Resolution Solutions-2013 Organization Project

A BigSister Post


I don’t even know where I got some of this stuff but boy was it fun and does my house feel organized.  Everything is conveniently at my finger tips, easy to manage and easy enough to keep that way (fingers crossed).

Aaaahhh….I am basking in the glow of this project.  It was fun to learn about ALL of the organization tools that are out there.  Some are ridiculous in that a $30 foot long box, shaped like a shoebox is ridiculous.  Some things are truly finds though.  My suggestion is that you make an inventory of what you need to organize, find what you can at home to solve the problem then go shop for supplies in this order:  Dollar Store, Walmart/Target and as a last resort The Container Store.  The Container Store is a MAGNIFICENT place!  However, you will find yourself paying a lot of money to organize things you didn’t know needed organization.

There were a couple of things I forgot to take pictures of so let me start with those.

  1. Linen closet-store back up linens in the pillow case.  I always want new sheets but I don’t want to get rid of the current ones.  Problem solved!
  2. BUY A LABELMAKER-This is my favorite toy of all.  I color coded all my attic tubs and labeled each of them.  Getting something from the attic is no longer a scavenger hunt.
  3. A great find from The Container Store is the sliding pot lid rack.  I saved a whole cabinet shelf with the organization of these lids.  I didn’t see anything comparable someplace else.  This was very easy to install.  Now for the documented organization projects:
  4. If you are a follower, you know I have a tiny little spice addiction.  This is where bargain shopping really saved me.  This miraculous spice rack and drawer organizer from Rubbermaid was nearly half the price at WalMart vs. The Container Store for the exact same item.  It also helped that I threw out older spices and I limit myself to VERY small quantities of things I “just want to try.”  Savory Spice Shop in the Arboretum always has great stuff and they have made it so I can try just a little and then go back and buy the whole jar if it is going to become a staple.  Plus if I bring in the empty jar to refill I get $1.00 off.  The hanging spice rack moves easily with very few breakable parts and is sturdy.  It was relatively easy to install.
  5. Tension rods to divide baking sheets, pots and pans.  I saw this on Pinterest so many times I wouldn’t know who to give credit to.  It may be to bakers what the invention of the calculator was to scientists.  A whole new world!  No longer will I have to yell and remove all the pans to find the right ones and I have room for more.  These were $4.00 for a pair on Amazon.  The one tricky thing I found is that my top shelves of cabinets don’t have a top.  It is the drawer.  I had some extra PVC pipe  laying around and I cut it just to fit and put it just below the drawer bottom.  Now tension rods have a place to squeeze between.  They are easy enough to adjust for accommodating new items.  A bonus is they hold down my cabinet lining so that it doesn’t get dragged out with heavier items.  Mind you, The Container store has a brilliant pull out drawer that I still envy.  I am a renter though and it makes no sense to install that kind of hardware in cabinets I don’t own.
  6. A really neat and affordable item from The Container Store is the snappable drawer divider.  These are soooo easy to install and allow you to configure your drawers however you like.  I may redo my bedroom drawers with these next.  Three packages did 7 drawers in my kitchen.
  7. My pantry was a disaster of unfindable and out of date items.  Cleaning out the out of dates bought me some room, but it was still pretty crowded and unavigable in there.  I bought simple bins to group items that rarely get used.  I bought lazy susans to quickly spin to the many different oils and vinegars I use often.  I used magazine holders on their sides to store wraps, foils and plastic baggies.  I looked at all the nice canisters for storing bulk dry goods but the cost added up at over $4.00 or $5.00 each for the right size.  I found Walmart had plastic pitchers with tight sealing lids for $2.00 each.  I thought at first I would cut off the handles to allow more room.  It turns out that I didn’t need to do this and now things are easier to grab.  Here was a Walmart save vs. The Container Store:  The Container store had a door organizing system that priced out around $120.  This Rubbermaid one was $22.00, easy to install and very adjustable.  No more digging through a deep stack of cans to figure out what I have!
  8. I hate cleaning out the refrigerator.  It is difficult to get out the shelves and drawers towash them.  I don’t have to now.  I have lined these with plastic placemats from The Dollar Store.  Now I can take them out easily, wipe them down and the refrigerator is clean.
  9. Its my office and I’ll do what I want!  I get to work from home and I really don’t have that much paper.  I do have important personal documents and other things that just need a filing cabinet though.  This one was cheap at Walmart and I spray painted it purple and pink.  My office is also the guest room for my nieces.  I plan to let them decorate it with stickers next time they visit.
  10. A shoe organizer with some of the dividers cut out made a perfect organizer for my bags and tissue paper.  I may get another one to remodel for wrapping paper and bows.  One cut on the ends wire hanger made a ribbon roll organizer.  I can continue to add to this if needed by hanging a hanger onto the hanger above or attaching with string.
  11. Finally, my bathroom was in pretty good shape and I just cleaned out my closet not that long ago.  While I was at it why not make some more space though?  I did this with some very inexpensive shelves from Home Depot and one basket set from Walmart for $12.00.

Whew!  I’d like to say I am finished but is one really ever finished organizing?  There is always one more thing that needs attention.  What is your best organization tip?  Share a picture and your description or blog post on our Facebook page.

Comments (5)

  1. Melissa

    Following from Katherines Corner! Im your newest follower. =)

  2. Niha

    How did you do the shoe organiser for bags and tissur paper ?

  3. Katherines Corner

    Organization makes me happy, giggle. love the title of your post. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  4. Debi Recipes For My Boys

    I need to do this! Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures. I’ve featured you on Week 70. Please stop by my blog and grab your “featured on” button. <3 and hugs!

    1. The Contessa

      Thanks so much for the feature. This was a big job, but so worth it. Now let’s see how long it all lasts!


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