Monday, June 25, 2012

Shelf Life

Hi all!

It's time for another edition of "Kevin and Tiffany love to save money". This weekend while waiting for some friends to arrive at dinner, we found ourselves wandering through a nearby TJ Max. We headed straight for the home organization section in search of good deals on products we love, and there it was...

The Expand-a-Shelf
Once again, remember in this post when Kevin and I listed our favorite Container Store kitchen items? The expanding shelf made the top of the list for its ability to give your cabinet items stadium seating. And there it was, marked down to $6.99 (Regularly $14.99 at The Container Store).

I could not wait to try this in our spice cabinet. Here was the before...

What's that behind the ground tumeric? No one knows..

This is the view I typically see of our spices from my meager height.
And look what a difference the Expand-a-Shelf made!
Ah, spices living in peace with one another.
This product is great because I actually feel like it's easier to put things away and keep them with like items. Before I would just place whatever item I recently used in the front of the cabinet and slide farther back whatever was already there. Now everything has its own home within the cabinet. Another feature I love is that the product expands and contracts to fill your entire space. For this project, I decided not to expand it the full length of our cabinet because some of my spices are HUGE (Yay Smart and Final) and wouldn't fit on the top tier, but would block the spices behind them if placed on a lower tier. Instead I chose to leave part of the cabinet uncovered by the Expand-a-Shelf to accommodate for those taller items.

We are amazed what a difference an inexpensive item has made!

New update: Our website is looking fancier these days thanks to Kevin's hard work. Turns out he's a great husband and a wonderful business partner! Be sure to check it out:

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-Tiffany Pope

Monday, June 18, 2012

Finish your plate

This weekend, Kevin and I were able to squeeze in about 20 minutes of garage saling. It was more than worth that little time. We found the following items for a total of $7.

A chalkboard with hooks- perfect for writing notes and keeping your keys in one spot!

Three small white shelves. (Not sure where to put these...We'll probably decide after we move- more about that later).

Two cupboard shelves.
Remember how I talked about these cupboard shelves as one of our favorite kitchen products in a previous post? I am so excited we stumbled upon some while we were out. It's an inexpensive, easy to install item that can make a huge difference.

When we came home I got right to work using them to increase the space in our kitchen cabinet where we keep our plates.

This is what it looked like before...

Notice all the wasted space below! And to fit it all in the upper cabinet, our fine china had to be stacked, which is not only precarious, but makes getting to the bottom plates or bowls a major pain!

Now no grouping of items has to be stacked on top of another type of bowl or plate. Everything has its own spot, so getting to everything (and more importantly, putting everything AWAY) is so much easier. Because so much was able to be moved down, another set of cupboard shelves could enable us to store another shelf-worth of kitchen items!

As always, visit our website and click on the Request a Consultation button to get started!

-Tiffany Pope


Monday, June 11, 2012

Before Grace Before & After

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. Kevin and I got to take a trip up to our Alma mater (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) for graduation weekend. It was so nice to be amongst old friends, open space, green grass, and cows (I LOVE cows).

After a wonderful few days, we returned to our tiny one room studio, and I was quickly reminded why there is a need for what we do. Space is tight, especially in LA, and any way we can make it feel as relaxed and spread out as San Luis Obispo is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

Here's a look at a post from our personal blog that I posted when we were just moving in, before Grace was even on our radar.

Hope you enjoy and feel like you know who we are outside of our business a bit more by browsing other posts!

-Tiffany Pope

consider the lillies: Linen Closet: Before and After: I have a lot of clothes. So many, that our decently large closet wasn't quite big enough to house them all, so Kevin and I put the "leftover...

Monday, June 4, 2012

No Skeletons in the Closet

I hope you all had a great Memorial Weekend! Hubby and I were able to relax and tan on the beach, ah, it was so nice!

But I still haven't stopped thinking about our awesome trip to The Container Store recently. Getting to visit this organizing mecca is somewhat rare for us because the closest one is about 35 miles away from our house. But this month, this very month, a brand new Container Store opens in Manhattan Beach, about 6 miles from our home, and less than a mile from my work.

In great celebration of this, here are our favorite Container Store products for transforming your closet!

The closet can be one of the first areas of your home to become disorganized because of that beloved door that hides the problem from our eyes. Out of sight, out of mind. But that mess is still there every time we reopen the door. Most standard closets are not made to really utilize space well. A shelf with a rod under it is going to miss valuable space above and below.

Here are our favorite products to help you reclaim that lost space:

1. 3 Drawer Shoe Cabinet

 I absolutely love this design. This sleek cabinet can hold up to 9 women's shoes and 6 men's shoes. I love that when it is folded up, your shoes are completely concealed, but when you need them easily accessible, the shelves fold down, revealing your shoes exactly where you left them.

2. 12-Pair Shoe Organizer
 I know this is such a simple idea, but I just love how each pair of shoes has its own home, as opposed to traditional shoe shelves where shoes don't have dividers between each pair. If you are getting really serious about your organizing, you can even label what shoe goes in each box so there is no question that everything is in its place as you're cleaning up. (Oh, and picture your shoes rainbow color coordinated- lovely!)

3. Walnut 10-Scarf Hardwood Hanger
 This is such a good idea. Scarves are clothing too, why do they always get treated as if they have to be stuffed in a drawer rather than hung? This scarf hanger prevents wrinkles in scarves and keeps them easily accessible without snagging the fabric.

4. Cedar 40 Peg Tie Hanger
 The Cedar 40 Peg Tie Hanger is very similar to the Walnut 10-Scarf Hardwood Hanger, but I just couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I included them both. With 40 pegs, this tie hanger accommodates many more ties than a traditional hanger ever could. As an added bonus, the cedar helps keep your clothing smelling fresh!

5. Simple Division Closet Rod Organizers
 Department stores usually have these, why can't your closet? Of course it's a good idea to separate your clothes by type, style, season, or size, but its even better to label them and clearly distinguish the boundaries between them. Putting away clean laundry is a breeze when every garment has a clear and specific home.

6. Linen Drop Front Boxes
 I love these boxes. They're easy to stack, and because the front is magnetic, you don't have to pull a box out in order to retrieve the contents- and you can easily see everything inside! These are also great for clothes that you're storing for next season, or that you don't wear often to protect from dust.

7. Little Black Dress Hanging Jewelry Organizer by Umbra®
 What a better place to keep your jewelry than with the clothing they will be accenting? Umbra®'s jewelry organizer contains 39 clear vinyl pockets on one side and 24 hook and loop closures on the other side. It also rotates so you can even hang it on a wall and see both sides.

8. Tall Solid Shelf Dividers
Sometimes that shelf at the top of your closet can seem like a waste of space. Few items can really be stacked or placed vertically there, and then all the space above that shelf gets wasted. These shelf dividers are a great solution to that problem. You can even put a pile of folded clothes within these dividers and they will stay in a neat pile. They're also great for towels, linens, books, and purses.

These are just a few of the wonderful products The Container Store has for the closet. Be sure to check out their website for more ideas.

Happy Monday! And check out our new website too! Click on "Request a Consultation" to get started!

-Tiffany Pope

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