Happy New Year, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I took some time off to enjoy the holidays with my family but I’m ready to get back to work. Let’s start off 2018 right with the DIY Housewives. This month is all about cleaning up and organizing our homes so we are sharing some of our most creative home organization ideas. 12 easy and creative home organization ideas to help put your home in order in the new year.As far as our home goes, it’s on the small side so good organization is especially important. Our kitchen is just one of the spaces that I’ve worked hard on organizing. Although it’s open and airy, we really have very limited storage space. 

12 creative home organization ideas to help put your home in order in the new year.

When it comes to kitchen storage and organization, baskets are usually one of my favorite go-to’s. They not only work well at corralling all your stuff, they also look great. If you want to see how I use baskets, plus find out about a few of my other very favorite kitchen organization ideas, you can check it out here.
 
12 easy and creative home organization ideas. 

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the DIY Housewives and take a peek at all of their clever and creative home organization ideas!12 creative home organization ideas

Need more organization ideas? You can also check out a few of my past posts.

Bathroom Organization Ideas

Storing Leftover Paint

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We’ve been busy and I have a lot of projects (and some updates) to share, but I know that it’s the season for organizing so I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents with a few of my favorite organization tips for a small kitchen.

Our house is small so I’m forever trying to keep it organized and neat. The kitchen is one room that’s especially difficult. We have limited cabinet space and no pantry so we really have to be careful what we bring in. 

I’m not one to have things on my countertops, I don’t like clutter and I don’t want to clean anything extra, but, with this kitchen, we had no choice. After the remodel of our kitchen in Illinois last year, I had enough cabinet space so our counters were almost bare. I even got a few comments about how bare they were. 

Simple organization tips and tricks to keep a small kitchen organized and looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.com

This kitchen though, doesn’t have all of that lovely hidden storage space. Sniff…I still miss our Illinois kitchen. All that hard work…

Simple organization tips to keep a small kitchen organized and looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.comAnyway…I’ve found that if I corral my things in a pretty basket, jar or tin, I can have stuff out on the counters and I don’t feel like they’re (too) cluttered.

Crocks

Next to the stove I use a simple crock for a lot of my tall cooking utensils, that are too big for my short drawers. 

Simple organization tips using a crock to keep a small kitchen looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.comDecorative Metal Bin

Also by the stove, I keep a pretty metal bin with the salt and pepper, a potted basil plant and a couple of cutting boards. 

Simple organization tips using a metal bin to keep a small kitchen looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Glass Jars for Food Storage

Now this is something that so many of you do and I have never, ever done it. Never…in any house we’ve ever had. I’ve never kept my flour and sugar on the counter before (it’s that clutter on the counter thing) but I’m ok with this arrangement. I have to be totally honest and say that although I like it now, it may not always stay this way. 

Simple organization tips using glass jars and a wooden tray to keep a small kitchen looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Tray for Oils and Vinegar

I found this vintage wooden tray at an estate sale and knew I would use it somewhere in the kitchen. It’s a little wonky but it does what its supposed to do…corralling the cooking oils.

Large Woven Round Tray for the Dining Table

We have a round dining table so, when I found this large round woven tray, I knew it would be the perfect centerpiece. Now I can have flowers, fruit and dishes on the table and when it’s time for a meal, just pick it all up and move it until we’re done. I’ve tried other things in this spot but I always seem to go back to this tray. 

Simple organization tips using large trays to keep a small kitchen looking its best. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Besides having pretty vessels to hold my kitchen things, to keep my small kitchen from getting cluttered, I watch what I bring in (including food) and purge when necessary. There’s no sense in having something on the top shelf, all the way in the back of the cabinet, that you never use. It’s ok…you can get rid of it. Donate it to someone who can use it.

None of this is earth-shattering or life-changing, but it helps me stay organized, and sane, in my small kitchen. What are your kitchen organization tips? 

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  • Metal bin for storage – H&M Home 
  • Crock – Bed, Bath and Beyond (3 years ago)
  • Black and white striped pitcher – Target Dollar Spot (2 years ago)
  • Cutting boards – HomeGoods
  • Large glass jars – Target (affiliate)
  • Round wood tray – estate sale
  • Mason jar lamp – DIY by me 
  • Preserved boxwood topiary – West Elm (affiliate)
  • Round woven tray – HomeGoods (several years ago)
  • White dishes – William Sonoma Apilco (affiliate)
  • Wire dome – thrift store
  • Ceramic fruit container – Target (affiliate)

 

 

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We’ve been busy getting our house ready to sell the past couple of weeks and I’ve been a cleaning machine, hitting anything and everything. One thing that really needed help was the icky water dispenser tray in the refrigerator that was covered in hard water stains. I see them staring up at me every time I fill my glass, but it’s quickly forgotten as soon as I walk away. I didn’t want potential buyers to see all of that nastiness, so it was time to clean it up.

