Home Neat Home: 2.0

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The Home Neat Home I did in our rental house was very well received, so I spent a morning photographing how I’ve organized our current abode, which we bought in September 2011.

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Of course we start in the heart of the home – the kitchen!

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Going right to left, we’ll start on the bottom with the cabinets. On the far right next to the fridge are mixing bowls, colanders/salad spinner, and my two most-used appliances: the vita-mix and the rice cooker. Lots of airy space leftover. The rest of the appliances are in the basement pantry.

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Next comes the dishwasher and then our big pots, extra pots and sheet pans. I love having that vertical rack to keep the pans and our meat cutting board. I dislike that you have to reach so far back for some of those pots, but those are ones I use probably once a year, so it’s no big deal.

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Coming around under the sink, we have cleaning supplies, recycling and dishwashing stuff.

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I got the grey recycling bag at IKEA and LOVE it – so easy to just pick up the tote and take it to the bin. In this we put glass and plastic throughout the week. The blue bowl holds counter cleaner, towels, extra dish soap and one kind of dishwasher cleaner.

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Pot holders never take up valuable drawer space, and this cling wrap holder fits our three drying mats perfectly. I love these because they take up no counter space and we just pull them out after doing the dishes and put them away when the dishes are dry. Machine washable and from BB&B!

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To the left of the sink is our bakeware cabinet. It holds a basket of pot lids and then baking dishes. We probably use these once a week – if that – so the depth again isn’t a huge problem.

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Because all of our daily stuff HANGS!!

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I have never had a pot rack until now, and I will never go without one again!! It came with the house, so I don’t have a where-to-buy, but I bet it’s IKEA or similar. I love that it’s flat against the wall so there’s no head banging potential.

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Back to the right for the drawers. All of our drawers are pretty neat but one – I have one “catch all” for things I rarely use but that are bulky and unitask-ish.

Starting on the right, we have serving pieces and cloths.

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Followed by the dishwasher, and then silverware. I always think you should put silverware near the dishwasher and cooking supplies near the stove. Note that we have a holder that accommodates my long antique iced tea spoons and then another little container on the left for tiny spoons.

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Working around the drawers, we have measuring utensils on the other side of the sink – spoons, cups, straws, clips and little measuring cups like the one for the rice cooker. The grater also fits perfectly in there : )

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To the right of the stove are our cooking utensils – anything that doesn’t get daily use and therefore goes in the drawer instead of the canister on the countertop. I love the organizing bins – they seem so expensive when you’re browsing at Bed, Bath and Beyond, but they really do serve a great purpose.

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The next drawer down is the “food storage” drawer. Glass containers, plastic wrap, bags and lids. This is about 2/3 full right now because we almost always have some glass containers in use.

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And here is our one misc. catch-all drawer. This could be organized, but considering we rarely use this stuff, it’s fine as is for me!

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Finally the upper cabinets -

I keep oats, nut butters, breads and things in the shelves next to the fridge and in a basket on top of the fridge. This is handy for grabbing things everyday.

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The first upper cabinet holds all of our drinking glasses and mugs – plus small bowls. I got the risers that the colored mugs are on at IKEA and LOVE them – it doubled our shelf space!

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The next cabinet over has all of our white daily dishes. I like to keep white with white rather than bowls with bowls. It separates the daily from the colored/special ones and the grouping makes more sense to me. I don’t have a ton of colored plates though, so they get to have a spot in here too. Up top are fancy bar ware – martini and champagne.

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Next we have a skinny but deep cabinet that houses barware – mostly overflow beer glasses, wine glasses and special cocktail glasses. This cabinet might be converted to a baby cabinet soon!

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Our final upper cabinet holds all kinds of cooking spices, teas, baking and coffee

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This magnetic spice rack was an OpenSky special a few years ago – love it as a space saver!

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Under this cabinet are a few vintage boxes with cooking ingredients we use everyday: salt, pepper, vitamins, olive oil, vinegars, cooking sprayers, chia seeds, coconut and of course our knives on the knife rack – never taking up counter space. The cutting boards have been allowed out here too because of the wooden + bright color theme : )

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Other than our fruit bowl and utensil holder, the only other counter space real estate is devoted to this corner – our Tivoli radio and two big antique jars with teas and straws.

