Home Office/Library/Craft Room/Lego Room (Part 2)

The closet has been converted from a regular bi-fold closet door to this nirvana of drawers.  I now have all my stuff neatly organized drawers. Some of the drawers need to be organized a little better before I take pictures, but right now everything has its place and is so beautiful.

The peg-board on the side needs some work, mostly because I put everything into drawers and now I have nothing to put on the pegboard. Muwahaha.

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Closet Breakdown: We took out the doors and painted the inside of the closet a slightly dark grey than the rest of the room and added the following.

  • Drawers: Alex Unit with 9-drawers from Ikea. We used three of them (27 drawers!) and put them straight in. I could have fit one more in, but it would have been very tight.
  • Ledge: Ribba Ledge (45″) from Ikea. For all my little paint jars.
  • Shelf: Billy Wall Shelf from Ikea. Three are two of them, one is really high up for infrequently used items that we can’t through out, but might need (e.g., Resume Folios etc.)
  • Peg Board: From HomeDepot that I painted to match the wall color.

This was NOT an easy project and putting things into a mis-shapen closet is clearly not for the faint of heart.  I love how it turned out and think it is super practical. Now I can easily spend lots of quality time with my Post-It notes and binder clips without having to pull out 6 dozen boxes.

This has happened in my life and I actually cried tears of happiness. I have label for my label maker and my labels.
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Monica (Geller from Friends, for those of you who can’t read my mind) would be so proud of me.

Post-Its to help figure out the drawer contents:
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Baking Area (Bonus)

So this is one of my more brilliant ideas (if I say so myself!). The four things that are so commonly used in baking usually come in annoying containers of weird sizes and can get frustrating. Moreover, I’m dyslexic and get confused easily with Baking Soda and Baking Powder. So I got the Pluggis container from Ikea along with a set of Rajtan Spice Jars and my label maker and made my white powder tray. People think I’m crazy, but I love it. My measuring spoons get in and out easily and I don’t mess up recipes as much anymore. And I think it looks so pretty. It lives on top of my baking bookshelf, next to the stand mixer.



I labeled both the jars and the lids so that they wouldn’t get mixed up. I wanted to use the chemical formulas, but they were too long to fit on the lid and baking powder is a hot mess in that department.

[ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | BonusPinterest Board ]


So, this is late for February’s IHeartOrganizing‘s monthly organizing kitchen challenge, but here is my pantry. I have a huge pantry in my kitchen. I love it and it is one of the reasons we bought the house. I got lots of red baskets from the Dollar Tree and Target. The other bins and jars are from Ikea.
I love how it turned out and just like looking at it.

Top Shelf
The transparent boxes are SAMLA from Ikea.
I keep my extra box mixes, baking supplies and bulk spices up there. It’s stuff that I don’t need too often, but still easily accessible.
Second Shelf
Dollar Tree Baskets. They are flimsy, but they do the job.
I keep my onions and potatoes, tomatoe sauce, extra pasta, etc., in these baskets.
Pantry (1)
Third Shelf
I store all my staples (a lot of them are indian lentils and carbs) in the Korken Jars from Ikea.
I made chalkboard labels for jars [inspiration and how-to tutorial, and another, and a more permenant option and a lid-version]. Some labels are in Hindi – because I’m bi-lingual like that.
Fourth Shelf
I’ve got two 18-inch Copco Lazy Susans, and a Cansolidator.

We don’t use too much canned stuff (primarily tomatoes, beans, potatoes & beets and cocount milk), but I do have lots of jars. The left Lazy Susan is vinegars and other cooking helpers. The right Lazy Susan contains all the Indian sauces, pickles and chutneys, pasta sauces.

Pantry (2)
Bottom Shelf
I got these pretty baskets from Room Essentials from Target.
I keep our extra condiments (that I buy when they are BOGO), extra coffees, teas and sweetners, snacks and ofcourse Ramen Noodles. Got to have the Ramen Noodles.
The large baskets are from Target [I can’t find the link online, and I don’t think they have them anymore in the store either. Sad Face]. I keep my store of chips and snacks in them, along with the extra staples (bags of flour, lentils, etc.). I have a smaller dollar tree basket in the corner for bulk rice in the back. I also keep all the big oil jars here as well.
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There are lots of more Pantry Organization Ideas over on Pinterest!


So, this is late for February’s IHeartOrganizing‘s monthly organizing kitchen challenge. But, (a) Spring break  was this week, (b) Better late than never (c) I’m lazy.

I actually organized my fridge some time last summer. This week, I did

  • The bi-monthly clean out and wipe up
  • Laid down some shelf liners– [I got mine at Walmart]. They are not as pretty as the Fridge Coasters, but they are much cheaper and hopefully will do the same job.
  • Some mild re-organization and re-labeling. Since I’ve started doing Bentos, I wanted to dedicate some space to my stash.

