A few weekends ago I found this lovely glass milk shade chandelier at a thrift store. I'm not sure what the style is or how old it would be, I couldn't find much online. If you know or have any ideas please share! For $24.99 I found my kitchen chandelier that needed a DIY'ers touch. My goal was to have a chandelier in the kitchen opposed to standard track lighting and yes, I hung it up high! How daring eh? It suits the space well and wouldn't look right hanging low. My kitchen is tiny so there are no shadows created when the fixture is on. In a larger kitchen you might need pot lighting along with a chandelier to prevent shadows. Cheers to re-using friends!
We all end up with untidy piles of stuff from time to time, junk drawers and closets or rooms where we throw "everything else". Just like my mom, clutter drives me batty.
There are ways to tackle clutter and keep on top of it. You won't walk into my home and find everything perfectly organized but I do my best to keep most things in their places. Some ideas to keep you clutter free into the new year are:
~ Have a home for everything. I have a container for nails, one for screws, etc. On the back of my basement door I have a hanging organizer (normally used for travelling to hold toiletries) - it has 6 compartments, one for rubber bands, one for batteries, another for picture hanging hardware, etc. By creating a place for everything you won't be digging in your drawers for these items.
~ Organize your junk drawer with small baskets (found at dollar store). Keep all your pens/pencils together, scissors and tapes in another, etc.
~ Get rid of all your expired products (hair, makeup) and anything you haven't used in the past year such as hair clips.
~ Designate a basket for all the remotes, phone chargers, and other electronics you find laying all over the place.
~ Dontate clothing you haven't worn in over a year. Throw out socks with holes.
~ Create a donation station. I have a basket in my basement that I whiff all my good will items into.
If you are short on time, create a calendar and write down specific de-cluttering tasks you are going to do on certain days. The tasks are so easy you can break them down into less then 10 minute activities. (For those of you that hate cleaning!)
Taking a methodical approach helps you stay on top of organization. Now all you have to do is maintain, maintain, maintain. Put things back where they belong so you can keep calm and carry on.
Here are some organization ideas I found online...
I've been searching the net and a few lighting stores here in Halifax for pendant lighting to go above my kitchen island. And I checked out a few lighting stores on a recent trip to Toronto. No luck, just couldn't find that unique piece that was set aside from all others. I really like Yoke Pendant lighting but prefer a vintage aged touch and most of what you find comes in either bronze, gold or silver and looks brand new.
A seller on Ebay came through and had a vintage pendant light that caught my eye so I ordered 2 of these beauties:
It's a simply modern vintage pendant light. An industrial look with a vintage style socket with on/off paddle key and vintage style cloth cord. When ordering you can customize the cord length and color of rope plus it comes with the vintage style Edison squirrel cage bulbs!
I've got two of these installed over my kitchen island and they look fabulous. The bulbs themselves are gorgeous. I still have a bit of drywall to complete and a little painting then my kitchen makeover reveal will be posted and you will see these lights in action. Check out the sellers website, lots of unique lighting finds: http://www.junkyardlighting.com/
to Urban Squirrel! I'm Kelty, a real estate agent and savvy DIY'er. Being a lover of design, I created this blog to share my and others DIY/Reno projects. A vintage shopper and true up-cycler I am an ultimate deal finder. Enjoy the projects and ideas!