How to Organize Jewellery in a Drawer

I’ve already blogged a bit about ways to organize jewellery, including some ideas for necklace organization, but I thought I would share another couple of ideas for organizing earrings, bracelets and watches in a drawer.

Organize with trays

Stackable trays can maximize jewellery storage while still keeping all the sparkly things well sorted.

Top jewellery tray pushed back

The top, smaller tray can slide back and forth on top of the lower, larger tray. This is a great option for storing rings, earrings and small bracelets when space is limited.

Top jewellery tray pulled forward

But what about the super chunky bracelets and watches?

They are too deep to sit in the lower tray and still slide the upper one. Yes, they can fit down the side of the drawer beside the trays, but it’s a bit messy looking and isn’t the most efficient use of space.

Organize with hooks

My solution? Once again, good ol’ 3M hooks. I mounted them to the inside of this deep drawer in just a few minutes. Now the chunky wrist wear is on display and is easily accessible.

Hooks are great for handing chunky jewellery

Hooks are great for hanging chunky jewellery

 

Here is another photo of the organized jewellery drawer.

The jewelry is organized and easy to access...perfect!

The jewellery is organized and easy to access…perfect!

The added bonus? Each piece now has a home. And if a new one comes in, an old one has to go out to make space, keeping the inventory of bright and shiny things under control!

 

Heather Cameron is a home organizer in Ottawa with Edited Interiors. Contact her at info@editedinteriors.ca to learn more about how you can benefit from her real-life organizing solutions for your home.


Meal Plan with a Sunny Slant

Here in Ottawa we are waiting for another snow storm, so I figured I would have a meal plan this week that features a bit of taste from sunnier places.

Grilled pineapples and fresh basil on our chicken burgers should do the trick tonight and later on in the week a lower fat black bean and chicken enchilada will spice things up a bit. The baked eggs may not sound particularly tropical, but hey – a yolk kind of looks like sunshine, doesn’t it?!

How about you — are you craving some summer fare?

Meal Plan - March 18 to 22

 

Heather Cameron is a home organizer in Ottawa with Edited Interiors. Contact her at info@editedinteriors.ca to learn more about how you can benefit from her real-life organizing solutions for your home.


Meal Plan for March 11th to 15th

Monday

Beef and Noodle Casserole

Salad

 (45 minutes prep/cook time – family cookbook)

 

Tuesday

Warm Gorgonzola Dressing on Baby Greens Salad

Bakery bread

(30 minutes prep/cook time – family cookbook)

 

Wednesday

Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Leftover Gorgonzola Dressing Salad

 (1.5 hours cook/prep time – family cookbook)

 

Thursday

Tuna Casserole

Veggies and Dip

(1 hour cook/prep time – family cookbook)

 

Friday

Dinner out!

 

 


This Week’s Meal Plan and Timely Dinners

This week is looking like it could get a little crazy, so I’ve made sure to do a bit of scheduling for this week’s menu plan meals. Monday and Wednesday’s dishes require more prep and cooking time than some of my typical recipes, but they are super delicious and will pay off with the leftovers they produce for Tuesday and Thursday’s dinners.

Planning to save time

The key to this Monday and Tuesday’s meal is Sunday’s preparations. Because I know I won’t have time for all the prepping and cooking right before dinner on Monday, tonight I chopped and simmered the lasagna filling so it is all ready for assembling and popping in the oven after work tomorrow.

Wednesday and Thursday’s dinner is also a bit time consuming to prepare, thanks to lots of veggie chopping and cheese shredding, but my plan is to do all my prep work Wednesday morning (since I’m free in the a.m.) and just assemble and bake it later on in the day.

And Friday? Well, my brother comes for dinner most Friday nights and keeps saying he’d like to buy us takeout as a thank you for all the homemade dinners he has had here, so I am taking him up on it this week. Cook’s night off!

So you tend to do much chopping and cooking in advance or do you stick to less time-consuming fare?

Oh, and here is this week’s meal plan (and yes, leftovers figure prominently this week too!):

Meal Plan - February 25 to March 1

 

Heather Cameron is a home organizer in Ottawa with Edited Interiors. Contact her at info@editedinteriors.ca to learn more about how you can benefit from her real-life organizing solutions for your home.


Meal Plan for February 18 to 22: It’s Me and Martha This Week

Here is our meal plan for the week:

Meal Plan - February 18 to 22

I thought I would try out some new recipes this week, so I picked up Everyday Food Light from Martha Stewart’s Kitchen at my local library.

