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A Kitchen Update + 5 Ways to Declutter your Kitchen!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I’m so excited to share that we finally got around to adding a backsplash in the kitchen!

When we built our home four years ago we had zero budget for upgrades in the kitchen. We were lucky that granite countertops and stainless steel appliances were standard. Because of the busyness of the granite we ended up choosing a basic white subway tile for a full backsplash. My main purpose was to reflect some light so I opted for a gloss finish which worked so well.

I am amazed at how the new backsplash makes the kitchen feel so much more finished. It makes the builder-grade cabinets look better and makes the space look larger and brighter!

Is your kitchens are always the dumping ground for everything? Junk mail, bills, groceries, toys, headphones? Don’t even get me started on sippy cups. Having to clear out my kitchen for the backsplash to be worked on made me realize it was time for a good old declutter session. Here are five things I did to bring order back to the kitchen:

  1. Everything that isn’t used weekly has to go! Items that are used rarely like pie dishes and large platters need to be stored somewhere else like a basement or in a plastic bin in the garage.
  2. Place every day items such as the toaster and blender inside cabinets or pantry. These should be placed right at the front of the cabinet for easy access.
  3. Have one designated “junk drawer” that holds pens/phone charger/post it notes etc.
  4. Use cake stands! I love using my cake stands all the time in my kitchen to make wiping counters down a breeze and to free up counter space. Visually it can break up things lining against the walls and cluttered.
  5. Have a designated “incoming/outgoing” basket. I have a wire basket I keep right next to the back door…out of the kitchen. When mail comes in it gets dumped in there. It looks so bad it gives me more incentive to go through it every night instead of piling up in the kitchen next to the fridge.

Now my kitchen is decluttered I’ve found meal prep so much easier. I have more space to work with and wiping down after dinner so much quicker. I try and clean up the kitchen every single night so dishes don’t accumulate and things stay under control.

Hurray for subway tile and a decluttered kitchen…at least for now ;)

-Emily x

Holler Dollar: Little Black Notebook

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Are you a list maker?
If so, we have the perfect holler dollar for you!
boxwood clippings | holler-dollar notebook
We found these ‘moleskin-like’ basic little notebooks at the dollar tree and are loving them to make our daily and weekly lists.

We keep on trying to convert to our phones for lists, but there’s nothing like crossing off a physical to-do list. Please tell us we’re not the only ones that still do this?!

Em’s New Office Nook

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

We have been busy rearranging and trying to make space for our new baby boy…it’s amazing how we’ve gone from living in a teeny tiny apartment to a house and have filled it so quickly!

We’ve combined our guest room and office to make a new nursery and my desk got booted. At first I was thinking I could just work from our dining table, no biggie. But then I decided I needed my own space for paperwork, gifts, and craft storage no matter how teeny that space may be, and then I realized there was a closet not being used!

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

This nook/closet is right off our master and for the past three years we’ve stored throw pillows, luggage in this nook and that’s about it. Those things got moved to the basement and in came the trusty KALLAX!

I know we’ve said it before, but honestly I cannot believe how much these storage cubes can hold! I have moved everything from my office and gift closet (HERE) to these cubes, and I can barely believe it!

I am actually loving this space more than I thought…perfect for work and computer time as I’m not being distracted!
And having all my mommy things in one little space is perfect!

Organize Your Home with Every Target Trip!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Do you have a goal to be more organized this year?
We do! This can be a very overwhelming, but working on it a little at a time and being consistent is the way to an organized home!

Here are our favorite tools we can pick up at Target with every trip to help us get and STAY organized.

Command Strips: If you like to change decor up a lot like we do, command strips are your best friend. They are perfect for hanging lighter items without making holes in your walls! We always have a few packs of medium-sized white strips on hand HERE.

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

Hangers: We promise your closets will feel like a breath of fresh air if you switch to using all the same hangers. For our kids’ closets we go with basic white plastic hangers…10 for $1 in store. Try out a few different kinds (velvet/plastic/wood) to see which you like best, then stick with it!!!

boxwood clippings_twin baby closet

Totes: Plastic Sterilite tubs are a must in any home! Our favorite sizes are 6 qt HERE and 56 qt HERE and we’ll pick up a few every Target trip. You will find the 6 qt tub in every room of our homes containing anything from craft supplies to makeup to baby socks. The 56 quart is the perfect size for storage….not too heavy to lift when full, and a good size to group similar items.

boxwood clippings | toy closet organization

Shoe shelf: Is there ever enough space for shoes? THIS shelving unit is our favorite way to store shoes. It can hold 9 pairs of shoes for only $10, which is as cheap as it gets. These look great in a closet lined up next to each other and they are also stackable.

Decorative bins/baskets: Being organized isn’t all about function, we want our newly organized spaces to be pretty too! Target has the best hands down ‘pretty’ storage solutions. The catch? Items are often seasonal and come and go…

The best way to accommodate this is using ‘seasonal’ items for one designated room in the house. For example, I loved THESE totes and thought they would be perfect for Jane’s closet (HERE). I bought a few extra in case I need to replace down the road, or need more than I think I do right now.

The dollar spot is a great spot to look for small storage items too. I love these wire baskets I got for $3 each.

boxwood clippings_jane's nursery closet

Glass Cookie Jars: Pretty enough for the counter, and so great at keeping food items organized and fresh. Target will always have these so you can pick up one at a time until you your desired amount (HERE). Our favorite way to store flour, sugar, and big bulk items from Costco like rice and pasta.

boxwood clippings | pantry organization 1

Consistency and repetition of these items has helped us create order throughout our homes! We’ve maximized space and visually de-cluttered which makes for a nicer living environment for everyone.

If you want to be more organized at home, pick up one or two items with each visit, and tackle a little space every few weeks…baby steps, baby steps!

Believe us, you’ll have your whole house organized in no time!

Christmas Gift Wrapping Station

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Our Christmas shopping is far from finished. However, we’ve thought of everything we need for wrapping everything!

Wrapping is such a highlight of this festive season. It’s so much fun to sit down, put on a christmas movie and really enjoy the process.

Having everything ready and in one place is the recipe for a good ol’ wrapping sesh!

boxwood clippings | gift wrapping station

Here’s the supplies:

wrapping paper
tissue paper
gift bags
gift tags
boxes
ribbons and twine
pen
scissors
tape (lots of it)
trim (baubles, greenery etc)

boxwood clippings | gift wrapping station

We tend not to buy all our supplies in one place, but generally have our eyes peeled on our errands. Target, Micheals, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx and Ikea are some of our spots.boxwood clippings | gift wrapping stationBlack and gold is our favorite again this year. What do you guys have planned?

(For more inspiration, see our ideas from last here, click HERE, HERE or HERE!)