5 Minute Baking Drawer Organization {Using what you have!}

5 Minute Organizer: Organized Kitchen Baking Drawers

In January I shared my home goals for the year, which basically were to go room by room, space by space and address the function and organization of each area of my home. That meant possibly adding new furniture or built ins but also addressing the smaller details like adding hooks and the organization of drawers and other spaces of the home.

It was a lofty goal to consider the function of the entire house, but I’ve found that by shooting high I am much more likely to make noticeable progress! :) I may not get to every space I dreamed about, but at least I will be further along than I was when I started the year.

After living here for five years now (woot! I’ve crossed over into a personal record for living in one house without plans to move!!) I finally feel like I am able to focus on the finer details of my home’s function. I know how we live in this house. I know where the messes and clutter happens. I know why. And because I am well aware of what doesn’t work, I can work on finding solutions that change how we live in our home.

Kitchen Decor and Display on Open Shelves

And as I have paid more attention to improving the function, I’m also enjoying that it is translating into a more lovely, serene and “put together” feeling in every room! I’m quite pleased with how the house is coming together this year in so many ways.

Even though I know I’ve been working on it for five years so it really isn’t an overnight process, this phase is super fun for me because changes are much more visible and come together more quickly than they did earlier on.

You’ve seen in some rooms this year that I am adding functional furniture to transform a few rooms (particularly in the gathering room and the family room). It’s been amazing to me how a new cabinet changes so much about how a room feels! I’ll share more about the progress in another post.

But today I just wanted to share a simple five minute makeover that made me so happy!

kitchen drawer before

For years my kitchen drawers just looked like that photo, above. That was taken before I remodeled the kitchen, but it has pretty much been like that every since. Not terrible at all, it was just very casually organized. Which is fine, of course, but I just took it one step further.

It occurred to me this week that with just a little rearranging, I could organize our baking drawer to be a little more lovely by just using what we had around the house.

Take 5 minutes and organize your drawer using what you already have!

I didn’t have to go out and buy anything, make anything new, or set up any elaborate organizational system! I just had to think creatively.

An old unused basket corralled some random accessories in the drawer. My cute measuring cups could hold muffin papers. And a three section serving dish we only use on occasion would be a perfectly charming sorter for measuring spoons. That’s it. Easy as PIE.

Now I smile every time I open my baking drawer.

It just took a few minutes to add a little more beauty to a drawer we use on a regular basis, simply by using what we had in a creative new way! Quick little projects like this keep me inspired and motivated!

Isn’t it fun to organize and beautify one drawer and enjoy almost instant satisfaction?

Here’s a quick challenge for you! Find one drawer to work on this week and make it prettier than it was!

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Let’s Get Organized {Happy Drawers}

She Sent Me WHAT?

The Inspired Room - Antique cabinet bedroom display
Recently a few blogging friends were asked to do something a little crazy and different. What if we went to our local Goodwill or a thrift shop and picked up something random of our choice to send to the next blogger on our list? And in turn, we would receive something in the mail? It sounded fun, but it was risky! What if my person sent me something I couldn’t figure out what to do with? Eeek. Nobody’s got time for that. Well, fortunately, my sender had mercy on me and found something that just needed a little TLC. PHEW! Crisis averted.

So what was it?

It was this little lady, rescued from who knows where by Laura of Finding Home.

She sent me WHAT - blogger party
She was a little tired from life’s ups and downs. She lost her sparkle somewhere along the way. But after mulling around various ways to turn this lady’s life around or give her an entirely new look or color, I decided she really didn’t need to be something she wasn’t! She just wanted someone to care about her.

After a little cleaning up, putting on a new shiny white coat and the hope and excitement that comes with a new sense of purpose in life, she is looking like a brand new lady!

Bedroom cabinet display The Inspired Room

She has a new home and is living the high life, wearing some baubles and bringing her graceful femininity to the top of an antique cabinet that my husband uses to store books in our bedroom.

Creative way to organize and display jewerly

Isn’t she lovely? Her sparkle is back.

The Inspired Room - Bedroom

Now, you  might be wondering, what did I send to my friend next on “she sent me WHAT?” list?

Did I go easy on her or was she faced with a creative challenge? 

Go see (I can’t wait to see it myself!) … it’s time to visit Ashley of The Handmade Home to see what she did with the random thing I sent her!

