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How To Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets + DIY Message Board

Now that your kitchen tools and dish collection have expanded since your wedding, it’s time to get real about organization and storage. We’ve recently teamed up with Macy’s to bring together a handful of awesome Registry to Reality ideas. And today we’re chit-chatting all about tackling those cupboards of yours! Plus? We’ve got the cutest DIY message board that ever existed.

- First and foremost, you need to take stock! Chances are, there’s a handful of things you’re missing. Try to dedicate one afternoon to pulling everything out of your cupboards and really going through it all. Make a list of what you already have, and then work out your wants and your needs. It’ll help you build a really amazing registry!

- To eliminate clutter, try to keep only the every-day essentials out on your counter. We use our Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker multiple times daily so it just makes sense to keep it front and centre. But that toaster or panini press you only use every few days? Unplug it and tuck it into a drawer!

- There’s no need to keep every spice under the sun at arms length away. Determine your top 10-12 that you use time and time again and keep them in a rotating spice rack. The rest can be tucked away in the pantry for special occasions or specific recipes.

- If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on gorgeous everyday cookware the likes of All-Clad Copper Core 10 Piece Cookware Set, you’ll want to treat each piece with tender loving care. Keep everything on a rubberized shelf liner to protect from nicks and scratches. In addition, we love those pot lid holders you can install on the cupboard door to help wrangle all those loose bits!

- It’s always a great idea to reach for matched sets of dishes (or at the very least, a single color or color family). This helps reduce visual clutter, making your cupboards feel significantly more streamlined with little to no work at all! We are ridiculously obsessed with Mikasa Antique White Dinnerware as each piece is of crazy high quality, and totally timeless to boot.

- When it comes to your tupperware, here at SMP we strongly suggest picking up a set where every lid is the same size. They totally exist, and it makes your life so. much. easier. – I’m a big fan of hanging anything that clutters up your drawers: think stick on hooks on the inside of your cupboard to hang measuring cups and spoons, KitchenAid mixer attachments and oddly shaped utensils!

- Though this may seem like a no-brainer, I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen people do the exact opposite. Store your pots and pans as close to your stove as possible for quick and easy access.

- Consider the function of your space and organize accordingly. We love to store our colanders with our pasta pot, and our mixing bowls with our bakeware so that everything is set up in stations, so to speak. – You know that upper shelf that you can barely-reach? Save it for specialty-use items like your Vera Wang Wedgwood Orient Candlesticks, Marchesa by Lenox Stemware, Paisley Bloom Flute or your Lenox Simply Fine Chirp Round Place Setting.

And our best tool to stay organized? An awesome message board, a family command centre, if you will, that contains a calendar, grocery list and anything else you need to keep your family on track at all times!

Materials ½ yard printed fabric of your choice (we got ours at Jo-Ann’s)

Thin cork sheet
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Tacks
Calendar
Grocery list

step-1 Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cut the fabric to be 2” wider than the cork sheet on all sides. Lay the fabric printed side down. step-1 Spray one side of the cork with a light coat of spray adhesive then center the fabric over the cork and press down, starting in the center and working outwards to smooth out any air bubbles. step-1 Step 3: Pull the edges of the fabric tight against the backside of the cork and hot glue in place. Cut a diagonal line in the fabric at each corner and layer the fabric as smooth as possible so the fabric doesn’t bulk up at the corners, and hot glue in place. step-1 Step 4: Hang the corkboard inside your cabinet door. Depending on how permanent you want it to be, you could screw it in with very shallow screws, or use 3M sticky tape. step-1 Step 5: Hang tacks and cute organizing tools like grocery lists and calendars for the whole family to use. *Note: We used a single 12” x 24” cork panel, but if your shelves are in the way, you could buy smaller cork squares or cut a cork panel to fit the dimensions inside your cabinet.

Ready for even more inspiration? Check out our Macy’s Registry to Reality Pinterest board!

