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Light-filtering Roller Shades in My Mom’s Kitchen

I’ve been working on a couple projects in my mom’s home, since I’ve moved my office to one of her spare bedrooms. We had a big Christmas party at my mom’s home, so we wanted to get some updates done there before the holidays.

roller shades in a kitchen with blinds.com | custom window treatments | custom roller shades When I got the opportunity to work with Blinds.com, I was excited to dress the windows. My mom’s kitchen is really dark, but for a couple hours a day, the windows expose the kitchen to very harsh lighting. We wanted to filter that light, but still have light come in to brighten up that space.

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How I Updated my Apartment Kitchen with a Sleek Pfister Faucet

If you’ve been following me on Snapchat (@whitneyjdecor), you’ve probably seen the clips of me installing my new faucet. I’m so in love!!

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Pfister sent me this gorgeous, sleek stainless steel pull-down faucet (model: G529-PFSS) to review. You guys know I live in an apartment and usually go above and beyond to update it and bring in some style. This includes painting, replacing hardware, adding art & rugs, and even changing the faucets. I speak a lot about updating a rental in my apartment decorating eBook. (more…)

New Kitchen Decor for the Project: 1 Room, 30 Days Challenge

I’ve been hinting at possibly moving to a new apartment for a while now… first I’m moving… then, I’m staying… then, I’m moving. As of right now, I really don’t know what we’re doing. We’re not looking for a new place anymore, but if a new apartment knocks on a door and invites me over, then I’ll probably be like: OKAY, LET’S GO!

So, with that being said, I’m preparing for a JUST-IN-CASE type of situation. I’m trying to make a possible move as easy as I can by first starting with painting my kitchen back white. Right now I have a black wall (that has seen better days, btw). When I first moved in, I couldn’t handle all the white and was wishing for at least one black wall in my apartment.

Here’s what my kitchen looks like right now:

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The Easy Guide to Decorating a Rental Apartment

I finally launched my 30+ page eBook, the Easy Guide to Decorating a Rental Apartment. If you rent and want a fabulous space without spending all your money or losing your deposit, you definitely need to grab your copy!

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In the eBook, I’m touching on:

  • My favorite paint colors to use in rentals
  • Other options if you can’t paint
  • Gallery wall options
  • Updating ugly fixtures
  • How to ensure you get your deposit back
  • Space planning
  • Using color in apartments
  • Accessorizing
  • and more

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I’m also sharing some short stories from life in my previous apartments.

 

If you rent, this is a must have guide.

I’ll be updating this eBook periodically, and if you purchase a copy, you’ll always get the new editions once they’re updated.

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You can download the Easy Guide to Decorating Your Rental Apartment right now for just $15!

Day 2 – 10 Days to an Organized Home challenge – Pantry

Today is Day 2 of my 10 Days to an Organized Home challenge!

The 10 Days to an Organized Home Challenge (#10DaysOH) is all about freeing your home of access clutter and making it more functional. We’ll be working each day in another part of your home to get rid of things that you don’t need and make a designated place for everything that you do need.

If you’re just joining in on the challenge, check out Day 1: the Kitchen.

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Today, we’re working in the pantry. If you don’t have a pantry, and are using cabinets for food storage, the same tips would apply. Make sure you share before, during, and/or after pics on social media with the hashtag #10DaysOH. If you aren’t signed up for the challenge already, sign up here. You’ll receive an email each day with your daily assignments.

Here’s your tasks for today:

  1. Finish your tasks from yesterday’s challenge in the kitchen
  2. Clean and reorganize your pantry

I want to thank the sponsors that are giving away some awesome products throughout the challenge: Angioletti Designs, The Mad Platters, Gneiss Spice, & Sweet Water Decor. Today, I’ll share the winner of our first giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Clean and reorganize your pantry

If you’re lucky enough to have a pantry, it’s probably cluttered and organized. I’m sure you don’t even know what you have in there. That IS the reason you’ve joined this challenge, right?

I don’t have a pantry, so I’m sharing how I helped my mom with hers. Here’s the before photo:

before pantry

It was rarely used and served as a catchall place for stuff that couldn’t fit in her cabinets. She keeps most of her food items in her kitchen cabinets, but wanted the pantry to house her baking supplies, small appliances, and other miscellaneous stuff that would usually sit on the counters.

Here’s what it looks like now:

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To start, removed everything out of her pantry and gave the entire interior a fresh coat of white paint, including the brown shelves. I scraped off the old white paint on the door, but kept it brown.

She wanted to bring in the color red. I suggested that we mix it with a little black and white.Then, I gathered everything that needed to be stored in the pantry.

She had a lot of plastic containers bought from wholesale supply stores that used to hold parsley, garlic powder, sugar, etc., so we cleaned them out, scraped off the old labels, and created new labels to help organize the food that will be stored in the pantry. For the labels, I simply used mailing labels and trimmed each one with black and white polka dot washi tape.

