I showed my bug-out-bag aka 72 hour emergency kit on my Instagram stories a while back and a bunch of you wanted to know what was in it. Well, I FINALLY got around to writing it up. It’s kind of a beast though, just warning you! In my defense, it’s pretty thorough. I mean, I researched this for awhile. Please, do yourself a favor and save time, by using this post instead 😉[Read more…] about 72 Hour Emergency Backpack
Let’s talk tiny kitchens. I see you, fellow apartment dwellers. If there’s one thing that drives me crazy about my NYC apartment it’s the lack of storage and counter space in my kitchen. I love to cook but it can be frustrating in such a small space. Luckily, I’ve found a few tricks along the way to maximize square footage.
If there is a collapsible version of anything, that’s the one I choose. I rely on a dish rack since my tiny kitchen doesn’t have a dishwasher, but I hate seeing it out in the open when it’s not in use. I love that this one pops into a smaller size to store under the sink when I need to free up space or have guests over.
Don’t be afraid to use verticle space as well. Pots and pans are convenient to reach, yet out of the way, when they’re on a pot rack instead of in a cabinet. Magnetic organizers for things like spices or knives help make full use of wall space and are great when you’re low on drawer space.
I also look for things that are multipurpose. Instead of a toaster, I have this mini smart oven that I’m obsessed with. It toasts, bakes, broils, and roasts, all without taking up much space. It’s also a great alternative to turning on the oven when I’m just making something small.
My final tips apply to any small space: stay organized (this will help!) and stick to a color palette. It’s easy to acquire a lot of random kitchen things that don’t necessarily look good together, but this can be avoided by keeping one or two colors/finishes in mind.
Whew, that was a lot! Any tips/tricks I missed? Let us know your favorite kitchen space savers in the comments!
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We’re already over halfway through January and I’m still trying to gear up for the year to come! The blog is 10 years old this month, can you believe it?! It’s been a long and super fun road, let me tell you. Before I talk about my goals and resolutions for this year though, I’d like to go back and talk about a couple of changes that happened on the blog front first.
If you visit the blog much, you’ll have noticed the redesign that happened a few months back. I hope you all enjoy the new look and feel. Here’s the old one for reference, not too different visually, but most of the changes were on the back end. I worked with one of my favorite design team, Bloom. I’d bought ready-made templates from them in the past and loved their modern and minimalist philosophy. So when it came for a more customized design they were my go-to. Every detail has been thought over and designed for ease of use and aesthetics.
We reorganized the navigation as well – with the addition of the shop and well as our design services, the navigation needed a major overhaul. And speaking of the shop, Bloom designed that from top to bottom as well. I barely know how to write a post on WordPress let alone format the site 😉 Thankfully I found a great design team to do it for me, right?
You’ll notice that in addition to the search bar on the righthand side, we also added some additional search functionality on the daily finds and room redo pages. You can now search for finds by item and retailer. And you can also find room redos by specific rooms and styles. Pretty cool huh?
If you’re an email subscriber you also noticed a format change. Instead of showing the whole post, you now see only the featured image. The change was a mandatory one, unfortunately. The reasoning? The emails you receive are automated and affiliate linking in emails is prohibited by most advertisers. My blog is mostly supported by affiliate sales, so in order to be able to keep the blog running it’s a necessary evil. As a result, I had to stop all links from being sent out in my newsletters. The easiest way to guarantee that, was to cut text all-together. Hence the new email format.
I personally like the look of the new newsletter much, much better. But a bunch of you are unhappy with the new look. You guys miss seeing the comparisons in email format, without having to click over. I totally understand. So what I’m thinking is this…instead of the featured image or inspirational image shown in the newsletter, I’ll show the product comparison image. What do you guys think? A better compromise? That way you can see the products and click over only if you want more info. Sounds good?
And while I’m at it, I figured it was the perfect time to do a reader survey! Yay! It’s been awhile since we’ve had one of these and I’d love some feedback from you all! So go ahead, weigh in:
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I’ve been working from home exclusively since 2009. You may be shocked to hear that I just recently created myself a home office. Before, I used to use my laptop while sitting on the couch. I’ve come to the realization that when working, I always want to be where the action is, in the heart of the home, aka the living room. Problem is, that doesn’t always lend itself to efficient home office organization!
When I upgraded from a laptop to my new iMac, I needed a dedicated desk. So I set out to create an office space that I would actually use – in a corner of our living room. Now, for most people, this spot wouldn’t be their first choice for an office location. I can’t blame them! Who wants a bunch of tech sitting as a focal point in their living room? Far be it for me to pass up a challenge! So, after a ton of internet scouring (you know me) and trial and error, I’m proud to share my best finds, tips and tricks for home office organization that keeps the clutter at bay and functions just as well as it looks!
This post is sponsored by orchard supply hardware.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve been on a home decorating kick lately. It’s funny, but it always seems to take about a year of living in a house for me to really get inspired on how to furnish and decorate the space. I really like to get to know a house and how we live in it before I know what the home needs, in terms of furniture, changes or decor. Today I’m going to show you our mudroom. It’s a small room right off the entryway and open to the kitchen. When we first moved in, I had grand plans of making it a breakfast nook, but that changed pretty fast. It’s now a major workhorse in our home. One side serves as an extension to our kitchen and the other serves as our mudroom.
This post is sponsored by method home.
Even though I didn’t make any formal resolutions for the new year, I think my unofficial motto has been to “simplify”. That goes for my life AND home. It definitely goes along with my whole minimalist vibe. On that front, I’ve been on a huge declutter and organizing kick over here at the copycatchic household.
My first project for 2017? The kitchen sink area. No, it’s not glamorous, but under the sink was dark, cluttered and just a complete disaster. I collaborated with method to show you their newest spring limited edition collection and share my minimalist kitchen clean up tips. I thought it was the perfect partnership as their newest collection is based on simplicity, function, and minimalism. Right up my alley!
Now for some fun after pictures….