The kids are back in school and now is the time for me to get our house back in order.
I don’t know about you, but January always has me wanting to get organized. Maybe it’s the non-stop holiday decorating September – December that has me wanting a clean slate!
We put the Christmas decorations back in the attic on New Year’s Eve. As we were doing it, I decided it was the perfect time to empty out the entire attic! We proceeded to fill the hallway with lots of boxes for me to go through. It has felt great to purge that area. Lots to throw away and donate! I am almost finished with that overhaul!
I still have quite a few areas in our home that need some help. On the list to tackle are under bathroom sinks, kitchen sink, formal china cabinet and office paperwork!
In 2013, I completed several major organizing projects for our home. Here is one that I’d like to share!
My parents gave me 2 box sets of French looking Better Homes and Gardens china for Christmas and my birthday last year. I had asked for these and just love them!
I had absolutely no place to put this new china…all 8 place settings! In reality, we have great storage in our home. It is just not utilized appropriately. I started with my dining room china storage. I have 2 identical built in storage cabinets on either side of the door way going into the kitchen.
I love, love this new china! It has enabled me to add lots of different linens and other china with it. I really enjoy the mixed look of linens and china!
I have a lovely mahogany display china cabinet, so I really didn’t want to have to bother with these looking as put together for display. Last year, I sewed panels for the glass doors. This is very simple. You could even do a no-sew version with iron on tape if you do not sew. If your can sew a straight line, then it is an easy fix!
Now, I could hide my disorganized mess! Not much other than the formal china had a place. Things just got stashed where they would fit. As a result, things that I loved were just not getting the use that they deserved.
I hope you won’t be disappointed! This is not a post of beautiful labels and fancy boxes. I wanted to complete this without a lot of unnecessary purchases. January is always a funds tight month for us after Christmas!
I failed to take some really good before pictures. Here is the only one that I took. You can see especially on the shelf with the margarita glasses that things are just shoved in with no rhyme or reason.
I removed everything and started fresh. I washed items and wiped down the shelves. This project took about 4 days. I know…I’m slow when I do things like this for myself. It was a trial and error project to find just the right fit for it all. I also made sure to place items used more often within easy reach!
All that mess is hiding and waiting behind closed doors!
In both cabinets, I stored my seasonal fall and holiday pieces up high. I don’t mind getting on a step stool for these. The items that I use most often are at eye level or lower.
I bought every wire rack that Lowe’s had in stock. I need a couple more for the other cabinet.
Now everything has its own place! I can’t get over how these wire racks increased my storage space. I plan to use them throughout our house!
2 sets of formal china
lower cabinets of bar ware and serving pieces
Here is the finished 2nd cabinet. I do want to purchase 2 more wire racks from Lowe’s when they replenish their stock for my candle holders.
Now my vases and pitchers have their own spot as well as glassware, serving pieces and 2 sets of more casual china.
Easy access to my Wal-Mart and older blue and white china. I rarely used the blue and white china because I had to get a ladder out to get to it in my kitchen! I use it all the time now!
I have candles that I’d forgotten that I had. No longer are candlesticks all over the house in different stashed places (that I forget).
Here are a couple of Goodwill containers that work perfectly to hold votives and tea lights in a pretty way. Maybe one day I’ll purchase a set of pretty matching containers, but for now…..this is perfect!
My newly organized candle storage made restyling tables and vignettes a snap! This is where I want to add the Lowe’s wire shelving.
I already had these 2 baskets upstairs. They work perfectly to contain the pillars and tapers. They don’t match, but that’s OK with me. The biggie is that they are functioning!
Now that all is organized, I’m having so much fun using our great stuff!!!!!
Fast forward one year later to 2014, and these cabinets are still perfectly organized! It is amazing that when you take just a little effort to dedicate a specific space for items, how it will encourage you and others to return it to the proper location. I am also able to set tables faster. Now, I need to also clean out all of the linens and other stuff in the free-standing china cabinet. I am on the hunt for a pretty dresser to add to the dining room to store linens. Fingers crossed!
I wish you a wonderful 2014! Happy Organizing!!
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