There are lots of more Fridge Organization Ideas over on Pinterest! with many attractive and neatly organized refrigerators. Mine may look like a hot-mess in comparison, but this is a bonafied Indian fridge of a person who cooks a lot. I snoop around people’s homes a lot, and have yet to see an Indian fridge that is full of neatly lined pre-packaged food. That doesn’t happen. My fridge organization system is based on the principle of “a place for everything and everything in it’s place”. This is how it looks all the time – it is not staged (except for making things face the right way).


Fridge Main

Fridge Door

Top Shelf
Fridge Door (1)
Lunch Stuff
Fridge Door (2)
Ethnic Things
Fridge Door (3)
We’ve got Mexican, Chinnese, Italian and Indian stuff crammed in there.
Cooking Helpers
Fridge Door (4)
The Good Stuff
(at the bottom shelf, to facilitate bending down)
Fridge Door (5)
Heinz – For my Pittsburghers husband who believes that Ketchup is a food group, and only Heinz is the only true ketchup
Maggi Hot & Sweet – For me, because it *is* different

Fridge Shelves

Top Shelf
Fridge (1)
My trusty salad spinner is Tokig from Ikea for $3.99, and does the same job as any $40 one from BB&B
Milk, Eggs, Etc.
Shout out to Clucky my egg-carrying chicken friend in the back of the fridge. She’s from World Market.
Fridge (2)
   Fridge (2) Closeup
Yoghurt & Lunch Supplies
Fridge (3)
I’m taking a break from Bento this week, but this is where all the pre-prepped stash goes. I also keep some sandwich fixings for the husband in case he makes his own lunch.
Cheese & Butter
Fridge (5)   Fridge (4) Closeup
My husbands favorite shelf and label. I ❤ Jerry. I keep an obscene amount of butter at hand for impulse baking.
Fridge (6)
Meat & Fish
Fridge (7)


Freezer Main
Freezer (1)
Frozen Vegetables
Freezer (2)
These are the multipurpose bins from the Container Store. I got this idea from IHeartOrganizing.
Chicken & Seafood
Freezer (3)
Frozen Foods
Freezer (4)
Ice Cream & Frozen Fruit
Freezer (5)


Shaun The Sheep

It is no secret that both the husband and I love Shaun the Sheep. I found this kit online at 123stitch.com, and decide to make this as my Christmas present for my husband. As usual, it took up much longer than expected and going was very slow. In the end, I couldn’t finish it before Christmas, but I did get it done a few days after New Years, and cleaned & farmed (in an Ikea frame). The eyes are a bit a wonky, but I like how the rest of it came out.


Dining Table – Finally!

After living in the house for 19 months, we finally got a dining table. The best part about this is that my husband will no longer be getting concussed on a weekly basis by the lamp!


I love how it came out! Our table is BJURSTA, and our chairs are the HENRIKSDAL, all from Ikea (of course!). We didn’t care for any of the chair cover colors/textures and prices. So I did some research (It’s Great To Be Home, Teal & Lime, and of course YHL) and we decided to run with it.

We got a couple of the plain white chair covers from Ikea and tried to dye it with Crimson iDye.  We didn’t love how it came out from the washing machine, so we went and bought a giant stock pot from Walmart for $10 and boiled the seat covers on the stove. And by “we”, I mean my husband did. It took about one hour for each chair cover. He also used a fixative to hold the dye in and avoid future stains (someone in this family spills). I finished it off by stenciling on the designs, which also took me about an hour for each chair cover.

White Chair Cover = $10,
Crimson iDye (413-Crimson) = $3 x 6, (1 packet per chair cover)
iDye Fixative = $3 x 2 (2 jars in total)
Two Pots of Metallic Bronze = $6 x 2
Martha Stewart Stencil  = $5 (from Michaels)
Stockpot of Dyeing = $10 (from Walmart)
Total per Chair cover = $18.5 vs. a plain tomato red for $40 from Ikea.


Our third bedroom is going to be our home office/library/craft-room/studio. It’s always been my dream to have a room that has wall to wall bookshelves. I measured this room a dozen times within an inch of its life, before we went over to Ikea. Since we don’t have a truck and Ikea is 2.5 hours away, I had this stuff delivered to the house.

The very nice delivery guys came and set all 16,000 boxes in the office. It was after that I realized that we had to move everything out before we could actually build anything in the room. Durrrrrr.

Office - Before

After many days of hard work during a very hot summer, we finally got it done.

Office - After #1

Office - After #2
That’s right! I have a conference table. Family meetings take place. The complaining about me spending money ends soon because the chairs are too little for my husband! I’m an evil genius, if I say so myself. Muwahahahaha!

The components of this room are:

Laundry Room

We got some GORM shelving from Ikea to create some storage in our laundry room. They have since changed the styles of the GORM. We painted the laundry room blue, so it would be light and bright as we left to work in the mornings.

We figured white would look better than the unfinished look, so we sanded, primed and spray painted them white.
As usual, it was a lot more work than we expected. Regardless, we are still quite happy with our results.