Kitchen Organization Tips and Tricks

You may have heard my comment errr… kind of complain a bit that my kitchen is tiny! It has been a challenge to keep it organized because we are so short on storage. We’ve really had to find the best ways to store things so we can fit enough food, cookware, utensils, appliances, etc for our family of 5 (almost 6!). Here are some of the best and most efficient kitchen organization tips and tricks I’ve found and loved.

DIY Canned Food Organizer / Rolling Pantry

Cabinet Organization Tips and Tricks

 

10 Steps to a Clean and Organized fridge

Utilize hidden storage space inside your cabinet doors

Use baskets, bins and jars and labels to keep an inventory of food

Get creative in organizing the dreaded pots and pans cabinet

Store frequently used items in an accessible place



Repurpose an old magazine rack to store plastic wrap, aluminum foil, etc.

Clear fridge clutter with this Hidden Kitchen Organizer inside of a cabinet.

Use a shoe organizer inside of a cabinet to store cleaning supplies

How to organize under the kitchen sink

Organize measuring cups and spoons on the inside of your cabinet

12 Creative Kitchen Organization Tips & Tricks

You can also check out 5 ways to make your kitchen look and feel larger!

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DIY Scallop Print Carpet

Hi Classy Clutter readers, I’m Charlotte from Ciburbanity (city + suburb + sanity)!  Five months ago my heart raced and my eyes went all googly at the site of this wood scalloped wall… incidentally, I also counted that as my workout for the day because I considered my heart rate elevated. Fair, right? Fast forward to TODAY and I’m thrilled to be joining Mallory and Savannah as a contributor (I offered to hand wash their laundry for a year but I’m sure that had nothing to do with it…)! As an homage to my favorite DIY wood wall, come get your scallop on and see how I made this fun graphic rug for well under $20.

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  • Rug (obvy)… This is from Home Depot and was maybe $10? Nothing fancy, but you want LOW pile… too shaggy and the spray paint won’t work with your stencil
  • Foam Core. Our dollar store carries them so I just grab a few whenever I go.
  • X-acto knife with extra blades.
  • Cutting mat.
  • Photocopier… our printer makes copies, so I just used that.
  • Spray paint. I used Rustoleum 2 in 1 Paint/ Primer because that’s what I had in my stash… this took maybe 2 cans?
  • Straight pins for holding the foam core on top of your rug for a cleaner stencil

rug Decide what type of pattern you want for your stencil. I usually start by looking at Google Images and then end up mixing and matching to make a design I like. For my rug, I definitely wanted scallops. (1: I LOVE all thing scallop these days, 2: Did you SEE the scalloped wood wall?!?!) Google image scallop Once I figured out my design, I photocopied it a couple dozen times (use your “draft” printer setting to save ink…) scallop stencil steps I taped together 2 pieces of foam core so that it was the same width as the carpet and centered my first stencil ‘module’. I carefully added each photocopy of my stencil making sure to keep the pattern uniform and lined up and just used tape to keep each sheet in place. foam-core With my X-acto knife and a cutting mat underneath I started carefully cutting out my scallop pattern. (Sidenote: If you’re thinking about ironing anything on top of your brand new self-healing cutting mat…do NOT. It will melt and buckle… lesson learned.) It didn’t take as long as I thought to cut out the whole thing… maybe 90 minutes? rug stencil 2 Now comes the fun part. Spray painting. I don’t have a great place to spray paint so I set up on our lawn, but a flat hard surface would be ideal. Like a garage or a driveway (nowhere near a furnace or hot water heater though as pilot lights and spray paint fumes are a bad combination if you know what I mean). To make sure my foam core stencil was flat flat flat against the rug, I used my straight pins to hold it in place. They also made sure that the foam core didn’t blow away or shift while I was painting. spray-stencil straight-pin-rug Make sure you grab an extra drop cloth to protect the part of the rug without the stencil on it, and give the stencil 2-3 light coats of spray paint. Once your paint is dry, shift the stencil and line it up so the pattern continues and repeat with your spray paint. rug-wide How easy was that?! Totes Mcgotes. You’re more than welcome to spend a hundred smackers on a graphic rug somewhere else if that’s how you roll, but for UNDER TWENTY DOLLARS, this is a pretty spectacular compromise. IMFO (In my frugal opinion)! wood blocks rug

 

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Holy cow! We LOVE this Charlotte! Can you even imagine the possibilities, you guys? This DIY Scallop print carpet is amazing in every way!! Thanks for sharing your creative genius with us Charlotte!

