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 into the base of the cabinet using the screws provided. This way they won’t slip and slide or have my pans tip out and land on someones head.

To keep the microwave plug out of the way I used my favorite product – Command Brand. I bought some that are made for corralling cords (Command Cord Clips) and used it to hold the plug cord out of the way.

All installed and ready to load up!

Everything fits perfectly! The rack spaces are wide enough to hold even a cake pan.

These new racks are perfect because they hold all the cookie sheets, cake pans, cupcake pans, and everything in between without taking up valuable real estate in the lower cabinets. There is even enough room above to drill new pinholes and rehang the shelf for even more storage.

Obviously if you have any venting in your cabinet above your stove this won’t work, but think outside the box a little! These organizers will work in any other cabinet or your pantry.

Expect a few more organizing posts as I’ve been on a rampage making this kitchen as functional as possible! I love getting organized and having a specific home for every single item we own.

PS I’ll be pinning fall DIY ideas for True Value all week! Check them out here & let me know what projects you want to do! True Value Fall Moments Pin Board

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links. This is not a sponsored post.


     

Hooks are hung, stuff is organized.

I guess since I posted about the guest bathroom yesterday I’ll just segue into a post about some organizational stuff I’ve done in all the bathrooms.

Let’s start with the kids’ bathroom since it is by far the worst/messiest disaster of a bathroom in the house. If I didn’t know better I’d say the kids have been raised in a barn. Here’s their tub/shower.

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Are you picking up a mess vibe? Ya? Me too. In their defense, they simply cannot reach any type of shower organizer that hangs from the shower head. They are kids. Kids are not tall. They also can’t reach the window ledge or the towel bar, so putting items on those surfaces is not an option either (and hello, totally not cute either!).

Command has these new HUGE shower Caddies that look durable and actually stick to your wall with their awesome command strips that I am obsessed with instead of suction cups. (I am not affiliated with 3M or Command. I was not paid to review or write this post. This is not a sponsored/paid post. They did however send me a few of the items mentioned in this post.)

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In addition to the caddy I also hung several hooks. Check out how clean everything looks now!

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I hung the shower caddy low enough that they can both reach it without any acrobatic effort on their part. I also hung a Multi-Hook for all their loofas. Can you tell my son is a tween now? He’s totally into everything “Axe”. Oye.

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While I was in there I also hung a command hook inside the shower for wet swimsuits. It seems logical to have them drip inside the tub instead of all over the wall, baseboard, and floor.

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I also added a few more hooks on the wall next to the tub for the towels. These are more temporary for us as I will eventually hang some beautiful moulding with hardware in there, but for the time being until I can do the bathroom reno these hooks work flawlessly.

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The guest bathroom also got a caddy and a single hook. I can’t believe these caddies are large and strong enough to hold my oversized shampoo and conditioner.

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And following suit, the master shower got organized as well. This time I also added a holder for my razor.

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I like how the razor just barely squeezes between the wall and soap dish. It’s like it was meant to be.

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At our old house I had to use an over-the-door organizer that wasn’t even made for a shower. I wanted to have a caddy but one that goes over the shower-head wouldn’t fit because of the ill-placed soap dish, and I couldn’t use a suction cup one because the tile was textured. These adhesive Command caddies would have been the perfect solution there.

Old house solution:

You may remember I even attempted to remove the soap dish for the sole purpose of hanging a shower organizer. That didn’t quite go as planned…

Another predicament I had in our new bathroom is that there is literally no wall space to put hooks for towels. Zilch. I wanted to do what I did in our old bathroom and hang some pretty hooks…

…but nope. No room. So I did the next best thing. I hung hooks directly on the shower door. Also, don’t be too jealous of my salmon-colored walls. I know you want them in your bathroom.

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Honestly, I am loving this way more than I thought I would. Yay for awesome solutions to annoying first world problems.

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My closet even got a pretty double hook for my robe to hang on. I’d show you the closet but seriously, it’s in no condition to be exposed like that. We’re talking, total gut and overhaul needed in there.

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Okay, and two more non-bathroom related ways I’ve organized around here. First off, I put a command hook (one of their really nice fancy metal ones) on the wall in the mud room for my purse.

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And last but not least, I picked up these baskets at the dollar store I believe? I’m pretty sure they are from the dollar store. Anyway, I got some command hooks and hung the baskets on the wall in the mud room. I also obviously put some shelving in there for all the kids crap, beach towels, laundry stuff, socks, etc. Pretty much everything that would go in a mud room. I need to get started on some built-ins pretty darn quick!

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So basically each kid has a basket. All their stuff goes into the baskets (either stuff I’ve collected while cleaning, or stuff they’ve put in from school or whatever). Once a day they have to take the basket to their room, put everything away, and return the basket to the hook. So far it’s worked well. We’ll see once the novelty wears off. :)

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So, ya, basically I’m obsessed with command hooks and strips. Seriously. I’m obsessed. I have an entire little drawer in my kitchen dedicated to brand-new unused strips and hooks. I hang EVERYTHING up with them. If you want to see a few more ways I’ve organized with Command products, check out A Few Little Updates to my Daughter’s Room, “$2 Outdoor Wreaths Tutorial (Christmas)”, and “Taking Command of the Stockings”.

I tried to link the shower organizing stuff to amazon for ya, but they don’t have it. I know the shower caddy and hooks are available at Walmart. All other command products CAN be found on amazon. Here’s a quick link to the Command store on amazon.

I am not affiliated with 3M or Command. I was not paid to review or write this post. I just really am a huge mega fan of their stuff.


     

A few little updates to my daughter’s room

Well hello my friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I appreciate all your sweet comments and support from my previous post about digging out of debt and following Dave Ramsey’s financial plan.

I’ve been trying to tie up little loose ends around the house and this weekend I tackled a project I’ve been meaning to do for probably a year. It took me a total of about 10 minutes. I don’t know why I put these little things off for so long! Both quick projects were in my daughter’s room. I’ve been trying to just finish up this room but it’s all the little finishing touches that I really drag out for far too long!

For starters, she has a full length mirror in her closet:

It has been leaning up against the wall and I’ve been meaning to hang it up so it’s easier for her to use. I finally got around to hanging it, and instead of putting it up on the wall behind her dresses, I stuck it on the inside of her closet door.

It’s so low because she’s a kid and is short! As she grows I’ll move it higher for her, but this height makes sense for her right now.

I have been getting more and more addicted to a new product lately. Have you guys seen the command strips by 3M? These things are the best! I really love the velcro ones for hanging pictures.

I have a serious phobia about wasting random office supplies (I’m whackadoo, I know) so to have these stretch further I like to cut them in half.

If you are using the velcro ones, you just take the top half of your cut and stick it to the bottom half. It’s like a two-fer.

I usually will stick the strips to my frame first, then peel off the paper backing and stick the whole thing to the wall.

One more little update I did was to hang a necklace holder under her earrings frame. I found this cute little knob holder at Hobby Lobby on clearance oh, probably a year ago?, and I’m just now getting around to hanging it. Once again, it took me like 3 minutes tops.

I hung it the same way – with the command strips. Just cut ‘em in half, stick them to the back of your holder, and then slap them up on the wall.

So much easier and less messy than a hammer and nails. And if you ever want to move your frames, there are no holes in your sheetrock. Can you see why these are quickly becoming my favorite go-to item?

Finally, two more little things to check off my daughter’s room list. So close!

PS, this post is not sponsored by anyone. I am writing about command strips because I love them.


     
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