I don’t tend to buy cookbooks very often. Between family recipes, online recipes, friends and the library, I can usually test out new meals without committing to a book purchase. And that way, there aren’t any extra books being purchased that may not be used!

I tend to gravitate towards cookbooks that feature a colour photo of each recipe — it gives me some inspiration.

How about you? Where do you tend to pick up your best recipes?

 

Heather Cameron is a home organizer in Ottawa with Edited Interiors. Contact her at info@editedinteriors.ca to learn more about how you can benefit from her real-life organizing solutions for your home.

 


Easy Labels for Wire Closet Shelves

Earlier this week, I revealed some closet re-organization work I did on my teen’s closet. I followed my own advice from this post about organizing for kids and made sure to keep things flexible — even down to the labels.

Closet shelf labels

Did you spot what I used?

Shelf labels 3

Yep, mailing labels and badges holders!

I printed off the labels and affixed them onto dollar store bins for the socks, underwear, and top shelf items. For the wire shelves, I stuck the labels onto heavier paper and slipped them into badge holders. (Because this is a teenage boy’s closet, the labels are completely basic looking. I think if I had gone too pretty or elaborate, I would have had a mutiny on my hands!)

The badge holders orginally had metal clips for attaching. These are great, but because my shelves are spaced close together, the metal clips caused the labels to hang down a bit too much – I worried about them getting in the way of the clothes coming on and off the shelves. So I snipped off the clips (the before and after comparison is in the photo below) and have just used the snaps to attach the labels to the shelves.

With and without clips

The snaps are super easy to undo, so I can move the labels around when the urge hits.

Shelf label 2

Easy, cheap and, yes — flexible!

Here’s a reminder of the overall closet, post re-organization:

After

After

(For more details on this closet, check it out here.)

Do you have a favourite way to label your closet shelves?

 

Heather Cameron is a home organizer in Ottawa with Edited Interiors. Contact her at info@editedinteriors.ca to learn more about how you can benefit from her real-life organizing solutions for your home.


This Week’s Meal Plan and an Easy Tangy Beef & Noodle Casserole Recipe

So this week’s meal plan is already underway. While Wednesday’s recipes mean I will spend a bit of time cookin’ in the kitchen, the results are well worth it. We get to enjoy this family favourite meal of Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Cardamom-spiced Couscous Salad on Wednesday – and then I have next-to-no work to do for Thursday’s meal. Hmmm, I’m just realizing as I look at the menu that “sandwiches” seem to be the focus this week….

Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich and Cardamom-spiced Couscous Salad

This is the meal plan for the week:

Meal Plan - February 11 to 15

And a friend of mine over at Kids in the Capital asked for the recipe for the Tangy Beef & Egg Noodle Casserole, so here it is:

Tangy Beef & Egg Noodle Casserole

250 grams (or so) egg noodles

1 tbsp oil

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 small white onion, diced

1 clove garlic, finely diced

1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, drained well

2 5.5-oz cans tomato sauce

1 cup ketchup

1 8-oz can sliced mushrooms, drained

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tsp Italian seasoning

Cook the noodles in boiling water according package directions. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, sauté the meat, onion and garlic in oil until the meat loses its pink colour and the onions are tender. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketchup, mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and Italian seasoning. Bring mixture to a boil, then simmer gently for about five minutes. Mix in the cooked pasta and simmer for five more minutes.

Yield: 8 servings.

 

So what do you have on tap for meals this week?

 

Heather Cameron is a home organizer in Ottawa with Edited Interiors. Contact her at info@editedinteriors.ca to learn more about how you can benefit from her real-life organizing solutions for your home.


Closet Organizing for a Teen: The Flexibility Continues

Ever since my blog post last month about organizing kids’ closets, I’ve been a teensy bit closet obsessed. All of the closets in my home function pretty well, but like any organization system, they can always use a little tweaking.

I decided to take a look at my teenager’s closet first. I installed a Rubbermaid Configurations system in his room quite a few years back. I love these closet organizing systems because it is so easy to install and so flexible to change up. His closet was a bit messy, but wasn’t too terrible.

Before

Before

But it was what wasn’t in his closet that really prompted me to make a few improvements. He had a laundry sorter in his room and while he still needs to practice his laundry sorting skills, the real shame was that this lovely space in front of the bay window was not really being used to its full potential.

Laundry sorter space before

My goal was to rearrange the closet so I could stash the laundry sorter in it and free up some floor space in front of the window.

Remember in my last closet post I talked about keeping it within reach and easy to use? Here’s how I put that into practice in this closet update:

Within reach

I had originally set up the closet so that the clothing was stored quite low. My son was younger (and thus shorter) then, so the rod ran the width of the closet and the clothing shelves were positioned well within his reach. Now that he is taller then me, I was able to reposition the rods into two shorter, but higher, rows.

