A Dreamy Organized Kitchen

When my kitchen grows up it wants to look and function just like this one! Lol! As you know, this week, I was knee deep in cleaning and organizing my kitchen. I am happy to announce I am done. It feels great to walk in and see the cabinets and counters gleaming.

I sat down to take a break and started to read the Martha Stewart Living Magazine October issue when I saw this kitchen. The article titled Secrets to a Hardworking Kitchen was chock full of inspiring images and great storage solutions. Here are some of my favorite tips and most were exactly what I did this week:

"Keep your kitchen clutter-free by going through it once a year-the run-up to the holidays is a great time. Put away or donate what you don't use." ~Lorna Aragon, home editor

"Keep cooking oils, salt, pepper, favorite spices, and key utensils within arm's reach of the stove. Use a tray to keep things looking neat and catch drips. Keep like utensils together in crocks. Store salts in open containers to easily grab a pinch."

"...do some creative shopping, looking not just at housewares stores but at office-supply stores for organizers that would bring order to storage area."

See ya soon and happy organizing!

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Lets Get Organized : Kitchen

Hello Sunshine! Continuing my efforts to getting organized, this week I will be focusing on the kitchen. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, its beneficial to be prepared, organized, and stocked.

I will go through each drawer and cabinet, evaluate its contents, purge, reorganize, and give everything a good scrub. It has been over a year since I did a good deep clean in the kitchen.
Each day I will tackle one to two cabinets and drawers. In a weeks time my entire kitchen will be clean, organized and ready for the holidays.

I start out by removing all the contents. Vacuum out any crumbs. Wiping down the inside and outside of the cabinet and drawer. After going through and sorting the contents, I will only put back the items we use and those I love to display.

I found some chipped dishes that need to be replaced and some we don't use anymore. I will donate, recycle and store others in long term storage in my attic.

Tips for a more organized kitchen:
  • group like items together and make sure there placement compliments how your kitchen functions.
  • use dividers and trays to corral like items in drawers
  • use containers to give your pantry a cohesive look
  • utilize the vertical space in a cabinet by using a free standing stacking shelf
  • store spices in a drawer in wide mouth jars with tops labeled

Natural Homemade Cleaners:
A lot of us have become more health conscience and only want to use green cleaners in our homes. There are a ton on the market but you can make quality cleaners at home using common household items from your pantry. Here are a few of my favorites:

All-Purpose Cleaner
Mix 2 cups water with 1/4 tsp of your favorite organic liquid soap in a spray bottle. I use Basic H2 but another great one is pure castile soap.

To remove sticky films from your cabinet exteriors mix equal parts white vinegar and hot water with a few drops of olive oil. Use a soft rag to clean. The white vinegar cuts grease and the olive oil leaves a nice shine.

Tough Stains
To remove tough stain spots, create a paste using baking soda and water. Scrub with a sponge to remove the buildup and then rinse with water.

For cleaning windows, glass and mirrors mix 2 cups water with 1-2 drops of Basic H2 and clean with a super microfiber window cloth. Your glass will sparkle and be streak free.

Join me this week as I tackle my entire kitchen. One to two cabinets and drawers a day. I will be posting my progress over on instagram. Follow along! If you want to share your progress with me tag me using @chippasunshine and #csletsgetorganized. See ya soon!

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How to Stencil a Roller Shade | Royal Design Studio Review

Hello Sunshine! It’s been a while since our last 'Hello Teen' room addition. We haven’t forgotten about our plans for this space but money does take time to grow on trees. We still need art and pictures to find for her gallery wall and I am still trying to make up my mind about the infamous library wall.

