MAKE YOUR OWN SERVING BOARD

Make your own Serving Board for a night with friends @ OrganisingChaosBlogWhen we updated our kitchen, we went for solid wood counters. We wanted a very white and neutral look for the kitchen and we knew that the wood would make it feel more welcoming and warm and it totally does. We are totally and utterly in love with our counter tops. Updating the kitchen @ OrganisingchaosBlog

As kitchen counters come on pre-cut lengths, we had to get 2 full lengths for the long stretch along the window leaving us with plenty of wood left to do what we wanted with it.  A big chunk of it was used to make a windowsill behind the sink and that left us with some off cuts of wood that would be no good for any other big project so we put the big pieces of wood left in the attic while we come up with projects for it and we left the small bits in the utility room.

After staring at them every time I did laundry or just passed by the utility room, I made a decision. I decided to make a couple of food boards out of them. It made perfect sense: I love food, my friends love food and  I am always looking for ways to display the food in ways that looks pretty and it’s practical, and this would be yet another way to do it. Make your own Serving Board for a night with friends @ OrganisingChaosBlog
Make your own Serving Board for a night with friends @ OrganisingChaosBlogSo once I united the boards, chalk paint and brushes I got on with it. Two hours later, a couple of magazines read, plenty of coffee drank and the paint dried, I gave the newly painted boards a rub with linseed oil to protect them and stuck some felt pads at the bottom to protect my counters from being accidentally scratched. Ready for using!

We have been using them a lot whenever we have had friends over. It makes everything look so pretty and yummy!Make your own Serving Board for a night with friends @ OrganisingChaosBlog

I have also being using them as a little personal tea station for one.

What do you think? Have you got any wood lying around your house? or are you coming to ours?

Chaotic Itzi
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CHOOSING A COLOUR SCHEME FOR MY GALLERY WALL

I have been working on putting together a gallery wall for my stairs.Choosing a color scheme - grey, coral, white and blue

I guess that when planning a gallery wall, the main considerations are the frames and the prints, or at least they were for me. I had good few frames lying around. They were different styles and sizes, which is good, but also different colors, which is not so good for me. I like the idea of totally different frames in some gallery walls but not for this one. I was looking for some bit of uniformity.

Deciding on what color to use in the frames has been the biggest delay in getting this infamous gallery wall started. I might have mentioned before that I am a bit anal complicated when it comes to colors. I knew I didn’t want anything dark. I wanted to keep the stairs light and airy so I needed a light color. I also knew I wanted something neutral enough so the frames would not clash or take away from the prints.

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After much deliberation (first world problem, right?), I decided to paint the frames light grey with Autentico Chalk Paint and complement the grey with some coral and light blue decorations and prints. I love the grey, coral, white and blue combination. It is light and fresh, calm and uplifting.
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I have used chalk paint before (here, here and here) and you have probably figured out that I pretty much love it. There is no need for sanding and it covers any surface with very little effort, perfect! I decided to leave some frames grey, to lightly distress others and to mix the grey with some white in others to keep it lively and playful. A bit of variety within the uniformity. I like that.

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I now have to plan how I am going to organize the frames on the wall. I like the random factor with some sort of order. You know what I mean, don’t you? I am hoping to share the final wall very soon.

Very soon…
Chaotic Itzi

10 EASY TASKS THAT WILL HELP YOU KEEP YOUR HOUSE ORGANISED AND FEEL BETTER

As I mentioned before, I like the idea of being organised, that is what I aspire to be. An organised home makes for an organised mind, at least for me. I usually feel more energized and willing to do things when the house is tidy than when it is all messy.

You know that moment when you open the plastic containers cupboard and everything starts falling down and instead of dealing with it you close the door quickly and pretend it never happened? No? Really? Neither do I really… Mr B does that, not me… I tend to, I mean Mr B tends to do the same with messy rooms – close the door so not to deal with the problem.

The thing is, how do I have an organised house if I keep closing doors and not dealing with the mess?
These are 10 easy tasks that you can incorporate to your daily routine. They are not big things and they should only take you a couple of minutes to do but by doing them, you will be ale to keep the a certain amount of tidiness around the house that will allow you to feel better about yourself, about your house and inspire you to do something else or even to sit down with a cup a coffee.

OCB - 10 Easy Tasks to get organised and make you feel better

1 – MAKE YOUR BED EVERY DAY
It is amazing how much a made bed invites you to hang out and relax in your own bedroom. Furthermore, research shows that people sleep better on a made bed! So a couple a minutes in the morning can help you sleep better, feel more relaxed and possible more romantically inclined? what is not to like?

2 – WIPE SURFACES WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED
Those breadcrumbs and tomato sauce splotches are not going to disappear by magic. Wiping surfaces straight after using them will prevent dirt and mess build up that will be harder to deal with (or even ignore) later on.