Enjoy the party and be sure to follow the links on each post to see what they all got in the mail and what they did with their treasures!

She sent me WHAT? blogger party

Jennifer Rizzo
Funky Junk Interiors
My Sweet Savannah
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Four Generations One Roof
Home Stories A to Z
Today’s Creative Blog
Jeanne Oliver Designs
French Country Cottage
Finding Home
The Inspired Room
The Handmade Home
Eclectically Vintage
Makely School for Girls
East Coast Creative
Infarrantly Creative
At Home on the Bay
Thistlewood Farms
Serendipity Refined
At the Picket Fence
Not Just a Housewife

Our Cozy New Guest Room & Home Library with Three Target Threshold Bookshelves

A home library with three Target Threshold bookcases!

A million years ago, I started a makeover of a guest room / room for my  daughter when she came home from college on the weekend.

guest room makeover progress before

This was how you last saw it as it was in progress, in a post where I was talking about creating a visual flow between rooms. The walls had been painted (the beautiful gray color is Studio Taupe from our living room, but lightened with white.) and we were getting ready for new carpet. That, my friends, was over a year ago! How does time fly?

Long time no see, but I’m excited to finally show you some progress today, namely the addition of our new library bookshelves (as you can see, there has been more completed in the room and I will update you on in detail on in an upcoming post. I promise you won’t have to wait as long this time!).

A home library with three Target Threshold bookcases!

Since we last talked about her room, my daughter graduated with her interior design degree and is now working full time, living on her own (see how much happens in a year’s time?). This room will still be her room to come home to, of course, but also a guest room as needed. Mostly day to day it is a space I’ve claimed for myself as a space to relax, since I’m the only girl living in the house during the week! :-). For simplicity sake, we will call it “the guest room.”

But secretly, I call it MINE. Haha. I LOVE it.

One thing I really wanted in this room was bookshelves. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, we love books. Just as I love the open shelves in my kitchen, where I can keep cookbooks or have fun with accessories, I want to have bookshelves in several rooms of the house. I not only love the look of bookshelves, I love how practical they are in making the most of a space.

A home library with three Target Threshold bookcases!

Because our rooms are on the small side, I feel overwhelmed if they are filled with too many pieces of furniture or overwhelmed stuff. Yet, I am not a minimalist so too much emptiness, lack of personality or not enough function in a room and I start to twitch.  :-)

Built in bookcases are a match made in heaven for me. But for my realistic budget of time and money, ready to assemble bookcases were a perfect compromise!

We found ours from the awesome Threshold line at Target online and they were delivered to our door. My husband put them together for me. They are three separate bookcases, but side by side they form the look of one! No modifications necessary!

bookshelves in bedroom

We are super happy with how the bookcases turned out and their contribution to a room I now LOVE being in. I feel like we just gained an extra room!

Plus, the best part of this was that everything on the shelves was already in our house! That means I didn’t have to go buy anything new to fill them up, I just had to shop in my other rooms. DOUBLE BONUS! Amazing how much stuff ends up all over the place without a designated home — it has been a long time dream to be able to add more usable space without adding on or moving out! It feels great to finally find a new home for wayward books and accessories and have the room to add to our collection if we want to.

I’ll share more of this room makeover soon, it is now one of my favorite rooms in the house.

Little by little our house is getting de-junkified, more organized, and we are on our way to making the most of the space we have! 

NOTE: I can’t wait to show you how our son’s room is coming along (my next update for you will be THIS WEEK!) We couldn’t be more excited to be making so much progress on the bedrooms.

A home library with three bookcases from Target

This post on our home library is published in partnership with one of my favorite places to shop, Target! I received a gift card in exchange for sharing about their great library program (below), but my post and room are my own.

Target is transforming 16 school libraries as part of The Target School Library Makeover Program, an initiative that breathes new life into elementary school libraries across the country.

By reimagining school libraries and transforming outdated spaces into state-of-the-art learning centers, Target hopes to foster a love of learning and help more children on the path to high school graduation.  Each remodeled library features 2,000 new books and a complete technology upgrade including iPads, interactive white boards and more. Each student also receives seven new books to take home!

The Target School Library Makeover program is part of Target’s commitment to helping more children learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade. As a result of programs like this, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015. Here’s a fun infographic that shows you a look at the life of these projects, I really love this program!

Do you have a home library?

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