There’s been so many home projects that I want to get to before the baby is born. I had grand aspiration of organizing every nook and cranny of our home. Then reality set in and I’m having to really prioritize which projects MUST be done now and which I could live with being unfinished for a while. As you know, with so many of my organizing projects I really like to incorporate an element of DIY. Ikea is pretty much synonymous with affordable DIY hacks. I decided on the top 5 projects I want to accomplish before my due date and searched for for the best Ikea organization hacks to assist. Let’s just hope I have enough time 🙂 .
1. Framed Cork Board
No matter how much I try to tame the paper around our home, it always pops up! Instead of fighting it, I wanted a decorative way to keep it invitations, tickets, and reminders around. Beckie at Infarrantly Creative uses cork placemats (yep, those are placemats) to create her corkboard.
2. Managing Paper Clutter
Utilizing wall space is KEY if you’ve got limited space. Even if you’re overflowing on square footage, creating a wall paper storage unit is a smart way to store, organize and hide that paper clutter & mail that enters everyone’s home. Lauren at L’amour Chez Nous created this pretty wall storage nook for only $25!
3. Jewelry Dishes
I’m always fearful of loosing my wedding & engagement rings, especially when I take them off near the sink. Then there’s also simply just forgetting where I placed them (THAT tends to happen a lot)! I love these little jewelry trays for an easy spot to place jewelry temporarily, whether in the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. Marwa at Enthralling Gumption makes these adorable jewelry dishes out of Ikea coasters!
4. Wrapping Paper Storage
I can’t get enough of pretty wrapping paper, which is ironic considering I’m one of those gals whow would prefer to buy a friend dinner & drinks instead of a gift that I’m not sure that they’ll use. But when I see a good deal on colorful wrapping paper, I JUMP! Needless to say my craft closet is overflowing with rolls. I love Shannon’s solution: simply use an Ikea bag holder affixed to the wall to wrangle in all the rolls of wrapping paper off the floor!
5. The Craft Cart
Pulling out craft supplies for my DIY projects can sometimes cause more of a mess than it’s worth. Tara from Suburble transitioned the popular Ikea kitchen cart into a craft cart making DIY projects MUCH easier. She even DIYed the containers inside the cart. I love the idea of using a cart on wheels as opposed to storage bins stacked in my closet for commonly used craft supplies.
If I could, I would spend my days and nights organizing & reorganizing every space in our house. Yes, that’s a little (lot) crazy and ridiculously time consuming, but it’s also EXPENSIVE! The home storage and organization has become a huge industry. While I’ll splurge on the right products that make life easier, it’s always great to be able to solve an organizing challenge affordably. And there’s not much more affordable than your local dollar store! I rounded up my favorite organizing tutorials for each room of the house using products purchased at a dollar store.
Wire closets can be great, but also a little challenging for certain storage needs. This quick and easy fix with transform your wire shelves creating endless storage possibilities!
2 Bathroom Drawers
Our bathroom drawers would quickly become junk drawers if it weren’t for small labeled storage containers for all our bathroom items. I love Jen’s suggestions to keep those storage containers to stay put!
I do love grocery day when we have a full fridge of food options to choose from. But each time I’m at the grocery store stocking up, I think ….. ‘there’s NO way we have room for all of this.” That’s why Brittany’s plastic storage bin solution storing all like items together is so brilliant. Not only does it make finding items in the fridge a breeze, it creates so much more space!
4 Laundry Room
The laundry room can be a great storage space, if used to it’s full potential. Nikki’s laundry room tutorial shows a such clean and organized solution for storage for those open shelves. And that turquoise is such a great pop of color!
Pantries can be a love / hate relationship …. love that extra space, but hate the mess that they can become! Erin shows some amazing before & after photos of her mom’s pantry storage makeover. Once Erin was done organizing, it looked like a completely different space!
For most of us the kitchen is the most used room in the house. Even if you’re like me and not crazy about cooking … we still have to eat! And that means I find myself in our kitchen A LOT. Very rarely do I hear someone say “I just have too much space in our kitchen.” So for most of us that means being creative with the space that we have and being thoughtful with our approach to organizing our kitchen items.
After searching the web, here’s the 5 best kitchen organization tips I’ve loving right now!
