Monday, April 28, 2014

My New Favorite Helpful Tips

by Kate Collins

Just yesterday, while in an organizational frame of mind -- okay, it's actually revision avoidance -- I installed two little Command hooks under my bathroom  cabinet and got a few items out of the way that were cluttering the bottom. I ran out of hooks before I ran out of clutter, so they're now on my grocery list. I love those hooks because they don't leave holes.

Then today, as I was searching for a topic for this blog, I happened to see the Alton Brown video of his organization idea. If you missed it (it's on Yahoo), he used the bottom of an egg carton to store his almost empty mustard containers upside down. The mustard drains to the top (on the bottom), ready to be squeezed out. It would work for any plastic container.

Voila! A topic! I have just a few tips of my own, with photos, and I'm hoping you'll share one of your favorites.

The first photo is, of course, inside my bathroom cabinet. Much neater on the bottom now, isn't it? I have plans to organize under my kitchen cabinet next.

The second photo goes with my second tip, which I discovered when I was trying to squeeze out the last half inch of dish detergent. I added water and shook it up. One squeeze is all it takes to wash a sink full of dishes, so I'm even thinking that from now on, when my bottle is half empty, I'll fill it up to the top with water. I always squirt in too much anyway. Problem solved.

The last photo is of my cool, brushed nickel framed art print that coordinate with my brushed nickel faucets and cabinet handles.  Where did you find a brushed nickel frame, you ask? In a can at one of the big box craft stores. For under $5, I sprayed it on instead of spending a lot of money to have one made.

The idea came after I finally found an art print that complimented my sea foam colors. The problem was that it had an ugly black frame and matting. So I cut the brown paper off the back, took the print out, and spray painted the frame and mat. If you look very closely (I hope you won't) you'll see it needs a second coat. But as I'm the only one in the bathroom, I'm not going to complain if it doesn't get done.

So there are four helpful (I hope) tips for you. Do you have any to share?


Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Kate, I love your organizational tips!! I wish I could hire someone to come in and do my house from top to bottom. Loved your suggestions and I hope you will do another blog on "paper clutter." I'm drowning in it. (wait, is that a mixed metaphor?). Well, you know what I mean. Some tips for us "paper pack rats" would be helpful. Thanks for the great ideas.

Kate Collins said...

I'll have to get on that, Mary!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

I'm looking forward to it!! I'd take a photo of my office so you could see the extent of the problem, but it would be too embarrassing! :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Great ideas, Kate! I am hooked on command hooks. I use them to hang up purses in my closet and oven mitts and salad servers inside my kitchen cupboard doors. Hadn't thought of the bathroom cabinet walls. Thanks!

Karen in Ohio said...

Love the framed picture, Kate. Such a pretty room.

I'm kind of an organization freak, but it's a constant struggle. My husband is more like Pigpen in the Peanuts comic strip, carrying his own little whirlwind of messy around with him at all times. For the last 7 or 8 years I've been getting rid of the clutter that came with raising three kids in a house we've now lived in for nearly 29 years, and having several businesses here.

My best tip is to use the space behind doors as closet space. So if there is at least 15" between a door and the wall to one side, you can create a hanging area by using those wire ClosetMade shelves. Our laundry room had nowhere to hang wet clothes, so I used the wire shelving to make one. When the door is open you can't see it.

Anonymous said...

Behind each door below my bathroom sink I have a Rubbermaid rectangular basket approximately 20"x11"x8" which are full of misc. items. I can pull out the baskets like a drawer & I don't have to get down on my knees to look for something in the back of the cabinet. I use smaller baskets on the shelves in the cabinet that has access to the bathtub's pipes.