Falling for Scarves

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reaching for a scarf nearly everyday—not only is it pretty chilly out, but I love how they complete an otherwise bland outfit. Typically, my scarves are tucked away in bins just like my purses, but I’ve been craving for a seasonal solution to accommodate my frequent needs.

 

Because I can’t create additional storage in my closet, I had to work with what I already have on this. I recently installed these beautiful hooks in both of my closets and while I was once using them to plan out outfits, I’ve been loving using them as a catch all for scarves at the moment. They make it so easy to hang my favorite scarves and because I have an extra set in my other closet, I can still prep my outfits in advance—win, win!

Tricks of the Trade: Makeup Organization

I’ve always appreciated the magic of makeup, but recently that appreciation has turned more into an obsession. Every night, I find myself watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, which inevitably have product endorsements in them, which inevitably winds up in me ordering said products and growing my makeup collection. Please tell me I’m not alone in this!

Because my collection has grown these past few months, I’ve been experimenting with different organizational techniques and have finally landed on a system that I’m excited to share.

Of course, if my bathroom were much larger, I’d definitely be stocking up on these clear makeup holders to do the job. But alas, I’m working with a few drawers in my second closet, as well as some vanity space. To maximize this limited space, I invested in some really pretty vases to store my brushes, eyebrow gels, and lip pencils. Some days, I’ll only apply some eyebrow gel and hint of lip color, so I love that these two staples are now super easy to reach.

As for the rest of my makeup products, I found these very practical cubes from IKEA that happen to fit perfectly in my vanity drawers. I use two for my makeup: One for My concealers, highlighters, and beauty blenders, and the other for bronzers, blushes, powders, eyeshadows, and foundations. Because they are quite small, I stack most things with the largest item on the bottom and the smallest on top. When I get ready in the morning, I simply empty out the bins and pull my selections for the day.

How do you organize your makeup? Please share in the comments!

Tricks of the Trade: Pantry Makeover

I’m not going to lie, I’ve really struggled with organizing my pantry over the years. Sure, I’ve got a system in place for what goes where, but I’ve had a hard time finding enough space to store all of my snacks and canned goods. While our pantry is very tall, it’s not practical for me to store essentials all the way up at the top, and I’ve been trying to find a solution for a while.

Just the other weekend, I was in the Container Store and stumbled upon acrylic risers. I wasn’t sure if they were going to work for my project, but I figured I’d give them a try and return them if need be. Thankfully, they worked perfectly and have created much-needed additional shelving in my pantry.

As you can see in the above photo, cans can go under the riser while other items, such as farro and quinoa, can live on top. Hooray for extra storage!

Tricks of the Trade: Closet Breakdown

 

Ready for a breakdown? I thought so!

As many of you know, I have two closets in my apartment. Though since my second closet is really like a glamorized coat closet, I thought I would focus on my main closet for the purposes of this blog post. You’ll soon see that this main closet is pretty sizable and through my efficient placement and thorough organization, I’ve only made it feel roomier.

When structuring your closet, you want to focus on practicality. For me, I have two long rods so I knew that I wanted to hang dresses, skirts, dress pants, and blouses on them. Though I knew that I would also need more storage. Cue: a dresser tucked beneath my blouses.

While this may seem like an obvious storage trick to many, that’s not always the case. Many of my clients have simply left the space under the hanging items underutilized, which is a miss in my book. The only exception to this is dresses, because these are often long and flowy so I would not recommend keeping any sort of dresser drawers underneath them. A shoe rack, however, could potentially work in that space.

In addition to my two long racks, I also have shelves in my closet. One level of shelves is very accessible—well, by very I mean I can reach everything so long as I stand on my toes—while another level is far too high to reach. Given this, I placed the items that I need at arm’s length on the first level, such as all of my jeans, shorts, and sweatshirts. Then on the upper level, I have more seasonal items like bathing suits, hats, scarves, as well as extra purses.

So now are you ready to tackle your closet? Once you’ve got the layout mastered, you can move onto color coordination. And lucky for you, I’ve got lots of posts about that very topic.

