Basement Kitchen Appliances

I know this may sound odd, but my extra kitchen appliances are downstairs.  I don’t like to clutter up my kitchen counter by putting so many appliances all over.  I also like to only keep the appliances and kitchen tools I use in my kitchen for every day.

thumb_IMG_1802_1024

So, the extra appliances that I don’t use every day are in the basement.  I have used these old book shelves that I had from college.  They are cheap and black.  I was able to put my toaster, griddle, extra coffee maker, cupcake and lasagna traveling containers, and pitchers on these shelves.

This makes it easy for me to store and use them when I need them, but they aren’t cluttering up my kitchen in the mean time.  This is the book shelf that I used, you can buy it on Amazon for a great price!  I took the shelves out of the book shelf to fit my appliances.  The small square tv stand next to it is on wheels.  I took the shelf out of that as well to fit the blenders and crockpot.  They are cheap and great to organize spaces.

Organizing My Gift Wrap

 

 

I have used two long plastic boxes to organize my gift wrap.  In my past apartment, I kept  both boxes under my bed in our master bedroom.  I have one for general gift wrap for birthdays and showers.  The other box has all Christmas wrap.  I keep all of my ribbon and bows in a big bag right now.

The plastic boxes are great to see what type of wrapping paper and bags I have inside before even opening the box.  I would suggest getting these boxes.  They are on Amazon and are so easy to stack and store anywhere!

 

Organize Basement into Boxes

My basement is a storage/bar area.  Our storage area consists of my old teaching boxes, holiday decorations, wires and cords, suitcases, and gift wrapping supplies.  The bar area has all of our old bar glasses and tables.  We put bar stools and some old chairs that we don’t use anymore in that area.

thumb_IMG_1800_1024.jpg

It took me about 5 hours to get it all organized.  I bought lots of plastic boxes to put the storage items in.  I get clear boxes instead of solid colored boxes so I can see exactly what is in the boxes.  Even when I use painter’s tape and a sharpie to label the boxes “Christmas” and “Halloween,” I like to see exactly what is in them specifically.  That way I will know what to bring up if I needs lights or stockings.

These are the boxes that I used for the basement storage.

Landscaping in Spring

cleaning-washing-cleanup-the-ilo-48889.jpeg

Since my husband and I closed on our house in the winter, we unfortunately have no yard.  And when I mean no yard, I mean mounds of dirt and mud.  There is no paved driveway or walk-up to the house.  We have nothing exciting outside our house to look at.  And furthermore, because of the mess outside, booties are my new best friend.  Each time someone comes to the house to deliver things or drop things off, I give them booties to put on their shoes.

The booties are a necessity in a new construction home.  It is awful to have people coming in all of the time and tracking the dirt and mud in.  I feel like Cinderella because there hasn’t been a moment when I haven’t stopped cleaning the floors.

I have been anxiously awaiting my window of getting a puppy, but it looks like I am going to have to wait a bit longer until I am able to have a yard with grass so that I don’t have to consistently clean the floors all day and night.

Thankfully, my mother-in-law recently bought me this amazing cleaner and spray for my floors.  This helps keep me from spending my entire day on my hands and knees cleaning the floors.  The spray helps keep the floors shiny and it helps me only have to go over them once every couple days.  This is a game-changer.  It is such a relief to not have a mess to have to clean up every day.  I highly recommend this product to anyone with hard wood floors-especially dark hard wood floors like I have.

Make-Up Organizer

This is an amazing make-up drawer organizer from my post, “How To Organize Your Vanity.”  This drawer expands to fit in any size drawer.  It is super user friendly.  I keep my foundation, blush, concealer, and eye shadows in these separate compartments.  It makes getting ready so much easier to see all of your make-up ready to use!  Click the picture below to view the product on Amazon:

 

 

Vanity Garbage Can

This was another item I talked about in mY, “How To Organize Your Vanity” post.  You need a garbage next to your vanity/getting ready area so you can throw away your tissues, q-tips, and other cotton applicators used to do your make-up.  You will thank me for this tip when you are able to complete your make-up routine without running into the bathroom each time you need the garbage.  I love a delicate, white garbage to go with my vanity and finish the look.  Click on the Amazon link below to view the garbage can.

Make-Up Mirror

This is another essential item to have on your vanity.  This mirror is double-sided (one for a regular view and one for a magnified view).  I talked about this in my, “How To Organize Your Vanity” post.  The magnified view is scary to literally see every flaw and pore on your face, but this is perfect for tweezing eyebrows and making sure that you are covering each blemish for a big night out!  This is the best make-up investment I have made.  Once your are finished with your make-up, you know that you look amazing and ready for the day/night.  Click on the picture to check out the link on Amazon.

Make-Up Brush and Lip Color Organizer

 

This is similar to what I use on top of my vanity to help me organize my brushes and lip colors.  I referred to this organizer in my post called, “How To Organize Your Vanity.”  I use this on top of my vanity to keep my make-up brushes standing up and airing out.  I also use it to keep my lip stick, lip gloss, and lip liners.  I try to keep similar colors close together to make it easy to put on in the morning.  I will even put my mascara and eye liner up here.  The tall make-up items are easy to get to on my vanity and standing up.  Click the picture to see the link on Amazon.

 

 

Make-Up Applicator Organizer

 

This is another favorite of mine from my post titled, “How To Organize Your Vanity.”  This is amazing to put on top of your vanity to put your applicators in.  I use one compartment for my q-tips.  Which is a must-have for your vanity to fix any make-up error immediately (especially good for fixing any errors in the eye area).  I also use one compartment for my cotton circular pads that I use again to fix any make-up flaw on my face.  The last compartment is used for my foam wedges.  I prefer to use these over a make-up sponge because I can use a new one each time I do my make-up and keep my pores as clean as possible.  Click the picture below to check out the organizer.

 

 

Mouth Wash Pump

I love this Mouth Wash/Listerine pump from my post called “How To Organize Your Master Bathroom.”  This is a bathroom eye-sore saver.  Your bathroom counter will be saved from the look of a giant Listerine/mouth wash on the counter.  This also helps keep everyone using the mouth wash from spreading germs.  Each user pumps their mouth wash into their own tiny bathroom cup to use and throw out.  I love this in my master bathroom!  It is also not a bad idea for guests in a guest/hall bathroom.  Click on the picture below to check it out on Amazon.