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I added and labeled a basket “baking” to hold her baking foods, like baking powder, small pie crusts, and cake mixes. She needed a new mixing bowl, so we bought this cute one from Walmart and stored it next to her baking foods.

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As you can see, I also added in two inexpensive wood art pieces that she had for a LONG time. They work perfect in her pantry. Don’t be afraid to add a little art in your pantry for an unexpected touch and pop of fun.

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I bought a rattan basket for the floor. Potatoes, large containers, textiles, and anything else that can’t fit on the shelves can be stored here. Next to the basket is her electric knife and waffle maker.

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So, what do you think? This is definitely a transformation from what it was before, but it was fairly easy just by removing knick-knacks and only storing what was necessary.

Ready to organize your pantry? Here are some tips.

Tips to Organize your Pantry

  1. Remove everything out of your pantry.
  2. Clean dirty walls and add a coat of paint, if needed.
  3. Throw away (or give away) anything that isn’t being used or move them to a more fitting place.
  4. Reserve your top shelf for items you don’t use too often.
  5. Use baskets and other storage containers to corral like items or smaller items that can be pulled out together at once.
  6. Use stackable storage containers to stack items and maximize shelf space.
  7. Reuse old food containers, clean them, and make new labels.

Here are some images of great storage solutions for pantries:

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These stackable storage containers are perfect for storing snacks and regularly used food items. Seen on HGTV.
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This organized pantry featured on Babble makes great use of glass jars and storage containers.
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Woman’s Day featured a pantry utilizing these awesome storage baskets.

That’s it all I have for now, guys! Now, lets see how YOU organize YOUR pantry. Make sure you share photos on social media with the hastag #10DaysOH. I hope these tips help! If you have any questions, leave me a comment below or come join my Decor & DIY facebook group.

If you’re looking for more tips to complete your assignment for today, check out our challenge Pinterest board below. There are lots of pins that can inspire you. Be sure to follow the board. If you want to pin to the board, send me an email at hello[at]whitneyjdecor[dot]com.

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Day 1 – 10 Days to an Organized Home Challenge – Kitchen

Welcome to Day 1 of 10 Days to an Organized Home Challenge!

If you’re a regular here, you know that I love everything about maximizing spaces and having an organized room.

The 10 Days to an Organized Home Challenge (#10DaysOH) is all about freeing your home of access clutter and disarray. We’ll be working each day in another part of your home to get rid of things that you don’t need and make a designated place for everything that you do need.

Today, we’re working in the kitchen. Completing these tasks will ensure you’ll have easier access to items and will know where everything is. Make sure you share before, during, and/or after pics on social media with the hashtag #10DaysOH. If you aren’t signed up for the challenge already, sign up here. You’ll receive an email each day with your assignment.

Here’s your challenge for today:

  1. Clean and reorganize your refrigerator
  2. Clean and reorganize your cabinets
  3. Clean and reorganize your cabinet drawers

If you can do each part of the challenge, that’s great, but if you can work on just one of the above, you’ll already be closer to having a more organized home. Plus, it’ll motivate you to complete the other tasks on later days. It’s okay to do this in smaller chunks as you get time. Keep reading for help with completing your tasks.

First, I want to thank the sponsors that are giving away some awesome products throughout the challenge: Angioletti Designs, The Mad Platters, Gneiss Spice, & Sweet Water Decor. Tomorrow, I’ll be giving away the first item, so stay tuned!

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1. Clean and reorganize your refrigerator

Your refrigerator is probably the most used item in your kitchen, right? You and your family members go in the refrigerator many times a day putting stuff in and taking stuff out. I hate that I’m always trying to make room for food. I also hate that I have to move a bunch of stuff around to find what I’m looking for.

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This is what my fridge looked like before. I have pots, pizza boxes, and condiments everywhere.

Having an organized refrigerator and making a place for everything will definitely make cooking, prepping, and eating a lot faster.

Start by removing everything out of the fridge. Go through your inventory to get rid of anything after the expiration date and any items that you won’t use.

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Here’s everything that came off of my top shelf. Pulling everything out made me realize I had 3 different tubs of sour cream.

Then, you need to refresh your fridge by giving it a good cleaning. I like to get a bucket of hot water with a couple caps of Pinesol.

Once your fridge is empty and clean, you can start putting your items back in. I purchased a bunch of plastic containers with lids and a couple plastic baskets to store my food and group like items.

One thing I do often, is put my leftovers in the fridge within the pots they were cooked in. Since I don’t have a lot of pots, I’m often fishing through the fridge for one that I can empty. I’ll work on getting better at putting all my leftovers in storage containers before I place them in the refrigerator.

 

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As you can see, I got rid of A LOT of stuff. I also put my drinks at the bottom of the fridge and used a basket to put my meats in. This Dollar Tree plastic basket perfect.

 

Upper shelves

On the top shelf, place eggs, short drinks, leftover foods, deli meats, cheeses, and other ready-to-eat food.

Bottom shelves

On the bottom shelves, place your raw foods. Gallon drinks can go on the bottom shelves, too, but try not to put them below raw foods unless you’re placing raw foods in some kind of storage basket. You want to avoid having leaky packages spill to the shelves below them.

