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Organizing Craft Supplies in the Kitchen

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Organization | Comments Off on Organizing Craft Supplies in the Kitchen

I absolutely love doing crafts and projects with Little Buddy or make things for others. The problem I was finding was all of my supplies were located in our guest bedroom closet which didn’t provide much workspace or easy accessibility. I’d have to bring all the boxes out to the kitchen, along with the supplies like markers, crayons, paint and so forth.

So a few weeks ago, I got the crazy idea to move everything to the pantry. I feel very blessed in our new place to have a pantry with optimal space. Not only would it be great to have it all the supplies in one place, but it would mean no more excuses for not getting out the crafts.

Granted, I understand not everyone has a plethora of space in their kitchen pantry or even have one for that matter but I do have a few tips to share that might help you with organizing your craft supplies.

Craft Organization

#1.  Finding the space

If your kitchen is the place that you too do all your craft activities, then it might be very helpful to have some of your “everyday” items close by so you can pick up your project where ever you left off.

Maybe it’s a cabnet that some items can be purdged and relocated to another area to allow some of your supplies. If you have a linen closet or laundry room off your kitchen, finding a space there might be helpful.

Behind the Door Craft Organization

#2. Use Your Pantry Door or Kitchen Door

Clear plastic shoe organizers behind doors make perfect pockets for craft supplies. I’ve had my crafts like this for the past few years and it’s been great for knowing what I have on hand, accessibility when I need and its great when you move often.  I would roll it up, place it in the a box and set it up in the next place. Even if you’re stationary for awhile, maximize these little pockets with individual items like: crayons, scissors, tape, glue, and popsicle sticks will keep you organized and your stuff convenient.

Vertical space

#3. Maximize Wall Space

In your pantry, utilize wall space to hang items that can be easily accessed.

#4. Keeping your Cost Down on Storage Containers

The most inexpensive storage containers I have found to work well are plastic shoe boxes. Wal-Mart typically sells them for 97 cents, as does Target. I have these in just about every room of my house when it comes to organizing bathroom supplies, toys, hardware and other miscellaneous items broken into categories. These stack nicely in pantries or cabinets very well.

Other ways to decrease your out of pocket expense (if you are just getting started) is to look at garage sales, thrift stores and clearance deals at craft stores. I’ve bough all my craft boxes (photo boxes) at Michael’s, when they were marked down to 2 dollars a box.

 #5. No space No problem

If relocating all your crafts wont fit in your kitchen but you often do your projects there. Keep a small box with your supplies and projects readily available that way its easy for you to pick it up whenever you’d like.

Well that is my new kitchen organization project all completed! Now its time to go get all the crafts out and whip up a project with Little Buddy.

If you want some more craft organization ideas, head on over to Pinterest where I’ve gathered some more ideas for you!

Have a lovely day friends!

Where do you keep all your craft items? What are some tips you could share on organization? 

 

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My 2013 Book List and Tips to Making Your Own List

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Book List, Organization, Series | 4 comments

Good Morning Friends! How are you all doing? Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing my goals, book list, project list, and home management tools with you all as we enter this great year of 2013! I will also have a few new recipes for you too! Lets get started! Today I’ll be sharing my book list and ways you can make your own list. :)

Making your book list and fitting reading into your every day. 

#1. Priorities and Create a List

Sit down for 5 minutes today and write down your 5 most important priorities. Over the next week find books that fit your priorities. I’ve listed mine below and may be a source of ideas for your list. For more reading ideas go herehere and here.

#2. Write down a realistic number of books to read. 

For me, reading has been a developing habit over the past year and half, my goal last year was to read 12 books. I read 15 and they were mainly hard copy books and e-books. This year I’ve increased my number to what I think is realistic for me – 24.  I’ve also added many audio books to accomplish my goal. How many books could you read in one year? Now break that number down into months. Maybe 1 book every 2 months is a perfect option for your season of life!

