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

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.

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.

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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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)




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. |

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. | 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. |

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

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. | 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. |

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. |

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


Now that the holidays are over I’m so ready to get my house back in shape. There’s something about putting the Christmas decorations away and cleaning up the house that puts me in the mood to organize so that’s what I did this past weekend. First I worked on bathroom organization and then I moved on to the kitchen (which is a huge job after our year-long kitchen reno). Since I’m still working on the kitchen, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been using to keep my very small bathroom organized (so I don’t lose my mind).

Easy and inexpensive bathroom organization ideas |

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Sliding Cabinet Basket Organizer Drawer

10 Bathroom organization ideas |


We put one of these in our small vanity. I love that it slides out so I can get to my things that are in the back.

Shower Caddy

Bathroom organization ideas |


I don’t like shampoo bottles all over the shower so this is one of the first things I bought when we moved into our house.

Toilet Paper Holder 

A DIY toilet paper holder helps with bathroom organization |

I have a tiny bathroom with limited space under my sink and I needed a place to hang toilet paper to keep it out of the way, so I came up with this cheap and easy idea. Read more about it here.

Magnetic Strip to Hold Bobby Pins and Barrettes

A magnetic strip that holds bobby pins helps with bathroom organization |

I’m sure you’ve seen this idea floating around the internet. It really works and I’m not digging around in the drawer looking for bobby pins.

Bamboo Tray

A bamboo tray used in vanity drawers helps with bathroom organization |


I have two drawers in my vanity and I use a smaller version of this organizer tray in both. It keeps all of our things separated and neat…and it looks good.

Glass Apothecary Jars


Using glass apothecary jars helps with bathroom organization | chatfieldcourt.comI’ve always used jars for cotton swabs and cotton balls and I just added another one to hold our bars of soap. One less thing in the vanity is always good.

Storage Cabinet

Adding a small storage cabinet can help with bathroom organization |

We have 3 small, built in shelves in the bathroom and there’s just enough space under them to put a small storage cabinet to hold some of our toiletries.

Hanging Shelves for Storage (barn wood shelves how-to post here)

Adding shelves in a small bathroom can help with bathroom organization |

We put barn wood shelves in the guest bedroom and, if I had a wall to hang them on, we would put them in the bathroom for extra storage. They look great, it’s an easy project to do and it cost less than $50.

Command Wire Hooks

Using Command hooks can help with bathroom organization |

I am a huge fan of these hooks and I use them all over the house but they’re especially handy in the bathroom. I added one on the inside of each vanity door to hold items that I reach for every day, like my comb and mirror.

Over The Door Rack

An over the door rack can help with bathroom organization |


A lot of people forget that the back of the bathroom door is usable storage space. Using an over the door rack is a great way to hang wet towels and keep clothes off of the floor, especially if you have kids.

And while your busy working on your bathroom organization, it would be a great time to clean your shower curtain. I showed you how I clean mine here.

How to easily clean a vinyl shower curtain in your washing machine. |

These are just a few ideas that I’ve been using to keep my tiny space organized. Do you have any tips on bathroom organization to share?




We are working hard so that we can finish up our kitchen reno, and we got one step closer this weekend by putting some of our things back into the cabinets. Oh happy day! This post won’t have beautifully styled pictures and some of them are downright scary, but here goes.

Easy kitchen storage solution; cutting board storage

Yikes…yes, that is my pretty guest bed with all of our dishes and pots and pans on it. We’ve been looking at this mess for the past few weeks, but no more! We were able to put all of that, and more, away this weekend.

The reason why we were able to put some of our things away is because we finally got our countertops! I want to save all the juicy details for the next post. We’re still working on getting them in and, as soon as that’s done, I’ll share pics and give you the 411. This is the first time we’ve ever done something like this and we’re learning as we go, so it’s taking us a while to do it. This is what we had to build so we could pick them up from the store.

Easy Cutting Board Storage Solution |

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I did, however, want to share a cutting board storage solution with you. We have a small galley kitchen, with limited storage, so we have to be creative in how we use the space. Our pot and pan storage cabinet is particularly challenging, it’s low and deep with a fixed shelf, which makes it difficult to store certain sized items.

Easy Cutting Board Storage Solution |

One of the things I’ve struggled with, in this cabinet, is our cutting board storage. I would try to prop them on the side behind the pots but if you moved the pots, the boards would fall. So to keep them up once and for all, I used two small tension rods, from the floor of the cabinet to the shelf, to give them a standing spot of their own.

Easy Cutting Board Storage Solution |

These would be great to use for organizing your baking sheets too.

Easy kitchen storage solution. |

You can easily put them wherever you need them and…Voila!, no more fallen boards. Quick, easy and cheap. I got my rods on Amazon *(affiliate link) for about $10. The small size I needed was tough to find in my area, so I had to order online.

Easy kitchen storage solution. |

It’s funny how a quick fix makes me happy…but I know what would make me really, really happy. Finishing this remodel! Soon, very soon (that’s what my husband is always telling me). 😉

How about you? Do you have any quick and easy kitchen storage solutions?

Quick and easy kitchen storage solution to wrangle your cutting boards and bakeware. |

Check out my other post on storage in the kitchen, the hidden trash and recycle bin cabinet we built.

DIY Hidden Trash and Recycle Bins

You can also check out the reveal of the kitchen remodel.

A completed DIY kitchen remodel on a small and dark galley kitchen. Now it is a light and bright space with tons of storage.

Small Kitchen Remodel for Under $3000