Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Rub Some Pretty On


Organization is so cool. It is my happy place. I enjoy creating ease and order with our everyday living.

I have tried nearly everything to organize my spices (yes even those handy spice racks...hated those!) My Mom has custom spice cabinets built into her kitchen.

But nope.

Not me.

So the search went on until I found this website and her simple idea. Yes, I've linked to her before...she's GOOD!

This is easy, cheap, and effective. These baskets are 2 for $1 at the always exciting Wal Mart (yes, I'm being sarcastic).

I am also short so reaching the TOP SHELF is never an easy task! The top baskets hold our medicine and vitamins. These baskets effortlessly slide on and off my shelves, making things within reach for all the shorties.

I grouped the spices into types depending on their designated uses and put the groups in their own baskets. I added Martha Stewart tags to each basket for a finishing touch.

And...ta da...organization in 3 minutes...It really IS that quick and simple!



Notice the turning tray on the bottom shelf. I have used this for years and it works well to access items that are used often!
Spin, find, and grab...




OKAY, I have one more set of kitchen cabinets to share with you...And just in time for your holiday baking!
I put together my own baking Tupperwares when I was 19 years old, in my first home sweet home. And I was ready for an update.


Pretty is for girls.
It's what we do.
It's our thing.

So I was on a mission to change these Tupperware babies up a bit! I raked the entire www looking for fun labels and finally found them HERE on etsy of course! This etsy store, Picadilly Peddler was a delight to work with and she was able to customize my order JUST as I needed! I was very pleased after all my searching!

These are my baking shelves before I made them PRETTY!

BEFORE
still one of my favorite cabinets, looking pretty darn cool
but I wanted some changes


DURING:

Rubbing some pretty on!


AFTER:


I used light green CHALK INK (which I LOVE,click for info) for the little extras:

Storing your powders in Tupperwares allows them to stay fresher longer, and makes it very simple to level off your measurements.

How do you store your baking goods?
Share your ideas.
If you have any easy kitchen organizational tips, I would LOVE to hear!



In closing I want to share this photo of a kitchen to.die.for.
Someday maybe I can have a sweet cottage kitchen like this.
Photo found at the Inspired Room from Coastal Living



87 comments:

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

I dream of your kitchen cabinets...we moved into our new house about 6 months ago and I still have things in boxes inside my cabinets... Your baking cabinet is truly an inspiration! What I do have orginized is in bins, love it they are like little drawers in your cabinets.

Best wishes,
Tammy

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Lisa, This is great!! I am so right up the alley in wanting my cupboards to be organized, clean, and neat and I love your simple take on it. There seems to be so much more space! And I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the labels. I also need some of those Tupperware containers. I'm all about things looking the same! Thanks for sharing your cupboards...I'm one to get all excited about these sort of things!! ;)

Jackie said...

What awesome cabinets! Thanks for sharing. Love the rub ons!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lisa, you are so organized! Love what you did with those rub-ons on the tupperware. Where did you find the rub-ons? I would love to do something like that to attempt to get myself organized! ;-)

XO,

Sheila

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Such wonderful ideas for organizing the kitchen and the cupboards! And pretty, too!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

TidyMom said...

AWESOME ideas! and I'm in LOVE with those labels!!.......I see a January project in my future!!

~TidyMom

mama hall said...

can you please come over and organize my kitchen cabinets? i'll bake you something delicious!

laterg8r said...

i super love organizing too - love those rub ons they ARE super pretty :D

my dh used to tease me about the organization in our pantry, now he thinks its cool because he can tell what we need just by looking at the cupboard and seeing the empty spaces :D

TheStrawberryblush said...

I love this. Organization makes me giddy. But Im not real great at keeping it organized. I may give this a try. Your so clever!

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

We think alike. I too have tags on my pantry boxes! Love your organization.
Nancy

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Your organization looks awesome and makes my heart pitter patter!

