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Friday, April 18, 2014

Organizing Pots & Pans

I've mentioned before how I'm not much of a cook. In fact, I'm very lucky to be marrying a man who absolutely loves whipping up delicious meals in the kitchen. 

But, there are those nights when I'm all by my lonesome and I have the urge to whip up some eggs or some...yeah probably just eggs (that's about the extent of my culinary skills). I'll get out all of the ingredients, and open up our cabinets in search of a suitable cooking pan. Then…I'll typically shut the door, and make new plans to just eat a bowl of oatmeal for dinner.

Why the sudden menu change? 
messy kitchen cabinets
Yep. This is the reason. I open up the cabinet and this scary scenario stares back at me. There's no way in heck I'm digging through those pots and pans to find the right one. 

However, I recently decided to get our cabinets under control to make our pots, pans, and lids much more accessible while cooking. 
disorganized pots and pans
Our kitchen cabinets have more than enough room for all of our kitchen items. They're very deep and even have a shelf in the back. However, because they're so deep things get stuck way in the back and it can be difficult digging through everything to find the right sized lid for a specific pot. We typically go with the "Russian Nesting Dolls" technique where we put a small one, inside a medium one, inside a big one, etc. But then you have to take out everything just to get to the one you need. Not fun.

So I ordered a few gadgets on Amazon to get our cabinet under control. 
How to organize pots and pans
pan organizer
This first one is a frying pan sorter and it just sits right in the cabinet. It definitely gets the job done and keeps our pans all separated. The slots are not wide enough to hold our saucepans, but we're able to put some on top (with the nesting doll technique), so the sorter is still a huge space saver. Plus at $17 you can't go wrong!
pan lid organizer
Now this is my favorite organizational purchase, because I find that lids are the absolute worst to keep tidy! Seriously how do people do it?

This rack keeps all of our lids organized by size and it is much easier to find the correctly sized lid when you're knee deep in a recipe. And did I mention it was only $10?
screw lid organizer into cabinet
We screwed the lid into the side of our cabinet, but I think you could probably screw right into the cabinet door (just be sure not to screw all the way into the other side!) It's very sturdy and easily holds up to 5 pot lids. 
organized pots and pans in cabinet
Overall, I'm very happy with our new and improved pots & pans setup. We spent less than $30 and it is making both of our lives a heck of a lot easier! We can now fit way more in this cabinet (look at all of that room in the middle there!) and it takes no time at all to navigate and find the correct pot, pan, or lid while cooking.

Now the big question…will this prompt me to hit the kitchen to whip up a few more dinners for myself? That is still to be continued. What can I say, this girl likes her oatmeal and cereal a bit too much. 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jewelry Cabinet Organization

I love being a city girl.  I love being right in the heart of all of the action. I love the ability to walk 2 blocks east and be on the lakefront. I love being able to hop on a train and explore all the nooks and crannies of this fabulous place I'm blessed to call home. Yep, it's pretty dang cool being a city gal.

But one thing I'm not so in l-o-v-e with?? Living in an itty bitty apartment with not enough storage space.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. I've definitely learned to simplify my material possessions since moving into our Chicago pad. I've pared down my clothes, I've thrown away old shoes, and I've weeded through my jewelry. It's all helped. But the thing is...I still have stuff and that stuff needs its own space to call home.

Today I want to show you where I keep all of my jewelry stashed and (somewhat) organized. 

Robbers beware: It's mostly all costume jewelry. You won't be finding any real gems here, my friend...
Jewelry mirror case 
This mirrored jewelry cabinet has been my savior. It's housed my jewelry for the past 3+ years and I'm pretty much obsessed with it. Prior to having this little guy, my jewelry was a big tangled mess. Think wads of necklaces tangled together, missing earrings, baggies of bracelets...it wasn't a pretty sight. 
full length mirror
This cabinet works for me because it hides all of my jewelry clutter. I've seen plenty of gorgeously girly jewelry displays via Pinterest and other blogs. I love the look, but I don't love the look for me. I like my clutter to be hidden and this mirrored cabinet does just that. Plus it offers a full-length mirror, which always comes in handy.
locked jewelry box
I feel like a little girl with a key to her locket, but the cabinet really does have a key that works! In fact, when we moved I took expensive jewelry with me in my suitcase, and I then locked up the rest in the case. Once we got to our new home, I simply unlocked it and reorganized the shuffled around contents. 
jewelry cabinet
Inside there are areas designed for necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, and just about everything in between.
hanging necklaces
earring and necklace holder
I like it because I can see everything I have right in front of me. So if I'm trying to find the perfect necklace to go with my outfit, I can see all the colors I've got right there. It makes my mornings a heck of a lot easier, and I find that I wear a wide variety of stuff...instead of just the same jewelry day in and day out. 
rings and earrings
I actually purchased the same jewelry cabinet for my mom for Christmas, because she has always loved mine! They come in a wide variety of colors..she chose the walnut option. (Do I sound like a crazy QVC lady trying to sell you a jewelry cabinet, or what?! Seriously, I just like mine so much and I thought it might help a reader out there get organized. No crazy selling here. I promise!)
jewelry display
While a majority of my jewelry is tucked inside my oh-so-fabulous jewelry cabinet, I do have a few "jewels" displayed on our dresser. They're shiny and girly and they add a little feminine glam to my corner of our master bedroom. Plus, I love displaying my favorite blue broach that belonged to my great-grandmother. (It will be my something blue on my October wedding day!)
white jewelry cabinet qvc
So there you have it, a glimpse into how this city gal corrals some of her clutter. Now onto finding a spot for my diamond tiaras....(joking. seriously joking.)
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