Living In Color: Organizing The Heart Of Your Home

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For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home. As such it is also the place where much of our daily clutter will come in and go out. To manage our daily lives here are three simple tools you can use in your kitchen to help you get more organized and feel in control of the world around you. I rely on these tools to manage our busy home; give them a try, I promise they will help!


The Chalkboard
Home chalkboards have become an extremely popular trend in recent years. Not only is it a fun design statement, but it’s also a very useful tool!  

Many paint companies now offer a selection of chalkboard paint which is available in not only traditional black, but in every imaginable color.  In my home I have both a framed chalkboard in the kitchen (which I purchased at Home Goods), but I also have a turquoise colored chalkboard accent wall in my daughter’s room.

The kitchen chalkboard is where I post our weekly schedule for all activities and since it is part of the Gallery Wall in the kitchen it not only adds character to the space, but reminds my husband and children of our weekly activities. In the age of PDAs this proves far more reliable and effective in my opinion.

The Cork Board
Cork boards are also more readily available than ever before and are designed with different frame colors or covered with decorative fabric. This is an old tool that is now offered in more aesthetically pleasing styles than the utilitarian corks boards of the past.

Use a cork board to post the multitude of memos that come home from school, in the mail, or from work. The cork board should be reserved for papers that cannot be filed away, used mainly to remind us of activities or commitments that are coming up in the very near future. In our home this cork board is hung right next to our back door and is populated with school calendars, homework schedules, extracurricular schedules, school lunch schedules, important bills that need to be paid ASAP, poems from school, those tests “that got an A”, and anything else that needs immediate recognition.

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Kitchen Counter:
A cute little trick that makes a big difference.

Do you ever find that the items near your kitchen sink look cluttered and unappealing? This simple trick adds a decorative sparkle to everyday items. Take a miniature cake plate, and arrange your dish soap, hand soap, and cleaning spray on it. It clears much needed space and creates a visually pleasing vignette that is pretty and functional at the same time.

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