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The Living Room

As you may know, one of my tricks for small kitchens is to store dishes in the dining room. But since our dining room here is tiny, they made their way around the corner in the living room. This is still a very short walk from the kitchen and since I use these bowls just for breakfasts and special occasions, it’s an OK distance.

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All of my non-white, daily bowls

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With a few big serving pieces on top -

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This great IKEA shelf holds all of our other huge “hard to store” serving pieces – and adds character to the room as well!

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Since bowls are beautiful, my favorite, most used bowls overflowed into our Billy bookcases from IKEA

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Along with the colorful french press. I love it when kitchen stuff can also be décor.

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All those linens I use everyday for my blog photography? They get a whole chest to themselves!

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Favorites on top get their own vintage box and become part of the décor:

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And all the rest are stacked into IKEA boxes and tucked away. [Just now noticing how unbalanced the two green boxes are! ]

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Also in the living room – clutter is managed in this chest by the front door:

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The top drawer are small things used frequently upstairs – pens, chapstick, mints, camera gear, extra keys.

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The other drawers house sunglasses + winter weather gear

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And the top has a catch-all for sunglasses, headphones, and keys

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Bedroom + Bath

I must give a big shout out to my IKEA closet – it keeps all my clothes neatly organized by category! A dream come true.

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Of course the best part is the felt organizer shelves that house my make-up, perfume and jewelry : )

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I have a few off season clothes in the attic and my dresses in the master closet with Matt’s shirts and pants, but for the most part this closet makes up for not having a master bedroom walk-in.

Another master compromise of this house: no grand master bath. But our bath is just fine for now and as a bonus it does have a nice closet inside. Rather than using this for linens, I chose to just fill it with toiletries and store my linens in the guest room and laundry room.

Baskets, unique containers and IKEA bins hold everything sorted by category – everything from extra toiletries to medicines to a basket of only travel things and hair supplies.

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Underneath you’ll find the upstairs cleaning supplies!

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And the medicine cabinet houses all of our everyday tooth and grooming things (mostly Matt’s because he doesn’t need an IKEA organizer for his “make-up” : ) )

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Storage Areas

A huge selling point for this house was all the storage areas it has. An entire WALL of closet on the lower level and nooks and crannies too.

Plus this great walk-up attic that holds suitcases, memorabilia, holiday things, camping gear, extra boxes, and more:

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But two floors down at the start of the lower level basement, you’ll find our pantry. All overflow food and appliances go here! It’s about as organized as I can make it given the variety of categories of food down there. Because it’s overflow I only have 1-2 of everything and rarely need to go down to get something.

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Note the spare jars though!

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Continuing the Wall Of Closet is a big shelving area that is only about half full right now – some of the things are actually empty!

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On the right, we have lots of household storage: infrequently used serving supplies, extra paper towels and TP, candles, and two bins of gifting supplies (bags and tissue paper)

On the left we have all of my purses and space for more to come. I love having a Goodwill collection box too – makes it easy to corral those items!

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Across the hallway we have an antique desk that houses a bare minimum of office supplies and things like coupons to be saved, spare notebooks, USB drives.

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Underneath I have two file boxes for important papers. I got these boxes from Target and really do not like them! They are falling apart on me. In search of a better filing system. Another thing to note: I only save the bare minimum of paper. I have most things saved electronically on my computer, which is backed up online with Carbonite. I only print things that need to be printed – like receipts for taxes or important bills that come in the mail.

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This little nook is under the stairs – it now holds recreational and exercise equipment, but I have a feeling it will become a baby hideout and toy storage!

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Our family room has a lot of room to grow storage-wise. It’s pretty sparse now, but I can see how all these blank spaces will fill with bins and maybe shelves to store toys and games

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Laundry + Linens

We are lucky to have a beautiful laundry room that has space for storage as well on a cork countertop. I keep sheets and our favorite towels on top in vintage boxes my mom found on Ebay

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And overflow on this rack underneath

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The counter also has laundry materials – Method + Soapnuts are my current favorite laundry brands

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And I repurposed this antique box of my grandmother’s to house my blue glass collection and the essential oils I use with the soapnuts!

