Creative Ideas for Storage ContainersYesterday I ate my cereal with a fork.

And it wasn’t because I thought it might taste better that way.  I ate my cereal with a fork and oddly tried to scrape up the milk at the end with the prongs because the sink was full of unwashed dishes.  Bowls and plates and cups and mugs….

…..and spoons.

Stacked to the ceiling.

I almost took a picture of my dirty dish leaning tower of pisa.

But that might be grounds for un-friendom.

And then you would miss this.

Closet Makeover

and this.

Closet Makeover Project

You see the reason I’ve been wearing the same zip-up hoodie with a pony tail on top of my head and living with clothes stacked on my dining room table and shoes piled high on the chairs and using forks to eat Cheerios…..

….is the big closet make-over of 2015.

These before pictures do not even do it justice.

These are the in-between before pictures after the junk was removed and the real before pictures were taken.  This space will be filled with cubbies and drawers and shelving and organizers for shoes and belts and boots and purses and everything but the kitchen sink.

Just know that I’m on it.

And hopefully I’ll have beautiful after pictures next week which I may or may not show you depending on if I’m eating cereal with spoons by then.

In the meantime….here’s four unique ideas for storage containers for organizing inspiration.


Vintage Crate Organizers

kitchen organization project

 Spoon Handle Trays


Button and Ribbon Basket


 Spray Painted Numbered Baskets

PS  This post was inspired by my original organizing post with one of my sponsors,  I was much more professional and organizing over there and I didn’t mention a single thing about forks or cereal. 🙂

You can read all about it here.

PPS  After I wrote this…I just realized where all my spoons are.

On the crates. 🙂


  1. Image for Pamela Pamela

    On a very cold & blustery February 2nd in NE Ohio, your post today warmed my day & made me smile! Thank you for your whit & candor! So inspiring I almost want to venture out to hunt for some old crates and burlap ribbon! Maybe tomorrow! Today I'll throw a "thistle" eye on projects to complete-- with your humor & wonderful ideas to inspire! Love your blog!

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I can't wait to see your ideas. You see, in our closets we have one self and one galvanized metal super-duper heavy pole. And depending on the closet, you may or may not be able to open it without a bunch of stuff erupting out. So, I am always looking for inspiration to do something with the stuffed storage areas -- and those areas are small. So I am waiting for my muse - you - to give me the creative inspiration to restore those storage areas to what they were meant for -- storage not a glutinous mess.

  3. Image for Anna B Anna B

    Thank you, thank you, for mentioning your sink of dirty dishes. I just love your blog and the beautiful/artful way you've designed your house. My husband and I have big plans for our place.....completed a little at a time. But, right now we're just trying to keep sharpie off the walls, as we have 3 little ones. Reading that you have to eat cereal with a fork, because all your spoons are dirty, is something I can relate to. Thanks for being a "breath of fresh air" in the blog world. Cheers.

  4. Image for Pinky at Designs by Pinky Pinky at Designs by Pinky

    I wish, wish I had a closet that big to make over....I would be on that in a heart beat!!!! That is the only thing I HATE about this house, the LACK of closet space! UGH. Can't wait for the reveal and hope you find a SPOON:):):)

  5. Image for Pamela @ Pamela @

    Oh how I remember the days of the dishes going undone and the laundry piling up as I painted my kitchen or redid a room. My kids are grown and gone but it seems when I get into a project those things have a tendency to happen. I need to get busy organizing and had promised myself that January was when it was going to be done but that flew by in a tizzy of other tasks. Maybe I can wrap my brain around it this month! :)

  6. Image for barb barb

    I need crates. I would dance a jig if only I had crates... My extra throws would probably find comfort folded. ;)

  7. Image for Zolane Zolane

    You always have such great and seemingly endless inspiration yet somehow manage to keep things "real" for the rest of us with leaning towers in our sinks :) Thanks for always inspiring, KariAnne! I can hardly wait for the closet reveal :)

  8. Image for Mary Mary

    I just had my very "oak" and very "boring" fireplace painted clean and bright white. It looks so fresh. I love it. I fell in love with your blog because of all of the bright white in your designs. It's so clean and fresh. I gain a lot of inspiration (and laughs) from each of your posts. You help me put together looks for my own bright and white kitchen...and fireplace too! Please keep inspiring me!

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