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Organised Larder Cupboard Love

I am very proud of my newly organised larder cupboard! ¬†As any regular visitor to my blog will know I have very much a love/hate relationship with organising. I so WANT to be that super organised and tidy person but then life seems to get in the way, as do children’s toys, coats, shoes etc – you know what I mean –

Sometimes I taunt myself by going on to Pinterest and searching for things such as ‘organised cupboards’ and pinning lots of images. Things I know will never happen in my house, but I am determined to keep trying and each week it is getting better.

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Very slowly, we are becoming a more organised household. I am taking baby steps and started off with our kitchen cupboards and larder. (I also tackled the cupboard under the sink in the bathroom but I will save you all the thrill of that for another day! ūüėČ )

It all started with reading a piece about Kirsty Allsopp’s Home¬†¬†and seeing her organised and to be honest quite beautifully staged larder.

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When I compared it to my own, I tried not to get thoroughly depressed (and failed) but decided that I would attempt some small scale re-organisation of ours. At the time it was looking like this…..

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I appreciate how lucky we are to have this space, but one of the drawbacks is out of sight, out of mind mentality that tends to find us holding onto stuff and putting in the cupboard, never to be used again. Also being a rented property we are a little cautious about adding too much and trying to work with what is in place.

Whilst sorting stuff out I came across a few forgotten about gems, like my handheld¬†steam cleaner. Armed with my phone I also took photos of things we hadn’t used in ages, like our coffee machine. I then posted it for sale on a local items for sale Facebook page and it was sold and collected within an hour!

I put items at the very top that we don’t use that often such as extra wine glasses, carafes and¬†water jugs. I then tried to group the food into things like pasta and rice, baking ingredients, tins and sauces so that finding things became easier. Also having food items not very visible meant I was often purchasing things we already had in the larder.

You may not notice a whole lot of difference in the after photos but I can sense and feel the small steps I have taken towards being more organised and the best bit is we have kept it this way for nearly a fortnight.

tidier larder pantry

If I am totally honest with myself I will never have a Pintrest worthy larder. However I now have a MORE organised cupboard/larder which has got to be the most important thing!

If you have any organisation tips (especially for cupboards!) please feel free to share or add a link in the comments section.

 

 


Getting organised for the Easter Holidays

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I have to say that I am really looking forward to the Easter Holidays. After what has felt like a VERY long 3 months the Easter holidays mark the beginning of Spring and new hope. I have been putting together lots of ideas for things to do with many of them being centred around getting organised and more streamlined in the house. I can see us becoming on familiar terms with the charity shops and tip during all this. I also have a few upcycling projects that I am determined to complete too. Time will tell if I have bitten off more than I can chew!!

I also love the holidays as a chance to try and catch up with my friends and our children which with our busy term time lives we never get a chance to fit in. Weekends in term time end up being such a precious commodity than get booked up weeks in advance.

I have created a planner you can download to help get organised and keep track of key dates/events you have coming up over the holidays. Some of my friends have 3 week Easter holidays so have created 2 versions, one for 3 weeks and one for 2 weeks. Mine is already filling up and I have started by filling in our days out so I can then add in when I want to get bits and pieces at home done. Hopefully this should spur me on into getting things done and far less procrastination than I am used to.

 

2015 Easter Holidays 2 wk

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2015 Easter Holidays 2 wk

2015 Easter Holidays


Family Command Centres for the Drop Zone

I am totally addicted to Pintrest and use it to get tons of ideas for crafts, interiors and children’s activities.¬†Families in the USA seem to have some great ideas for keeping organised which if you¬†are on¬†here regularly know that this is something I am always trying to¬†be better at. One of the things I have come across are ‘Family Command Centres’ which always seem to look stylish and practical¬†(and oh so ever organised). We are fortunate to have quite a big entrance hall but the downside of this is that it can become a real dumping ground. This is called the ‘drop zone’ or ‘landing strip’ in super organised circles (I believe) and I have been coming across some gorgeous ¬†‘Drop Zone Command Centre’¬†pins.

Hallway ideas from www.realsimple.com

Hallway ideas from www.realsimple.com

Hallway organisation found on www.thebudgetdecorator.com

Hallway organisation found on www.thebudgetdecorator.com

Upcycled lovliness found at http://blissfulblooms.blogspot.co.uk

Upcycled lovliness found at http://blissfulblooms.blogspot.co.uk

Super neat hallway found on Pintrest

Super neat hallway found on Pintrest

One of my best friend’s has just moved house and her husband had made the most amazing shelf unit out of some simple wood and then it had been painted – guess what? – in my beloved chalk paint. I just fell in love with it. I was a very lucky girl¬†and was made my own as a birthday present, to the dimensions I wanted for the exact spot I plan to create our ‘drop zone’ or ‘landing strip’ organisation centre. I am afraid that this will be a bit of a project that will be on the back burner with Christmas coming up but as soon as it is all set up I will be sharing my before and after pictures.

Would love to hear if you have anything similar or great ideas for hallway organisation. If you want to have a look at all the great ideas I have pinned you can check out my Pintrest board here

Follow Dominique’s board Family Command Centres on Pinterest.

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com


Fumbling along – not anymore, the photography bug has got me again……

The last few weeks have been pretty intense for us as a family and we have had to make some hard decisions as to where our future is and whether to change our lives quite dramatically next year due to our business not moving in the direction we had hoped.

I have also been taking the Jumpstart 2015 course from Christina Greve¬†Christina is a photographer and a life coach and her course so far has been really enlightening. It has really made me realise that although I have been loving my blog I haven’t really had a direction or a passion. For years my real passion was photography but I lost my way. I started trying to get too technical and theoretical and forgot about what it was I loved when taking photographs. The simplicity of a beautiful image, capturing a moment and seeking the detail in small things. As a result I have decided that 2015 is the year I am really going to try and get back to this passion. My kit has been dusted down and upgraded, I have dug out all my old pictures to really inspire me again and I want to start documenting the beauty around us. The gallery below is some of my old work with the last six being my most recent.

My other plan for 2015 is to become far more organised and tidy. For people who know me they will be laughing their socks off! However I can no longer cope with the disorganisation and the clutter in both my mind and our home so life in 2015 is going to be simplified big time. We have far too much stuff and it just causes clutter. I will try to document my efforts and maybe if you feel the same way we could try and encourage each other to live a simpler, less complicated life in 2015.