#3. Make it a goal to read and evaluate weekly. 

Like I mentioned above,  I’ve had to develop a habit for reading. That involved setting time goals for developing my habit. My goal last year was 30 minutes a day. Sometimes it worked out to read for 10 minutes three times a day or sit down and read for 30 minutes after little buddy goes to sleep. Either way be practical about when you can sit down and enjoy your book! Each week evaluate how you did and what you can do the next week to keep reading. :) For audio books, when could you listen to them: on your way to work, while you exercise or during dinner preparations? Either way make it a goal to read daily for what works best for you!

#4. Keep a book with at all times and use your devices. 

Keep one book in your car, purse or backpack, that way if you are ever out and about a bit longer then planned, you have a book to read. Another great way to keep a book on you at all times is by having an app on your phone, using your iPad or Kindle. When you are waiting at the doctors office – read. While you are waiting to pick up your kids from school – read. While your husband runs into the grocery store, while you wait in the car – read. Get creative, you have more time then you think. :) You’ll reach your goal no matter where you are when you have your book with you.

Alright, it is time to make your reading list for 2013! If you need some ideas, below I have my list for 2013! Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

2013 Book List

Most of my books are on my Kindle or iPhone. I love technology!

Marriage and Parenting

Faith and Personal Growth

Nutrition/Health

Home Management

Business

Cookbooks

What books do you want to read this year? 

{Note: Some of the links in this post are my affiliate links.}

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Captivating Beauty in Everyday Decoration

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Organization, Quotes | 2 comments

Earlier this year I read Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider.  In this book she talks about organization being a journey.   One of the quotes in her book was, “Have nothing in your houses that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful,” by William Morris.  I love the quote because as I decorate my house or place items around my home , it makes me consider their value and worth of space in my home.

What is special about it? And if it is special, why is it hidden in a box? Does it need to go to Goodwill or does it need a purpose in the home? I love organizing and decorating my hutch in such a way that items displayed are easy to get to and visually appealing.

In the above picture, the owl I received from a restaurant owner when I was in France at the age of 6.  Directly behind the owl is a picture of the Sacre-Coeur in Paris, France.  Placing these items in daily view remind me of  my childhood summers in France.

Each meal of the day as I get plates out to serve my family, these items are right there, enhancing my everyday life with beauty.  Maybe in sounds silly, but as Tsh Oxenreider says in her book, “Simple living is living holistically with your life’s purpose.”

Do you have items in your home that you love to see on a daily bases?  Ones that capture a time in your life that you cherish. If they are hiding in a box or hidden by another item, this weekend display that item in your home in such a way that you can see it each day. 

If you want to join the organizing journey, I highly encourage you to read Tsh’s book Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living. You wont be disappointed! :)

*This post is linked to The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday. 

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Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Bring Spring Inside

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Organization, Spring Cleaning | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Bring Spring Inside

Happy Monday to you all!  I hope you had a great weekend.  We really did!  Well today is the last day of this spring cleaning series!  There might be some area’s of your kitchen that we didn’t cover but thats okay, keep working on the area’s of your kitchen you want work on!  This summer I will be doing more posts on organizing also! But for today, I have one really fun and easy project for you today. If there is any challenge you do out of the last two weeks: it is this one!

Today’s challenge is to bring spring inside!

Today’s Objective

  •  If you have a garden, pick some flowers, put them in your favorite vase and brighten your kitchen with their presence.  
  • Or if you are like me and don’t have a garden, pick up some of your favorite flowers at your grocery store or nursery. 
  • Arrange your flowers in your vase and place them where ever you want in your kitchen. 
  • Then, sit down at your kitchen table (even if its for 5 minutes), turn on your favorite music, grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy your little 5 minutes break!
I’ve really enjoyed sharing with you my 2 week challenge, again I hope it inspired you to tackle an area of your kitchen that needed it and help make your kitchen just a little bit better! :)
The next two weeks, I’ll be sharing recipes, flower arrangements and gift ideas for Mother’s Day; be sure to stop back by!  Please feel free to subscribe by email or follow me on Facebook, so you never miss a post!
Till tomorrow, have a fabulous Monday everyone!

