Kitchen Organization & More Changes

January makes me want to get organized or at least re-arrange things. The kitchen is often the best place to start. My pantry is always in need of reorganizing. It is like laundry-- never quite done ;) A few years back, we hung a painted peg board for the pans on the inside of the pantry. It's a great use of a small space and worth sharing again, along with a few little updates I have made to the kitchen.

Use 's' clips to hold the pans against the peg board.

I moved my cook books from the top of the pantry to the counter, easier to reach. A canister of tools and this new fun pot act as book ends.

Mismatched (but coordinating!) canisters for confectioners sugar, flour, and granulated sugar. 

The pot is from Hobby Lobby- new in their spring decor section. My "&"  is also from HL.

Just as good as fresh flowers, but better because you can eat them! Fruit under glass and in a basket pulls double duty as decor and a healthy snack.

The glass cabinets are perfect for white dishes, glassware and some silver. Most of the items on the top shelf are from thrifting. The white urn is my most recent. My 'regular' cabinets hold our 'regular' stuff-- plastic cups, mismatched kids plates, and an array of random coffee mugs. (It's nice to have a place to hide the practical parts of life.)

These bottles are from my sister-in-law's baby shower a few years ago. They were filled with pink lemonade from Central Market at the time they were purchased. But since they were so pretty, I couldn't bear to throw them away when the party was over. I soaked off the labels and kept them.  I like how they look all lined up in the cabinet. And I can now refill them with water, tea or lemonade when I have company over. They make a simple Crystal Light drink look fancy! (Although if you ask me in front of my guests, I will swear that it is hand-squeezed lemonade fresh from the lemon. Ha!)

Remember this project? These were glass-front drawers, but I could never keep them filled with anything very interesting. So I painted over the glass with chalkboard paint.

Are you changing or re-arranging anything this month? 

On the same note as 'changing and re-arranging'-- I wanted to let you know that I am closing the doors on my small business. With the clothing aspect not working out, my heart isn't in the accessory side anymore. It is too much work, for too small of a reward. So I am shutting down my Etsy shop and my wholesale business as well.

I feel good about this decision. Balancing the small business, along with my family, and this blog has been a lot. I spent most of my time feeling like I was trying to hold onto 1,000 helium balloons at once. They were beautiful, so colorful and exciting. But those balloons kept tugging me this way and that. It was hard to keep my feet on the ground. I was always afraid that one balloon would get away from me, slip through my fingers when I wasn't looking.  So instead of being afraid of losing my balloons-- I am cutting them free. Snipping the strings and letting them go. I feel like I can see the dream of my small business floating away into the sky. It is surprisingly a peaceful sight.

I am happy that I had the opportunity to hold so much. That I was once the girl with all those balloons. But now that my hands are free, I am excited about the possibilities of what is to come.

Thank you for always being so supportive.

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