Putting Away Groceries

Groceries

Much like any household chore, at first thought, putting away groceries can be pretty mindless and boring. Put on your favorite album – at the moment, mine is Sylvan Esso – and put everything away one by one.

While this may be true for the most part, there are definitely ways you can make the process more streamlined. This way, it won’t seem quite as mindless. Intrigued? Yeah you are! Here’s how:

First you’ll want to lay out all of your groceries on a countertop or a kitchen table. Since my kitchen is rather small, I like using my big dining table. Next, I separate out the items I bought by where they’ll go in my kitchen – typically it’s either the freezer, fridge or pantry. Sometimes it is also our storage area where I keep things like extra toilet paper, laundry detergent, and the like.

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Now that everything is separated by area in the kitchen, you can put things away in one swoop. One pit stop at the freezer, then the fridge, and finally the pantry.

So what do you say? Are you willing to test out this method next time you’re unloading a big grocery store run?

Coffee Table Inspiration

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A few weeks back, I wrote about how to accessorize your coffee table, pointing out which items are absolute must-haves. My coffee table styling is still growing and evolving and I’m always seeking beautiful inspiration. The key for me is to keep is accessorized while not looking cluttered. To me, these coffee tables have struck the perfect balance.

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Photos from: Pinterest.

Tricks of the Trade: Organizing Purses

Organizing Purses

As I’ve blogged about possibly one too many times, my new apartment offered an opportunity to get creative with both interior design and organization. While both proved to be very fun and invigorating, the organization piece was sometimes challenging. I know, I know, you probably never thought you’d read that sentence on my blog, but I’m being honest here! Organization isn’t always easy — especially when you have no low shelves in your closet to prop purses on — but the end result is always well worth it.

Since I only have very high shelves in my closet, I had to get creative. My solution? Pretty bins store my purses and a stool to be able to access these bins. Though not the most practical solution, since changing my purse requires more than just swapping out items now, it makes for a really clean closet, as there are no floppy purses hanging around (pun intended).

Here’s a look inside the bins:

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As you can see, I separated my purses by size so not all of them were randomly stuffed in a single bin. This way, if I am going out to dinner and just need a small clutch to compliment my look, I know just where to look.

P.S. For a look inside how these bins are situated in my apartment, check out this post.

Flea Market Gold

Flea Market

If you’re anything like me, then you get a little overwhelmed when at a flea market. What helps me most is having a plan and knowing which items are great for collecting and buying vintage. Along those lines, this roundup of kitchen things you should always pick up at a flea market was just what I needed before my flea market haul the other weekend.

As it notes, some kitchen items you should be on the look out for are:

Cast iron skillets.

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Silverplate utensils.

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Beautiful linens.

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Antique knives.

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Tricks of the Trade: The Bookshelf

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When it comes to organizing books, there are a few different paths you can take. I’ve already shown you all of my tips and tricks for organizing by color, but now I want to show a slightly different method.

For my bookshelf in my apartment, I decided to go with part color, part size, part feng shui. Here’s what I mean:

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I also placed all of my red books together to create a sense of color-coding.

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Finally, I went ahead and interspersed books with pottery, tchotchkes, and candles to create a light, airy, and curated feel.

If you’re having a hard time deciding whether you want to color coordinate, stack by size, or just randomly arrange your books, try doing what I did! You get the best of all options but your bookshelf will still feel neat, organized, and of course, will look beautiful.

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For more posts on bookshelves, click here.