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It’s a new week! How are we all feeling? I woke up yesterday in a “not in the mood for Monday” state of mind and had to work hard to turn that around. One of my go-to’s to get me out of a Monday funk (or any type of funk really) is to.. you guessed it.. organize something. :) I’m currently working on my bathroom but wanted to pop in and share some progress from the last two weeks. Every single day I organize a little something! Whether it’s a quick drawer or cupboard or just continued progress on a larger project, I always spend at least 15 minutes organizing. I’ve been sharing my small organizing wins daily on IG stories but keep forgetting to share them here on the blog too! I’ll try to be better about that going forward. (Maybe a round-up post like this every week or every two weeks?) Above is my medicine cabinet that you’ve all seen before, but it needed a quick straightening so it was my first project for the new year! (Forgot to take a “before” pic.) Below are some of my other quick organizing projects. 15 minutes a day really does add up to make a huge difference!
By the end of the year with the craziness of the holidays I always have a few hot spots that I’ve just “let go” so those were the first places I tackled. Our bowl cupboard was one of them!
Looking so much better! (Aside from the fact that my shelf is seriously sagging – getting that fixed next week!). I got rid of A LOT in this cupboard. We just don’t need all of the bowls that I had been collecting. I only kept my go-to favorites and am storing a few I love and use when I entertain tucked away to the right (this cupboard goes clear back under the counter.)
I forgot to snap a “before” picture of this bottom kitchen drawer that holds our water bottles and I wish I would have because I swear we had what felt like a hundred of them! So nice to toss most of them in a Goodwill bag and just keep the favorites we use daily. (Hydroflasks and Swell are our go-tos!) The small containers hold sweat towels and a band my husband uses when he runs.
I couldn’t wait to re-do this junk drawer! Talk about semi organized clutter. I was over the dividers I got years ago for this drawer from Home Goods because the busy pattern just made a busy drawer look way too.. well.. busy.
Ahhh! I can breathe. SO much better right!?
*Quick tip: use a fun bowl or separate container to hold loose change!
Aside from tossing so much garbage and pairing down to just the essentials we use daily I also picked up this 6 pack expandable drawer organizer set. I love it! You can see how I’ve pulled the compartments out to be long enough to fit my drawer and make the most of the space I have. I’m so thrilled that the “busy” look is gone and replaced with something more streamlined and simple. I cleaned this drawer out in early January and am happy to report that it still looks the exact same. #win
This makeover took less than 10 minutes! I keep paper products in this drawer right by our microwave drawer and it was getting messy. Seriously WHERE do all of the crumbs come from? They seem to multiply in every kitchen drawer in my house!
Yes yes and yes! So much better in no time at all!
*Sidenote.. I keep my favorite hand held Dyson close for kitchen crumbs! I also use it a lot to clean hair/debris out of bathroom drawers. We also have and love this handheld vacuum – a great less expensive alternative!
I keep our reusable grocery sacks in this drawer below our microdrawer and it was a hot mess.
15 minutes and we were back in business! I divided the drawer with reusable grocery sacks on one side and garbage bags on the other. I wanted to use one of my favorite dividers to separate them but it was too small! This is a large deep drawer so I did a little research and am going to order this deep drawer divider.
For now it looks like this. :)
The cupboard I use to store our small appliances was probably the worst! I let it get so messy during the busy holiday months. I got a few new KitchenAid items and didn’t even toss the boxes because I wanted to look through the instruction manuals first so everything was just crammed inside.
Always feels nice to pull everything out and wipe out the cupboard!
Ahh.. HUGE improvement and I am determined to keep it looking like this!
*For those of you who asked on IG stories here are a few of our favorite small appliances: the Magic Bullet Blender, an egg cooker (gave this one to my dad and he loves it), our Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker (this is the newest model), Panini Maker, Toastmaster Griddle (newest model).
*Quick tip.. I always use black twist ties to keep cords corralled (on items I don’t use every week) in cupboards like this. Keeps things a little more tidy!
I often get asked where we store our appliances. Aside from the cupboard I just cleaned out I also designed appliance garages when we built our house. My cabinet guy wanted them to lift and open straight up but I really wanted them to roll back into the wall. It took some tweaking but we finally figured out how to make it work and I’ve been so happy with them! There are plug outlets in the wall so I can keep my most used appliances plugged in and just use them in this spot. I pull my crockpot and blender out away from the wall when use I them, but love being able to keep these appliances here all of the time. A great feature to think about if you are building or remodeling a kitchen anytime soon!
Then everything closes and is tucked away out of sight! Nice and organized.
Just how we like it. :)
Have you tried organizing just 15 minutes a day? You’d be amazed at the difference it can make! Let me know if you like posts like this and I’ll share more if you do! You can also follow me here on IG to see what I’m tackling next. Happy organizing friends!