Monday, August 29, 2016

4 The 2017 IKEA Catalog: Items iHeart!

It has become an annual tradition around here to celebrate the arrival of something very special. My page flags are ready, my coffee mug is full and my pencil is sharpened... It is time to review IKEA's annual catalog!

Although I am trying to break away from too much IKEA in our home, it is still an annual guilty pleasure to dive head first into their colorful catalog pages. IKEA is known for creating smart storage for small spaces, and the organizing loving gal I am can't get enough of their creative solutions. I have even been known to take multiple hour strolls through the store, and I enjoy sharing with y'all some of the ideas I have spotted along the way.

There are a few things that made my list this year that aren't exactly new, but still caught my eye for the second year in a row (see last year's picks here). At least I am consistent! Below you can find links to all of the fabulous items that caught my eye this year in IKEA's 2017 catalog.

Now to dive in a little deeper....

I have forever been a cheerleader for decanting food in the pantry and fridge, and finding the right storage options for this isn't always easy.

IKEA has a a few lines that help to prolong the freshness of your foods, that allow you to store food in the fridge and take it straight to the oven, and that stack away in convenient ways when not in use. Glass is my main dish in the kitchen, but those stacking bins with clear lids for the pantry (and drawers!) also have my heart.

Also in the kitchen, IKEA is bringing in some great products and wood tones!  Styling with cutting boards seems to be all of the rage, and IKEA has a slew of great options to select from, my favorite being the acacia wood pieces. I am also adding the wood handled broom to my wish list; it is so darling that I won't feel guilty if I leave it out or "hanging around" for a few hours of the day.

How about media storage?  IKEA has a slew of furniture pieces to tackle cord wrangling and component storage (and did you see their Billy line now comes in navy blue?!), but what about all of those smaller items? Chargers, headphones, video game controllers, movie and music cases... They have that covered too! Their new BESTA bins come with a little colorful surprise, while the KUGGIS bins are full of dividing and conquering options.

Their TJENA storage boxes also make my heart eyes explode, they are so inexpensive, yet perfect for concealing a variety of clutter all around the home. Offices, closets, the game room... if you can think it, most likely these boxes can store it.

And what do you sit on while playing video games and watching movies? How about two new chair options that look as fabulous as they do comfortable. Have you seen the new blush SÖDERHAMN pieces? I can't even!  And this chair comes slipcovered and is a great high/low option to a West Elm version that I also love.

Back to organization, IKEA has your storage needs considered in the bathroom again this year as well; I really adore the flexibility that comes with utilizing suction cups for hanging towel bars, hooks and storage bins!

Wardrobes consistently ring in as one of my favorite pieces of storage furniture. With the help of a few organizers, the interiors can be used to create a small home office, as a makeshift coat closet, to house media components or to organize a wardrobe down to every last belt and dress shirt. IKEA has always been my "go to" resource for wardrobes due to the variety of styles, colors and sizes they offer, and this year is no different.

But what about creating a closet in an awkward nook? Or if you have an entire wall with the freedom to go storage wild? IKEA has a new closet system that I am ridiculously stoked about; the ELVARLI.

I wasn't kidding when I said the freedom to go wild, and the freedom to use your imagination. The new system allows you to mix and match rails, drawers, shelves and organizers until you have just what you need for your specific space. I am especially smitten with the new bamboo shelving options, they add such a nice touch of warmth. And I know these are specifically intended for clothing storage, but I think they would also be a great solution in a playroom or entryway.

Once again, IKEA's basket selection caught my eye, as did a few of their new home accessories such as the brass tray and small cloche display jar. What I dig most about the IKEA catalog is that the spaces they showcase always looks so lived in, yet they also provide storage ideas and inspiration that can be used whether you shop at IKEA or not.

OK, now for my favorite part, hearing all about your IKEA selections this year. Do you also spend a few hours of quiet happy time flipping through the pages over and over again? What did you flag, circle and star? Or have you already gone right to the store to snag something new and fabulous for your home? I would love to know if there is something else I should add to my love list!

Psssst! IKEA does not sponsor or pay me for these posts. It is just annual fun for me and you!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

7 UHeart Organizing: Adding Storage Punch to the Pantry

If you are at all like me, one organizing project either leads to, or inspires another. So naturally when I cleaned out my fridge/freezer earlier this week, my pantry received a little attention as well. It is such a great time to tackle these high-traffic kitchen cabinets, especially with so many kids heading back-to-school.

