My Kitchen Island

In the one drawer of my island, I have my silverware and my kitchen scissors and peelers.

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In my other drawer, I have my cutting boards.  I use wood cutting boards and plastic.

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Under the island, I have all of my pots and pans, the colanders, mixing bowls, and roasting pan.

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My Kitchen Cabinets…Part 2

This is my spice cabinet.  On the top, I keep my baking sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, and baking needs like Crisco.  On the bottom, I keep my spices on the outside of the rack, but towards the inside, I have my large containers of salt, oil, vinegar, etc.  And on the outside, I have my cook books.

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I have my dishes and bowls in my cabinet by the refrigerator.  And the cabinet under holds some of my serving bowls and plates.

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The corner under the spice rack holds another lazy susan that hold my tupperware.  I put the Pyrex on top and the plastic tupperware and lids on the bottom.

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Above the refrigerator, I have my extra serving platters for guests.

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By the sink, I have 4 drawers.  The top drawer by the stove has my oven mittens and trivets. Underneath, I have my knives, then my miscellaneous drawer with plastic bags, foil, chips clips, and candles.  On the bottom, I have all of my kitchen towels.

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My Kitchen Cabinets…Part 1

Above my coffee area, I have my coffee mugs, then two shelves of glasses, and then on the top shelf, I have my nice coffee cups and saucers for company.

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Under my sink, I have a container of extra sponges and gloves.  I also have my garbage bags, dish detergent, and some extra soap.  I also have my “bag” of bags.  The bag of bags is essential for every house.  I am always going through my bags for traveling and carrying items to different places.

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Above my stove and microwave, I have one cabinet of water bottles, and some fancy coffee cups for entertaining.  Above my microwave, I have my baking pans, sifter, mixer, and other baking items.  To the right of the microwave, I keep my measuring cups, measuring spoons, and funnels.

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Under my stove/oven, I keep my cookie pans, and muffin pans.  I know I could use this area as a food warmer, but I can’t stop my habit of storing these items there!

On My Kitchen Counter…

I finally have an island in my kitchen.  I absolutely love it!  It helps me have extra space for meal preparation and storage.  On my island, I have a bowl of oranges, I try to keep these space clutter-free so that it is easy to meal prep and eat at.

I have my coffee area by my sink with a coffee area with my coffee beans in a jar.  I also have my sugar in the same area.  Above my coffee area, I have my coffee mugs.  I also have my glasses above them.

I also have my KitchenAid, Nutri Bullet, and knife block on another corner of my kitchen counter.  I leave my napkins, salt and pepper, and recipe book on the counter as well.

I try to only keep the things that I use most of the time on the counter so they are easily accessible.  I have my extra kitchen tools and appliances downstairs.

Budget for Each Room

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It is so hard to decorate your new living space.  And not only is it challenging to find perfect pieces, but it is also expensive.  My husband and I try to keep costs down by budgeting for each room.

So after all of your furniture and things from your move have been delivered, then get settled in.  Live in your new home and see what you need day by day.  And do lots of online shopping and searching.  My husband and I are always online looking at different pieces of furniture.  We also make many visits to local stores.  Shopping around is important so you get an idea of what you like-it also helps make sure you get an awesome deal on your things.

To budget for furnishing rooms, it is best to look at what you need for each room and set an actual budget.  For example, we need EVERYTHING for our master bedroom.  We need a headboard, footboard, dresser, two night stands, a chest, etc.  To decide on a fair budget, I advise that you do research online and in stores to see what an average going rate is to furnish each room.  Then, I try to stay in the average/below average range.

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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.

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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.

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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.