KITCHEN REORGANIZATION

October 25, 2019


If you know me, and how I get mess stress easily, then you know how happy I am to be a Brand Ambassador for The Container Store. Life is full with a family of seven, and things have felt extra full lately, so certain areas and spaces in our home  have succumb to disarray. So I’m looking forward to partnering with The Container Store to get these spots organized and back under control.

This month, I’m tackling my kitchen cabinets and drawers. Earlier this month, I did a major clean and purge of our pantry and fridge, so it feels good to move on to the drawers and cabinets. The girls are always baking, and with life being as full as it is, our cabinets and drawers have been filled with a mishmosh of things. It definitely needed to go through a deep purge and some organizing. Finally, after a free afternoon of going through everything, I’m so excited to share how organized everything is.

Before:

After:

The Container Store has thousands of kitchen products designed to be efficient with your space and make things easier to stay organized. I’m loving the extra space we get now using the Cupboard Chrome Shelf, I get all my plates and bowls in one cabinet, instead of spread out between two. The Single Corner Shelf is especially helpful in maximizing our space, and the Undershelf Basket also provided more organization and gave us another row inside our cabinet to store goods.

I used The Everything Drawer Organizers (and mixed and matched it with this one too) for our drawers. You can mix and match the containers to get the configuration that works just right for your space. Our drawers look so much better, and everything just makes sense now. With everything now having a place, instead of all simply being tossed in the drawer together, will definitely make for better kitchen efficiency.

I enjoy organized spaces, but the kitchen is one of the first things to go when life gets chaotic, and it’s probably because the mess is hidden behind cabinets and drawers. This challenge was exactly what I needed to take back control of my kitchen. With all my girls cooking and baking all the time, I think all the organization will lessen some of the fighting and bickering as they’re looking for things. This mom is all about that! Plus, the holidays are coming up and there will be even more baking and cooking, so we got everything organized just in time.

This post is in partnership with The Container Store as one of their Brand Ambassadors. The opinions and text are all mine. I appreciate the time you spend in this space, the support you give me, and the brands I partner with. If you’re in need of some kitchen organization too, take advantage of their kitchen sale going on now through November 10!


SOUL AND GLOW’S OLD ROOM

October 5, 2018


We did room switch-a-roos during the summer, and while the girls are loving their new space, I’m sharing their old one because I want to have it documented for when we reminisce. These are snaps of their room literally right before I took everything out, so it’s not styled at all, and very much lived-in by two little girls. And now that I’m looking at these photos, I really love their new room so much more. It suits their needs better and the room switched allowed us more space to organize all their stuff.

We kept all their big pieces of furniture (dresser and beds), but changed out a couple smaller pieces. These two girls are my neat freaks, so they like to make their beds in the morning and have everything cleaned up by the time they go to bed. They even have rules for when you enter their room. I’m not completely done decorating their room as there’s one wall that I’m just unsure about, but once it all feels right, we will share it here. I have shared bits of it here and here though.

Everything but the fan on the dresser is vintage, so I don’t have many resource links to share, except that the rattan beds are from Elsie Green.


HUNTING FOR THE PERFECT CREAM RUG

September 17, 2018


We’ve had this jute rug forever, and while I still love it, no one else does. Yes, it looks great, but it doesn’t feel so great (to everyone else) and the fibers get everywhere (mostly on my friends’ socks when they come over). I think we definitely got our monies worth for sure, but now it’s time to bid it farewell. Therefore, I’ve been on a hunt for the perfect cream rug to put in its place. I’d say I want white, but no rugs I’ve found are actually white. Additionally, it sounds dangerous to have a white rug with kids, so cream it is! It’s time to switch things up in this room and I think switching to a cream rug will brighten the room up even more. And y’all know how I love white and bright!