When we first designed the space we had our eye on this fabulous ikat fabric that we wanted to use as either curtains or a shade. My wallet couldn’t justify the hefty price tag so we nixed the idea. So when the opportunity presented itself to review one of Royal Design Studio's stencils, I knew just what I wanted to do in the 'Hello Teen' room.
Using their intricate Ikat Khanjali Fall stencil, an inexpensive roller shade and several paint colors, I created the look we envisioned when we first planned her room. It turned out better than I expected. Here is how you can turn a boring shade into a custom window treatment that is low in cost and high in style.
Stencil – small Ikat Khanjali Fall stencil
Roller shade – cut to size at any big box store
Paint – I used 4 different colors :
            Aubusson Blue – Annie Stone Chalk Paint
            Sea Air – Valspar
            Del Cornado Amber – Valspar
            Smooth Stone – Glidden
Spray adhesive (optional)
Step One | Prep Your Shade
I started out by painting my design on a piece of poster board, experimenting with the paint colors until I had the right configuration.

On a smooth, level surface unroll shade and tape down edges. Making sure it is completely smooth and flat. I used washi tape, since that is what I had on hand. Locate the center of your shade and make a mark on a piece of tape on the hem of the shade.

Step Two | Prep Your Stencil
Now that the shade is prepped, its time to prep the stencil. Locate the center of the stencil design and line it up on your shade, making sure it looks the way you want. Remove and lightly spray back of stencil with your repositionable adhesive in a well-ventilated area (outside on a piece of cardboard).

Allow stencil to dry for a couple minutes, it should be tacky not wet. Reposition stencil on shade, making sure it is straight and centered.

Step Three | Paint
Using your first paint color, I went from my darkest color to the lightest. I used the dry-brush stippling method. Take your brush and ever so lightly tap the surface of the paint. Applying paint only to the tips of the bristles, then immediately offload the excess paint on a glass plate. This evenly distributes the paint on the brush while removing excess paint.
Now tap the brush through your stencil using an up and down motion (I made a quick Instagram video if you want to check out how I stipple). You should barely have paint on your brush. This will help prevent seepage. Repeat for all colors.

Step Four | Repeat the Process
To continue the design, carefully peel off stencil. Check the backside for any seepage and wipe off any wet paint. Make sure previous paint job is dry. Since I only did a thin coat it dried almost instantly. Reapply adhesive if need be, line up your stencil and get your paint on. Repeat until done.
This is a time consuming job, my triceps got a good workout, but it was worth the effort. This was my first experience painting with a stencil but I have used stencils in the past for other things. The first thing I noticed when my stencil arrived was the quality. It was sturdy yet flexible, the design was crisp and extremely detailed. I plan on using my stencil again in other projects involving fabric next time.
Royal Design Studio has a wide array of stencils to choose from. Pay them a visit, I’m sure you will find something you like.

We have been getting our home ready for this holiday season by organizing and getting little things checked off our list. Our teen's room is now ready to welcome overnight guest with the new addition of this stylish yet functional shade. Tell me what you think. See ya soon!

Disclosure : Royal Design Studio provided me with the small Khanjali Ikat Stencil for free in exchange for a review. This did not influence my review in any way. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Lets Get Organized : October Review

Last month I started a series called 'Lets Get Organized,' where I would tackle small areas around my home, giving you tips and storage solutions along the way. My goal was to spend at least 15 minutes a day geared toward my organization goal.
One thing, many years have taught me, is that I cannot expect to run through my entire home in a day and have every nook and cranny clean and organized. Sure the surface areas might look great but what bothered me most was what lurked behind all the doors and drawers.

Giving myself a timeline and a few things to tackle in a week has proven to be the best way for me to tackle my home. I have managed to get a few areas in tip top shape and it feels really good. So good that I am extending my Lets Get Organized journey into November. I hope you don’t mind me sharing my spaces, inspiration and tips with you.

Here are the spaces I organized in October, if you missed any just simply click on the pictures below:

I had planned on having a full reveal of the hall closet ready a couple of weeks ago but a few things got in the way. I am halfway finished with the closet. I painted it a fun color and added a removable closet rod. I am hoping to finish the shelves this week to share with you next week.

In November, I plan on organizing my kitchen - just in time for the holidays, getting my recipes in order, and finally starting on the laundry room.

What have you organized lately? Are you ready for the holidays? We are looking forward to Thanksgiving and stuffing! See ya soon!

