for powdered detergent and drink dispensers for liquid detergent like these from Simply Designing

organizing a laundry room with baskets via Simplicity In The South

Of course you always need bins and baskets! Love the chalkboard tags on these from Simplicity In The South

Check out my Pinterest Laundry Room Board for more ideas!

Maximizing Space Under My Kitchen Sink

We have been on a decluttering and organizing mission and today I’m going to share with you how I organized the area under my kitchen sink using items I already had. I have to tell you that I have a weird plumbing set up under my sink. Most of the space is taken up with various pipes as you’ll see,  so it’s always been hard to find a way to make this area look tidy. But I’ve finally found the solution!

Maximizing space under my kitchen sink

Here are my 4 tips for maximizing the space under your kitchen sink.

My first tip is to empty the space and have a good look at what you’re storing.  That’s what I did! Donate/throw out things that you no longer use.

My second tip is to cut down on your cleaning products!

utilize the inside of doors when organizing

I have an all purpose cleaner that I make that I use for lots of things and a few store bought natural cleaners that I use. But basically I use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, dish soap & tea trea oil in my various cleaning concoctions. I also keep the cleaners I use in the bathroom – in the bathrooms.

use wire racks on cabinet doors for extra storage

My third tip is to use the space on your doors! I have wire shelving attached to both of my doors (there are ones that hang over the doors if you didn’t want to screw into your doors). You could also use extra strong command hooks to hang the wire racks. The one on the left side is higher so the door can close with no problem and I keep extra sponges and my knock off Magic Erasers on that shelf.  The wire shelf on the left is low so that I can keep my cleaning supplies on the door and there’s more clearance for the door to close on that side.

use expandable shelves to maximize space under your kitchen sinkMy fourth tip is to use expandable shelves (locker shelves) and bins. Like I said I have a weird plumbing situation under this sink that gives me very little room to store things! But I found this narrow shelf at Ikea a few years ago and I was using it in an upper cabinet (re-organized those too) and it fits perfectly on that side.

organizing under a kitchen sink

So I can store some things on top and I have room underneath for a small dollar store container that contains extra rubber gloves.

use bins to organize under a sink

On the other side I’m able to have a larger shelf and a bin (that I was using in my pantry – re-organized that too) that slides partially under it. On top I have a little bin that’s from the Dollar Store which holds my cleaning rags and dusting mitts. I could actually do more with the vertical space on this side if I had to (like get stacking bins or stacking drawers).

Another tip – I covered the bottom of this cabinet a few years ago with some leftover peel and stick tiles. This makes it very easy to clean and if you have a leak your cabinet and floor have a bit of protection.

maximizing space under a kitchen sink

The thing about organizing under sinks is that everyone has a different set up of pipes and cleaning products (and budget) so you kind of  have to asses your own space and then find the items that will help you organize your space.

But generally speaking these 4 tips will help you maximize the space under your kitchen sink no matter what!

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday

10 Household Organizational Tips You Need To Know

When you take a little time to organize each and every day, you will eventually have an organized home. Check out the following 10 household organizational tips that will help you clean, organize, and get your home in tip top shape. My only advice would be to take a break in between each tip, so you don’t wear yourself completely out!

10 need to know organizational tips
#1. Household Chore List—Isn’t it time everyone helps pitch in around the house? Check out this household chore list.
#2. 12 Steps to Deep Cleaning—Don’t wait for spring to get your household clutter, cleaning, and organization under control.
#3. Organize Those Scarves—Since scarves are in style, you may need these tips to help you organize them.
#4. Organize the Linen Closet—6 easy steps to organizing your linen closet.
#5. Organize Your Kitchen Pantry – Don’t have a huge pantry? See how to organize a small pantry closet.
#6. Organized Computer Desk Station—The kids need a little help organizing too! Check out how you can make your kids a DIY computer desk station and organize it too.
#7. Closet Shelf Organization—Now is the time to get your closet shelf a little more organized!
#8. DIY Jewelry Organizer– Don’t let your jewelry just around in your bedroom. This DIY jewelry organizer is perfect for organizing your jewelry.
#9. Make a Family Command Center—Have one place for schedules, notes, school papers, bills, etc.
#10. DIY Refrigerator Mats -  Make your own refrigerator mats and spend less time on cleaning the fridge shelves.

There you have it! Ten tips that will help you organize different parts of your home.

What part of your home do you feel you need help in organizing?

My Chalkboard Kitchen Wall & Some Kitchen Organization

I wanted to show you guys my new chalkboard kitchen wall and a few little changes in the kitchen! My kitchen has been in a crazy state lately because I’m clearing my counters off, re-organizing cabinets and purging lots of stuff.

What a cute idea! A chalkboard wall with a  kitchen measurement conversion chart on it!

So this chalkboard project started because I  had lots of stuff sitting on this part of my kitchen counter (next to my cook top) that I moved to other places and then, since this area looked so nice, I just wanted a new look. :)  So I painted that wall with some chalkboard paint that I already had and for now I have a sort of kitchen measurement conversion chart on it.

DIY Toile Art

This is the before. I made these pictures I think about 10 years ago. They’re just pieces of toile fabric that I glued onto some cardboard and framed. This wall is a little strange in that the wall oven is behind it. This wall is actually covered in white with gold fleck formica! I’ve painted over it many many times because this kitchen has been about 7 different colors!

Cooking measurements chalkboard wall

This is the after. I thought cooking measurements would be cute for now.  I can always change it to something else like dinner menus or a saying later on. That’s the beauty of chalkboard – it’s definitely for those who like to change things up!

organize your cooking oils on a lazy susan

Some changes I made to this little counter top area -I used a Lazy Susan that I was using in my refrigerator to organize my most used oils (not sure I like it in the fridge – I think it took up too much space). I would have liked to have put the oils in the cabinet with the spices but those shelves don’t move so these bottles don’t fit. That’s my fancy Davis & Waddell pepper mill that I got at the thrift store in May!

Target Threshold white utensil holder

I don’t have a lot of drawers so I like to keep my larger utensils out since it makes them easy to grab when I’m cooking. I cook a lot! I sometimes cook 3 meals a day – most days at least 2. So whatever makes things easier for me!  I just got this cute utensil holder at Target – it’s part of the Threshold line.

black and white marble checkerboard floor and chalkboard wall

So this little counter space used to be filled with all kinds of things that have found new homes! Now I have a little more room to the left of my cook top and I was really shocked at what a difference this little change makes in my enjoyment of cooking!

Chalkboard wall in the kitchen with cooking measurements

My favorite thing though is the chalkboard wall!

I also re-organized my broom closet turned pantry and a few other things in the kitchen – so look for those future posts!

Have a great weekend!

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