Ikea Hack – The Cork Trivet & Jewelry UNITE!

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Ever have one of those days where you weren’t planning any particular craft or project, and then *light bulb*, something you didn’t even know you needed to do, pops into your head? That was me today. Minding my own business, when I was just hit with an idea completely unrelated to the lingering dirty dishes taking up most of my thoughts.

“The dishes can wait, I need to hot glue cork to my closet walls.”

Okay, it didn’t go quite like that.

Maybe my subconscious was looking for anything to do but dishes. Either way, my jewelry is organized and my mind is resting easy from something I never pinned for later, OR had any intent on doing until today. Is this what they call ADD?

Let me go write “Glue cork to walls” on my To-Do list just so I can check it off, and then we can proceed.

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So, I have always needed a simple solution to my jewelry mess. It was basically packed in tiny drawers made for elves, and instead of fighting the tangled mess, I had kept to a simple pair of hoops/studs and changing out my necklace once in a while.

It was getting old. I feel bad I never change my earrings much, or wear more of the jewelry I have.

I honestly never looked up inspiration for this. It was only after I planned to blog this did I google Ikea hacks, and find out others had done the same with these versatile little trivets!

I plucked my 5 year old, unused trivets from my tupperware drawer and decided to hot glue them to this place in my closet.. just a board installed to support our clothing rod.

IMG_4378[2]web As you can see, I used it to hang my scarves. I need a solution for them as well, and I’ve seen tons of great ideas… Another time, another post.

My closet is small, and the angles and placement of where the builders installed things was half-assed, but making the most of this small space, I knew I wanted to utilize this particular spot eventually.

Apparently today.

So this blank space turned into my little jewelry station. Everyone has a match, and every thing is in it’s place. I’m internally a crazy organized freak. But externally, I need motivation. So I relish in little victories like this cheery spot.
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Yay, I can see you jewelry!
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I’ve always hated the idea of displaying jewelry when it first became a huge trend. It felt too readily available for robbers (not that I have much of value), and impractical for moving. I still don’t care too much for it, but I like this for some reason. It’s more subtle than making a statement with the framed jewelry display using chicken wire. It’s me. :) That’s why I like it.

An angle shot from the door going into my closet.. It also gives you a peek at my Rast hack as well! I just did my Rast’s a few weeks ago while the hubs was away. I’ll be posting soon about them :)
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“Lovelovelovelovelove” – Jim Carrey
That’s how I feel about my jewelry now. :)

 

Until next time,
Andrea

Hey Slim, Where’s My Shoes?

We had a serious problem.

It was taking over our lives, and tripping us up daily.

Yes, it’s true. Shoes were slowly taking over our home.

Apparently they accumulate over time if you don’t give some the boot. Haha, punny.

Exhibit A:
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And this is my “organized” version. I counted 13 pairs lined up in the hallway last month. This photo only has 8. Only.

We are only two people.

It became an apparent problem when I brought home 4 new pairs of shoes I got for my birthday from my last trip to Minnesota. I guess it is the year of the shoe.

We have 10 imaginary house guests staying with us 24/7.

You believe me right?

Okay, I don’t even believe myself.

The time had come to face the music. This wasn’t working for us anymore.

So I hit up Google to find out what my options were for styles. I didn’t really like anything I saw. When you google “shoe rack”, most of the results are actual racks with metal bars. Although, I did happen upon a post on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, and found the best idea ever! Leave it to Ikea. Plastic recycling bins that can double as shoe storage!
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How perfect those are… not at all deep so they wouldn’t take up a lot of space.

I hit up Ikea a little while later and found a set of 3 drawers for $39.99. That was a little more than I had wanted to spend that day so I passed.

And I’m so happy I did!

I searched Craigslist to see if anyone was selling what I needed and couldn’t believe my eyes, I found something better!

This gem! Also from Ikea, but no longer sold there.
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Hello, Slim! Where have you been all my life?

I love the furniture piece feel vs. the simple white bins, but I really would have been happy with either. Turns out the extra drawer was needed because we have way more shoes than I thought. Time to get rid of a few pairs I think!

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It fits snugly behind the laundry room door.

I almost forgot the best part, it was only $35!!!

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At a modest 6.75 inch depth, it’s the best space saving and space utilizing piece I have in the house! I’m slightly sad it’s hidden behind the door and I can’t show it off.

I’m guessing the original price was over $100 because the 2×2 version of this was $99.