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Under the counter is also a cart that holds all of our main cleaning supplies – iron, cloths, extra bottles, etc.

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And overflow linens – extra bedspreads, bathmats and more are stacked neatly in the guest room closet

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There is one room in this house that is NOT very organized – and that would be the Man Cave aka The Brewery. It’s all Matt’s space, so I let him have at it. I do have some organizing going on in the cabinets to the right – things like lightbulbs, paint, tools and what not are in bins in there. But Matt loves his room!

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That’s my whole house organized in one [very long] morning of capturing!

{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kimberly June 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I love the chevron grey curtain you have!! Can you tell me where its from?

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2 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Urban Outfitters – cheap too!

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3 Ellie@Fit for the Soul June 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Oh my goodness gracious!! You guys have GOT to have THE NEATEST, most efficiently organized, and prettiest house I’ve ever seen! hahaaha. I love the way you decorated it and how you use a lot of white to brighten everything up. I need to take some pointers from you! And we got a big Billy bookcase and it’s awesome! It makes our office room look neater and more “professional” :P

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4 Matt June 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Haha, oh man I look like a doofus in that first pic!

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5 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Oh my you are so organized!!!! I really love all the little drawer organizers you have, our stuff just tends to go everywhere! Hopefully when I have my own place or am no longer living with roommates I can really get my living space how I want it. I’ll be interested to see how your house changes post baby!

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6 Jennifer June 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Wow…..you are amazingly organized! I wish I could snap my fingers and have my home that way. :)

In the kitchen, I love the spice rack. That is really cool and a huge space saver. I also like how you have your measuring spoons all separated. What a great idea! I have mine all hooked together and I can see how having them separate would work so much easier.

What kind of microwave do you have? I love it! It looks like it has some sort of drawer on the bottom.

In your closet, I also love your felt organizer drawers for your jewelry. Too cool!!!

As always, I just love your overall decor. It’s so beautiful!

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7 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

The Microwave brand is Kenmore – it came with the house, so I don’t know where they got it or its price

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8 Elisabeth June 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Kenmore is sold only at Sears & Kmart ;)

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9 Jamie in Arkansas June 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Is your microwave a toaster oven too??? I’ve never seen one like that! Please share… :)

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10 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Yeah it came with the house

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11 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Very orderly…I need a lesson! ;-)

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12 Zoe June 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I have such a long way to go before I am that organised ! Do you do all your cleaning yourself? Everywhere looks so immaculate!

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13 Melissa @ HerGreenLife June 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Thanks for the peek. It’s nice to see some of your tricks for smaller spaces, like the kitchen. We just moved a week ago and are still in the process of finding final homes for everything, so I’ll probably be adopting some of your ideas.

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14 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance June 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Hope everything stays in its neat little place ;)! I have that magnetic knife rack and LOVE it!

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15 Janna June 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

If you come out to Montana I will pay you to help me organize my house!!! :) All meals and touristy things covered. Think: baby’s first vacation!

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16 Diane June 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I have been trying (*again*) to get more organized lately. People always say how clean/neat my house is when the come in, but they aren’t opening any cabinets! All the surfaces are clear, but I need to corral my stuff instead the drawers and cabinets better like you. Thanks for dose of motivation!

One tip with kids, always get rid of two toys when you bring one new one into the house. Toys breed and multiply while you are out of the house. Grandparents bring toys or clothes every time they visit, and they keeps expanding. I have two nice looking toy chests on the main flower, and one cabinet full of art supplies and one cabinet full of puzzles/board games. If any of those gets full, there is a decluttering session until it is neat again. I put the big plastic monstrosities upstairs in our game room (for you, probably the basement) and try to give away of one big toy if we get a new one. Same with books – if it doesn’t fit on their one shelf, I start donating them until they do. Also do a big decluttering session before every birthday and Christmas since we will have a huge influx of toys. I tell my parents and inlaws every holiday to tone down the presents but to no avail.