Over The Counter

You may have noticed from my last post about my kitchen that it’s not very big at all. Since we really only have a few feet of countertop to work with, I try to be super selective about what I keep on display vs. what is tucked away in our cabinets. Though even if I had a much larger space, I still think I would stick to this minimalist approach to keep things looking clean, fresh, and, of course, organized.

Oftentimes when I walk into people’s kitchens, I am overwhelmed by how many items they have out on their counters. Sure, items like a cutting board and a coffee maker may be necessary to have out at all times, but others—looking at you, blenders, crock pots, and mixing bowls—can easily be stowed away.

Here’s what I keep on my counters and why.

As I’m sure you’ll notice, I have a lot of white marble on my counters. I intentionally tried to keep my accessories minimal and light, so as to not make the space feel even more crammed and busy. In this white marble, I have a cutting board that doubles as a serving tray, a large holder filled with all of my utensil essentials, and a power towel holder.

I also have a few select cookbooks out on the counter largely for decorative purposes, though they are also very functional. They are nudged within a little cutout in my countertop that would otherwise go unused.

Across the kitchen on my stove, I similarly have only the essentials: dish towels, salt and pepper shakers, and a tea kettle in a fun color. My pans and pot lids, hung just above the stove, are within reach but do not clutter up either my cabinets or my countertops.

Because our kitchen is pretty tiny, we had to get creative with storing things like the microwave, toaster over, and coffee maker. We ended up finding a bar cart that fits perfectly between the end of the counter and the end of the tile floor, and it holds those items, plus a bowl filled with fruit and vegetables.

Last but certainly not least, we’re lucky to have a quaint built-in right above our sink and that’s where we house our dish soap, hand wash, and sponges. I like to hide my sponge within a cute bowl to make the nook feel more styled and pulled together.

DIY: Spice Containers

Without a doubt, spices are kitchen items that can be easily overlooked. You stock up on them as a given recipe calls and then you stow them away. But the problem with this is that you wind up with tons and tons of bottles–some that look too much alike and others that are a completely different shape and size. In other words, you wind up with a mess.

Sound familiar? Read on to find out how to do this super simple DIY that will make a big impact on your overall kitchen organization.

To kick off this DIY, I first took inventory of my spice cabinet. I pulled out all of my spices, threw away the ones I knew I’d never use again, and counted the remaining number. That way, I knew exactly how many bottles I needed to buy. I ended up purchasing these glass spice jars from the Container Store, along with transparent labels.

From there, it was just a matter of transferring from one (not so pretty) bottle to the next.

The final step is to add the label. The pack I linked to above also comes with blank labels so you can add custom labels, should you need to.

Let me know what you think of this simple DIY in the comments below!

Tricks of the Trade: Refrigerator Organization

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Let’s be real, the fridge can get pretty unruly really quickly if you’re not careful about it. Covered tupperware can go unnoticed, jars of tomato sauce can go bad, etc, etc. So how do you keep it clean and orderly? You’ve come to the right place!

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I like to have a system when it comes to my fridge, not only for where each food group belongs, but also for when I go through its contents with a fine-tooth comb. I typically do all of my grocery shopping for the week on Sundays, and when I get home I like to take a moment to go through the fridge. I’ll quickly check expiration dates, throw out anything that looks browned, and wipe down the bottoms. That way, I’m putting all of my fresh food away into a clean space.

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Much like how I organize my pantry, I use each shelf in my fridge for a different food group. It looks a little something like this:

  • Top shelf: All of my breakfast foods, such as fresh berries, bread, eggs, and yogurt.
  • Middle shelf: Dinner foods and beverages. This week, I made a big batch of soup so that’s taking up the bulk of this shelf currently. On other days, you might find roasted chicken or even some lasagna.
  • Bottom shelf: Since the bottom shelf is hung so low, I usually put all of my smaller lunch items here. I like to meal prep my lunches, so once I do, I divvy them into tupperware and slide them on this shelf.
  • Bottom drawers: We have two drawers in our fridge, so I use one of them for fresh produce and the other one for cheeses and deli meats.
  • Side shelves: You can see a glimpse into my shelves in the first picture. My strategy here is pretty simple: I sort from largest to smallest to create an aesthetically-pleasing array of sauces and jars.