Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Quick Tip Tuesday: The Difference a Dollar Makes

I have been spending some time helping a friend clean out every last drawer and cabinet of her kitchen, and it has been a really fun and rewarding process. We are working on the project in phases to be sure we are addressing all of the family’s needs. Step one was to take before photos and come up with a plan. Step two was to remove all of the cabinet contents and purge. Step three was to put things back where they made the most sense, based entirely on how the family utilizes their kitchen. And step four was to have them live with the first round of changes prior to adding any specific storage items. We are currently in the step four stage, no storage added, just cleaning out, purging and putting things where they make sense.



We have some more big projects planned for the space, as well as some additional re-arranging, and then I plan to share the entire process and after photos. In the meantime, we decided to do something that made an instant impact on a budget and I thought it would be a perfect quick tip to share.

Here is the cupboard before. This is in the process of moving items and cleaning things out and determining proper placement for the contents.


The contents were removed entirely and everything was wiped down. Then we added black poster board behind the shelves with very small pieces of double-stick tape to hold it in place (small amounts of mounting putting or glue dots would also work). A single piece of black poster board should cost no more than a dollar from any dollar or craft store. But this ridiculously simple act (no painting required), really makes the dishes stand out and heightened the overall feeling of the cupboard!


I have taken the time to paint foam core boards for a similar result, but that can be much more time consuming and the result in the black poster board was just as effective. Plus, the poster board is easier to work with; both cutting to size and layering if multiple sheets are required.

The Mr. of the house was also impressed and instantly mentioned how much he preferred the end result of such an easy change. He opened the cupboard and let out a “Woah!” which I always consider a major high-five moment.

Aside from the poster board, we didn’t add any fancy organizers. Much of the difference really came down to storing items that belonged together in a single cabinet. 

As you can also see, there was a little debate about storing cups up or down. I once learned that glassware should be stored up so no moisture is trapped after washing, but was always raised with glasses stored down. Which do you prefer?


Next time you are at the dollar store, grab a sheet or two of black poster board and pop it in the back of one of your cabinets. There is sure to be instant gratification from such a simple step, and that gratification will continue to surprise you every time you open the cabinet door. The absolute best part is this project doesn’t discriminate, it really works just about everywhere in any setting (think rentals, bookcases, nooks and medicine cabinets…).

Have I convinced you to give this quick update a try? What is your favorite dollar store purchase?


from IHeart Organizing http://www.iheartorganizing.com/2017/05/quick-tip-tuesday-difference-dollar.html

May 23rd: Recipe & DIY Linky

Hello Crafty SITS-tah’s! Do you have a graduate this year? My daughter is in Kindergarten and for the first time her school is doing a kindergarten graduation. While I don’t really understand it (they just “graduated” preschool at the same school), I do want to make this as special as it can be for the kids. […]

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from The SITS Girls http://www.thesitsgirls.com/diy-linky/may-23rd-recipe-diy-linky/

Monday, May 22, 2017

Join us for the Litehouse Salad Dressings Twitter Party!

Summer is just around the corner! A great way to cool down on hot days is with a refreshing salad or veggie dish filled with the best seasonal ingredients topped with refrigerated Litehouse dressing. Join us for this fun, mouth watering twitter party, packed full of great recipes and ideas – you won’t be disappointed!   […]

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from The SITS Girls http://www.thesitsgirls.com/twitter-party/litehouse-twitter-party/

What Do People Want To Read About, Anyway?

What do people want to read about? That’s one of the big blogger questions. It’s especially true if you enjoy writing…and traffic to your site. A magic wand that could make the topic of your next viral blog post appear would be ideal. But since we don’t live in a Cinderella story, and it’s not […]

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5 Easy And Practical Steps To Simplify Your Life

Want to simplify your life? Start At Home If you want to declutter and simplify your life, you need inspiration and motivation. You additionally have to learn the art of “letting go.” Simplicity brings life balance, freedom, happiness and emotional wellness. It is easy to simplify your life if you have the right tools to […]

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from The SITS Girls http://www.thesitsgirls.com/inspiration/simplify-your-life/

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20th: Saturday Sharefest

Happy Saturday, SITS-tah’s! Right now we’re elbow deep in fidget spinner parts we’re creating for the school Mother Son Game Night event I’m hosting. Last year we set out all of the parts for marshmallow shooters for the boys to make so this year we went a little different. Can’t wait to see what the […]

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from The SITS Girls http://www.thesitsgirls.com/sharefest/may-20th-saturday-sharefest/

Friday, May 19, 2017

How To Hire A Team For Your Blog

In order to grow your business, you have to be ready to scale. For many influencers, this means adding team members. This is a step that can cause analysis paralysis for many business owners, and we want to help you simplify the process. When you are ready to hire, the most important thing you’ll need […]

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from The SITS Girls http://www.thesitsgirls.com/blogging/hiring-independent-contractor/