3 – PUT THINGS IN THE DISHWASHER STRAIGHT AWAY
I put everything (but sharp knives) in this lovely machine I like to call my friend. Pots, pans, plates, glasses… everything goes in after I am finished with them. Dishwashers use less water than hand-washing, so you are better off running the dishwasher twice a day than letting your sink fill up with plates. Get the kids involved and encourage them to put their own plates and glasses into the dishwasher after dinner – it creates good habits and it will help you.

4 – LEAVE THE KITCHEN TIDY AT NIGHT
So the first thing you see when you come down for your much-needed cup of coffee is a nice and tidy kitchen. If you go down in the morning to a messy and dirty kitchen you are more likely to want to go back to bed and stay there. It is proven that you will start your day with a clearer head if the first thing you see is tidy. Now, the idea is not to spend 30 minutes cleaning the floors before going to bed, but just put the remainder dishes in the dishwasher and run it, put away all the chopping boards and wipe the surfaces. It is quick and effective.

5 – USE DAILY CLEANING SPRAYS IN THE SHOWER
These products are brilliant and it will help you prevent pink mold and mildew, reduce soap scum and will make weekly bathroom cleaning routine that much faster.

6 – BUY BATHROOM WIPES AND LEAVE THEM IN THE BATHROOM
A quick wipe here and there will help you keep the bathroom cleaner for longer, especially if you have children.

7 – HAVE A COMMAND CENTRAL AREA
Notice boards, pin boards, baskets, magazine racks… whatever suits you, you like or fits your house. It is here where you put all those important letters to deal with, school forms, calendars, photos, invitations… everything! It will not only end those awful piles of random paper at the end of your counter, but it will also stop the running around like a headless chicken, which, let’s face, is not attractive.

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8 – KEEP A BASKET IN YOUR HALL
This is where the school bags go, where the soccer and basketball and rugby balls live, where the bicycle helmets are when not in use, where the shopping bags reside… this is where all those little things that don’t have a home go and stay. No more tripping over school bags or random balls around the house… unless of course you are playing indoor soccer.

9 – UP-CYCLE SOME JARS AND TINS
Jars and tins are great for storing pens and pencils, batteries to be recycled, all those important bits and pieces that children give you that you have no idea what to do with them (mainly stones and sticks in my case)… Group things, put them in a container and it will instantly be organised.

10 – TAG, TAG, TAG
If you are like me and forget what is where, tags are your friends. Use some washi tape on plastic containers to write their content before putting them in the fridge, tag bags before storing them to remember what is in them, hang tags from baskets to help you keep ingredients separated and organised. This, again, should reduce the running around like a headless chicken to a minimum.

As promised, none of these tasks are complicated or take long. It is all about making them part of your routine and you should be set up for a more organised home.

Let me know how you get on.
Chaotic Itzi

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IDEAS TO UP-CYCLE ALL YOUR GLASS CONTAINERS

Although I always make my own sauces at home, we tend to end up with quite a bit of glass to recycle.

I would like to say that we always do our recycling straight away but the reality is that until the bag is overflowing and we keep tripping over it (not really, only sometimes, ok, most of the times) we tend not to do it.

I have put together few ideas to help you up-cycle some of that glass lying around your house, use them in your daily lives, make them beautiful and help the environment.

I got few very pretty serving spoons for my birthday and I didn’t want to just put them in a drawer. By using a wide glass jar with a ribbon around I can display them with pride in my kitchen and I can even bring it to the table.
Up-Cycling a jar to store Serving Spoons - OrganisingChaosBlog

Don’t discard pretty bottles. Refill them with your favorite olive oil and leave them on the counter to be used when needed.
Up-cycling a pretty bottle for oil

I always liked those little bowls that chefs tend to have in their kitchen  for their salt and pepper but I don’t like the idea of keeping them exposed all day. I sorted this problem by using small candle containers to keep handy my salt and pepper by the cooker and by keeping the tops nearby, I can cover them at night. Problem solved!
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Jam jars and ribbon make gorgeous candle holders. I have few on my stairs – don’t worry they are electrical candles… I don’t plan to burn my house any time soon.
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Jam jars are also ideal to store your cotton pads in your bathroom.
Jam jars to store cotton pads - OrganisingChaosBlog

Since I am list-freak and our kids are always drawing and writing, we tend to have pens all over the house. Jam jars are perfect to organise them in each room and you can personalise them by spray painting them.
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And if you are looking for flowers vases, the tall passata jars are the perfect height for it. Two or three tall jars full with flowers on your mantelpiece and you will feel like spring has just arrived.
Up-cycling jars as flower displays - OrgansingChaosBlog

I hope these ideas help you to reduce your recycling and inspire you to keep reusing every day items around your house.
Remember: REUSE, REDUCE AND RECYCLE

Chaotic Itzi