• Reem Hassaballa

Do you have to gasp for air every time you are cooking and cannot find that lemon pepper? Or, do you hate looking for a sponge under the kitchen sink? Well, I have been moving along with my determination to get organized this January. The next area I really needed to tackle was my kitchen. Two areas that gave me complete anxiety were my spice and under the sink cabinets. I set out to tackle that spice tornado first. Every time I cook, I find myself fumbling the spices and trying to get to the back of the twilight zone of spices to reach the cumin or the paprika. Enough was enough. Let's take a look at how this space looked first. You can see why it was nearly impossible to find that container of sumac!




I knew there had to be an easier way. I never liked the ready made spice jars that came with spices because I knew I had big quantities of some items, while others I didn't need that much. So, I hopped on Amazon and I couldn't believe how many options they have nowadays. In addition to function I wanted something stylish (of course). So, I found some clear glass jars with bamboo lids and I was sold. I immediately put them in my cart. I even found ready made labels that are chic, simple, and modern...in the cart they went too.

Here are the items I used.



I had an empty drawer sitting next to my range and I knew these should be in the drawer! So, I anxiously awaited my Amazon delivery and got busy....then, BOOM.





I have never been more excited about spices in my life!!! What the what? Where have I been! Seriously, I highly recommend this little activity. It will change your life. Below are all the items I bought from Amazon and the container store.

Look at everything that I will be tossing...


Ahhhh, I feel so much better now! Now I can find everything and if I really wanted to go the extra mile, I can alphabetize these too, or that would be a fun activity for my kids!


The next spot that seriously gave me anxiety was under the kitchen sink! Whenever I would need a sponge, or some cleaning supplies, I found my hands lost in another dark hole! Well, it was time to tackle this once and for all. I went to the Container Store to get some ideas. I did not want to spend too much, so I really thought about what I needed. I thought it would be so helpful to have something like a lazy-susan to have my cleaning supplies on so they don't get lost in the back of the cabinet. Next, I wanted to elevate one portion of under the cabinet so that I can double up on storage space. Then, I also wanted to line the bottom of the cabinet so that if a solutions spills, it doesn't ruin the wood. It also serves as a very clean looking bottom and it is easily wipable. Let's take a look.....

BEFORE





AFTER

This may not look like a huge change, but believe me, it has made my life a whole lot easier! Little changes like this can make a big difference in your life. Trust me, now I love using my spices. I hope this inspires you to clean/organize just one drawer or cabinet in your home!



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  • Reem Hassaballa

One of the hardest things that I find to style is a shelf. But, over the years, I have learned that less is sometimes more. If you carefully choose what to place on a shelf, it should be much easier on the eye and draw your viewer in. I set out to declutter and refresh my living room shelves. Rather than completely clearing the shelves, I looked at the shelves and knew that I had to divide these up somehow. So, what I did is visually divide each section into two. It's much easier to work with a smaller section. I chose 1-3 items to place in each section. In this case, the stack of books I have counted as (one) item. Once I did that, I started removing things and editing until my mind felt at ease. I immediately knew I wanted

BEFORE

the shelves to be mostly neutral and maybe have a pop of color. So, I flipped the books over so that the pages show rather than the binding. Once I flipped all the books over, I started choosing items that are meaningful and work well together, leaving 2-3 items per shelf.



BEFORE

I kept editing, stepping back and I kept working. I even took photos over and over. I find that looking through the lens helps you see things differently than with your naked eye. Every time I would remove another item, I would hesitate, but once I did, the shelves looked so much better. I left areas that are void of anything and this is okay. I always tell my clients that you do not have to fill every wall or every inch on a shelf. Our homes need room to breathe. This process took a few days of revisiting, but at the end, I felt like I had accomplished a much more decluttered look, and simplicity is what I am craving during this New Year!


THE AFTER (LEFT SIDE)


THE AFTER (RIGHT SIDE)


Now, let's talk about some must haves for your shelves... Books, are the number one thing you must have. I love mixing books with other items. I love mixing vintage or faux vintage pots, knots, vases, candlesticks, and vintage art. Some paper mache' bowls add texture, or baskets work well too. In my living room, I opted not to add baskets because I wanted it to feel very artistic and sculptural. I have linked some of the items that worked really well on my shelves for you below and some things that can really look beautiful on your shelves.



AFTER

I hope this gave you some inspiration to freshen up your shelves or any little space or corner of your home. Just start somewhere and you will be so happy with the outcome!








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  • Reem Hassaballa

There has got to be one decor object that has my heart more than anything else and that has to be the knot or the chain. They both serve the same purpose. They basically make a statement standing alone or on a stack of books. They are like the icing on the cake to a perfectly designed vignette. Here are my absolute favorite knots and chains. Some are very reasonably priced, some deserve to be higher priced like the stone ones, but all of them would fit perfectly into any space! Below are my favorites and they are linked for you on my @liketoknow.it page.

I hope these make their way into your home. They are the coolest decor object in my opinion.




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