Easy to use

I added a couple of short shelves beside the rods and spaced them closer than they were before. This allows small piles — not big heaping ones — of folded clothing. Tip: by limiting clothing piles to 3 or 4 pieces each, it makes it super easy to keep them neat and tidy.

I took down his baby and grade-school memory boxes and stored them safely in the basement in a large, air-tight plastic container. I then added some larger shelf labels and updated the ones on the bins and —  voila!

After

After

Here are a couple of other after photos:

Hook for belt in closet

Laundry sorter in closet

And best of all? That floor space in the bay window is now a great spot for kicking back in the beanbag chair!

Floor space after

How about you — is your closet doing what you need it to do?

 

Heather Cameron is a home organizer in Ottawa with Edited Interiors. Contact her at info@editedinteriors.ca to learn more about how you can benefit from her real-life organizing solutions for your home.


This Week’s Meal Plan: Including a Fast and Easy Recipe

This week’s meal plan is already on the go, but I thought I would share it to make sure I keep on track and maybe encourage others to do so as well. Included in the menu is an old standy-by recipe, Mexican Chicken with Rice. It’s a super simple dish to prepare and makes for a great leftover dinner, so I figured I would share it as well.

First, here’s this week’s meal plan:

Meal plan - February 4 to 8

And a fast and easy recipe:

Mexican Chicken with Rice

1 tbsp oil 1 cup chicken broth
1 lb boneless, skinless, cubed chicken breast 1 cup mild salsa
1 small onion, chopped 1 1/2 cup minute rice
1 small green pepper, chopped 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 10-oz pkg frozen sweet corn, thawed

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken, onion, and green pepper. Stir until chicken is cooked through. Add corn, broth and salsa and bring to a boil. Stir in rice and cover. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes. Fluff with fork and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand until cheese melts. The instant rice helps to simplify the prep, but you can substitute it with any other rice. Just make it up separately and added to the chicken and salsa mix at the end.

(I will be doubling this recipe when I prepare it on Wednesday so Thursday’s dinner can be quickly heated up before we head out the door.)

To read up on tips for meal planning, you might take a look at one of my past posts.

Do you have an old standby recipe to share?

 

Heather Cameron owns Edited Interiors and is a home organizer in Ottawa, Ontario. Contact her to find out how you can benefit from her real-life organizing solutions for your home or follow her through the Edited Interiors blog, Facebook page, Pinterest or Twitter for more organizing ideas.


Under Sink Storage: “Tray” Helpful Organization

Looking for organizing solutions for under your sink? It can be challenging, thanks to the sink itself and all the plumbing that gets in the way. But I’ve come across a great organizing solution from Rev-A-Shelf. I’ve used products from this company before — see my post about Small Kitchen Organizing — and have been quite happy with them.

Undersink storage

These trays took me just a few minutes to install. Before the trays, my under-the-sink storage wasn’t too messy (yep, forgot to take a before photo!) but the plastic bin holding the dishwashing and cleaning supplies sat on the floor of the cabinet, crammed in beside the compost bin, and access to the back of the cabinet was a little inconvenient.

I simply measured and screwed in the clips for the trays with the provided screws. I just had to install the clips on the thickest part of the door (not on the thinner inside panel, for example).

The clips are easy to install.

The clips are easy to install.

There are extenders included in the packaging in case the door frame is slightly wider than what the clips require — but mine was fine.

The tray just slips on and attaches to the clips. The nice thing about this is that the trays can easily unclip later for quick clean up.

The trays clip on easily.

The trays clip on easily.

A few minutes later, here is my new under-the-sink storage solution!

Cleaning suppy storage -- with room to spare.

Cleaning supply storage — with room to spare.

And here is a view of the space underneath the sink. Look — easy access to the compost bin and garbage bags! Sometimes it’s the small but everyday organizing solutions that can make a big difference!

Lots of space under the sink!

Lots of space under the sink!

I used this storage product under my kitchen sink, but I can see it working in a bathroom for small items like nail polish, too.

(BTW, my opinions on this product are my own and I have not been reimbursed in any way.)

How about you — do you need an under-the-sink makeover?

 

Heather Cameron owns Edited Interiors and is a home organizer in Ottawa, Ontario. Contact her to find out how you can benefit from her real-life organizing solutions for your home or follow her through the Edited Interiors blog, Facebook page, Pinterest or Twitter for more organizing ideas.