December 30, 2009

Getting Organized

Hello Friends~ ~
I love working in my small kitchen. Short steps from here to there but not enough storage. Does anyone really have enough storage in their kitchen. How about you? Does it seem that the more space we have the more "things" we purchase to fill it?

I have decided to expand my kitchen storage space to the diningroom. The china cabinet was full of lovely dishes that I really didn't use often. I claimed that space for dishes that I use almost daily. I've still got the red transfer ware in the kitchen on the plate rack but this white set is also used often. I got it at Ollie's a few months ago and I just love it. Do you have an Ollie's near you? It's one of my favorite discount places to shop.
The white set is Gibson I think, but I can't remember the name of the pattern. It's simple and was less than $15 for a set of 4 place settings! Of course you know I had to get 3 sets so I would have 12 settings.
The Ball jar in the back holds my black handled steak knives which I just love.

The second shelf from the bottom holds the crystal stems and tumblers that get used often too and are so pretty to look at. Above is a crystal dish with an assortment of tea bags. This way I don't have to get individual tea boxes out each evening.
The pretty little plates under the tea bags are often used for dessert.

I know that so many of you have tassles on your cabinet handles and lamp pulls. I found these keys on a red ribbon and decorate my door with them.

This little table sits at one end of the diningroom and holds a white crock with the silverware we use everyday. If we have more than 6 people we have to use the stainless from the kitchen basket. Remember when I purchased it a few weeks ago on a weekend adventure. (the post is a few down) What a dirty mess it was and look how it sparkles now. I got a polish called "Nevr-Dull. It's wadding dipped in a polish. It comes in a little blue can and worked really well without the mess of a liquid.

This is the kitchen counter right by the door to the diningroom. We don't have an eat in kitchen so as we set the table for meals the stainless is right by the doorway and easy to grab. I know most folks put their stainless in a drawer but for me it's just to much bother to open and close the drawer all day long so this little organizing basket works great for us.
And of course my Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils by the basket in the kitchen. I have them stashed all over the house. I add a few drops of these to bottles of filtered water and we drink them all day long. They are great to boost the immune system and they flavor the water nicely. Around here we drink mostly water, no sodas or juice.
I just noticed the little plactic bracelet by the diningroom chair. See it, it's a green one? My cats love playing with those bracelets better than a $5 cat toy.

My four white diningroom chairs got a holiday decoration this year and I wanted to share it with you. It's almost time to take the decorations down for the season. My Mother always took her tree down and all the decorations on New Years Day. How about you, when will you put your tree away? I'm still undecided. Remember last year I had my tree up and decorated for Easter! That was a first. Let's see if I can hang in there till at least Valentines Day.

I love the way these old bottles I've been emblishing sparkle in the candlelight.
It feels so good to begin organizing the house. If you have any hints that would like to share about organizing your home please leave a comment. I appreciate your taking the time to do so. I would love to hear your thoughts.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am planning to use my china cabinet to store glass ware and dishes I use often. I think that is a great idea. Love your special touches here and there!

Janet Marie said...

I like how you are storing your dishes. I also like the set, simple white, my favorite.

Happy New Year!

Karin said...

I may just have to implement some of those clever ideas in my home, Ahrisha! I love how your ideas are practical and pretty at the same time. I really like the silverware displayed in the basket and the dishes in your hutch. Great ideas to simplify mealtime ~ Thanks!

vignette design said...

I like your ideas for storage. For me, it wouldn't matter how much storage I had, I would fill it up! Always looking for more space. And I'm very disorganized. Maybe in 2010, I can get organized! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. Nice to meet you. --Delores

Janean said...

ooooooooh, the keys and the last photo with all the white, along with your gorgeous cabinet FULL of "eye candy!" all of it is wonderful. thanks for sharing!!!