New Years Resolution: Organize My House

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I’m super excited about organizing.

It all started when I bought these single corner shelves at the Container Store.

I put them in my overflowing cupboard to stack my bowls and plates vertically in the shelf. Suddenly, not only could I access everything in the cupboard, I had enough extra room to move the beer glasses too.

This was very exciting!

The beer glasses had been shoved in this other cupboard where they didn’t fit. Suddenly, they had their own section right by the other glasses–which was the logical place for them to go.

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Since then, I’ve started organizing my entire house. I’m about half done with this project and I’m seeing some equally exciting and interesting results. For example:

* I’m saving time when I clean up because everything has a place.

* The house is generally cleaner because I’m more inclined to put things away.

* I’ve found “homes” for things that have floated around and annoyed me for years.

* I’m better able to see what I have—and what I don’t need.

* Instead of having to dig for things, they’re at my fingertips.

* The house is more peaceful and pleasant to be in.

So that’s my goal for the new year: organize my entire house. I’m off to a good start, too. So far I’ve done:

    All of the cupboards and drawers in my kitchen
    Under the kitchen sink
    The hall closet
    My bureau
    Bedroom closet
    Office closet
    The batteries
    My desk
    Brooms and mops
    Bathroom cupboard
    My son’s bath toys
    Medicine cabinet
    The fridge
    Junk drawer
    Craft supplies
    Art supplies
    Gift wrap

Still to do:

    The top shelf of the pantry
    The deep freeze
    The fridge freezer
    The blanket chest
    Son’s closet
    The photographs
    Bookshelves
    Jewelry box
    Outdoor gardening supplies

And then I’ll probably go through and refine systems that aren’t working until the whole house is running like a well-oiled machine.

That’s the theory, anyway.

Happy 2015!

5 Creative Ways To Store Wrapping Paper

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:56 am on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rolls of wrapping paper tend to thump around in your closet if you don’t make an effort to store them. Here are 5 Creative Ways To Store Wrapping Paper:

1. HANG THEM FROM A CLOSET CEILING. Put that wasted space to good use.

2. FENCE THEM OFF WITH A TENSION ROD. Stand them against the wall so they won’t fall over.

3. PUT THEM IN A CLEAR GARMENT BAG. Then hang the bag in a spare closet.

4. STICK THEM IN A TRASH CAN. This is great if you need to access the wrapping paper all year long.

5. INSTALL RACKS ON THE BACK OF A DOOR. Turn it into an entire gift wrap station.

Christmas Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:06 am on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Have A Merry Christmas With These Red Holiday Cocktails

Make Your Own Candy Canes

How To Make A Floating Christmas Tree

Himmeli-Style Christmas Star Tree Topper

8 Great Appetizers

Easy DIY Colorful and Fun Fruit Ornaments

Glamorous and Impressive Appetizers For Your Next Holiday Party

5 Christmas Ornaments You Can 3D Print

Gingerbread Toddy

How To Make A Floating Christmas Tree

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:00 am on Monday, December 15, 2014

Check out this Floating Christmas Tree from Not Martha. It’s made from hanging green Christmas ornaments from a vegetable steamer rack. So clever. There’s a tutorial to show you how to do it too.

[Board Panda]

40 Ways To Tie A Scarf

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:37 am on Friday, November 28, 2014

This site is great. I learned so many ways to use all these scarves I have lying around.

40 Ways To Tie A Scarf

Turn An Old-Fashioned Spice Tin Into Easy, Cheap Bathroom Storage

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:53 am on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I was excited to learn that if you have a metal door on your medicine cabinet, you can buy little magnetic baskets for holding cotton swabs or other toiletries. The basket attaches to the door, thus saving space in the cabinet and allowing for easy access to the cotton swabs.

I was less excited to learn these baskets cost $15.

So I decided to make my own using a spice tin. I cleaned out the tin, filled it with Q-tips, and attached it to the door with two magnets, like so:

Voila!

Use Shower Rings To Organize Your Closet

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:11 am on Monday, October 20, 2014

So it turns out that the humble shower ring is a great way to organize your closet. Here are some things shower rings can help you organize:

Tank Tops

Purses

Scarves (Or ties or belts.)

Hats (I’m totally doing this one.)

Jewelry

Gift Bags

Shorts

Even Bras

Halloween Decoration Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:31 am on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October! To get you in the mood for the season, here’s Halloween Decoration Round-Up:

Fireplace Pumpkin Arrangement

Bats As Halloween Decor

Pac-man Halloween Garland

Ghosts from tissue-paper bells

Construction paper rats on the stairs

Cardboard Window Monster

That one is just brilliant.

How to Clean Enamel Cookware

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:05 am on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

After:

Before:

Not bad for a 50 year old pot.

Awhile back, I bought a set of vintage Dansk enamel cookware from a thrift store for $10 a pot. Since I use them all the time, they have gotten pretty beat up, so I decided it was time for a good cleaning. All is took was laundry soap and elbow grease.

How to Clean Enamel Cookware

1. Clean and scrub the pot as best you can.

2. Fill the pot with water and add a tablespoon or so of laundry soap.

3. Put on stovetop and bring to a boil.

4. Let boil for 5 minutes.

5. Take off the heat and scrub under running water while the pot is still warm. It will magically come clean.

Cake Stand As Soap Holder

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:27 am on Thursday, September 4, 2014

Good idea: Cake Stand As Soap Holder. Looks elegant, keeps the soap off the counter, and is a clever way to store your cake stand, too.

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