With the beginning of a new year upon us, I suspect most of us would like to be more organized. I'm raising both my hands, because although it may appear very differently, my "stashes" can get pretty messy. One of my biggest problem areas is the kitchen counter, specifically that spot right there!
Although nice and clean there, it's normally piled high with mail, school notes, and whatever is is my hands when I walk in the door.
Before painting a few months ago, I had my little organized spot on the chalkboard wall, but even though it was neat I tired of seeing it out front and center all the time.
(Did anyone notice I painted over the chalkboard wall? It was fun while it lasted, but time for a change!) It has really helped to have a spot to keep those papers I want to keep especially handy, but the initial mail drop and counter clutter continued to be a problem.
When I put the kitchen back together after it's recent paint job, I took the opportunity to make a few small changes in what went where.
I previously had some bulletin boards hanging inside my pantry doors, but decided to take advantage of the amount of room that's in there. I moved the wall file inside the doors and it's been working perfectly! And, to corral the mail, I found another wire mesh basket to fit right underneath. It has magnets on the back and was designed for a locker I think, but I was able to attach it to the door with a couple of nails (after painting it gold of course!). Everyone in the family knows now to drop whatever they bring inside into that basket, rather than laying it on the countertop. So far so good!
I've had the paper towels on a shelf in the pantry for years, but decided to hang them on the door as well. And yes, I spray painted my $2 paper towel holder gold too. ;)
On the other door I stacked 2 of the bulletin boards I previously had on both of the doors. They're handy for school information and menus, and cute notes from the kids.
And the best part, after we stash all of our papers, we can close the doors and only have pretty things to look at!
By moving my mini-command center into the panty, I was able to stack some pretties in the little doorway nook, Hey Y'all (sadly no longer available), a Blue Willow plate and one of the Polish Pottery plates that I brought home from our trip to Poland.
So, one small step towards a more organized, less cluttered home! I'm sure you're all perfectly organized and clutter free already...