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An Organized Life – Organization Tips for the Kitchen

I’ve taken a few personality tests over the years and they all point to “perfectionistic traits”. Now, I would NEVER consider myself a perfectionist – I can be a real wreck at times, I can’t seem to lose all this weight, I HATE to clean house – but the most recent Enneagram test described #1 “The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic” was my number one result. How can that be?!? I simply think I’m an organizing nut and keep organizing until I consider things perfect!

That seems fairly accurate when it comes to finding ways to organize my kitchen cabinets. I keep things pretty much where they fit and go by the mantra of “everything has a place and everything in its place”. That’s true EXCEPT when it comes to my Tupperware cabinet! Here’s the current situation – hardly perfect!

I turned to Pinterest for some ideas on getting those little square plastic boxes and lids together and organized. Here are a few ideas –

Source Wayfair
Source Kitchen
Source Rubbermaid from KraftMade

I really like all of these, but I have a full bottom cabinet rather than a drawer. I saw a suggestion of using book crates or dish draining type containers to keep lids and bowls together and those appealed to me. I don’t like hunting down tops and then checking to see if the lid fits. I want the two pieces stored together. Lids seem to be like lost socks around here!

Source Better Homes and Gardens

Source Bed, Bath and Beyond

I picked up a couple of small plastic crates at a Dollar Store and tried my own system.

I can keep all the tops and bowls together, put the larger containers in the back, and still have room for the colander and strainer. Much neater and only $2.00 for two little boxes. Maybe not perfect, but good for now! Now, onto organizing my fridge! Have a great Saturday.

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Helpful Resources for Home

In my last post I shared my dilemma issue with to paint or not to paint my bedroom, and how to break out of my Big Brown Box. I don’t know what I did before using my iPad or iPhone when making these choices! I like to take pictures on blogs and Pinterest to get ideas when making these decorating decisions. It’s not that I don’t trust my own eye, but somehow these pictures give me a kind of second opinion. Here are a couple of pictures I considered for paint without going to the actual paint store.

Resource #1 IPad or iPhone.

I find pictures of rooms with paint colors I like, then hunt down the name and brand of the color. Sherwin Williams also offers larger swatches of paint to use to help you make the decision.

These swatches are larger than the little paint fans and help me get a better feel for how the color would look on the wall. I still have to factor in the amount of light I have vs the light in some of these pictures, but it helps my decision making.

Now, all that to say…..I haven’t decided to bite the bullet yet. Painting is expensive and/or time-consuming so it’s a BIG decision for me and it’s still on hold for now!

Resource #2. Rug websites

While deciding whether to paint, I also knew I wanted to add a little extra color to my mostly neutral bedroom. I thought I’d like to layer a smaller rug on top of my jute rug in there and used this website, Well Woven Rugs, to see how certain styles would look. You can take a picture of your room and try out the rugs in your own room. Love it!! Here’s a rug I tried out.

This was so much fun playing with! I didn’t wind up buying anything from Well Woven, but I’d recommend it for trying out styles, plus the prices are really reasonable and they offer a great number of reviews from customers. It helped me decide if I could use a patterned rug in my room. This is actually the rug I chose from Home Depot. I saw it on their website and they happened to have it in stock and on sale! Unbeknownst to me, Home Depot now has a pretty extensive line of furniture and rugs, in addition to all things home. I decided to go for a larger size instead of putting it on top of the jute rug (long story, but the jute rug had a problem with Mason!). This rug also has a little blue and other muted colors in it, so that helps break the all neutral color of my bedroom (AKA Big Brown Box).

So, hope these resources help you when you’re looking to redo/add to/renovate a room in your home. Happy Home!! Linda

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Decorating Dilemma or Can’t Get No Satisfaction….

I’ve lived in my current  house 11 years and I still can’t get it right!  If you’re like me,  we eventually get satisfied with the layout of our rooms after some minimal shuffling of furniture.  Even if we don’t love it, we give up and say, ok, this is just where the bed will be. But not me.  I’m stubborn.  I’ve tried the bed on virtually every wall and there’s only one wall where it will actually fit. I even went to Modsy (a neat online service where you send the dimensions and pictures of the room and they send back a design). Yep, they put the bed on the same wall!  NOT the wall I want it on, but ok, I give up on this issue. ✔️

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If y’all know me at all you know my “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie” style of decorating….and, now I’m dissatisfied with the paint color. With only one window in the room the paint I chose 4 or 5 years ago is simply too dark. It’s a perfectly nice color – Alexandria Beige – but just not in there.  I had the carpet replaced with wood floors so now I have a brown box. Oh my!

So, with obviously too much time on my hands I’m searching for a new color.  I don’t like that I’m focusing on a first world problem again, but who am I kidding?  I am!

Hope y’all are having a deeper, more productive and satisfying way of spending your week.  I’ll holler when I find that elusive solution!