Kelly @ The Miller Mix said...

Looks fantastic as always. I need help in my pantry. The walls start closing in every month or so and I suddenly have way too much stuff to find a new home for.

The Ties that Bind Us said...

you did an awesome job! i love the chalk ink too. that's a fabulous idea.

I'm posting about frugal hand made gift-giving this year on my blog. Stop on by http://www.2008jessetree.blogspot.com

Jane said...

Hi Lisa
Love your new labels! How organized you are... I can hardly imagine a cabinet so organized that you don't lose items on the shelves!!!

How about me sending you a ticket to Florida so you can organize my kitchen and office? I can never seem to get this done...or when I do, I can't seem to keep it straight. Organization is truly a gift...and one I possessed only for a short time. Now I am always searching for something...and usually not finding it. I need HELP!

Hugs,
Jane (artfully graced)

It Feels Like Chaos said...

I love what you've done! Thanks for sharing your super ideas!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

It's gorgeous! I love them all. You did a great job. And yes, pretty is what we do!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

You are too funny, but these really are fabulous! Very inspiring... maybe after the holidays. :)

Kristin said...

Can you come over for like a week and just organize my house? Ah ha ha

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Wow!! I THOUGHT my cabinets were organized but now I see how pretty they can be! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jenny said...

That is a beautiful re-do! Wow! Please pinkie swear, though, never, ever to open my pantry doors.

Linda said...

Love those rub-ons...lovin the labels too! Please head over to my kitchen...it needs help!

Blessings,
Linda

Corinne said...

You would die if you saw my cabinets. Yours are perfect. Mine are pefectly disasterous. :) LOL...

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my gosh.....perfectly perfect. Doesn't it just make you smile each time you open a cupboard door? I adore organization....

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Pat said...

I love it! Can you please come over to my house now and do mine? :-) Don't you find it so much easier when baking, cooking, etc.? I'm going in search of the labels now ~

Kim said...

I love the etsy labels! I can't believe you could take time out at this time of year to get this organized. You, go girl :).
@cheapchichome.blogspot.com

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

ah, just love that bottom photo--pretty!! I love your labels--that really made an eye catching difference. I don't have that nice kind of shelving or storage. I still need to work on mine. I find the flour takes less space if I just leave it in the bags and I stuff them in my Island area ---perhaps I need to experiement!!! I ended up putting all my gluten free flours (you need tons of different ones for different things--in my freezer!!). MY spices I have in several places. All my Mrs. Dash stuff is in a drawer. The rest is in alphabetical order on open shelving and in another closed shelf area. I do have a ton of spices as I do a lot of vegan cooking and you need spices to liven things up. But may be I should try putting my flour in containers--at least my hubby's flours!!

{ K } said...

LOVE IT!!
I may just have an "over the winter break activity" to do with my kids!!
Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie Lynn said...

The labels are devine! Thanks for sharing!

AJ said...

beautiful!
I have one basket in my cupboard. It has all my coffee stuff. I love the ideas! :)

Mandi and Rob said...

Cute ideas! I love the cottage kitchen. We are having our cabinets resurfaced and they are going to be stained and then glazed white. I love the French cottage look. I will post pictures once it is done.

Lynn said...

I love all your organizing ideas. I don't have any to add, unfortunately ;), but I do have a question -- maybe you've already answered this in another post. But I have a pile of videos/DVDs next to my tv and would love a neat way to organize them. Have you ever posted how you organize yours? Thanks!!

Tracey said...

Hi Lisa! I've never heard of chalk ink, but I like it (I know, I need to get out more)!

You always have such great ideas!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

:) T

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Please come to my house and get my kitchen organized! That is one area that I just can't keep organized, and it drives me {almost} insane!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

I just love an organized cabinet...and yours are great!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I have three boys, too! And I am also an organizational freak. :) I love what you did with your cabinets, and I am a HUGE fan of those vintage-style labels. They are beautiful!