1 Organizing Recipes & Cookbooks
While I’m not a great cook (or even a GOOD cook), I do like to collect easy to make recipes. Anytime I’m flipping through a magazine and see something good, I’ll hold on to it for another time. I love how Sarah not only organized all her recipes with these pretty labels, but has a great way to showcase them on her counter!
2 Effective Command Center
For whatever reason paper and clutter always end up in the kitchen. Always! I’ve tried so many different ways to avoid allowing paper to enter the kitchen, but it seems impossible. Apparently paper BELONGS in the kitchen! That’s why having a command center that works for you and your family is so important. Sarah at Must Have Mom! came up with a gorgeous command center that not only looks awesome in her kitchen, it helps keep her family of 6 organized!
3 A Great Utensil Drawer
I truly believe kitchen drawers show how organized (or not organized) a kitchen is. It’s so easy to cram as much as possible in to a drawer that no one will likely see. Kati at Houseful of Handmade came up with the MOST creative way to organize her kitchen drawers that I’ve ever seen! She’s got an easy to follow tutorial to make this organizing project a breeze.
4 A Fridge Organization System
For some reason messy fridge seems to be synonymous with messy kitchen! Find out how to turn your fridge from the photo below to the clean AND organized fridge we all want.
5 A Perfectly Organized Pantry
Pantries are another place that’s easy to get messy quick. Heidi from Honey Bear Lane has an amazing 10 step organizning process to get your pantry in tip top shape. Plus, just look at how PRETTY hers is!
I seem to be the only person I know that doesn’t mind cleaning. That’s not to say it’s my favorite past time, but I can deal with a little house cleaning on a daily basis. Admittedly I use it as my cardio 🙂 . While I don’t mind tackling the bathroom and dusting the baseboards, I don’t like wasting time on cleaning solutions & tricks that aren’t as effective as advertised. Here’s my favorite cleaning solutions that not only do the trick, but save a little time. Enough time for me to go to the gym maybe???
1 Clean your bedroom quickly
And yes, that includes the closet too! Believe it or not, cleaning the closet and bedroom doesn’t have to be an all day activity. The key is to follow a game plan first.
2 Daily cleaning printable:
Have a list and make check it twice. This keeps me on task doing a little cleaning each day instead of all the chores piling up. Literally.
3 Faux clean your house in 14 minutes
Last minute house guests? Needing to clean fast for a party? This is no time for deep cleaning. Instead use these easy tricks to make your home look cleaner than it really is!
4 How to easily keep your bathroom clean
Most people’s least favorite room to clean and can be made even worse the longer it sits uncleaned. Instead use these simple techniques to quickly keep the bathroom cleaned daily.
5 Cleaning your home with a Pet
Keeping the house clean with a pet is NO easy task. Even the cleanest dog still needs to be cleaned up after. Especially when you eventually let your dog have full rein of the house including all the beds even though you claimed you never would (Ops!). Reagan, you’re one lucky dog!
Now there’s no excuse for a QUICK house clean!
I can’t get enough clear storage containers …. I have them in every shape and size in EVERY room of our home. While I refuse to part with these organizing staples, there are definitely more creative (and decorative) ways to increase storage in a room. Here’s 5 of my favorite ideas. No containers anywhere!
1 The 5 Minute Drawer Organizer
Even though the contents of most drawers are somewhat hidden usually giving an excuse for a rather unorganized mess inside (hello junk drawers), I LOVE it when there’s an easy and quick way to create compartments within my kitchen drawers!
2 Galvanized Steel Hooks
Coats and scarves thrown on a couch or chair is the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard to me! HATE it. Whether your solution is making more space in your closets or this unique coat hook, there’s always a way to get the jackets off the couch!
3 Painted Confetti Pattern Bowl
These are all the rage lately and I can understand why. Colorful, attractive and easy way to store small jewelry can be a lifesaver. I put these in our master bedroom as well as our bathroom.
4 Paint Dipped Baskets
Another big trend popping up all over is the paint dipped look. It’s such an easy way to enhance the standard wicker basket while creating needed storage around the house!
5 Photo Wall Pocket Organizer
I love that this photo solution is not only storage but always a chic way to display photos in any room of the house!