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How to make and upholster a chair cushion

How to make an upholstered chair cushion

Almost a year ago, I found these amazing chairs on the side of the road. What!!?? I know. Someone couldn’t see past the yucky fabric and lack of seat cushion on the other two. Okay, I’ll give them that but seriously, these chairs are amazing and have incredible potential. I was immediately drawn to the detail on the back. The one in the center had a little more damage than I wanted to deal with so it ended up back on the curb but the one on the right and the one on the left were money!

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When Savannah and I competed in Creating with the Stars, I was in charge of the “paint” round and created the infamous Painterly Pixelated Wall that won us 1st place that round! When I thought about staging the wall, I wanted some bright fun furniture and funky accessories. My wheels started turning and I remembered this awesome (lonely in the basement) arm chair that needed a fun makeover so I’m going to teach you how to upholster a chair cushion!

I immediately got it outside (at 11pm mind you) and spray painted it gold. Next, if you remember, there’s no seat! Whoopsies! I went to my wood stash and I had this piece that was almost a perfect fit.

Once I got it screwed in, it was nice and sturdy so I didn’t mind that it wasn’t the exact shape of the chair’s frame.

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Next, I had this left over piece of foam so I cut it to size. Have you ever tried to cut this stuff??? You’re supposed to use an electric carving knife, Thanksgiving style, but I don’t have one so it was a good ole serrated knife and some major sawing for me. Pardon the scraggly edges.Don’t worry, know one will ever know.

Cut foam to size

Next up, batting. You’ll need to cover your wood base and foam with batting. You only need enough to cover your square and wrap around the foam.

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Staple that batting on and check to make sure if fits on your chair frame. It should fit snuggly after being all wrapped up in foam and batting.

Fit cushion to chair frame

Next, repeat the batting step with your fabric. I got the cute ikat polka dot in pink and white from Hobby Lobby and I think it is absolutely perfect! Next, attach the new upholstered cushion using some long screws and tada! Done!

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Isn’t it so cute! I really love this space and I’m sad I can’t keep it forever since I don’t have a daughter! I’ve since used all the furniture and accessories in other areas of my house. The cute chair now lives in my craft room at my sewing desk and she likes it there. ;)

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 Now, don’t be afraid to pick up roadside, yard sale, or thrift store finds that need a little TLC! Totally worth it, right!?

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15 After School Snack Ideas

My two little boys are starting school this Fall and I know I’m going to hear “I’m hungry” the moment I see them after school. They’re like me… if we don’t eat often, we get a little hangry. Heard of it? It’s Hungry + Angry. Bad combination. Especially when we all get hangry at once. Bad news bears! I’m hoping having some snacks planned out will help us all.  These after school snack ideas all look so yummy!

Mini Zucchini Muffins

Berry Trifle

Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

Soft Pretzel Bites

Baked Parmesan Potato Wedges

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos

Granola Balls

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Graham Cracker Airplane

Coconut Cream Fruit Dip (and Fruit!)

10 Minute Salsa Dip

Coconut Vanilla Pudding Pops

Chewy Coconut Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Honey Banana Muffins

Ants on a Log

Oven Baked Pickles

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Hope that helps prepare for the afternoon rush after school! Have an awesome day!

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Teacher “Survival Kit” Gift Idea

It’s time for back to school which means to time to meet the new teachers. My mom ALWAYS sent me with a little gift on the first day of school or on meet the teacher day. And I know without a doubt that it would give me the edge even before school started. I came up with this cute teacher gift / teacher survival kit that is easy to put together and that is very fun.

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Materials needed are:

  • Jar
  • 2 boxes of Colored Pencils or crayons
  • hot glue gun
  • goodies for the inside
  • Cute label or tag

Inside of mine I had…

My favorite crystal light energy packets, gum, Advil, lotion, gift card (for a few extra supplies) Tide to go pen, Wipes, Sanitizer, and chapstick.

You really could put anything you wanted in here. I think its the thought that counts. I started by hot gluing all the colored pencils onto the jar. I went through almost two boxes of the 24 count colored pencils. I finished in only about 10 mins. Make sure that the labels are either all facing out of in so that it all matches.

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Don’t you think it turned out super cute!?!? I just think it’s so darling!

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Glazed Blueberry Donut Muffins

Hello Classy Clutter readers! Adell here, from Baked in Arizona. Today I am sharing an amazing muffin recipe I tried recently. Muffins are a favorite around our house. What about you?
                         
My family and I recently spent a couple weeks in Utah. My in-laws live there and we love when we get a chance to go visit. It was so nice to escape the Arizona heat too! They live on the side of a mountain, and my kids love walking down to the creek. They could spend hours there throwing rocks into the water.

One of the mornings we were there, I made these muffins. They are pretty much the best of both worlds. A donut/muffin?! Yes, Please :)

I love donuts but after I eat one I usually don’t feel great. A muffin probably has as much sugar but it’s baked so it doesn’t make me feel as guilty. The texture of these muffins is very unique. They are more dense than a typical fluffy muffin. And the tart, lemon glaze is just perfect.

 

I hope you give these a try and let us know what you think!

Glazed Blueberry Donut Muffins

Ingredients:

  • FOR THE MUFFINS:
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/3 cup fresh blueberries

 

  • FOR THE GLAZE:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon warm water*
Directions:
  1. FOR THE MUFFINS: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a 12 count muffin pan with paper cups or lightly grease.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the lemon zest and sugars. Use your fingertips or a spoon to incorporate the zest into the sugars until moist and fragrant.
  3. In another bowl, cream together the butter, oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat till combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan. (The cups will be full)
  6. Bake the muffins for 15-17 minutes, or until they are pale golden brown and a knife comes out clean.
  7. FOR THE GLAZE: in a medium sized bowl mix together the melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and water* Whisk until smooth.
  8. When the muffins have cooled slightly, dip the muffin crown into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden. You can then dip them again for a thicker glaze. I glazed them twice.
  9. *For a more tart glaze, use 2 T. lemon juice instead of the 1 T. warm water. I did this and really loved the extra tart flavor.
  10. Recipe Source: My Baking Addiction
And if a glazed donut muffin just isn’t your thing try these muffins with a sweet crumble top!
Or this easy overnight breakfast perfect for when you don’t wanna spend much time in the kitchen in the morning!
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Wow!!! These look incredible! Thanks for sharing Adell!!!
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First Day of School Free Printable Signs

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Last year, these First Day of School Free printable signs were a huge hit and I have had a ton of requests for the new school year version! Welcome the 2014-2015 school year and snap a picture of your kid(s) on their first day! I am excited to add a few new ones this year like “First day of Junior High”, “First day of High School” (if your high schoolers will still let you snap a picture of them on their first day!) and “First day of School!” for families to get a picture together with all of the kiddos.

Download the printables by clicking the appropriate link for the grade level you need below.

 

Tips for printing:

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1. Make sure you printing Landscape (wide), not Portrait(tall).

2. Select Scale to Fit (or similar setting on your computer) and make sure you can print the entire image. These are high resolution printables so you can print them at pretty much any size so make sure you scale to fit the paper you are printing on. I like to use “Print Entire Image” then trim it down if I need to after it prints.

3, Print on heavy cardstock or mount your printed paper on something sturdy so the kiddos don’t bend it all up during your First Day of School photoshoot!

 

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I really hope you and your kids enjoy these printables! Be sure and tag us on instagram (@classyclutter) if you use one!

We LOVE to see our printables in action!

You might also want to check out these other awesome Back to School Printables!

Back to School Printables

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10 Awesome Playroom Ideas

I am always looking for fun and cute playroom ideas. Here are a few of my favorite ones that I have found.

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Bright and Fun Playroom

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Love this fun one

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Great vibes Playroom

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Colorful and cute Playroom

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Love this bake stand inside a playroom

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Love the sign and the blue stripes

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This cute playroom with great storage and love the wall decals

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Love this chalkboard wall

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Black and white playroom

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Love this Organizing Unit in this playroom

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