Diana said...

Great job!!

Melissa Miller said...

Lisa I adore this post! I am an organization junkie myself. I'm going to savor each photo and get so many ideas from you. Everything looks so clean and really amazing. GREAT work! :)

pk said...

pk @ Room Remix
I think that baking cupboard would make me want to bake every day, just so I could look at it! :-) LOVE IT! Have a wonderful weekend...

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I love this post! So cute!!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I have been known to put cumin in a dish when I meant to use cinnamon, urgh! So organizing your spices....it's a good idea!!! I love the round labels you used, so cute!

Kathleen Grace said...

For some reason, this time of year always makes me start thinking of organizing. Maybe becasue we are more indoor people in the winter. Your cupboards look great!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

You really are organized! I have a narrow cupboard next to my range hood that stores my spices and I organize them by function. All the baking spices on one shelf etc. I love those black labels!

Manuela

Tracey said...

I am so impressed!! I really like how the tags add not only functionality, but also a "wow" factor to just simple containers. Great job!!

Jeanette said...

What wonderful ideas. I love the finishing touch so much. I am a shorty also so these baskets would be a winner here. Your labels are great.

Shelia said...

I'm so impressed with all of your organizational skills! Everything looks great and I adore those little labels you use. This would put an end to searching for my supplies.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Jennifer said...

Wow... I am so loving your organization!! And you made it look so pretty! Very inspiring... I may just have to spend some time working on my cabinets! :)

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Oh my Lisa, your organizing skills are amazing!!! I love the pretty labels you used, they make your tupperware look super designery!
I'm so glad you are enjoying my Santa button!

Jennifer Poppy said...

love your organized cabinets!

your kiddos are super cute, too:)

blessings to you this Christmas season!

Deanna said...

Enjoyed visiting your Blog. Really like these labels.

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving some great comments! Nice to meet you. Hope you'll visit again.

Take care and may you have a Merry Christmas,
d from HomeHaven

Melissa Wertz said...

Kewl kewl kewl! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The girls sparkled and shined in the parade today. Cold for Alabama, but it is always cold on Christmas parade day! Have a good week end!
PS, I am short too!

Jane said...

Hi Lisa
Thought I'd answer your question here...and drool over your organization once more.

Drummer Boy (he has the fullest beard...on the left) did ok with one batch of rolls. The other did not rise too well...but they tasted good. Not bad for a first try. His wife's apple pie was amazing! It was her first, too.

Hope you and your gang have a fabulous Christmas season... Take lots of photos!!!
Hugs,
Jane

Barbara Jean said...

L,
Thank you for coming by, and for your encouraging words.

I do really appreciate what you said. so right.


cute post on organizing ideas.
someday maybe I'll do that. =0))

blessings

barbara jean

Clueless_Mama said...

I never can organize anything. It drives me crazy. I am still waiting for someone to find your blog and give you your own show or something. You have and do the coolest stuff ever! Good for you!!

Lily's Pad and Petals... said...

Wow those labels made a big difference, I have the same setup as you had in your before pictures and will be looking at those labels for an update.
Sylvia

Natalie@BusyBudgetingMama said...

you have got me inspired!! love that green chalk ink! great post

DesignTies said...

Wow, your shelves are super-organized!! Love the labels you added to your tupperware :-)

I've been looking for better ways to store my spices -- I may have to steal your ideas!! :-)

Kelly

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

I use a lazy susan in my cabinet too, so handy. I love those labels on the bins in your baking cabinet! :-)

Julie said...

Definetly jealous of the organization you have going on. But also very motivating!

honeysuckle said...

You are so lucky to have a whole cabinet devoted to baking. I have one deep drawer, but your square containers look like they use the space to advantage. The labels are great too. Wishing you many happy hours baking for Christmas. Thanks for sharing all your ideas and sources and also for visiting me.

