Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Cleaning, Organizing & Inventory of Stock

Most of you all know by now that I keep a well stocked up food storage. As an extreme couponer this is our trademark...stocking up a bit of everything in large quantities.
 
Two weeks ago a did a good clean out of my food storage, cupboards and kitchen pantry. Everything was organized, cleaned and a large inventory of needed items were added to the notebook for stocking up.
 
This is the kitchen pantry. I keep this closet stocked up and when it dwindles down I bring out of the stock pile to fill it up again. Here it is cleaned and stocked.
 
 
As a gluten free vegan I keep the mesh shoe hanger on the right side very well stocked with all my specialty flours and seasonings.

 
the other side view...

 
There is never enough paper towels.

 
And when my kitchen pantry goes down in products I just need to open this door to my food storage. This room has everything in large quantities. The large bins are full of cosmetics, bath soaps, toothpaste, razors & tooth brushes.
 
Here is one side.

 
Here's part of the top.

 
another side
 


 
5 shelves full of shampoos & conditioners
 


 
Large amounts of toilet paper, napkins and dish detergents that I got for free.


 
Here is one cosmetic bin...there are now a total of 3 bins full of makeup.

 
Now that those closets are done, I must now do the linen closet. Until then keep cleaning and keep organizing.
 
 


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hanging Shoe Organizers Are Not Only For Shoes

Hello
 
So happy you stopped by.
 
As Spring continues to refresh us with sunshine and great weather, let us also continue on our Spring cleaning and organizing.
 
Many of you have hanging shoe organizers in your bedroom closets...but these great organizers are not only good for shoes, they can organize in place many small items that need a proper home.
 
In my home, there's a hanging shoe organizer hanging from the inside of every closet door I have. They organize everything that is needed in that room. 
 
Lets begin with the bathroom.
 
In the bathroom we use many items to keep us refreshed...like bath soaps, toothpaste & toothbrushes, razors, floss, colognes...etc...etc.
Finding places to store these items requires drawers, baskets and closets...which can become costly. Why not try a hanging shoe organizer hanging behind the bathroom door to house all those items, like the one I have in my home.
 
 
 
Everything fits nicely and at your fingertips when needed.



 
They are great to hang inside the kitchen pantry. My organizing shoe hanger holds all my specialty gluten free vegan flours, baking sprays, envelope spices & honey.
 
 
As an extreme couponer I have too much of everything, so inside my food storage closet I have one organizer holding extra dental floss, toothbrushes, lip care & lip gloss, popcorn, mustard, razors and vitamins.
 

 
 
If you are in need of organizing many small items around your home, try using hanging shoe organizers, they can make life a bit easier and lighter on the wallet.
 
By living frugally, we can stay away from debt.
Have a great week.
 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dazzling Up Bath Towels & Curtains Frugaliciously

Decorating does not have to break the bank unless a major project occurs.
 
By applying simple ornaments like necklaces and broaches to your bath towels and window curtains you can dazzle up and bling out any room.
 
Use necklaces and broaches to give your bathroom some style. Here are some photos of how I
decorate my bathroom.
 





 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
These shell necklaces are being used as tie backs.
 
 
Belts are fabulous to use as tie backs...its very chick.
 
 
 
Living room curtains
 
 
You do not have to spend a lot of money  to dazzle up any room, just use your jewelry as the best accessory in decorating. I buy all my necklaces, belts and broaches at flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales.
 
 Be creative, but most of all be frugal.



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Old Bathroom Shelf Makeover

Hi Everyone
I hope you are all doing well.
 
Here at home its been a ruff last 2 weeks for me, but now that all my medical tests came out negative, I am happy.  Throughout all the x-rays, scans and many tests done I have been trying to complete my long "to do" list. I wanted to share with you what I did with a shelf in my bathroom. This bathroom really needed a mini makeover and I will be sharing slowly what I have done to it before I show the completed mini makeover.
 
Here is my shelf, it was a cream color and it looks sad next to my cream walls. So check out what I did with it.

This is the before shelf...(2) pictures

 
 
This is the after photo and this is the way it is now.
 
 
This is what I did with the shelf:
I painted the shelf with a satin green base taupe color and after 2 coats I then stained the shelf with a brown stain; rubbing the stain off as soon as I applied it with a rag and then I re-staining it once more to give it an aged look. After I did that I lightly sanded the edges all the way around the shelf with a light grade sanding paper just to age it even more.
 I love it.
 
The bottom photo is one of the ways I first arranged it...but I wasn't happy with it. The shelf color looks great.
 
 
 
 I had this intricate silver frame in my closet. I removed the glass and I hot glued a smaller frame in the center of the large frame,  I then glued an old broach I had in my jewelry box that had my initial on it and this is what I made for the shelf. I think its beautiful.

 
I added one of my black 40's purse and black hat, a wooden carved vase and a small amber gold glass beehive...this is the accent color in the bathroom. 
 
It looks lovely
 
 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Kitchen is Slowly Getting a Mini Makeover...Part 1

This is part of my apartment's kitchen. It is a long kitchen but it is comfortable enough for many necessary items and spacious enough to move around in. The cabinets are 30 years old and they are replacing them for cream cabinets...I can't wait for that to happen. But in the meantime I gave my kitchen a mini makeover. I took out all the colors in the kitchen (red & black) and now I have cream, browns and sage greens with a pop of a cranberry shade here and there. So this is what I have done so far. I am happy with the new color.
 
I moved my wicker spice drawers to this wall from the opposite wall, I added my beautiful vinegars and oils to it, some sage green pictures, a cranberry and cream tray, some plants in a cranberry basket and I took out the red place mat under the glass.
 
 
I painted the trash can a lighter color...it was black on the photo before
 
 


The pictures were found in a thrift store for $2 dollars (set of 3). The other one is above my fridge.



 
My cutting board fell on the floor and it broke in two so I re-purposed it. Check out what I did with it.

 
Here is my cutting board in two wooden pieces. After decorating them I put them above my cabinets announcing to the world that I am a "joyful vegan". Next week I will post how I did this project.

 
This is my decorated kitchen, I hope my new cabinets arrive soon. These cabinets are hideous.  
 
I painted the mirror above the sink in black that I found for $1.50 at Goodwill and the very nice wooden pictures in cream & black next to the mirror I found at a thrift store and paid $2.00 dollars for both.

 
Total cost for this mini makeover was $6 dollars counting the small can of cream paint I bought to paint the trash can. I purchased the quart for .50 cents at Home Depot in their mis-tint section.


More pictures will be posted as the kitchen gets more new items changed and decorated.
 
HAVE A FRUGALICIOUS WEEK.