Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Little Organization in the Kitchen


I have to be honest.  I had a baby and I lost control of my house.  I mean, I was no neat freak before but now, it’s just a disaster.  Here’s what my kitchen nook looked like last week.

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Oh my, I’m embarrassed to even show this.  It’s bad folks, but it’s real life.  The good, the bad, and the messy.  Here’s the deal.  The bench was there when we moved in and nothing else (of course, it wasn’t blue either).  It was an awkward space so this was our solution to fix it.  It worked for awhile until we got behind in life.  I love the rail system the kept my spices but it was a bit far from where I actually cooked.  I dream of turning my pantry into a mud room since it’s right inside the back door and having cute lockers like a Pottery Barn catalog, but that requires money. 

Here is my solution.

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1st of all, clear the clutter.  Or, just move it to another spot to deal with later, that’s what I did.  Then, I got bins for all the stuff, each of us have one.  Hooks for the bags keep them from being strewn about the room.

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I ordered our names from Uppercase Living and applied them to the wall.  I have done this in a few other areas in our house and I’ll post a tutorial later- with textured walls it’s not as easy as they say it is. 

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I gotta tell ya, I’m lovin it.  I think I'm going to add out initials to the bins.  Not because it’s hard to figure out which bin belongs to which person, but because it would be cute- and I could use some cute.

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I was inspired by a blog I read about using trays (I wish I could remember which one) so I placed this tray out to keep our keys and phones in a central location.  Wow, it feels good to be organized!


This week I’m linking up here.  Check them out and be inspired!

Made It Monday @ The Persimmon Perch
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Made it for Monday @ Cottage Instincts

Make Your Monday @ Twice Remembered

Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative

Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ Silly Little Sparrow

Creative Cats @ Poppies at Play
DIY Day @ A Soft Place To Land
Get Your Craft On @ Todays Creative Blog
Get Your Craft on @ Life as Lori
Strut Your Stuff @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Make it Yours Day @ My Backyard Eden

Making the World Cuter

Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors


Sheri said...

Your solution is just wonderful!

Jessi said...

Very nice change! Organization and some vinyl on the wall makes me so happy.

Kim said...

Love it!

The Persimmon Perch said...

Much much better. I love the "you name it, it's yours" rule to organizing. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Marianne@Songbird said...

Yes organization can make you feel so much better. Glad you moved that spice rack it was an akward place. Like the idea of putting names on the bins, that is going to be so cute.

Connie said...

I don't know how to link up! But your kitchen looks great!

Alissa said...

wow! what a difference! i love the names above the hooks...just darling.

Laura said...

This looks great. What a difference a few letters and some storage bins make.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

OH YOU ARE KIDDING ME! It looks amazing! I love, love, love it. I wish I had a space that large for a mudroom-type area, but our area is tiny. I do have a Pottery Barn cabinet thingie in our kitchen to serve this purpose, but I am so inspired by yours! Great job.

Thankfully Thrifty said...

Looks great!!
The names look so pretty!

Jen said...

Oh, it looks great! My entire house looks like your before photo. I could use my new baby as an excuse- part of it, but I can't remember a time even before kiddos that I've been organized. I'm not going to give up hope. Thanks for the motivation!! (Coming over from Masked Mommy)

Creative and Curious Kids!

fawnda said...

WOW! it turned out great! I love the blue! I love the names over the hooks and the bins for everyone stuff! Great job!

Lori said...

I like how you organized this nook. It looks so much better...

Thanks for joining Get your Craft on Thurs. Please join me next week for another great party.


Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Wow! Looks great. It is so much better. I really like your labeled hooks!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day.

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

So pretty! Love the outcome!

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