Photography: Keith Morrison

MACY’S PRODUCTS USED IN GLASSES CABINET: Counter: Coffeemaker: Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker, Brew Central 12-Cup | Vase: kate spade new york Bud Vase, Castle Peak | Bottom Shelf left to right: Wine Glasses: Waterford Stemware, Lismore Nouveau Wine Glass Waterford Stemware | Wine Glasses: Marchesa by Lenox Wine Glass, Paisley Bloom | Champagne Flutes: Marchesa by Lenox Stemware, Paisley Bloom Flute | Middle Shelf left to right: Coffee Mugs: Mikasa Dinnerware, Antique White Collection | Coffee Mugs: Hotel Collection Dinnerware, Bone China Collection | Coffee Mugs: Mikasa Dinnerware, Antique White Collection | Top Shelf: left to right: Candlesticks: Vera Wang Wedgwood Orient Candlesticks | Printed Plate & Teacup: Lenox Simply Fine Chirp Round 4-Piece Place Setting | Ramekins: Corningware French White 10 Piece Bakeware Set

MACY’S PRODUCTS USED IN DISHES CABINET: Bottom Shelf: Fancy Bowls: Noritake Dinnerware, Austin Platinum Collection | Fancy Plate Set: Noritake Dinnerware, Austin Platinum Collection | Middle Shelf: White Bowls: Hotel Collection Dinnerware, Bone China Collection | White Plate Set: Mikasa Dinnerware, Antique White Collection | Top Shelf: White Bowls: Mikasa Dinnerware, Antique White Collection | Bread Plates: Noritake Dinnerware, Austin Platinum Collection

MACY’S PRODUCTS USED IN THE POT CABINET: Bottom Shelf: Steel & Copper Pot: All-Clad Copper Core 10 Piece Cookware Set | Middle Shelf: Saucepot: All-Clad Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set | Bronze Stock Pot: Anolon Advanced Stock Nonstick 11 Piece Cookware Set | Top Shelf: Frying Pans: All-Clad Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set

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Mini Blueberry Tarts

I’m telling you right now that this recipe is everything. And though it doesn’t always work out this way, I can assure you that these mini blueberry tarts are as tasty as they are adorable. One part sweet, one part tart, and one part pure deliciousness all wrapped up in a tiny pie shell. Big hugs to Tasteful Temptations for sending this yummy treat our way!

Mini Blueberry Tarts
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
40 Minute/s
total time
55 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • CRUST:
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter cold diced or sliced
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • FILLING:
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries, washed, drained well
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 stick softened butter (4 tbsp.)
Instructions
  1. CRUST:
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Roll dough out cut out to fit tart pans. Butter and flour tart pans and place pie dough in making sure to press out any air pockets and trim to fit top of tart pan.
  4. FOR THE FILLING:
  5. In a bowl combine the blueberries, granulated sugar, corn starch, and lemon juice, and mix to combine evenly. Place into pie crust lined tart pans about ¼ inch above top of pan it will shrink after baking
  6. FOR THE TOPPING:
  7. In the same bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter. Stir with a fork until the mixture is crumbly and evenly blended. Spread the mixture over the berries and bake at 375 degrees F. for 40 minutes. Let cool to warm before serving. To serve, remove tart from pan after cooling and top with Fresh whipped Cream and lemon zest, Garnish with fresh sprig of Mint.


Recipe: Tasteful Temptations | Photography: Threaded Together Photography | Styling And Vintage Rentals: Threaded Together Vintage Rentals

DIY Table Runners

We fully subscribe to the notion that if you can’t find it, make it (one peek at our DIY archive and you’ll see just what I mean)! Which is why we adore Threaded Together. Because when they set out to put together their rustic dinner party, they had a vision and they didn’t want to part with it. And when they couldn’t find table runners to fit said vision? Well, they made them!

MaterialsFabric
Yard Stick or Tape Measure
Scissors
Fray Check
Dye if desired

instructions
step-1Pre-measure the table you will be using these on so you know how much yardage to buy of the fabric. The runners should hang over the sides of the table by a foot if laying width-wise under place settings so that they don’t pool in guests laps. If using just one as a runner down the center of the table length-wise then they should hang over the sides at least a couple feet.

step-1Select a woven fabric with a nice texture like a linen or this cotton blended with metallic thread.

step-1Hand dye fabric piece according to instructions on the dye packet (I used Rit dye since it was a cotton fabric but you can use Jacquard iDye Poly if you are using a synthetic fabric.)

step-1Cut to desired length and width. They should be a little wider than your place setting if using width-wise or at lest a third the size of your table width if laying length-wise.

step-1 Pull out the long threads to create a fray of about a half inch or your desired width.
Turn over and run Fray Check along the sides just inside of the frayed edge to keep from fraying further.


Photography: Threaded Together Photography | Florals: Barbie’s Blooms | Styling And Vintage Rentals: Threaded Together Vintage Rentals