( Carmen at Old House Kitchen is the winner. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.)
My sweet man went out of town this past weekend, and I had a few projects in my head that I wanted to complete and surprise him with, upon his return, so the kiddos helped me and we got a ton done! You see it all began with my desire for a pantry cupboard. My hoodlums kept jumping up on the counters because they couldn't reach shelves and when they'd slip and fall, we had some close calls with little heads and granite counter tops. Scary. A couple of months ago we planned to have one made... but it was going to be too expensive and our huge dining table cut into the space where the new pantry would have gone... so I let it go temporarily.
And then I realized that we had several space/organization issues that needed solutions. This bench and rolling shoe bins were in our tiny laundry room and we needed less clutter in there so I moved it into the hallway. And that's when it hit me. The tiny hallway closet that I stored a lot of Etsy things and misc. craft items in, would be perfect for a pantry. It's adjacent to the kitchen, and already filled with floor to ceiling shelves that we installed a few years ago!
Between the garage where a lot of this was being stored, and those two cupboard areas in the kitchen, I was able to create a very tidy and kid-friendly pantry space in less than an hour. I can't tell you how happy this is already making (me) us.
This stool that I have threatened to start bonfires with on many occasions, after nearly tripping over it when small hoodlums would forget and leave it in the middle of the kitchen floor, now has a perfect (and out of the way) functional spot! Kids can use it to reach what they need, but most of the things they are reaching for in here have been placed on the lower shelves.
Moving things out of that closet began a chain-reaction. You know how it goes. I knew I had a plan for my crafty and Etsy items but that left me with games, so I decided to leave them out in this basket. Summer's coming and they'll be getting used daily anyway, so there ya go.
Now I had all of this amazing open shelf space for my baking staples. Being gluten free forces you to have many weird ingredients on hand, and last fall when Ava and I were diagnosed, I invested in jars and labels. I contacted my friend Leen the Graphics Queen and she totally hooked me up in the label department. (I know a lot of these flours are "recommended" for refrigeration but honestly we use them so quickly I've never had a problem.)
I love having everything right where I need it now- by my oven and my kitchen aid mixer!
I like a kitchen that makes sense. Ten years of living here and I'm finally getting it to make sense.
These labels are so cute that I almost hate shutting my doors. I may try and either take the doors off eventually or put in some glass panes like I did on the other doors in my kitchen. For now, it's enough to know that there is lovely organization behind closed doors... All thanks to Leen...
I was intending to put it into Ava's room but it just seemed to want to go into my new tiny studio space as I was reshuffling everything...
I am in love with it.
This space is way smaller than what I was working with previously but I was able to find a place for everything and I love having it tucked away at the back of the house instead of being the first thing you see when you walk in my front door. (We are planning to wall off that front room area later this summer to create a den/office/guest room so chances are I would have shuffled these things a bit anyway.)
I only had to do a little tweaking...
And re-hanging of some of my favorite things like my precious yellow barn art that was a gift from my friend Becky.
Really, this thing is what makes it all work. Hanging a ton of things on the wall makes for a lot less clutter.
I'm convinced that Leen can make anything out of vinyl. One of my favorite things from her has to be this "Welcome" sign on my front door.
And now for the giveaway... Leen is offering one of my sweet readers a chance to win on of her 12x12 wrapped canvas signs like the one I showed above. The winner will get to choose one of the signs in this collection here. Isn't that awesome?!
All you need to do in order to be entered, is leave a comment here on this post, and chat with me a bit about this- Like... what needs organizing in your home? What vinyls from Leen's shop would you love in your home? (Feel free to go check them out, she has many) Are there any spaces you have suddenly re-thought about and reorganized for better function? Just tell me your thoughts and you're entered!
For an extra entry, you know the drill, Facebook, tweet, pin, (whatever) and let me know in separate comments. I'll choose a winner with random.org on Friday! Good luck sweet friends.