In 15 minutes you can easily remove hard water stains from your refrigerator drip tray with a paper towel and vinegar.

I’ve tried wiping the tray with a rag from time to time, but it just wasn’t cutting it, so I used an old trick that cleaned it right up in about 15 minutes.

I can’t believe I’m airing my dirty laundry again but here it is, and it’s a close up.

How to remove hard water stains from your refrigerator drip tray easily with a towel and vinegar. | chatfieldcourt.com

I know…gross. We wipe it all the time but it just doesn’t get rid of the hard water stains.

I don’t have a removable tray so I had to work right on the refrigerator, but this is so easy that it wasn’t an issue. All I had to do was to take a dry paper towel and lay it on top of the tray, making sure the stains were completely covered.

Use vinegar and a paper towel to quickly and easily remove hard water stains from you refrigerator water dispenser. | chatfieldcourt.com Then I poured vinegar on the paper towel, soaking it. That’s it…a paper towel and white vinegar. 15 minutes later and the hard water stains came right off without scrubbing. If it doesn’t all come off on the first try, you may have to soak it a little longer, and maybe use a scrub brush. Fortunately, mine came up very easily. Once the drip tray was clean, I used a new vinegar soaked towel to wipe the water spout.

Easily remove hard water stains from your refrigerator drip tray with a towel and vinegar. | chatfieldcourt.com

Remove hard water stains from your refrigerator drip tray quickly and easily with a towel and vinegar. | chatfieldcourt.com

I mean seriously, you can’t get any easier. I thought I would have to scrub it or get the chisel out, but one shot and I was done. It’s all shiny and new again.

How to remove hard water stains from your refrigerator drip tray quickly and easily with a towel and vinegar. | chatfieldcourt.com How to quickly remove hard water stains from you refrigerator water dispenser using vinegar and a paper towel. So easy! | chatfieldcourt.comNow I have to get in there and clean the freezer. Ugh…not a job that I like to do, and it there’s nothing quick or easy about it.

What cleaning chore do you hate to do?

Check out another cleaning trick that I use for a dirty shower curtain.

How to save money by cleaning your vinyl shower curtain.| chatfieldcourt.comClean a Vinyl Shower Curtain

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Welcome and thanks so much for stopping in today! I’m not sure what’s come over me lately but I’ve been in a purging, cleaning and organizing mood, much to the mister’s dismay, hitting nearly every room in the house. This past weekend was the basement’s turn so I descended into the depths of the dungeon and spent time cleaning up and organizing the leftover paint from our kitchen renovation.

Store leftover paint using food containers bound for the recycle bin. | chatfieldcourt.com

Usually, when I buy paint to use in a room or on a piece of furniture, I’ll leave it in the can. I always use a spout, and it does work well for a while, but it inevitably gets messy with dried paint around the rim causing both the can and lid to rust. Not good when you have half a gallon of good paint left.

How to store leftover paint using food containers bound for the recycle bin. | chatfieldcourt.com

So, to keep paint longer I started using glass and plastic food containers bound for the recycle bin. My container of choice lately has been orange juice containers because they are tall and slim, so you can store more in a small space, and see-through, so you can see what you have and how much is left.

Use food containers bound for the recycle bin to store leftover paint. | chatfieldcourt.comThe oj containers I used have a small opening so we used a water bottle with an even smaller opening as a funnel. We just cut off the bottom and turned it upside down in the oj bottle. So easy and completely free since you’re using something that would be tossed out anyway.

How to use food containers bound for the recycle bin to store leftover paint. | chatfieldcourt.comI also filled up a small creamer container that will be stored under my kitchen sink, for quick touch ups.

Using food containers bound for the recycle bin to store leftover paint. | chatfieldcourt.comI know that keeping paint in recycled bottles or jars may not be a new and clever idea, but I do have 1 tiny, little tip to share. I place a small piece of plastic wrap over the opening before I put the lid on. It helps keep air out and it also keeps the lid clean and dry so you won’t have a crusty, dried mess that prevents you from closing it tight.

An easy and free solution to store leftover paint, use food containers bound for the recycle bin. | chatfieldcourt.comThe only thing missing was a label. I just use painter’s tape and, along with the brand, color, formula (in case you need more of that color) and finish, I add the month and year it was stored.

A free and easy solution to store your leftover paint, use food containers bound for the recycle bin. | chatfieldcourt.comI know, I know…so easy…but if you spend $20 or $30 on a can a paint, you want it to last as long as possible right? Now you can go and pull all of those plastic bottles and glass jars out of your recycle bin and use them to store leftover paint.

Any tips you care to share for storing leftover paint?

Looking for more organizational and storage ideas? Check out how I tame the clutter in my small bathroom.

Bathroom organization ideas for a small bathroom | chatfieldcourt.comBathroom Organization Ideas

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