Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wait-No-More Challenge: Breakfast Nook Edition

Hey, Friends! Hope you all are doing well and have some fun plans for this weekend! We are planning to use the long weekend to tackle a big project. I'll post some sneak peeks on Instagram. Wish us luck! I say "we" loosely considering I have shingles and am laid up on the couch. So "we" is more like "he". ;) Thankful for my awesome hubby! Now, onto some organizing fun!

The next space I tackled for the Wait-No-More Organizing Challenge is the breakfast nook. Let me tell you, this space has driven me bananas since we moved into this house 3 years ago. We come in and out of the house through this room, so for three years, it has been covered in shoes, mail, papers, tools, and other miscellaneous junk. Makes me crazy!

I don't have a before picture because I've been reorganizing it in phases. But, just imagine a paperwork and shoe mess and you'll have an accurate before picture. Ha! Here is what it looked like a couple years ago after we bought a new table, in case you are wondering about the layout. Obviously, I moved the papers for the picture. #trickytricky
I actually completed the first phase of reorganization in May by tackling the shoe mess. The shoe cabinet has been amazing at keeping the floors clutter free! The basket on top has been a great landing spot for things like keys, sunglasses, and sunscreen that used to clutter up the kitchen countertop. You can read more about the shoe organization here.
For the Wait-No-More Challenge, I decided to finish organizing the space. The main remaining trouble spots were my pile of papers, planner, and mail pile on the counter, the soaps near the sink, and the mail sorter on the side of the kitchen cabinet. It was way too much clutter!

First, I tackled my pile of papers that need attention and my planner. They have never really had a designated spot, so have ended up on the corner of the countertop. I was afraid if I put it in our big mail sorter, it would be out of sight, out of mind for me. The bins are really deep and little papers get hidden easily. I need lots of reminders, so I wanted to walk by and see what I needed to do.

I decided to purchase a small mail sorter for my urgent papers and my planner. The compartments are shallow enough that nothing is hidden. This way, I can see what needs to be done at a glance, but it looks way neater than a pile on the counter!
I found the mail sorter at TJ Maxx for only $6.99! Score! Home Goods has the same ones, so between the two stores, there are lots of color options. This blue/green one goes perfectly in my kitchen!

The next trouble spot was the big mail sorter. The previous owners graciously left it behind when they moved, which I'm thankful for. It goes perfectly in the kitchen! It had accumulated a lot of papers, though, so I sorted through everything and got it all back in order.
The bottom slot is for mail and the next one up is for Jeremy's paperwork. The third bin contains three folders for me-- one for school paperwork, one for coupons, and one for my important papers. The top bin is where I keep my stationary.

The last trouble area was the kitchen counter near the sink. I have been buying and replacing pretty soap pumps since we moved in! They all break so easily! And I really hated our scrub brush either sitting on the counter or buried under the dishes in the sink.

My friend Cary has a pretty tray near her sink that she keeps her dish soaps on. I've always thought it looked really nice, so decided to copy her. I haven't even told her, yet. Ha! (Thanks for the idea, Cary!)

I found this pretty turquoise tray at World Market to corral the soaps and found the white dish at Target to set my brush in. My dish soap and brush just happened to match. Happy accident! Doesn't it look so tidy?! By the way, Jeremy gave me the automatic soap dispenser for Christmas and it is awesome! No more raw meat or egg on the soap pump!
Now when I walk in the door, I no longer see a pile of shoes and papers all over the counter. I couldn't be more thrilled! I mean, HELLO clutter free counter! Love!
Happy 4th! 

Linking up with Jen at IHeart Organizing!


  1. This space looks so cute! I love the shoe cabinet. Very organized! :)

  2. SO sorry you have shingles, Samantha! Feel better soon! You've scored some great purchases!! And love your organizing skills! HOpe you have a great weekend, anyway! xo
    Kendra @

    1. Thanks so much! I'm on the upswing, so hopefully I'll be all better soon!

  3. Shingles is no joke so I hope you are feeling better soon! I am jealous of your shoe cabinet- I've had my eyes on that one for over a year now but live nowhere near Ikea and keep waiting until I'm near one. Great job so far with the reorganizing!

    1. Thanks, I'm definitely on the upswing! :) Isn't it annoying how few Ikeas there are and how much their shipping costs?! The closest one to us is hours away. Hope you go near one soon so you can get the cabinet!

  4. love your granite, it's gorgeous, and love it with that backsplash, too.

  5. G'day from Oz via the Alison's link up. I love your patriotic sign. Your breakfast nook looks so beautiful and I love the colours you chose to tie everything together.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  6. Looks just great!

    I've been searching for a black table and chairs similar to the ones in the first photo here - would you be willing to share where you found yours?

    Thanks much!

    Terry in Kansas

    1. Thanks! We bought ours off of Craig's List so I'm not exactly sure where it's from, but after doing some internet searching, I found this set on Wayfair that looks identical! Hope this helps!

  7. This looks amazing! Paper clutter is the worst! Looks like you have tackled it well. I did the same thing with my soaps; got a tray to hold everything (Funny, I actually have the same dish soap as you- same basil scent and everything). Have a happy day!


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