Hallway Organization

Hallway Organization

I was finally able to get the Closetmaid 9 Cube Storage Cabinet after a few months of waiting for it to go on sale. It was easy to put together and took maybe 45 minutes total. In the before picture, I used a shoe storage cabinet with some shelving removed to make room for the cloth baskets. In the after picture, the new cloth cubes hold much more than the old cloth baskets and thus more can fit in a smaller space. What took the entire area in the before picture, only needs the space of the new 9 cube storage area. I am going to leave the 2 corner shelf units in the area for now, but I don’t know if I will even need them. I think they will be finding new...

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The G5 George Foreman Grill

The G5 George Foreman Grill

For Christmas, from my parents, we received a G5 George Foreman Grill. It came with 5 interchangeable plates; and after the holidays, we purchased two more – the omelet plates. We now have 7 plates and about 4 different combinations: #1: Grill plates. Anything you want to drain fat off of is best cooked on these. I find that it doesn’t drain as well as I would like with it set to the highest tilt setting, so I add an upside down drippings tray behind the back support and then it drains perfectly. We grill chicken pieces and 2 lb slabs of ground turkey on these grill plates the most. We tried something a little different and cooked some tater tots the other day. I call them tater squats since the heaviness of the top plate squished them – but they were still really good and crispy too. #2: Waffle plates. This is an obvious one. It makes waffles. We make organic whole grain waffles that come out beautifully. Heat the grill on high until the green light goes off. Fill with batter according to directions – I think it says 1/3 cup and I use that on each side. Close. The green light will come back on shortly and then when it goes back off the waffles are done. I think it takes about 3-4 minutes for them too cook. Much better than my Waffle Maker which is going bye, bye. Any takers? #3: Flat plate. We have cooked tater tots on it so far. But the booklet says it can make pizza, eggs, cookies, biscuits… well, just about anything you can cook in a pan where you don’t need the fat to be drained. We plan to make corn bread on it next and see how that goes. I would love to try pizza. With this plate orientation, the flat grill goes on the bottom and then the top grill/steak plate goes on top. In the picture below, the top omelet plate was used since I wanted to see if it would work too and it did. #4: The omelet plates. These have to be the coolest plates. So far, we have made egg white omelets and brownies. Making omelets on this grill has to cut breakfast prep time in half. I saw in the booklet that brownies could be made, so I HAD to check it out. I mixed up the batter like usual and filled the 3 reservoirs to the top (should have put a little less but it still worked out) and closed the lid. I think it took maybe 9 minutes and they were done. They are about twice the size of a...

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Even More Space Bags

Even More Space Bags

Once I proved to myself that the Space Bags did so well organizing the attic, I waited until the following month to get more. And when I did, I went through my jackets, sweaters, and small rugs to fill more space bags. Lots of sweaters fit in one of these jumbo Space Bags… Just a few shy of 40! Small rugs did pretty well too. I didn’t have too many but enough to make the space bag worth it. I started with more rugs but donated a lot of them knowing I would just be wasting storage space if I held onto them. I have room to expand if...

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Dots

Dots

I was watching an episode of The Stagers on HGTV and I saw the coolest wall decor. A whimsical way to update the look of a room – minimal cost and reusable. The product is called DottiLicious by WallCandy Arts. DottiLicious consists of 80 circles of various sizes (1″ to 10″) and colors (pink, blue, green, yellow, brown) that can but stuck to a wall and then removed and stuck again when a change is wanted. On the episode of The Stagers, they decorated a baby room with the dots, but I think they could be used just about anywhere. What I think is really cool is that these are removable. The dots can be moved from one room to another or taken from one home to another. Also, this is a nice way to decorate a rental when painting is not allowed or putting too many holes in the walls is discouraged. The company, WallCandy Arts, has other removable wall decorations...

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New Ikea Couch

New Ikea Couch

During my most recent trip to the Baltimore Area, I was able to go visit my favorite store in the world – Ikea! My purpose on this visit was to purchase a couch I had wanted for about 2 years now. While the color that I wanted had changed (due to the original color no longer available), my fondness for the Tylosand couch did not waver. Here is a picture of the couch in our living room. The couch is a sectional and can be divided in the middle into 2 separate mini couches. It may look a little small in the picture, but it is 94″ long (7′ 10″). The color is a deep violet-red. As you can see with Veda on the back of the couch, our cats are fond of it too. Also, in the picture, you can see our little, inexpensive, storage ottomans that I found at Bed Bath & Beyond and maroon curtains from Hancock Fabrics. One of the best things about Ikea furniture is on the wood does not come from intact natural forests, they apply the German E1 standard to wooden products, they apply the Finnish regulations to their textiles, and they do not permit the use of paints and varnishes containing formaldehyde additives. The German E1 standard for wooden products and Finnish regulations for textiles are currently the strictest within their field worldwide. This along with so many other reasons is why Ikea is my favorite...

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