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17 Nikki T June 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Hey! You may have mentioned it on BERF, but the laundry room section reminded me…what are you going to use to wash your cloth diapers? I’m still in search of a detergent for mine (that’s available in Canada)…

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18 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I posted a detergent in the cloth diaper post – it’s an eco one that my friend sent with the diapers that is safe for cloth. Planet Wise or something similar?

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19 Lee July 1, 2012 at 6:38 am

Hello fellow Canadian! (And happy Canada Day!)

You really don’t need to use a special diaper detergent. Just use one that doesn’t have any additives (e.g. perfumes, dyes, etc.) AND use only about 1/4 of the recommended amount. I use Tide Free & Gentle. (I use the same one for the baby’s laundry and also for me and my husband.) Like you, I was trying to figure out which of the many special cloth diaper detergents there are to use, but the lady who owns the cloth diaper store near me gave me the above advice. Hope it helps!

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20 Dimple Snatcher June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Hi Kath, can you please say where your gorgeous huge towels are from? Also the white plates/bowls? Thanks!

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21 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Which towels!? The bright green and yellow ones are Target – I don’t love them as they have tons of fuzz!

All the whiteware is from Pottery Barn via wedding gifts

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22 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I can’t even imagine how long this post took you!!! The writing within the pics, the writing on the pics, taking them, editing, uploading, dear lord…I thank you for graciously sharing the inside of your cabinets & drawers! Some people may think “whatever” but there is NOTHING better than being organized! I just got and posted about a Hemnes glass door cabinet that has changed my outlook on life. The organization makes me sooo happy! Wow Kath, I am truly impressed at how neat your home is and how you’ve made each and every little thing user-friendly, with a purpose, and a place to store it in. LOVE THIS!

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23 Sarah June 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I have one of those dish drying mats and I LOVE it!! I never thought to store it under the sink – that is a great idea!

You have so many great organizational ideas – thanks for sharing!

Sarah from The House That Ag Built

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24 Ashley @ Eat Sleep and Breathe It June 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Those dish drying mats are the BEST! We received one as a wedding gift in 2010, and it is the most used gift by far! I now give them as a wedding gift!

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25 Angel7 June 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Wow, Kath!!! … You are extremely organized, and I believe you should write a book about How To Organize Your Home :)

I love, love, love your kitchen curtains!!!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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26 Alicia June 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

All I can say is WOW! I doubt that I will ever be that organized. Your house is beautiful!
I love how you use modern and antique together in harmony. When I try such things it just never looks right.

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27 Mary June 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Where did you get that bookcase that sits next to your printer?

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28 Mary June 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

and “our rental house” is a broken link for me. Not sure if it works for anyone else.

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29 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Thanks, fixing it

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30 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Pier one, years ago

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31 Mary June 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

thanks, there’s one several blocks from me. No harm in trying!

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32 Eileen June 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Hooray, organized house! I’m pretty jealous to see all that beautiful storage space in a house you actually own–but then the big tradeoff for living in Silicon Valley (which is, uh, where I am) is cost of housing. I’m definitely going to have to find some of those great kitchen drawer organizers, though!

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33 Amber at Love, Laugh, Live Well June 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Oh my goodness, I love how organized you are! I need to take notes and be sure to use them once we move into our new home.

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34 Kelly@Runmarun June 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I really enjoyed peeking into your home. You have beautiful taste and so many beautiful, classic pieces. My only question? How long did it take you to write this post?! :)

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35 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Too long :mrgreen: I’ve been working on it for a while

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36 Betsy June 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Kath, do y’all use a vitamix? I thought I spotted one but I can’t remember you mentioning it. Would you recommend it or do regular blenders serve the smoothie duty just fine? I feel like you are a practical person and if you use one, then it must be worth it!

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37 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Yes and yes!! Mine was a freebie for review a few years back, but if I lost it in a fire I would buy another. It’s really the best blender ever, and I had to see it to believe it.

