Friday, March 17, 2023

Mason Jar Kitchen Storage

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Using mason jars for storage in the kitchen.

I absolutely love my mason jar collection. The funny thing is, I didn't even realize I had such a "collection" until I started going through them!

I've acquired a lot of mason jars from yard sales over the years because I'm into canning & believe that I can never have too many jars! The jars were stored in my basement until they could be used for canning.

As I mentioned in this post, I'm going into serious organizing mode, so to both organize & distribute my stuff throughout my house, I went through my mason jar collection.

I found so many cute jars! I also just realized how many half-gallon jars I have. 

I'm super into the apothecary look right now & that's reflected in my kitchen storage. I literally put all my various kitchen ingredients into mason jars!

I love how I can display the jars & still make them useful. Mason jars are an excellent option for kitchen storage as they come in various sizes and are versatile. For example, you can use them to store dry ingredients, like flour and sugar, or liquids, like homemade dressings and sauces. I always use a new lid & label the contents of the jar. As you can see, I have a lot of white baking sugars & salts, so it's super essential to label them.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The Best Gardening Supplies at Dollar Tree

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The best gardening supplies at Dollar Tree!

Dollar Tree has definitely shown up this year regarding gardening supplies & decor. With their affordable prices, you can easily create a beautiful & bountiful garden without breaking the bank.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Garden Planters: They have so many cute planters in various sizes. They even have terracotta pots, which I love!

Storage Containers: I will talk about using Dollar Tree storage containers as mini greenhouses until the end of time because I love them so much! They can also be used to store gardening supplies in the off-season. They're such a good value!

Gardening Gloves & Tools: I'm constantly losing my gardening gloves & tools, so Dollar Tree always provides inexpensive replacements! They even have full-sized rakes this year!

Theme Decor: Dollar Tree spring/gardening theme decor is super cute this year. They have little signs to paint & hang up. They also have galvanized signs too! I even saw some gardening-themed ceramic paintable items for the kiddos. I'll definitely be getting my son some crafty things for his Easter basket this year!

Monday, March 13, 2023

2023 Seed Starting Adventures

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My 2023 seed starting adventures!

Seed starting is off to a weird start for me this year. Instead of planting everything at once, I've taken it slow, starting things at random times & using what I have.

My setup is super simple this year. 

I'm just using my huge bay window as my "greenhouse." I found a super cheap metal shelf at the thrift store & it works perfectly for organizing my seedlings. Because I'm working in small batches, it didn't make sense to bring out my large flats, so I'm using containers I got at Dollar Tree. They work really well as a greenhouse within a greenhouse & keep everything organized. It's easy to take the containers to the sink for watering. As the seedlings get bigger & are transplanted into larger pots, I use the lids of the containers as trays. I'm also using a super cute mini greenhouse I got at the thrift store.

To transplant, I'm just using the cups I had from years past. I cleaned them out at the end of the season last year, so they were ready to go this year. I also got a few supplies at Dollar Tree.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Entryway Refresh

My super cute entryway is filled with thrifted items!

I'm slowly getting into organizing mode with my house. I've collected so many great things from thrift stores over the years & I never really displayed anything. But, honestly, home decorating intimidates me to no end. But, in the spirit of doing whatever I want, I'm giving it a go!

Here's my little front entryway styled to the max. I thought I always wanted less stuff, but I just wanted fewer things on the ground. I couldn't care less about the walls! Luckily, I have so many wall things to hang up! Maybe my style would be called "organized clutter"?! Is that a thing?

My goal right now is to get everything up from the basement & onto the walls. From there, I can rearrange.

I'm also going to get rid of many things that I can no longer use or like. I have a lot going on this summer & I want to make it easier to keep my house clean. Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning in stuff & it's difficult to clean. So I'm now on a mission to either display or get rid of things.

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