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Halloween 2014

Hello Sunshine! I hope you had a fun and safe holiday. I took the boys to a classmates house for a Halloween party, then all the kids got together to go trick-or-treat. Pippi Longstocking stayed home to pass out candy with Dr.Jay.

It was a fun filled night! It was really cold and windy but the boys didn't seem to mind as they ran from door to door seeking sweet treats. We ate way too much candy and to top it off I made monster munch popcorn, watched Grelims, and we all passed out in front of the TV. 

Ninja | Stealth Mood
Carl Poppa | The Walking Dead
Pippi Longstocking
The Crew
What did you or your kids dress up as this year? See ya soon!


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Lets Get Organized : Jewelry

Welcome back to the Lets Get Organized daily task. Today we are back in the master suite and we will address our jewelry storage system. Many of us either keep our jewelry in a walk-in closet, on our dressers, or in a drawer.
If you have a solution in place and love it, simply go through each piece and quickly decide if you love it, still want to wear it, and if its still your style. If it passes that test, then keep it. If not, donate it or sell it.

Jewelry Storage Tips:
Keep it in sight
  • Easy to see your everyday pieces and makes it easy to get to them during your morning rush
  • Special occasion pieces can be stored elsewhere, out of sight so they remain protected  from dust
  • Store individually so they don't get tangled. Nothing is worse than trying to untangle jewelry or Christmas lights
  • Consider hanging them from a decorative hook or on the edge of a mirror, like me
  • Small earrings can be placed in a small bowl. Like my beautiful blue clay bowl my daughter made me in 4th grade
My Jewelry Stand
I never had a system for storing my jewelry. My collection of bracelets and earrings were thrown all over my dresser. With no proper way to keep my jewelry, I often would forget what I had or misplaced a piece and had to tear apart my room to find it.

Browsing the Pottery Barn site one afternoon I stumbled across this jewelry stand. I knew it would be a perfect solution for me but not at that price point. So I looked around and found a great look alike at Hobby Lobby for less than half the price.

I didn't like the finish of the stand so I sprayed it gold. I love how easily you can change a look of something by simply spray painting it. I gave it two light coats and it took less than 2 minutes to spray it. The total time I spent on this project was about an hour, including the drying time.
I love the way it looks! It feels so good to have everything in one place and that I can see what I have. I did get rid of a few dated pieces, which leaves room for more. Shhh, don't tell Dr.Jay. Lol!

Remember to post your progress pics on instagram using @chippasunshine and #csletsgetorganized. See ya soon!

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Lets Get Organized : Hall Closet

Hello Sunshine! I hope you had a lovely weekend. It was quite chilly here and it rained all last week. Speaking of last week, how did you do on organizing your dresser drawers? I took it one day at a time, one drawer a day.

This week I will be tackling another closet, the hall closet. This will not be like organizing my side of the master closet although I will still use my 4 simple steps to organize and clean pretty much anything. For new readers here is the breakdown:
  1. Empty
  2. Clean
  3. Sort & Purge
  4. Organize
Our hall closet needs a little more work than just sorting and cleaning. It is in need of some solutions that aren't currently in place and a lot of brainstorming. Lets talk about the hall closet, shall we.
The biggest obstacle is the breaker box. Why is there a breaker box in the hall closet? It prevents us from utilizing various storage solutions, like installing shelves or rods for coats, because the breaker box has to accessible.

Moving it is out of the question cause that would involve a certified electrician and a lot of work and a couple thousand dollars. No thank you. So I have come up with a couple solutions that would give us exactly what we need without compromising the breaker box.

I plan to finish our coat closet and share the reveal with you later this week. This is what I want to accomplish over the next few days:

  • Clean out
  • Paint it a bright color
  • Install a removable hanging rod
  • Add shelves to the lower half of the closet

Will you be tackling another closet this week? I will have a few more organization updates this week while I work on my hall closet. Remember to post your pictures on instagram using @chippasunshine and #csletsgetorganized. See ya soon!

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