Not only do I love to look at organized pantries, but I also love good before and after stories! I mean, isn't that why so many of us are here? For those inspiring "go get 'em" projects that show a before that many of us can relate to, celebrate a much more streamlined after, all while learning a few tips and ideas along the way? Yes, yes and yes!

I am so happy and honored to welcome Aniko back today, and she is happy and honored to share her recent pantry before and after story. I will let her take it from here. Enjoy!

Today I am sharing some tips on how to make your pantry organized and beautiful in less than a few hours. If you are like me, your pantry can become cluttered and messy in no time. I am trying so hard to get everything around me organized before the new school year starts in about two weeks. This year I will have two little kiddos riding the bus every morning, and I shared here how we are aiming to stay organized during this busy season. One child brought so much clutter and school paper home last year, I had to better prepare myself for two kids now! Luckily, we made some changes to our entryway last year that helped us immensely for storing school papers, backpacks, and for keeping our everyday clutter organized. I am not known to be the most organized person on the planet, but when I start organizing drawers, closets, cabinets and spaces, I seem to do alright. The hardest thing for me is being able to keep my spaces organized. As soon as school starts I would like to have meal plans made for each week and having an organized pantry is a must for planning ahead. I have to see what I am low on and what I need to refill when I go grocery shopping, right? I searched my favorite resource, Pinterest, one day for pantry organizing ideas and was so inspired that I started tackling mine while the kiddos were at the pool with dad.

I am almost uncomfortable to show you guys the before but just because we all know that our lives aren't always picture perfect, I will show you what I started with so you can appreciate the after pictures even more.

Ugh! That was a disaster! It took me at least 2 minutes to find anything in that pantry. But that mess is over now. My pantry is pretty small; I have about five shelves to fit everything I have.

As a first step, I took everything out of my pantry and purged things that had an expired date then I grouped things together; pasta, sauces, cereals, snacks, seeds, etc. to better organize them.

I used a roll of adhesive paper from Target to make my walls look beautiful and clean. Target has different designs, but I chose the modern black and white. This step is entirely optional; you can also use wallpaper if you have that handy, or you can just leave your walls paper free. I measured my walls and applied the paper.

I also used some empty containers that had on hand, and I prettied them up with the same leftover adhesive paper.

These containers are free and perfect to store straws, bamboo sticks, and other kitchen items.

I used canisters and containers to store pasta, rice, sugar, etc. I found great plastic and glass containers at Walmart, and I had some old ones from IKEA that I reused (the tall and skinny ones are from IKEA). And I stored open bags inside of baskets.

I labeled all of my containers which I find super helpful. I created my labels in Word using a free handwritten font, BROMELLO. You can download this free font and create your printable labels. I purchased clear shipping labels ( AVERY 15663) from Office Max, and I used the Avery templates 5163 to print them. You get the best result with clear labels if you use a laser printer (you can watch a short video of how to create your labels HERE).

I poured all the cereal into plastic bins, and I placed them low enough in my pantry that my children are able to reach. My kiddos are old enough to get up in the morning, walk downstairs and prepare their own cereals.

I found these metal baskets at Target's dollar section for $3 and I put all my sauces and canned food in there.

And of course I had some items that I could not hide, but I was able to sort them out and arrange them on my rack that I had on the inside of my door.

And because we all love to see before and afters, here you go! Now comes the fun of keeping it clean and organized!



I am delighted to see how clean, organized and attractive my pantry is now. I created some fabulous watercolor Printable Recipe Cards that you can grab from my blog, and print them if you like to collect your recipes the old-fashioned way. And if you like to print out recipes from the web you can download my printable recipe binder pages I shared here last time.

As always, it's an honor to share my work with the IHeart readers. I will be back again at the end of the year.

Cheers for a great day!



Hello! My name is Aniko and I blog over at Place of my Taste. I am a wife, mother and business owner by day, and a DIY-er by night.  I love all things design, decor and photography, but I also have a passion for cooking, wine tasting, dancing and creating all things beautiful. I am so happy that I am able to share all of my joys over on my blog.  I also run an online shop and recently published a photography e-book filled with tips to achieve beautiful photography and styling.  I hope that you all come visit me there. Xo!
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