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa! WOW! Loving all your organization! holy cow, looks so good! I had no idea you could make pantry items looks so fab!! Way to go girl! Might have to steal your idea on the cute labels. Great idea to make them cute and not just functional.

To answer your Q, yes you can mod podge plates and bowls. I have an awesome mod podge picture plate tutorial lined up for my Reader's Tutorial Week (Dec. 14-18). You'll def have to check out RTW, lots of crafty goodness (10+ tutorials!!) and 5 giveaways!! You really don't want to miss it!

Take care!
Linda

Lori said...

What a great idea! I need to do that to my spice cabinet! This is my 1st time to visit and I love your blog!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

I LOVE those labels!!! What a great idea! The kitchen looks great girl!

Vanessa said...

Wow! Looks great!! I love all kinds of orgazning tips and things. Your cabinets look reallu cute and functional! Great!

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

Talk about amazing organization! Divine!

The Novice Chef said...

Love seeing that someone else loves being as organized as me (besides Monica from Friends-which doesn't count since she was fictional)!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Um, I feel like crawling under the table because my baking ingredients are stored in the bags they came in! Those are the neatest cabinets I've ever seen! Okay, you are officially banned from seeing my cabinets!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Beautiful. I love having everything organized as well.

Did you know if you put a bay leaf in your flour it will keep flour mites from getting into your flour?

Just wanted to come by and say hello.

Cheri

Sherry said...

Oooh, I love how you redid your pantry! It looked wonderful before, but looks fab-u-lous now! :D

Have a great week! :D
Sherry

heartnsoulcooking said...

WOW!!! I wish I could be that organized. I love all the baskets. I like the idea of putting items in baskets and labeling them, by the end of the Holidays my spice cabinet is a mess.
I have become a follower of your blog, I love to share recipes and ideas. Come by and visit anytime maybe you can do the same.
Geri

Diann said...

Hi!

what great ideas~! don't ya just love organizing!! I'll be saving this idea and after the holidays, I'm gonna reorganize a bunch of tings in my kitchen and pantry!

Thanks for the tips!

Liz said...

My goodenss, have you been busy? =) I love everything you've done. I'm gald you posted pictures of this, because it gives me a lot of great ideas in which to get organized.

((hugs))
Liz

Tootsie said...

before I moved to this house, I had to do the same thing with my spices. My current home has built ins in the cupboard doors...and I love them for the most part.
Your tupperware is gorgeous now!!! Your nice neat cupboards are to die for!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Your kitchen is my dream come true!! ;) Thanks for the visit the other day! :)

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Please come organize my house!!!!

Beth in CT said...

Great idea! I'm going to copy it. Any hints for dealing with the dreaded blind corner cabinet?

happy mama said...

Oh, it looks so nice! I know I'm not the first to ask, but will you please come to my house?

Leanne said...

Hi Lisa,
I don't think there's anything I like more than a well organized kitchen. You did a great job. It looks wonderful and so functional. I love the canisters.
Leanne

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

I love the rub-ons on the Tupperware. What a great idea!

Kaye said...

Love the new labels on your Tupperware! Adorable!

Rebecca D. said...

Organized spaces make me happy! way to go girl!Thanks for linking!

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design

Katie said...

Ooh! Your cupboards look so pretty an fun now! And so organized! :)

b. said...

now i can see why you were so excited for this post. you did a really great job. it went from great to fantastic! very cute lables, too! :)

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I spent I don't know how long today trying to organize my pantry and it certainly doesn't look like this!! Wish mine did and will keep trying!

blessings
mary

Kristen said...

Love the flour and sugar labels - too cute!

Mr. and Mrs. Q said...

Found my way via googling chalk ink pens (which I just got) woo hoo!

LOVE all your little sayings and adore your pretty cabinet. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel and all of my baking and cooking ingredients will need some organization when done. Organized and beautiful...grins from ear to ear!

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TidyMom said...

Thanks for linking up Lisa! I LOVE what you did!!