I opened the refrigerator today to realize we had two open cans of dog food... last week I found three containers of sour cream... Time to re-organize the refrigerator!!
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I started with grouping like items; i.e., Jams & Jellies, Asian, Condiments, etc.  In doing so, I discovered how dirty the door shelves had become (eeewww)! So, I popped those into the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning while I printed labels.  

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Once the shelves were clean, time to put everything back in and use my labels.  I also lined the drawers with paper towels to help make clean up easier for next time.  (I am, however, coveting Fridge Coasters!)

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I find that labeling everything makes it easier for my daughters to keep things organized.  And the "Pet Food" label will serve as a placeholder, and no more multiple cans open at the same time!

We have many porch parties in the summer, and our produce & meat bins often become the place to store the beer.... I had a flash of inspiration and removed one of the drawers and lined the beer up on the bottom of the fridge.  I can fit more, and we can also see all the different choices!  My refrigerator is on the empty side right now; I've been trying to use everything and start fresh - my goal is to eliminate most of the processed food we purchase as a family.  More on that to come!
There's not enough door space, so I used some plastic containers to help corral my similar items, which also proves useful during outdoor barbecues - I just grab the whole bin and take it outdoors.

One Final Look:
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Before (Many months ago)
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After
 
This is an old project which was inspired by some quick projects I saw on other blogs.  While the medicine cabinet started out organized, after some time I realized it could be much more effective.  I don't even remember what was in that silver container - because I rarely used it.

I also hated that big crack down the back, and the blue paper on the bottom that had been in the cabinet since we moved in.

I grabbed some spackle, sealed up the crack and searched my basement for leftover paint.  I decided bright yellow for a nice cheery pop in the morning.  The bright sun color led to the flowers and covering the shelves with paper I had purchased from Ikea some time back.   I grabbed some dollar bin containers I had already purchased from Target.  I used velco from Home Depot to secure my glasses case to the back wall, allowing me to take it off for travel.  

I still love the bright, organized, cheeriness I get each morning when I open the mirror!

I created this while my hubby was deployed, and now that he's home, I need to update it a little to give him some space too, so there will soon be an update....


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American Girl Doll Flowers, purchase here 
 
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Most of the shelves in our kitchen were scratched up, so I took so vinyl place mats from Target, cut to size, and voila, a beautiful splash of color, and removable & cleanable shelf liners.

 
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Thank you for stopping by my new blog!  

Seven years ago we purchased a beautiful circa 1910 home.  We have a beautiful stain glass window in the entry, pocket doors, original woodwork - unfortunately some of that was painted over! and a fabulous porch for our summer porch parties.  What we don't have are closets!  Finding a place for our stuff can be a challenge, but this is our forever home, and I look forward to creating an elegant space with a touch of french influence.

I've been a stay-at-home mom the past few years, since my husband deployed with the military.  It was too hard to keep a job and keep up with our three girls, the house, the dog, well, you get it...  and I was fortunate we could afford for me to (temporarily?) leave the work force.  Over the past few years I de-stressed by organizing our house, and very recently discovered my inner-cook!  

I'm inspired by so many wonderful blogs out there, and hope that some of my projects will inspire others...   

Bear with me as I'm off to a somewhat bumpy start, finding my voice, figuring out the technical aspects of blogging while trying to find new and interesting projects.  I'll occasionally have some "#throwbackthursday" posts to catch up on some of the older projects we've already done.