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Had to make sure there would be room for the washer door to open, and then we bolted it to the wall with an L bracket the previous owners had used on the top. You cant see it… or at least my 5’4″ frame isn’t tall enough to! Thats all that matters right?

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Peek-A-Boo!

Now let’s get to the whole reason I bought this!

For this clutter….
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And especially for this clutter in the bottom of my closet. They say bins help you organize…. perhaps you need more than one? IMG_4105[2] Yep… all full of shoes. I take full responsibility.

I may also have a slight purse problem.

Don’t judge me. Too much.

I grabbed up all those shoes, and threw them into the new shoe cabinet.
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They all fit! With the top drawer left to spare! Because I’m too short to actually see in the top drawer, that was left for last.

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Ah, organization. A weight has been lifted off this house. It was only a matter of time before they got a mind of their own and turned all Bed Knobs & Broomsticks on us.

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Clean, beautiful, and organized, just how I like it.

As for the hallway, let’s review…
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I’m sure guests were wondering, “How many feet do you have!”, and/or “What a pretty display of shoes…?”

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Ahh….I don’t know about you, but I feel more relaxed. Sandals, left out appropriately for the summer. My husband informed me there would be at least one pair of shoes left out because he wasn’t THAT trained. I like the assumption he was already at least partially trained. We will continue to let him think that. It may become true one day!

Pantry Organization

I’ve been slowly working on getting my pantry from it’s current state of disarray into a more organized, functional pantry.

Maybe even something more pretty to look at.

I’m worlds away from any of that, but I’m slowly getting there.

Let me show you what my ideal pantry would look like.

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and…

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Both beautiful to look at, no?! And organized!!

If I wanted to take the time, I could paint mine. Mine is identical in layout to the first picture. But… eh. Maybe in my dream home I’ll take the time. :)

So here’s MY pantry. I feel like I’m baring my soul by showing this photo!

This can be considered a “before” photo even tho, believe it or not, I’ve done some organizing. It used to be worse.

Hold all gasps until the end please..

Ahhhhhhhh!

Okay, it’s not that bad. But it’s definitely not anything pretty to look at.

Maybe it’s because I took this on my cell phone.

Or maybe it’s just because it’s a mess.

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So today was a big day.

I got an Amazon order in the mail!!

It’s always a big day when that happens.

My order consisted of three big boxes full of pantry organizational goodies!

Here’s what I got..

One of the more important items… two dividers for my pans. They’re actually heavy duty file dividers. Before the pans were stacked on top of each other in this same spot.. which is well above my head. I had to perform a circus act everytime I needed a pan. Problem solved. The circus has left town.

Check!

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Sturdy baskets for the vegetables I keep in the pantry. These will be going on the bottom shelf as soon as I move some stuff around.

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This awesome space saving bag holder is a HUGE change from what I had before. The pantry picture above showed my lovely big white bag full of bags on the bottom shelf. I’ve needed one of these for way too long.

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This awesome contraption is pretty handy. I used to stack my foil and bags anyways, but now they aren’t falling all over, and it utelizes more height than shelf space.

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This isn’t in my pantry, but it’s something I really needed. The knife organizer/supports was $4 and my drawer has never looked better! I’m kicking myself for not taking a before picture. It was horrible. And probably dangerous. ha

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Spice Stack I love you!

This is what my spices look like now…

A mess! The spice stack will help. I’ll tackle this after the weekend.

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This is what I’ve done with all my baking stuff. Don’t stack your glass canisters, I just did this for a picture to show them all. :)

I’ve had these “organized” for a while, but as you can see, you have to move one or more to get to what you want. I plan on changing that. I also plan on changing the wire basket with the rest of my baking stuff.. but I’m not sure yet how I’m doing any of this.

You can stick anything in containers like these. I love them! I got 98% of my glass canisters from the dollar store believe it or not!

I use it for candy..

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And granola bars..

Pretty much anything! That’s my goal. To container everything in my pantry. Well anything that will fit. :)

I did some sorting and resorting of my pantry today.. here’s an “after” picture.. although it’s not to the point I want it, it’s just more organized.

Maybe the mess is more evenly distributed. But I swear it looks better. I hope?

Oh well. Once I figure out this pantry situation I’ll be posting again about my progress.

I think we have too many travel coffee mugs.

Over and out. (oh no. Pete’s new Ham radio obsession is getting to me. help)