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Organized Life… In The Kitchen?

With three kids and a full-time job, trying to get/ stay organized is one of my most important goals. I have tried and previously failed (with expensive planners with too little room, here’s looking at you, Erin Condren, and with good, yet impracticable, ideas and intentions on staying organized), however, this is a never-ending goal and with that, I have gone a more practical route. I have decided to stay organized in a heavily used room, the kitchen, rather than a room that is used less often (but really should be as often), the laundry room.

So, here are some pictures of the large kitchen wall, which was empty until yesterday. Please ignore the chipped paint. And the color of the wall. I painted this years ago and loved it at the time, but now I think it’s just too dark, so the color will change. What I do want you to look at are the two items my boyfriend hung up last night. I bought them both at Hobby Lobby. The three sectional wire in-box thing is perfect for my kid’s school papers. I am hoping to prevent the issue with my kids shoving their school papers in my face at the worst times (under the bathroom door right after I get home from work or in my face while I am running around trying to get 4 people ready and out the door in the morning, etc…). Hopefully they simply put their school papers here after school and while making dinner I can work through the papers to keep it empty.


FullSizeRender(2) FullSizeRender(1) FullSizeRenderThe chalkboard will be used as a menu. I did this for several reasons. One of which is my boyfriend is the pickiest eater and while I love to work around his preferences, sometimes I want to eat what I want to eat (less meat, lots of cheese and pasta, etc…). This way he can see what we’re having and decide if he needs to pick-up something to eat or fend for himself with what we have on hand. Another reason this board will be used as a menu is because I have two older children who are responsible for planning and cooking their menu, one day a week, each. My son has chosen Wednesday, so he will be in charge of finding a recipe, while trying to accommodate everyone’s preferences, and will cook the meal, with my supervision and direction, of course. My older daughter will chose another day and do the same thing. When it’s their day of the week, they get to write their menu on the board and take pride in what they have picked-out and made.

What’s not shown is what I ordered yesterday:


This is called, Cups for Days, and you can find it here. I love this because it will free up my two upper cabinets being used for cups (5 people means a lot of cups), kids can easily grab a cup themselves, and it’s gorgeous! This will be going to the right of the metal in-box so it will be closer for people to grab a cup. Because the cups will be in-sight, I will be getting rid of our current cups and switching to mason jars. Luckily my kids are older so using glass jars is possible.

With all of these dark-colored objects, it really makes me want to lighten up the kitchen color and add pops of color around the darker objects on the wall, with colorful frames or artwork. Any ideas on paint colors or fun things to lighten up the kitchen (both in color and seriousness)?


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