Welcome to the first My Five Favorites of 2016, today we're all sharing our
favorite tips for organizing your home.
Our kiddos aren't back in school until Wednesday, and I'm so ready to be back
to our routine. Staying up late, sleeping in, eating and general sloth-like existence
was justified by days of sub-freezing temps. I did get our Christmas decor organized
and put away, but I'm ready to get the rest of our house back in shape and I'm always
up for new organizing ideas and can't wait to see what my pals are sharing today.
We're happy to have the beautiful Carmel @ Our Fifth House as our guest this month,
if you're not familiar she recently moved to a new (sixth) house, and I'm anxiously awaiting
to see more! Her dramatic screened porch in her fifth house will always be one of my all
time favorites ~ as functional as it was fabulous!
Our Fifth House
Here are my five favorites:
I love the look of an organized refrigerator using pretty lucite bins,
but they're pricey. I recently found a great alternative at The Container Store for $2 each - clear plastic shoe bins, and the size is perfect!
One fits in our meat and cheese drawer as well.
(The egg container is lucite, so you can see they aren't quite as clear,
I looked several places and The Container Store were the clearest I found)
I'm hoping it encourages everyone to be intentional about where they
return items, but it's a new system so I'll let you know!
A lazy susan in the refrigerator, under the sink, for vitamins, spices
and oils, the uses are endless - it's convenient and a space saver.
My favorite is the sturdy Snudda from IKEA, 15"- solid wood with clear lacquer finish for $7.99
I keep my coffee bar on a slide out shelf in my cabinet, everything
I need for coffee, tea or cocoa is easily at hand and off the counter.
One of the smartest things I've done is to share essentials for
entertaining. A friend and I have purchased the same dishes, bar glasses,
white hotel napkins and more. We have place settings for 24, but only purchase and store 12. It's much more cost effective and there's
no issue of storage. You can read more about the items we share here.
Use a large container of liquid dish detergent instead of re-filling
your small bottle. They sell kits for $10, but you don't need one. Buy
a piece of plastic tubing from the hardware store and attach it to the
end of the pump.
Be patient it will take a few pumps at first to get the air out.
Don't miss the Five Favorite Organizing Ideas my pals are sharing: