Organize and Declutter In Style: Decorative Storage Ideas

Don’t you just love the hope and motivation a new year or a new season brings?  Resolutions made for a new year or a new season usually involve vows of getting all things house that make a home organized. Personally, I don’t make resolutions.

Why?

Because I am perfect, and there is absolutely no room in my life or home for improvement.

If only I could find decorative storage ideas for that load of bullstuff.

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It appears from the onslaught of tips for a new year-new season-new you tutorials, most of us lead a messy, cluttered and disorganized household existence.  All things house that make a home tradition dictates that cleaning up our domestic acts at the first of every new year or new season is job number one.  I’ll be the first to admit that some of the areas, drawers and closets at Places In The Home leave a lot to be organized and desired, but where to store the I need that-that’s an heirloom-we might need it stuff is the question?  We are a two family household, and believe me folks, we’ve got a lot of stuff to store.  Decorative storage ideas can help get the house to home organization and storage job done.  If you’ve got to get organized, get organized in style.

built-in-storageBetter Homes and Gardens

Let’s face it, at times the life lived inside our homes can be one messy, cluttered, and disorganized situation.  Is it your house to home desire to get organized by putting your home’s stuff, things, odds, ends, collectibles and treasures on a diet?

Declutter

If I haven’t used it, admired it, dusted it or delighted in its home decor value for one year, it’s gone!

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Forget trekking to the local grocery store for a haul of cardboard boxes to be packed and stacked storage solutions.  Allow me to suggest a stylish alternative with these decorative storage solutions for getting the job done.

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Adore Magazine

Decorative storage ideas are proof gorgeous works as seen in the images in this post.

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Striped La Jolla Baskets

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Decorative baskets, boxes and suitcases make a strong case for decorative storage solutions.

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Kitchen storage is a much sought after commodity.  Smart kitchen solutions such as storage drawers is standard organization procedure in today’s kitchen.

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Houzz recently released the Kitchen Trends Study.

built-in-cookie-sheet-cabinetBetter Homes and Gardens

One particular finding to note from the 2,707 users polled shows 53% of homeowners are incorporating cookie sheet/tray organizers into their cabinetry.

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Customized cabinet built-ins not in your all things house that make a home project future?  You’ve got affordable kitchen cabinet and counter top organizers options!

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Counters fill quickly, and it seems there are never enough cabinets when we need them.  Kitchen pantries equipped with the storage within storage feature go a long way in the task of eliminating kitchen counter and cabinet congestion.

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Home Depot

While we are on the topic of decorative ideas …

Onlays and decorative appliques offer an affordable way to dress up to impress kitchen cabinets, drawer fronts and casings with the look of custom millwork.

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Rafterhouse

Repurpose with a kitchen pantry door purpose- antique doors pair function with unique style for interior spaces.

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Plate racks decoratively display dinnerware while standing out in the world of kitchen custom space saving features.

kitchen-pantry-organizationDecorPad

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Fritz Galvanized 3 Tier Stand

I love the usefulness and display value of the 3 tier stand.  I store root vegetables on the bottom tier, crunchy granola and fruit bars find a home on the middle tier, and assorted package clips, bands and ties live on the top tier.  The boxes that house products such as breakfast bars and the like take up quite a bit of room on the cabinet/pantry shelf.  Unpack and free up, I say.

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Apothecary and vintage jars, tiered stands, canisters with clamp top lids, collectible canisters, dollar store glass containers and a plethora of storage basket options continue to be a favorite way to display dry ingredients, sweet treats, beans, farmers market finds and dry pastas in many kitchens.

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Keeping order and organization in an entryway can prove to be quite a feat, especially when it is a designated high traffic area.

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Decorative hooks of the most unique and imaginative kind, umbrella stands, rattan baskets in assorted sizes and shapes, coat racks, and benches are the storage options that can help to tame the savage clutter beast.

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Cookware storage within view and reach “rights” a practical and purposeful recipe for kitchen organization.

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St. Charles of New York

OMGorgeous!

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Andrew Flesher

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Double decker pastry stand = ooh la la counter display

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Towel bar and hooks = pot and pan holder

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Stairs doing double duty as a storage feature is space utilization 101. The genius of design meets decorative storage ideas meets resale appeal. Haven’t you heard?  Plenty of space and storage tops the list of what to look for when buying a house.

under-the-stairs-pull-out-cabinets-yellow-striped-runnerTerraCotta Properties – DecorPad

Kitchen banquettes create a cozy feel, offer a unique seating option and storage outlet, and remain a versatile decor choice.

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Anne Hepfer Designs

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Junk drawers unite!  Drawer organizers bring order to the chaos.

Am I the only person in the world who methodically cleans and organizes the junque (takes the sting out of the mess when you get all ooh la la with the word) drawer and then can’t seem to make heads or tails of the order?

House Beautiful

Think outside the storage box when it comes to jewelry and beauty products storage options.

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Stylish options for housing jewelry and our favorite beauty products and brushes are simply an antiques, vintage or thrift shop shopping excursion away.  Tea cups, trays, platters, small plates, creamers, pitchers- put your imagination and your personal style on display.

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Love how a Jo Malone candle holder is reinvented as a makeup brush and tool holder.

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Rustically beautiful and simple in on trend design, wire laundry baskets and French hampers complement and stylishly achieve the purpose of decluttering a space.

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Kindwer Vintage Wire Laundry Hamper

Vintage inspired pharmacy and industrial metal cabinets make great options for linen storage.

Restoration Hardware

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Trunks work a room well as a storage option.  Vintage trunks have found a second life as coffee tables and beside tables, while often becoming the focal point of the space.

louis-vuitton-coffee-table-brook-shields-homeArchitectural Digest

louis-vuitton-end-table-lonny My Domaine

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It’s amazing how quick we accumulate stuff, things, mementos, collectibles- and it all has to go somewhere.  These are just a few decorative storage ideas, options, suggestions and solutions for resolving storage and organization dilemmas in your home.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Pantry Envy

This week’s A Most Fetching Friday features kitchen or kitchen adjacent pantries of brilliant design, functionality and visual appeal worthy of pantry envy.

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Architectural Digest

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Hayburn & Co.

Steven Gambrel

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Country Living

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John Lewis of Hungerford

Pantry Envy Accessories ~

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DecorPad

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Rafterhouse

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Spring Cleaning Ideas

I know some of you are wondering if Old Man Winter will ever release his grip on these crazy weather patterns.  In the immortal words of Journey, “Don’t Stop Believing.”  Here to stay springtime weather is here, and that means spring cleaning ideas.

So true on me for every Sat & Sun of Spring & Summer...I'm usually covered head to toe in dirt too, just ask my neighbors. I know sunshine & dirt always help me feel better! I highly recomend it or hire a gardener and just sit in the sun!

Dirt belongs in planters and gardens- not in the tub, sink or on countertops.  Spring is the time of year when the call to clean is sounded. Are you ready to get your spring clean fling on?  My spring cleaning philosophy is simple- into the best styled spaces a little dirt and clutter will fall.  The life lived within our homes can get messy and cluttered.  Cut through the clutter and show off your mad organizational skills with decorative drawer organizers, storage boxes and containers.  The selections range from get the job done efficiency to I spy a DIY project. Seize the spring cleaning moment and turn those closets and drawers into magazine feature quality works of art.

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Moving on to the dirt busting side of things, let’s put spring cleaning into two categories (like a big pill- it’s easier to swallow).  Scrub a dub dub kind of spring cleaning gets the job done with simple solutions.  Let’s freshen up and color up spring cleaning gets the job done by updating and coordinating home decor to the corresponding season.  There’s a gazillion helpful hints, ideas and tips out there.  Here’s a couple of dollar store solutions I spring clean by.

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Shower, Tub & Tile

On your next dollar store run pick up these “clean” cleaning essentials: a spray bottle, soft scrub brush, pot and pan brush, soap-dispensing scrub sponge, a couple of toothbrushes, wire basket, shower hook, Dawn dishwashing liquid and vinegar.  Clip the shower hook on the shower side of the rod and hang the wire basket from it.  The wire basket will now be known as supply house central.  It will hold the cleaning supplies but it won’t hold water.  Fill the soap-dispensing scrub sponge with equal parts Dawn dishwashing soap and vinegar.  The Dawn cuts through oily residues, the vinegar deodorizes, and you can simply wipe down the walls each time you shower.  Mix up another batch and pour in the spray bottle for cleaning the fixtures, shower head, bathtub and grout lines.  Use the pot and pan brush as a tub brush, the soft scrub brush for fixtures and the toothbrushes for the shower head and grout lines.

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Dryer Vents Need Cleaning Love, Too!

This spring cleaning reminder applies to spring, summer, fall and winter. Clean the dryer vent after each drying cycle. Why?  Because lint builds up in the dryer vent and reduces the air flow to the dryer.  Signs of lint build-up issues include:

  • Clothes not dry after normal run time (one cycle).
  • Clothes are excessively hot upon removal from dryer.
  • Noticing heat and humidity in the laundry room when dryer is running.  Dryer vent could be disconnected or improperly performing.
  • Debris collecting around the dryer vent opening on the outside of your home.  Make sure to include a check of your outside dryer vent.

Removing lint build-up after each cycle helps to reduce the risk of fire hazard. Take it spring cleaning further by vacuuming around and behind the dryer to further remove lint that has built up during the winter months.  You will also notice how much faster the clothes will dry when the dryer remains lint free.  It’s better to err on the side of caution when it comes to any appliance. Also, never leave home with the dryer running or while sleeping.

Wooden Surfaces and Tools

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Those over at The Kitchn who know all things kitchen bring us this recipe for spoon butter or cutting board cream out of beeswax and sunflower oil. Spoon butter or cutting board cream protects and moisturizers the wooden kitchen tools and surfaces we love to use in the kitchen.  Butcher blocks and cutting boards as well as wooden spoons and utensils benefit from a spa treatment of the kitchen beneficial kind.

How To Make Spoon Butter

Makes about 3/4 of a pint

Ingredients

1 quart water
2 ounces natural beeswax
8 ounces cold-pressed sunflower oil (or other neutral vegetable oil)

What you’ll need:
2-quart saucepan
Pint mason jar
Pair of wooden or bamboo chopsticks

Directions

Combine the beeswax and oil: Place the bars of beeswax in the mason jar, and pour in the sunflower oil.  Heat a quart of water in a small (2-quart) saucepan over medium heat.  Submerge the mason jar into the water. When the water begins to simmer, turn the heat down to low. Gently lower the mason jar into the water, taking care not to splash any water into the jar.

After ten minutes, turn off the heat but leave the pot on the stove. Let the jar sit in the water for ten more minutes.  As the wax melts, use the chopsticks to break up the large pieces, helping them to melt more quickly.

Remove the jar from the water.  All of the wax should have melted into the oil, combining into a golden, translucent liquid.  If there are still pieces of solid wax, give the mixture a good stir with the chopsticks until thoroughly melted.  Let the jar sit for 20 minutes.  The liquid will have begun to cloud over a bit.  Give it a stir, let sit for another 20 minutes, then stir a final time to ensure an evenly mixed, creamy spoon butter.

Leave to cool to room temperature, then cover and store for up to 6 months.

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In place of sunflower seed oil, you may use soybean, safflower, flaxseed, or another neutral vegetable oil.

~The Kitchn

What Does and Does Not Belong In The Dishwasher

The wonderful What Does and Does Not Belong in the Dishwasher detectives at POPSUGAR break it down for us.  Click on the image to get the dishwasher dos and don’ts.

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Spring Cleaning Sachet, Sashay!

Two tips in this department.  Place scented dryer sheets in drawers, stored luggage and the  linen closet for an effective and economical sachet. While I’m on the subject on fresh scents, here’s a bonus tip for a vacuum cleaner bag sachet, sort of an around the house aromatherapy. Add a generous scoop of dried lavender to the vacuum cleaner bag for a touch of spring in the air.

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Bathtub Grapefruit Salt Scrub

Overtime a bathtub eventually becomes prone to rust lines and rings. Iron in the water oxidizes and collects on the surface of bathtubs and sinks to create an unsightly orange-red stain. Household cleansers containing bleach chemically react with the iron in the water which results in more rust. A natural solution is found in the cleaning combo of one grapefruit and ¼ cup coarse Kosher salt.  Halve the grapefruit and give the top a generous shake of Kosher salt.

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Wet the bathtub and spread the remaining salt around the bottom of the tub.  Using the grapefruit in scouring pad fashion, scrub the shower and tub.  Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit on bathtub fixtures for extra cleaning power.  Reapply salt to the grapefruit halves “scrubber” from the salt previously distributed around tub surface.  Rinse well with clean water.

 Storage Solutions With The All Important Decorative Style & Look We Love

We’ve come to the let’s freshen up and color up spring cleaning portion of this blog post.  I strongly recommend cleaning out the winter blues and ushering in crisp and clean neutrals and pastels. Welcome mats, decorative storage baskets, linens, throw pillows- easy items on the eye, decor and wallet.  These spring cleaning and organizing items in my shopping cart list will fit perfectly with the spring clean fling ideas I have in mind.

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I think I’ll put out the welcome mat, spread some color love around the house and enjoy spring’s warm and sunny much needed and anticipated arrival.  Oh yes, and clean.

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It’s Elvis Presley Movies And Spring Break Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe Time!

Digital camera, scanner and camera wizard  and computer problems paid me a visit last week but not to worry. Creative minds stumble but do not fall, and besides, how bad can things really be when Turner Classic Movies aired their Spring Break movie marathon all last week, today is the one year anniversary of Places In The Home, and I found a refreshing Spring Break Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe to share?  Not bad at all!

 I am a complete sucker for two Elvis Presley movies, Girl Happy and Clambake, and their soundtracks.

The seven dwarfs whistled while they worked, and seeing as I have never mastered the art of whistling, I groove while I work. Here’s a video to put a little dip in your “Spring Fever” cleaning, cooking, or decorating swinging hip.

Why wait until the cleaning is over, the project is complete or the meal is prepared to enjoy a refreshing beverage?  Spring and summer days are tailor- made for refreshing smoothies, and in Elvis appropriate fashion here is a recipe for a Banana~Peanut Butter smoothie from Good Housekeeping.

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Banana~Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients

1 small (ripe) banana, cut in half

1/2 cup(s) (low-fat ) milk

1 teaspoon(s) creamy peanut butter

3  ice cubes

Directions

In blender, combine banana, milk, peanut butter, and ice cubes; blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Spring has sprung, surfs up, and good tunes and a good beverage “fun up” the times while doing all things home. Thank you, friends, for reading Places In The Home and making this first year so fantastically fun!

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