flickr friday


in the past, i didn’t really cook (unless you count steaming brown rice). but as of late have found myself in the kitchen almost every evening. i know mom–shocking, right?! and even though i wouldn’t know my way around a spice rack without a recipe, i love the idea of storing them in these modern (and magnetic) containers on the side of a fridge. saves countertop space, drawer space (and your sanity when looking for your spices).

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image: auntie clara

flickr friday and stacking dishes

okay. maybe i’m crazy or maybe this is the most helpful thing ever. not until adam and i moved in together did i notice that i did this–stack dishes. i’ve taken on washing the dishes as one of my chores (adam puts them away). but since cohabitating, when i went to do the dishes, they were all piled haphazardly in the sink–making the task of doing the dishes that much harder. 


so i taught the beau how to “stack dishes” until they’re ready for washing. all the plates piled together, all the silverware in one spot, bowls stacked neatly (like with like). makes my dish washing job almost a breeze.

flickr friday and laundry rooms

my “dream bathroom” post went up on AT today– which got me thinking… i’m currently redecorating my bathroom (and really happy with how it looks, fireplace or no fireplace). but what i really need in this home is a “dream laundry room.” unfortunately, it will probably be the last room that i get around offering tlc. but when that day comes, i’ve rounded up a handful of inspirational laundry rooms (that honestly, are ginormous–who has that much space in their laundry room?). but i did glean ideas from each space that i can eventually incorporate into my teeny, closet-sized laundry room.

1. always think vertically. hang your ironing board, brooms and mops to save floor space.

2. hang shelving (also thinking vertically). 
3. use pegboard.  this photo is using pegboard to organize crafts but you can use your pegboard for laundry supplies and tools (whatever works for your space).
4. can’t say it enough–go vertical. this pic uses accordion rack for towels, etc. 
5. glass containers for storing detergent (looks less cluttered).
6. a pretty basket for laundry keeps the space free of eyesores.
7. again, hang shelving. stainless steel seems to be the theme in these laundry rooms (feels crisp and clean).
8. more glass containers for cleaning supplies (just make sure to label and keep out of reach of the kiddies).
9. containers with handles and a spot for labels
10. can you tell, i’m really loving the glass containers?
11. a tray to keep supplies corralled and looking neat and organized.
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flickr friday



i cannot wait to put up open shelving in adam’s office. currently, his 9 boxes of books (yowza) are sitting in boxes in his closet. this flickr member uses elfa shelving from the container store. i’ll probably use similar shelving–but from home depot (for a more budget friendly option).

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flickr friday…

you’re right, this pic isn’t from flickr (it’s from this source). i spent all day yesterday creating this exact sort of system for a client (and her 30 + pairs of boots. if you’ve ever seen the boot boxes from the container store (they’re clear but kinda muddy clear). since you can’t exactly tell what you’re looking at, use a label or better yet–take pics!

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our own kitchen pantry could use a little tlc in the form of these great wire shelving racks. a great use of vertical space, this homeowner creates extra storage out of thin air. and what about all those plastic tupperware containers that always seem to loose their lid?! put them to use holding tea packets and other loose items that need corralling.

(images: amyhadley)

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a shallow space doesn’t have to mean the end of storage space. i love what this homeowner did with their kitchen pantry. instead of keeping sugar, cereal and other dry goods in their boxes, they opted for the same sized containers to maximize the space. they can see everything at a glance and the clear containers alert them when the contents are almost empty. bravo!

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