If you missed any of the posts from this  series or would like to start, here is a list of all the posts from this series:

  • Getting Started  – supply list
  • Day 1 – under the sink
  • Day 2 – utensil drawers
  • Day 3 – plates and cups
  • Day 4 – kitchen linens
  • Day 5 – pantry
  • Week 1 update  – spring cleaning after pictures
  • Day 6 – pots, pans and baking dishes
  • Day 7 – windows, windowsills and baseboards
  • Day 8 – oven, microwave and stove top
  • Day 9 – the miscellaneous cabinet
  • Day 10 – the Tupperware cabinet
  • Save the best for last – bring spring inside
What are your favorite flowers to buy or receive? Share in the comments!
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Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 10

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in Organization, Spring Cleaning | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 10

Today is day 10, that means it’s the last big task for this spring cleaning series. It’s been fun to challenge myself and hopefully encourage you to clean and organize an area of your kitchen.  Today’s challenge isn’t to hard so it’s time to get started!

Today’s challenge is the the Tupperware cabinet. 

Today’s Objective

  • Start your spring cleaning at the time you planned on completing today’s challenge.
  • Set your kitchen timer to the amount of time you want to spend cleaning and organizing.
  • Turn on some music. 
  • Clear off one counter or kitchen island so there is nothing on it. 
  • Take everything out of the cabinet(s) and place them on to your cleared off surface. 
  • Wipe down the shelving and cabinet door with cleaner.
  • Sort through each item and determine if it should go in the trash, garage sale box or to another location.
  • Make sure you have lids to match all your plastic and glassware containers.  If not, recycle them.
  • Keep like items with like items. As you come along each item that doesn’t belong in the cabinet, place that item where you want it to live.
  • Let your space determine how much you can have in one area.
  • Aim to purge at least 5 items either to the trash or garage sale box. 
  • If there is something you notice you need, add it to the list we started last Monday.

Today’s tip 

  • Use a basket to store all of your plastic-ware lids. It will make it easier to find them, then being all around your cabinet.

 I’ll be back on Monday to wrap up this series with the last very fun challenge. I hope you will join me then and have a lovely weekend!

Hows your spring cleaning going? Share about your progress or what you would like to do in the comments! 

You can start your own spring cleaning 2 week challenge anytime!  Here are the previous posts:

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Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 9

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Organization, Spring Cleaning | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning 2 Week Challenge – Day 9

Over the last two weeks as I have been purging, organized and relocating my kitchen items, I made this miscellaneous cabinet.  I literally threw everything in this cabinet items I didn’t know where they should go or if it was something I ready to say bye-bye to.  I didn’t mind what I looked like or what was in there because I planned to cover it this week.  My Little Buddy has been loving taking everything out of this cabinet too!  But today it’s going to be sorted and I can foresee some items high-tailing it out of here and jumping straight into the garage sale box! :)

Today’s challenge is to tackle that miscellaneous cabinet. 

Today’s Objective

  • Start your spring cleaning at the time you planned on completing today’s challenge.
  • Set your kitchen timer to the amount of time you want to spend cleaning and organizing.
  • Turn on some music.
  • Clear off one counter or kitchen island so there is nothing on it. 
  • Take everything out of the cabinet(s) and place them on to your cleared off surface. 
  • Wipe down the shelving and cabinet door with cleaner.
  • Sort through each item and determine if it should go in the trash, garage sale box or to another location.
  • Let your space determine how much you can have in one area.
  • Aim to purge at least 5 items either to the trash or garage sale box. 
  • If there is something you notice you need, add it to the list we started last Monday.

You can start your spring cleaning 2 week challenge and time! Here are the previous posts:

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