We normally post about kitchen organization on New Year’s. It seems like a great way to get a new year off to a fresh start. But, this year, we decided that maybe it makes more sense to get a jump on the kitchen organization just after the Christmas holiday.
There’s nothing worse than being in the midst of your favorite recipe and not being able to put your hands on the cumin. Or thyme.
Well, I mean, of course there are far worse things, but, you know, it’s pretty inconvenient and totally avoidable.
Essentially, what we’re saying is to begin the new year, the kitchen needs to be streamlined and organized and ready for anything.
Do you love the juxtaposition between this beautiful silver and these mason jars?!
The first step on our list? Getting rid of EVERYTHING we don’t need. We empty all the drawers, all the cabinets and only put back the things we can’t live without. That is critical.
It looks the best when it’s like this. But getting rid of all those stray coffee mugs and random pieces of china that somehow accumulate can be a real bummer.
And that drawer full of K-Cups? It can be a total mess. But when they’re all lined up straight in perfect rows, it’s kind of magical, isn’t it? And it doesn’t take twenty minutes to find the decaf after dinner or that chamomile tea. So that’s pretty awesome.
Speaking of tea… I have lots of tea. Lots and lots and lots.
And, of course, all that tea comes with some pretty cool accessories. When they’re all jumbled on a shelf they aren’t so great. But, when they’re perfectly lined and organized they are calm and wonderful, just as they are intended to be.
We’re still perfecting the pot and lid situation. But we’re kind of loving the pots in one drawer and lids in the other. Definitely going to try that one out.
This is what we want our after Christmas kitchen to look like.
So that, instead of worrying about where the trivets are, we can instead spend those precious moments doing what we love.
If there’s one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s stylish storage space. From stashing papers to stowing dirty laundry to concealing toys, baskets are double-duty players when it comes to hiding your junk and displaying your good taste. They’re easy on the earth, easy on your wallet and go with every decor in any room. From the bathroom to the kitchen, there’s a place for natural fiber baskets in every space. Check out these beautiful ways to incorporate baskets into your design.
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The Secret To Southern Charm Tour
July 11: Coral Bay Club Book Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event
July 17: Ladies Day Luncheon at Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC, 12 pm, private event
July 18: Blue Cross Blue Shield Event, Palmetto Bluff, SC, private event
July 28: Country Club of the Crystal Coast Author Dinner, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, 5 pm, Open to the Public, $19.95 and includes dinner
July 31: Quarter Moon Books, Topsail Beach, NC, 6-8 pm, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Amy Reichert in Conversation, Wine and Cheese Provided, free and open to the public
August 3: Cocktails and Conversation at The Cloister, 5-6 pm, 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA, open to the public
September 13: Chapel Hill, NC Event, Details TBA
September 21: Cashiers, NC Library Event, Details TBA
September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, Details TBA
October 3: Houston, TX Women’s Club Breakfast, 7 am
October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC
October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event
Good morning, chic readers! ‘Tis the season for… spring cleaning, of course! It may not technically be spring yet, but, we don’t know about you, but we like to be ready when spring is ready to make its arrival, as if tossing old shoes and organizing our sock drawers can usher it in a little faster. Plus, once spring arrives, who wants to be cooped up inside cleaning? Not us!
If you’re like us, the kitchen is not only the heart of the home. It’s also the place where everything seems to get dumped throughout the day! Sometimes it feels like the electronics are taking over! Docking Drawer charging and powering outlets in the kitchen are probably the most brilliant invention since the smart phone. Now we can charge all those devices without having an ounce of counter clutter.
We all know there’s never enough drawer space. There just isn’t. Fortunately, there are so many pretty ways to display all the attractive and practical things that live in the kitchen.
If the kitchen is the winner of where everything gets dumped, the office is a very close runner up.
Fortunately, there’s a Docking Drawer for the office too. It’s great for smaller electronics but also perfect for putting your laptop in the drawer for the night. For us, it’s out of sight out of mind… and if it isn’t out of sight then we’re on it!
So, Docking Drawers for electronics are awesome. But Docking Drawers for the bathroom? A whole new level. The tangle of cords and jumble of the hairdryer, flat iron and curling iron is the bane of my existence. This solution is totally practical. (And gets bonus points for being pretty!)
Whether you have tons of space in the bathroom,
Or a smaller nook to work with, there’s plenty of space for a Docking Drawer!
Now that the cords and counter clutter problems are solved, there’s plenty of room for dreaming. Coffee in the bathroom, anyone? This morning kitchen is too beautiful for words–and how great to have that first cup without even walking to the kitchen?
We don’t know about you, but, for us, stacks of white, neatly folded towels are one of the simplest ways to add instant clutter-free appeal to the bathroom.
If you’re lucky to have space for a big laundry room, you’re lucky enough. Making the best possible use of the space by hiding everything behind beautiful cabinetry is a bonus!
And, of course, we’re spring cleaning our closets. They are our spring cleaning Everest… Packing for the five week The Secret to Southern Charm tour was a good start because it got me in the paring mood. (If you aren’t going to wear it in five weeks when are you really going to wear it?) What’s first on your spring cleaning list?
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We normally post about organization on New Year’s. It seems like a great way to get a new year off to a fresh start. But, this year, we decided that maybe it makes more sense to get a jump on the organization before the holiday celebrating commences.
With a little help from our friends Julie and Margot’s new book, Remodelista: The Organized Home, we can’t wait to get started!
Who doesn’t want a closet perfectly color coordinated,
And a refrigerator so neat that you can actually see what is inside!
I was just checking out some of my kitchen cabinets, you know, the ones that were so sparse, spare and compulsively organized a few months ago… And they’re already messy again!
I mean, I’ll be honest. My drawer is never going to look like that. One pair of scissors is never going to cut it in our apple-corer, cheese-grater, pineapple-corer, every-gadget-known-to-man kitchen. But this gives me something to strive for at least!
This morning I’ll be at it again with help from Remodelista: The Organized Home, sorting and storing the strays that accumulated over the weekend. But, in the end, it will all be worth it. Because, when the clutter is gone and the lights are bright, there really isn’t a happier place than home! Wishing you a happy in Monday in — of course — your happy place!
For more favorite organization posts visit here,here and here.
Also, if you want to know a little more about my new novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE (Simon & Schuster, April 25, 2017) take a peek at the video below! (It’s only like 90 seconds. No major commitments here!)