35 uses for IKEA’s VARIERA plastic bag dispenser

As you probably know, IKEA is one of my favorite stores. They have so many great products and many of their products are perfect for altering or "hacking". IKEA's VARIERA plastic bag holder is no exception. This versatile product can be used in literally dozens of different ways. Here's the basic VARIERA plastic bag holder from IKEA. It's purpose is to hold plastic grocery bags. This item is great as-is, hung in a kitchen, mud room, or laundry room. BUT! There are also so many other really cool uses for the VARIERA plastic bag holder. This item gets pretty darn creative when you … [Read more...]

Make your own drawer dividers/organizers

I can't believe I forgot to show you this awesome project in our last house. I was going through old photos and came across these and had such a doh! moment when I realized I never shared this. So, for those trying to keep up with every place we've ever lived, this was our 2nd house in Austin (our country house), before we moved here to Colorado. And to confuse you even more, this was post-renovation on our kitchen in that house. And just to make things even more interesting, Ben's company just went through a merger and his company was the one getting bought out, so now things are … [Read more...]

How to build your own closet built-ins using a Billy bookcase (IKEA hack)

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing a quick and easy tutorial from our last house, Kinsey's bedroom specifically, that can easily be applied to any reach-in closet. The tutorial of the day - how to build your own closet built-ins using a Billy bookcase from Ikea, a few pieces of MDF, several 1x2s, and a clothing rod. I've also got a great tutorial for installing shelving in a closet here. To complete this project you will need (affiliate links): Billy bookcase extra Billy shelves for the bookcase 1/2"x11"x{length you need to fit in your closet} MDF or shelving material wooden … [Read more...]

How to organize bags, purses, and scarves in a tweens room

We have been slooooooowly getting organized at our new house. It always takes so long to feel moved in and totally comfortable at a new house. I heard the other day that it takes at least two years living in a new location to finally feel acclimated and at home. We've only been in Colorado 9 months so I guess I should stop being so hard on myself. I've really been focusing on making our kids feel settled in, totally comfortable, and "at-home" since the move so I've been focusing a lot of my energy on making sure they have friends and are involved in the community. Also, making their … [Read more...]

Command Hooks for the win!

I can't believe I forgot to share this simple storage solution with you guys. This is from our last house in Austin before we moved to Denver (oh man, I miss that kitchen!). I took some command hooks and stuck them inside the cabinet where I store the kitchenaid mixer. Now I can hang all the attachments so I can easily find them yet they are out of the way. Do you have any really amazing storage solutions for your kitchen? I'd love to hear them! Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend! … [Read more...]

Curtain tiebacks as mudroom hooks

I've been putting off doing any permanent storage in our mudroom/laundry room. I've been holding off; wanting to wait until I can install the mudroom of my dreams, complete with lots of storage, a bench to sit on, and hooks for backpacks and coats. Well, we've been here a year and a half, and this is just not a practical goal. Backpacks and coats have been strewn all over the floor, and the kids have started avoiding the mudroom completely and dumping all their bags, books, coats, and shoes in my dining room every day. Enough is enough! I created a temporary (but probably less … [Read more...]

Organizing in the kitchen: bakeware

Now that our kitchen is finally totally finished (minus painting some baseboards), I have gotten busy trying to make it organized. Today I'm tackling the cabinet above the microwave: This cabinet is perfect for tall items like cookie sheets and cake pans. Instead of stacking them all on top of one another I think they would be easier to find and use if they are stacked upright in a row. I headed to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picked up two of these mesh organizer racks (similar can be found here). When I got back home I tested them out and they fit perfectly! I screwed them … [Read more...]