Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hutch Organization

The hutch. Who else has one? Who else loves to just throw their stuff in their and shut the door. That's the advantage to a hutch after all. So many times I've wanted to get rid of the hutch and just put floating shelves up. The hutch had stuff crammed into the shelves. Stacked up on the top. Even hiding behind it! We needed a de-clutter/organization intervention.

Ok, I know what you're thinking. This is the before picture, right? WRONG! This is the after! Oh how I wish I would've stopped to grab a before pic! But, once the de-junking gets started, it's hard to stop. Let's just say that the whole kitchen table had PILES of stuff on it, while I cleaned sticky, dusty, crumby shelves, threw away mounds of old worn-out markers and old papers. It was a madhouse.

The first thing to go was my mother's china, champagne glasses (which we don't drink, so why do we have these glasses??), glass candle stick holders, a George Foreman grill (sorry, George), a cast iron griddle pan, these blue glass vases, and a bunch of extra cookbooks (I actually pared it down to what you see in the shelf above).

So, the left now holds our cookbooks, puzzles and summer workbooks. The middle holds puzzle books, coloring books, blank paper for drawing, and all of our pens, pencils, crayons, scissors, etc. The right side holds are extra glasses and Fiestaware. Ole! Heh.

Things in my house need to be very functional right now. Someday I can fill this with all of my potential collectibles but for now...puzzles and coloring books it is!

The drawers all got de-cluttered as well and everything is now nicely put away with their respective mates. The lower left contains our plastic forks, knives, etc., paper plates and napkins, and water bottles. 

The right side is our "art cubby" as my daughter likes to call it. It used to have everything just shoved in their and open it your own peril! I grabbed a few extra baskets and now we have everything together for easy access. The watercolors in one container, the stickers in another, the playdough in another, etc. I no longer have to hear another "I'm bored" comment because the kids have unearthed hours of entertainment. It's heaven! 

As much as I loved this new organization, the back of the hutch showed a bit more and seemed a little blah. Time to break out ASCP in Duck Egg Blue and get to paintin'.


I like!

Hubs should be glad I limited my painting itch to the hutch and not the living room. Until next time, living room. I will paint you... 


  1. I completely agree that a space needs to be functional. We have a huge basket on our counter with school work things and a cabinet in our dining room with reference books for our gardens and chickens. The most important thing is that a home functions for the family that lives there. I love your hutch, especially with the blue accents.

  2. Love your hutch! And the blue back makes a huge difference! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Meg, I really love what you did with that hutch, and the Duck Egg blue is just perfect. I'm going to have to steal that idea....not sure yet which piece I'll use it on, but I'm going to do it, and hopefully it'll look as pretty as yours does. So glad you shared!

  4. Love what you did. I have antique cabinets in my kitchen and did something similar with a cinnamon color back and bright white. SO changes the look! Thanks for sharing. Joining from Wordless Wednesday -

  5. Functional AND preeeeetyyyyy :0). Works for me. I am waiting for a couple of bucks to get the paint to re-do a wonderful China cabinet I found for a song at Sally's (aka Salvation Army :0)!). Since I am passed the need for home school storage i am glad to be able to actually HAVE knick-knacks! I am an un-clutter bug but I do like my chatzkies! Stopped by via We Are That Family link-up!

  6. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party.

  7. I love that this is all so beautifully practical-- so key to a happily functioning family.

    It's oh so sweet to meet ya. I'm following you now and can't wait to get to know ya better. If you're up for a bit of a ride I'd love for you to join me at Local Sugar Hawaii. It's a beautifully kooky space just for us... I hope you'll come as you are and stay for a bit.


  8. So pretty and organized. Love the Duck Egg Blue. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


I would love to hear from you!