Hand-loomed Rug via Viyet

Traditional Turkish Kilim Rugs via Viyet

Woven Baez Rug via Anthropologie

Beni Ouarain Rug via Ibaba Rugs

Berber Rug via Urban Outfitters

Above are some of my top faves that I’ve found in my hunt. I like the plainness of all of them and that they are all made with natural fibers. I know those diamond rugs are everywhere, but it is so classic, so I still love them. A few of the rugs are new, like the Anthro and Urban ones, but I like the simplicity of the design. When I imagine it paired with my vintage furniture, it works. And the other rugs are all vintage, and there’s always something magical about vintage. I think the Turkish Kilim Rug from Viyet have that vintage magic. Plus, they come in a pair, so I could do that layered look. Ugh, decisions, decisions…

I’m trying to figure out what will shed the least, not have fibers that get all over people’s socks, be easiest to spot clean when needed, and one I will love for a long time. I’ve always had my eye on a vintage beni ourain rug, but my heart is shifting slightly for something more flat like the Turkish kilim rug. Rugs are definitely investments, so I definitely won’t take this decision lightly. And knowing me, I probably won’t make one until Christmas time, so I have time to save pennies, or put it on my Christmas list for Santa.

For those considering a jute rug, make sure you can live with the slight itchiness and the fibers getting all over dark socks and pants. If that doesn’t sound fun to you, don’t do it. I must say though, that the rug has held up really well after a few years and still looks great. It is very low maintenance. Since we’ll be switching to a lighter-colored rug, I wonder what my thoughts will be on it after a few years. We’ll see how cream holds up to family life. We don’t do shoes inside the house nor eat anywhere else besides at the table, so that will definitely help in keeping it clean.

Which rug is your fave? Which one do you think I’ll pick? And what’s your favorite rug style for your home?


SIMPLIFYING & PURGING

August 7, 2018


This has been a summer of letting go. It seems we’ve been in and out of town almost every other week, so the girls and I never got into a good unscheduled rhythm. If that makes any sense at all. Some projects that I wanted to work on with them, just hasn’t happened, and the priority right now is to purge and clean during the day (trying to get this done before school starts), and then we chill together at night. Usually, watching a movie, or lately, I Love Lucy (I just introduced them!), while we drink a banana smoothie. I’m on a mission to let go of a lot of stuff we don’t need in the house and make sure we only keep things we use. My office is probably the scariest room to go through because I have a lot of craft crap. That’s next on the list though, so it will get done. I’m determined. I love going to estate sales, and while I like finding something to bring home (or for the shop), it’s also sobering me up to let go of stuff. My rule for myself is if I bring something in, I move something out. It keeps things manageable. I don’t know how people held onto so much stuff. It’s insane the amount of stuff some of these people keep, so I’m trying to get ahead of the game and do a good purge now. I usually do it in the spring, but never had the time, so summer will have to do. Simplify and purge is my motto this summer. What’s yours?


NEW PLANT BABY

July 6, 2018


I had been looking for a ric rac cactus forever and was so excited when I spied it at an outdoor market through someone else’s instagram stories this past weekend. When I clicked on the tagged shop, Piep, I was happy to discover they were not too far from me, so I contacted the shop right away! Then first thing this past Monday, we went to pick it up! I am very happy to cross the ric rac cactus off my plant collection list. Once I find a pot, and its special spot, I will be sure to share where it lands.


PRETTY MIRRORS

June 6, 2018


School is almost out and I can’t wait to do a deep purge and some redecorating. I love big, old mirrors, especially ones that show the age on the glass. I’m not in the need of any mirrors, but it’s hard to turn down a good one when I find one. There was one I had found a couple months ago, that I slightly regret not buying, but Ben didn’t like it and we didn’t need one (though I’m sure I could have found a place for it). All these mirrors pictured above are so lovely and are getting me excited to a summer refresh on our spaces.

from top to bottom: elemente architecten, image unknown (do share if you know who to credit), coco and kelley, sfgirlbybay, fusion d,


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