Tagged: organization

storage saves space

If your home is anything like ours, a 3 bedroom ranch, chances are you have a small bathroom. I am always looking for new ways to create storage without cluttering the space.  Here are some storage solutions that won’t affect your space:

Do you have a small bathroom like us? What have you done to create more storage?

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decluttering our kitchen

Yesterday I shared some fun ways to organize your cluttered kitchen. Here are some of the simple ways we have better organized the Grove Pointe kitchen:

These glass jars hold flour, coffee, and sugar. They help keep the ingredients we use most at quick access and free up the space it would take to store them in our cupboards.

I bake often and have collected a lot of different cupcake liners. This is a fun way to store them while adding bright pops of color to the kitchen.

Cereal is a staple in the Murphy house and we store ours in these containers on the fridge. It helps to keep the cereal lasting longer without having many boxes crowding the space.

These bowls fit perfectly in this tiny and otherwise useless space. I don’t think I would buy bowls that aren’t stackable ever again!

Lastly, I store all of our glass storage lids in a separate container. I also use another basket to hold all of our tinier plastic storage pieces. This has really helped when looking for the perfect size container.
So that is a look at what we have currently done to keep our kitchen less cluttered and easier to navigate. Have you tried any of these in your kitchen?

kitchen i’m possible

When we first moved into our house, the kitchen seemed to be the hardest part when it came to finding a perfect place for everything. While it is still far from perfect, there are ways we have found to organize our kitchen.  It can seem like an impossible mission, but here are some of the tips I like for beginning to organize your cluttered kitchen:

For me, this one is a no-brainer. All bowls should be easily stacked to help save space in often limited cupboard space.

I try to be conscious about freezing leftovers since there is only the two of use and many recipes make large portions. This can cause the freezer to get cluttered quickly, but containers with labels like this make a big difference. You can often find ones like these at the dollar store.

One area in every kitchen that can tend to get messy fast is the tupperware cabinet. I use glass containers that easily stack and like the idea of a separate space for storing all of the lids.

I love this idea for storing measuring cups and spoons. The inside of the cabinet is unused space and the measuring chart would definitely come in handy.

These vertical shelves help keep baking sheets and pans organized and would definitely make it easier to locate what you need. I know that I often am frustrated having to dig out the baking sheet from under a large pile.

I will share how I have organized my kitchen tomorrow.
Will you be trying any of these tips in your kitchen? Have you found any other ways to make your kitchen more functional?

office space

I spent my Saturday night searching for the essentials my home office makeover will need to have. Pinterest seemed like the perfect spot to begin my search and I was right. Here are the 5 things I think any home office space needs:

1. A Monogrammed Piece. I love monogrammed accessories and our office is definitely in need of an “M.” I like how in this office the “K” is subtle and the same color as the walls.

2. Clean Organization. I love using matching boxes (these ones look like the ones I have from Ikea) to organize all of your office supplies rather than having everything in view.

3. Photo Wall. Since we love our hometown so much, I plan to take zoomed in pictures of nautical touches throughout the city and highlight them with a photo wall. I think a 3×3 square of white frames against a bold wall would look awesome!

4. Custom Curtains. Don’t go for the standard shams in your home office. I plan to even go as far as to attempt sewing if I can find the perfect nautical print at the fabric store.

5. The Perfect Chair. I am going to begin my search for the perfect chair that I can re-upholster. I think that a fabric chair is a great way to personalize your space and even add a bold print.

What am I missing? Anything else I should add to my “office essentials” list?