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ORC Week 2 Update

Hi there!  Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home.   You can find this week’s updates from the amazing featured designers HERE.

Last week I shared the kitchen inspiration board for our rental kitchen in Japan.one room challenge kitchen inspirationThe kitchen is pretty much one wall in the main living area.  Our “pantry” happens to be the upper cabinets along that wall.   This week I focused on organizing our pantry goods with bins and my new Epson portable label maker.   Since I have to use a step stool to reach anything, pulling out a bin is much easier than trying to reach to the back of the cabinet (which is actually impossible on the top shelf for me!).  kitchen pantry bins with labels

My label maker came with iron on labels which turned out perfect for the cloth bins.  I’ve been having a blast labeling things in each room of our house this week.  kitchen storage with labels

I’m looking for more “dollar store” plastic bins to replace the green ones.  Other than that, all of my cabinets are nicely organized.   It sure makes the trip up the step stool easier and more pleasing. lol organized kitchen cabinets with labels

A few new things that I’ve added to the space this week; a rug that is in the same style and color family of my inspiration rug (found in a local Japanese store called Nitori) a pretty soap container, and my Minted art piece. pretty soap containerNew kitchen boho rug

The rug is a variation of our foyer rug so it flows nicely with the rest of the room. I was a little nervous about finding one in Okinawa so it’s a huge relief to snag this one the first week!

kitchen rug

A quick rundown of the ol’ to do list:

Spruce up seating with a pop of color

Cover cabinet doors in a floral pattern – renter friendly

Update pulls to brass or gold

Hang new art

Add a new rug

Update tiles – renter friendly

Better organization of countertop space and cabinets

Maybe try something new with the window treatments?

To see all of the bloggers participating in this week’s link up, click HERE.

A big thank you to these companies for sponsoring my project; Minted, Epson, and Walls Need Love.   


Epson also sent me a coupon code to share with you for 25% off the Epson Portable Label Maker.

Use discount code LW25SAV HERE.

You can read about the entire process in these posts:  Week one: Inspiration | Week two: Cabinet Organization | Week three: Update | Week four: DIY Swiss Cross Tiles | Week five: Floral Cabinets | Week six: Rental Kitchen Reveal

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  1. Kathy I adore the direction that your room is headed towards! You did SO much better than I did in my room this week. I would love for you to share this post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I think my readers would really enjoy it!

    Good luck and see you next week!

    1. Thanks so much Laura! I got a little distracted with Spring break last week but I’ll try to link up this week! Thanks for the invite. 🙂

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