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38 Lane @grocerylane June 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

LOVE your organization – a woman after my own heart! So funny you mentioned filing, I just wrote a post on how I got my “filing system” under control. Check it out if you wish.

http://www.grocerylane.net/2012/06/thats-life.html

Thanks for sharing all of your tricks of the trade!

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39 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Ohhh I will!

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40 lexi June 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Hi Kath! Great post. Sorry to add to your list of questions, but do you know where you purchased the white console and short bookcase in your living room? They’re pretty similar to the Billy bookcases but on a smaller, cuter scale. You should do a feature on Apartment Therapy! They feature articles like this all the time. And they do house tours as well!

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41 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Yes, they’re both from Crate and Barrel around 2006.

I haven’t ever thought to submit to Apt Therapy before!

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42 Emily @Emily's Olives June 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I am seriously SO JEALOUS of your house and organizational abilities. I just went on an ikea shopping spree online after reading this post, so you should be a rep for them!

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43 Elizabeth June 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

hi, I’m elizabeth, and I’m a new reader

–Hi Elizabeth (all together) :)

my friend just sent me the link to your post, wow are you organized! Where did you happen to get your striped couch! I would love an arm chair like that!

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44 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Welcome!

The striped couch was my mother in laws, and unfortunately it was custom made in the 90s. I love it too!

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45 lindsay June 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm

ugh – so jealous right now. just got married and my husband is a total clutter bug. I cannot wait to get to the point where he has his own space for his clutter, and i can organize the rest of the house. i moved into his house, so its taking awhile to get there…did matt always go along with your decorating/organization?

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46 Kerry June 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Wow This is amazing, so organized! Nice work!

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47 Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Its always so fun to see how others ‘set up’ their house. You have done a wonderful job!

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48 Randy June 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

You and Matt have such a lovely home and I am so impressed with your organization of everything. Your kitchen is awesome and definitely you can tell Kath has been there working hard. I like the fruit boxes to store things in, wooden ones are hard to find.

Matt has a cool room, one fit for the beermaster….I think each person needs personal space of their own.

I am the organizer in our house and my wife and I both have our personal rooms. While I try to keep all of the house organized, I respect her room as hers and try to not change anything if I go in there.

One thing I would like to see in all kitchens is more space for storing larger things and tall bottles and jars. For some reason, there never seems to be enough room for those.

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49 booksfoodfun June 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Love this post, Kath! I’ve been on the hunt for some large glass jars for storing my dry goods (oats, etc). Where did you find yours?

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50 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Lowes in the summer months

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51 Elisabeth June 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Wow! You put a lot of work into this – thank you! I could definitely stand to be a little more organized (not a slob, just need a little work ;) ) & am hoping to take a few tips from all of your hard work :D

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52 Susan Mc June 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm

LOVE this post Kath, I’m OK keeping surfaces mostly organized, but now I’m so inspired to clear away my hidden clutter! THANK YOU for sharing this! I think I finally “get” a couple of your keys to success. Correct me if I’m wrong… but it seems like you do a great job of keeping down the clutter by not having a lot of “extra” stuff around, especially in the cleaning supply/bathroom product categories. The areas under my bathrooms/kitchen/laundry room sinks just BREED bottles and jars. Is your secret that you don’t buy that stuff unless you actually need it? I seem to end up with 4 different versions of everything! I also over-stock my pantry, which leads to food clutter. I have this “what if I run out of ____ and need more” mentality which leads me to overbuy, overspend and over-clutter.
You are a goddess of restraint and discipline! And OH…. love your mission to reduce paper by using Carbonite, I’m jumping on that pronto, so thanks for that too! :-)

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53 KathEats June 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Yes, one of everything and maybe a backup! I clean with concentrated shaklee so that minimizes too.

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54 Michele Sparrow June 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Wow. That is some organization! Can you PLEASE come over to my house??! I need help!!!

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55 Holly P. @ A Year in Wichita June 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Love this idea for a blog feature! My husband is starting med school in a month and we are in the process of moving right now, so my life feels like a disorganized disaster area. This post makes me so excited to get into our new house and just go to TOWN organizing! I may do a similar post once we are all moved in!

