This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s.
Monday was not the day the kitchen looked like this.
Not even close.
Neat and clean and organized and a place for everything and everything in its place.
As I’m typing this post, I’m thinking I should have taken pictures of the mess.
Monday was the day this kitchen COOKED.
This table was covered with chocolate chips and icing and marshmallows and gingerbread and mixing bowls and muffin tins.
The twins were home from school and decided to get creative.
It was amazing to watch.
They raided the pantry and put together random baking supplies and made concoctions out of a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
And some of it was random and kind of a little what were you thinking, but some of it?
Watch out Food Network.
I’m not even going to pretend that I can do that.
Or that this sink full of dishes wasn’t just splattered with fruity pebbles and chocolate.
And I can’t give you the recipe for gingerbread cookies with chocolate chips or marshmallows dipped in oreos and then dipped in chocolate because they totally made it up along the way.
It’s my jam.
So here’s a few of my favorite tips and a silver leaf balsa tag project for the kitchen.
1. Make the ordinary extraordinary
There’s a life lesson in there somewhere.
Sometimes something ordinary, like spoons and knives and forks, can look like pieces of art when displayed in a unique way.
I started with this mason jar organizer (that came with the chalkboard tags) and added the silverware.
2. Store, store away
On the kitchen island, I have all my paper goods organized in storage containers like these galvanized and woven baskets.
I always know where to find them, but they look so much prettier tucked away then sitting in their plastic sleeve.
I have them organized by plates, plastic silverware, cups and paper towels.
3. Make sure you have a place for the random
This basket holds everything that doesn’t have a place in the kitchen.
It’s empty now because I cleaned up for you.
But normally? This is the home for the school papers or random earrings or box tops.
It’s the holding place for everything that needs a home.
And if you want to label all those baskets and bins and storage containers, here’s an easy project you can make in about 30 minutes.
Silver leaf balsa wood tags.
Make them in any size with whatever label you want.
1. Start with balsa wood
You can buy this in any craft store.
I love it because you can cut it in any size you want with scissors.
I cut my tags to measure approximately 4″ x 3″.
2. Punch a hole
You can use a standard hole punch to punch a hole in the balsa wood.
Make sure you add the hole before you add the lettering.
3. Rub on silver leaf letters
I found this set at the craft store.
They came in uppercase and lower case and they are silver leaf that you simply rub on.
I used the end of a ruler to rub the letters onto the balsa wood.
4. Add jute twine and organize
Here’s the finished tags.
String the jute twine through the hole and add to a basket or bin.
They just make organizing so much cuter.
PS This was the view out my window this morning.
It looks like another creative cooking day.
Time to get our gingerbread on.
This post was written in collaboration with Kirkland’s, a store that never fails to inspire me.
All opinions on organizing and cooking and tags are completely my own.