Door

Your refrigerator door is the warmest part of the fridge, so don’t place items like eggs or milk there. Your door is best used for condiments.

 

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For me, putting all my condiments on the door worked best, because they’re easy to reach here. The most used items are on the first and second shelves of the door. I put my least used sauces at the bottom.

 

Drawers

Your drawers, or crispers, are usually designed to hold your fruits and veggies. I don’t usually put my fruit in these, though. I use my drawers for potatoes, onions, and peppers.

Here’s some other cool ideas from around the web to help you organize your refrigerator:

 

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The blogger behind Chiots Run uses a dry erase marker on the fridge door to keep track of inventory. This is a super cool idea if you cook a lot or have a larger fridge with lots of food.

 

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Leslie, at Goodbye, House. Hello Home, is a genius when it comes down to organizing – she can combat clutter in ANY room. You gotta check out her blog.

Make sure you clean out your fridge at least once a week to get rid of any bad food, keep track of inventory, and make sure it remains organized.

Clean and reorganize your cabinets

This part can be a little intimidating, but I promise you’ll feel so much better after you’ve made progress.

Organizing your cabinets can be hard, because you have so many different items that need to be stored, like pots, pans, dishware, storage containers, and even cleaning supplies.

Tip 1: Completely clear everything out of the cabinets and clean inside.

Once everything is cleared out of the cabinets and you’ve cleaned inside, you could decide what you need and what you can get rid of.

Items that you don’t want (or need) could be donated to your local donation center. Or, you can do a yard sale and sell your unused items.
Tip 2: Group your items by type/use.

For example, group all your pots and pans together so they can go in one cabinet (or on one shelf), all your storage containers for another cabinet/shelf, dishware grouped to go in a separate cabinet, etc. Small appliances should have their own cabinet, too (unless you store them in the pantry – we’ll talk all about pantries and food storage tomorrow).

I only have a few cabinets in my tiny kitchen. Some of them are used to house office and craft supplies, so today I’ll be working on getting my cabinets back. (I’ll share before and after photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with our challenge hashtag: #10DaysOH – don’t forget to check out all the participants photos’. Share yours, too, with the same hashtag.)

Tip 3: Place your items back in the cabinets, being mindful of how you actually use the items in your kitchen.

Plan according to how you use your space. In my case, I place cooking, baking, and food prep items near my stove. My dishware goes in the cabinets near the sink and dishwasher to make cleaning a breeze.

 

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This cabinet featured on Real Simple utilizes metal racks that help maximize cabinet space.

 

Tip 4: Use clear plastic containers or decorative storage baskets to corral small items.

Use plastic storage containers or decorative baskets to store storage lids or tiny food packages together.

 

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Jenn, the organization master at IHeart Organizing, has the perfect system for her storage containers.

 

Tip 5: Use pot organizers.

Pot organizers, or any other metal racks, are great for streamlining your pots and pans in your cabinets.

 

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The blogger behind Maillard Ville Manor stylishly stores the pots, pans, and lids in her cabinet with the help of a sleek metal pot rack.

 

Clean and reorganize your cabinet drawers

Your kitchen drawers can be organized, too. Pull everything out, so you can start with a clean slate. Then, clean your drawers with soap and water.

Drawer Dividers for flatware and utensils

There are so many different drawer dividers on the market – some stylish, some not-so-much. These are great for organizing your flatware, utensils, and other knick-knacks. I’m creating custom drawer dividers for a couple of my drawers. I’ll share photos on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with our challenge hashtag, #10DaysOH.

 

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Amanda over at Kevin & Amanda made this custom drawer organizer for her utensil drawer. I’ll be using her tutorial to make my own.

 

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Jen, at IHeartOrganizing, shows how she organizes her junk drawer with an inexpensive plastic bin.

 

Spice Drawer

Remember the spice racks that used to be really popular storing spice jars on the countertop? Well, if you have the space (and like that kind of look), you can store your spice racks on your countertop, but if not, use those cool spice jars (that come with the rack) and put your spices in one of your drawers. I suggest putting them in a drawer near your stove or prep counter.

 

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I love how this drawer featured on Real Simple made room for both spices and kitchen utensils.

That’s it all I have for now, guys! Now, I want to see how YOU are organizing YOUR kitchen. Make sure you share photos on social media with the hastag #10DaysOH. I hope these tips help! If you have any questions, be sure to leave me a comment below.

If you’re looking for more tips to complete your assignment for today, check out our challenge Pinterest board below. There are lots of pins that can inspire you. Be sure to follow the board. If you want an invite to be able to pin on the board, send me an email at hello[at]whitneyjdecor[dot]com.

Follow Whitney J Decor – Interior Design & Event Styling’s board 10 Days to an Organized Home Challenge on Pinterest.
And, if you’re not already signed up for the challenge, it’s not too late! Sign up below:



Which one of the tasks will you complete today? I’d love to know all about it! Leave me a comment below.

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