Easy Organizing for the New Year


There is nothing I love more than an organized home.  I believe everything should have a place and everything should be in its place.  Having said that, I'm not so anal about it that I freak out when the Mister leaves things lying around for a few days.  Truth be told, I do the same when I'm tired or in a hurry.  But I can only take a mess or disorganization for so long before I do freak out.....and trust me, that's not a pretty picture!

I love being able to easily find what I'm looking for.  And the thing that makes organization even better is that there are lots of ways to add beauty to a functional, well organized space.  And you don't have to break the bank to do it.

At the beginning of a new year, I always feel the need to reevaluate spaces in my home to simplify the organizational process.  I go through closets and cabinets and get rid of unwanted items by donating to local thrift stores.  Then I look for ways to make my spaces more attractive as well as more organized.

I'm not through with the process yet, but I wanted to show you a few small ways you can bring order and functionality to your home as well:

I've shared my new coffee bar with you already.  If you're on Instagram, you've seen pictures of it and Insta stories as well.  I cannot tell you how much I am loving it!

There is plenty of space for my Keurig as well as my KitchenAid coffee maker and all the things you need for a good cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or hot tea.  The space is pretty to look at as well, and that makes me want a cup of coffee even more :)

I still need to style the space below where the little stool is sitting. I've got some ideas, including making it an area for Lucy's food bowls to sit out of the way. The bottom cabinet is where we are keeping our K-cups, bottled water for the Keurig, as well as tea bags and a coffee bean grinder.  

What you haven't seen yet is my new space for those important phone numbers and dates that I used to hang on the side of the refrigerator when the space was actually used as a desk.  Scott purchased a small piece of sheet metal from Home Depot and cut it to fit the panel.  He easily attached it with command strips and it's the perfect spot for my magnetic calendar and important phone numbers for anyone to access if needed. Because it's hid inside the cabinet now, it's not an eye sore to distract from the coffee bar.

Last year, I set out to make my pantry a little more organized and functional as well.  I decided to purchase white bins of different sizes to match the white wire shelving.  I use the bins to store snacks, bread, chips, plastic bags, and so much more.  Because it's hard to set organizers such as risers on wire shelves, the Mister used some thin wood he had in the garage and cut boards for the risers to stand on.  I purchased some pretty shelf paper that would compliment the space and we covered the boards with it.

We decided the easiest way to cover the board was to do one side at a time.

We cut the paper a little larger than the board itself and then cut at an angle on the corners.

Then we folded one side down securely to the board.

Repeating the process for all four sides.

And then trimmed off the excess on the ends for a smooth finish.

We repeated the process for the other side as well.

Originally we thought about extending the board to the end of the wire shelf so it would be the exact width, but we didn't have enough board on hand.  And I didn't want to purchase any just for this little project.

But as you see, it serves the purpose.  The risers have something to stand on now and items underneath have a smoother surface to sit on as well.

Maybe I should have bought groceries and stocked my pantry full before taking photos....it's looking kind of bare this week since it's time for a trip to Kroger.  But I think you can tell how easy it is to organize a pantry with shelving, risers, and baskets.  It's not the most decorative pantry in the world, but it's realistic and it works well for me and my family.  

So how about you?  Do you have any simple, cost effective projects you've done recently to organize your home? If so, I'd love to hear about them.  I'm always looking for ways to improve my home's function and organization.  

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