Monday, January 3, 2011

Bits of Buckets and Bins...

every new year brings around a desire to organize and simplify here on the prairie...

this year i.m adding a stripped down rawness to the mix...

and if you are {lucky} enough to live in a century old farmhouse...{i.m using the term lucky very loosely right now...the freezing drafts coming through my walls make for a long winter....}

you know that one thing they lack is storage areas...

sigh...

i thought i would share some little bits that have helped reduce our clutter and organize our little home...




an old farm gate becomes a catch all for cowboy vests, coats, sweaters and spurs...

right now i.m going through and making donation piles, so i thought i better hurry and snap a picture before the gate gets over taken once again... :0)

the industrial, metal bin holds library and bookmobile books...we are forever misplacing these and this little bin has become a life saver for this family...

an old bushel basket holds extra pillows and blankets for when we need to snuggle down...

a vintage, copper-topped bread tin holds recipes and such...well, okay it is pretty much my junk drawer...out of sight out of mind right?!? ;0)

so what little bits are helping organize your {prairie} home?


23 comments:

michelle said...

I love your bins and gate, what a clever way to store things and they look beautiful! I am all about de-cluttering this year and it feels really good so far. I need to find some cute things like you have to store little things in. I love hunting for treasures like that! :)

Stay warm!

Rachel Noelle said...

Your bins and repurposed pieces look great!:) I love using wire baskets and large antique ironstone for storing misc. things. Hope you are having a wonderful start to a new year!Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Deb said...

I just love all your cute storage ideas Kristin! I too am totally into decluttering right now too...it's such a good feeling! I love my red basket from your shop for storing so many things...it's my favorite! ~Deb~

Hana said...

I want that basket with pillows!! Love! I found pillows similar to those at an antique market today...$69 each! ~sigh~

bella said...

Happy New Year , Kristin!
Love the way you framed each photo , very sweet.
I will be emailing you tomorrow , my friend :)
xo
Sue

Barbara Jean said...

Great ideas for cuteness!!

love the gate hanger.

blessings and happy new year

barbara jean

Amy Kinser said...

Gorgeous storage. I love to use old crates to store books and so forth. Of course, baskets and beautiful green jars are also great.

Hope you are well.

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR Kristen....!

I'm LOVIN' your storage ideas & these DELCIOUS pics just make me wanna leap outa my chair & start pairing down myself....!!

Dontcha just LOVE the freshness the New Year brings....Out with the old....In with the older....hahahahaha....

Here's wishin' you the most FABULOUS 2011 a Faded Prairie Girl could have....!!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

sharon said...

HI Kristin, sorry I haven't been over for so long, love this post, we are longing to tidy up after the hodiays!!
I wish you and your family a very happy 2011 on your beautiful faded prairie.
Sharon
My French Country Home
xx

Tina Eudora said...

I love the ideas Kristin and I have a couple of OLD windows I have doggedly hung onto and maybe this year I will mount them on the wall and use them the way you used the gate! I think it would be a perfect use for them, thanks for the great idea!
Tina xo

Tracey said...

Love the bins! Love the blog...just found it!

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

YOU are sooooo creative Kristin!!! ~ Even in the dead of WiNteR... Love your photo layout ~ You do a great job of inspiring...
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Leah C said...

Love your buckets and bins! And that's exactly where I put my "junk"...out of sight and out of mind:) It's a new year, though, and like you & others I'm feeling the need to "de-clutter"!

Farmgirl Chaos said...

LOVE your storage spaces. When do you want to come to Iowa and help me organize my life....especially my craft room....with all of your creative ideas? I just might have to copy the old gate idea. LOVE it!!

Lolo said...

Love all your farmhouse storage solutions :) Dont you just love things that kind gobble up all the junk and uglies?! Who wouldnt want to hang somethin on that cool gate??!
Hugs sweetie~
Lolo

slommler said...

I too love your storage solutions. I have misc. tins and boxes that I use to store all the miscellaneous stuff that can accumulate. Like pens and pencils, appt. cards, notes to self, battery chargers, etc.
Hugs
SueAnn

Anna said...

Cute! I am the queen of stacking and piling...I do have a "boat" as my hubby calls it, a big wooden/iron catch all for a variety of items.

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

HI Kristin!
The Midwest pillow looks perfect in your home! I love all these storage ideas.
Happy New Year!
Beth

Heaven's Walk - said...

Baskets, bins, and buckets are used here at Heaven's Walk, Kristin! :) love that apple basket! I know exactly what you mean about drafting old farmhouses. Brrrr! I've got rolled up towels on alot of window sills. But we're lucky that we have a huuuuge cathedral ceiling attic and a big basement for storing all of my goodies. Whew! :)

xoxo laurie

Robin said...

Beautiful! I love how you've made each useful item "you".

Robyn said...

OH I love your ideas Kristin! I have an antique bucket that hold my doggie toys. It's a great brown/black color, perfect to hide a bit of dog drool!

Lissa said...

oh how I love beautiful organization and a good purge! That bushel basket is awesome! Happy new year Kristin. Hope you are well!

Daydream Living said...

Dear Kristin,
All the best for 2011!
I will come back to read all the posts I've missed.
Hugs, Maureen

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