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Organize and DIY Your Refrigerator with Placemats

Happy Friday!  Do you ever get an idea in your head and decide you need to do it right then and there, no matter what time it is?  Some of my closest friends think I’m hyper.  I prefer to define myself as I like to stay busy.

A few Friday nights ago the hubby had already gone to sleep and that’s when the refrigerator started bugging me.  Marinade from the steaks had spilled over, the catsup bottle was put away sticky and the milk was expired.  Ever experience this?


My spurt of energy began at midnight and by 1:00 a.m. my refrigerator was the bomb.  I tossed food and cleaned the fridge shelves and doors. My cleaner of choice for all things dirty is Krud Kutter.  L.O.V.E love it!  Then I came up with a marvelous idea.


I decided the red and blue checked July 4 placemats would do the trick to dress up the refrigerator shelves and also save them from future spills and disaster.  After all, the no stick shelf liner and contact paper came from the Dollar store so I wasn’t freaking out on cost.  If they get thrown out it won’t hurt my feelings.  You could also use the shelf liner without the contact paper protection, which is what I will do in the future if I have to replace the existing liners.

full refrig

I call the top shelf my healthy shelf.  Well, except for the mayonnaise.  But I don’t like mayo except when it’s mixed with other items for a dressing.  The yogurt and cottage cheese are good choices.  Although it contains sugar, my raspberry and strawberry jam are musts for me too!  It’s perfect with a toasted bagel and a little cream cheese.  Am I making you hungry yet?

top shelf red

I alternated the placemats between the red and blue and used some additional liner, cut to size, for the bins.  I won’t show you every shelf.  I’m sure you get the idea.  But here’s the bottom shelf that holds all kinds of drinks.

bottom shelf blue

This is a nice way to add some order to the refrigerator for a very small cost.  Who knows, maybe you’ll find an hour this weekend to tackle your own?  What do you do to organize your refrigerator?

I’m linking to a couple of blog parties; go check them out when you have a chance!  Tatortots and Jello and Serenity Now.

Have a great weekend!


Organize–Command Book and Kitchen Station

It’s been at least a year since I downloaded   a command center guide from  Simplify 101 and I finally looked at it over the weekend.  Aby Garvey is one smart woman and then I said so am I!  Because I put together a similar book 17 years ago and I was still using it so you can imagine how it looked.  And the inside was even worse. Sadly, a percentage of the folks had passes away. I still had a list of my sons friends from middle and high school and he’s a senior in college. It was time to clean it up. I also thought I better clean up the “drop area”.  Do you have one of those?  And does it get as messy as this?

old bookBefore command center

Here’s what it looks like now.

Kitchen Command Center

The white catch-all dish is something I picked up at the Goodwill a couple of weeks ago.  I love the scalloped trip on it.  I diy’d  the 3 drawer storage and you can read about it here.

Command Center 1

Command center 3

Cute notebook, right? Both it and the dividers are from Carolinapad, design by JACK!E.  Since it’s just the two of us I only need minimal information.  There are 4 tabs, plus a front page with emergency information and a back page with safety information.  The four tabs are addresses, medical, misc. and a folder with pockets that contains take-out menus.

book and dividers

Notebook CoverNotebook Sec 1

Sec 2Menu Sec

Now let’s hope it stays organized.  Have you done any organizing lately?


Organize–Under The Kitchen Sink

It was a quiet weekend at home this weekend.  We took some long walks in between rainstorms, did a small bit of shipping and lot’s of organizing.  I’ll be sharing some of those this week.  Some are so simple and cheap to do.  All it really cost is a little time.

I don’t know about you, but under my kitchen sink is where I put my focus, but for some reason, this weekend it caught my attention.  Here’s a before and after pic.  Maybe the camera doesn’t show it, but trust me, the change was big.

After - Under the SinkBefore - Under the Sink

After - Under the Sink

I had everything on hand.  I changed out the liner, and washed the inside walls and garbage can down.  The containers are from the Dollar Store and left  over from the bridal shower I gave for my niece.  The bins were used to hold game supplies.

As I said, simple and quick, but since I am always putting something in the garbage it’s nice to look at an organized space!

I also organized the silverware, dish towels and miscellaneous utensil drawer.  Have you ben organizing anything yet in 2013?

Tomorrow I’ll shown you my new command media book!  Happy Monday!


Fall Decor: Mantel & Kitchen

Happy Monday everyone!  How was your weekend?  As I mentioned last Friday, I had two things I really wanted to  accomplish this weekend.  First, I needed to find a dress for my nieces upcoming wedding and second, I desperately needed to be put the garage back to some kind of order.  I’m happy to say I can check both off my list and bonus, I even competed two quick and simple DIY projects which I’ll  be sharing later this week.

Today I wanted to show you my Fall Mantel and the rest of the house decor I haven’t posted yet.  I don’t have any big garish decorations, just simple touches throughout the house.  And since my son is older now I don’t put up Halloween decor like witches, spiders,etc.

The mantel in the family room is always a challenge to decorate because the flat screen TV is directly above the fireplace and the speakers sit on the mantel shelf.  There’s really only a small amount of space on the left and right of the mantel so I try to use it correctly.

Front view

I found the vases at Michaels on clearance for $3.00 each and the pumpkins on a stick in the Albertsons grocery floral department.

Left Close Up R Close Up

Here’s the kitchen table.  It will continue to evolve as the flowers wilt and need to be tossed.

Full View

Kitchen Bouquet

Kitch Boquet Close Up 3

Kitchen Fall Collage

If you want to see what other Fall adds I’ve made so far you can click on the links below.

Fall Floral

Fall Porch

Have a wonderful Monday!