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56 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde June 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Loved this post! You’re an organization inspiration, for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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57 Grace (My Spare Oom) June 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Great post, Kath! I <3 organizing too, so I love these posts…you always have everything so nicely organized and grouped. And it looks so stylish and pretty! :)

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58 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East June 29, 2012 at 4:41 am

Wow! What I would give for my house to be half as organized! You really have a beautiful home!

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59 Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 29, 2012 at 7:28 am

This is SO inspiring! My house is tiny so being organized is a necessity. I love seeing how other people organize so I can get even better.

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60 Courtney Robinson June 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

Love, love, love this post. I have no idea why I never thought to hang my oven mits on the INSIDE. My husband gets so frustrated with the outside one and you are correct about the drawer space!

Welcome to the baby boy club!! I have to say they. are. awesome.

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61 Erin June 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

I love this, thank you! I love serving platters and right now they’re in a pile on a shelf so I’m thinking of getting a high shelf like you have to store them. How do you keep them from sliding down? I’m from the west coast so I see this and wonder how it would do in an earthquake?

By the way, I’ve just discovered your blog and its awesome. Reading it is such a cheerful break in my day!

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62 KathEats June 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

The shelf has a lip that keeps them in place – but I don’t know about an earthquake!

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63 Sara June 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

Jealous of all your storage room! Our kitchen cabinets are so awkward and we only have one hallway closet upstairs + one small one downstairs. We built shelves in our laundry room to help store overflow items, but they’re wire shelves and we put heavy things on them and it just hasn’t really been working (they have fallen down twice! What a mess!) We plan to put in cabinets or heavy-duty shelves sometime soon! Love all the organization ideas. We have one of those BBB drying mats and I never thought to fold it and put it under the counter. Buying a second one and throwing out our ugly plastic drying rack! And I think I figured out a way to organize my measuring cups and spoons, etc. Thanks, Kath!

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64 Lori June 29, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thanks for sharing this post! I love organizing and believe everything has a place. I’m just wondering where your trash can (and compost if you have) is in the kitchen? Thanks!

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65 KathEats June 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

Trash can is by the door. We only compost large amounts of things which we take directly to the back of the yard. I really should remedy this, but I haven’t come up with a good countertop system yet…

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66 Lori June 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

Oh, I do see the tip of the trash can now in one of the photos! We use a small stainless steel compost bin we got from cost plus world market and it does the job (looks very pretty and doesn’t let out smell), but we do have to clean the outside often and it takes up prime real estate on our counter (tiny kitchen, so any counter space is prime).

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67 Fancy June 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Love this post, your house is gorgeous! I would love a video tour! Also, maybe a post on your methods of cleaning the various rooms? How often, what to use, etc?

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68 Elizabeth June 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

This is a neat post, but do you worry at all about the safety of telling the entire internet where to find your jewelry, your silver, etc? That would make me nervous. Love all your neat baskets!

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69 KathEats June 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Anything valuable is hidden – most of my jewelry is fake!

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70 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) June 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I read on the NY times recently that cobalt blue mason jars are incredibly valuable and can sometimes be worth up at $10,000 each! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/magazine/who-made-that-mason-jar.html

Not sure if those ones you displayed are of that variety, but they sure seem like it!

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71 KathEats June 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I read that too! Mine are mostly teal not cobalt – but I wish they were!

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72 Lee July 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Is it possible to organize so well! Where would you recommend to start first? I want to organize my entire house, however, I tend to get way overwhelming by it.

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73 KathEats July 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Whatever room/area drives you the most nuts!

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74 Lori July 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

I love the yellow curtains in your kitchen!! I am looking for some in that exact style to go in my kitchen window. Where are they from ?

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75 KathEats July 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

I made them!

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76 Lauri August 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

Where did you get that little wire holder that the drying mats are in (under sink in the kitchen)?

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77 KathEats August 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

It was actually in the house, but you can get them at Bed Bath and Beyond

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