An Organization Home Tour by Ashli at Mini Manor

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Having finally cleared out the boxes from our move in last fall (is the statute of limitations finally up on using “recently moved” as an excuse for all my incomplete house projects? 🙂 ) I have been going back through the house and really organizing things. We have had to adjust to our new but smaller space (especially as far as storage in the kitchen) and its making me really focus on keeping only what I need and use.

 I recently discovered Ashli at Mini Manor’s wonderful blog, and after spending hours (at least it seemed like) staring at all her beautifully organized spaces and getting truly inspired by her, I decided to see if she would be kind enough to share some of her spaces here at Magnolia Lane. I was thrilled when she said Yes.

So here is Ashli, she is just the greatest, read on down (and then go check out her Blog) and I know you will agree!


I am thrilled to be on 11 Magnolia Lane today. Thank you so much, Amy, for asking me, and thank you, Christy and Terry, for having me, too. Blogging with your best girlfriends sounds like so much fun, I am completely jealous of you three.

My name is Ashli and I blog over at Mini Manor. I live in British Columbia with my husband and our fur baby Max, I believe our homes should be organized, simplified and green and I spend my mornings blogging about just that.

Amy asked me if I would share some of our organizing solutions with you, so here are some of the solutions we found for our home.

First, the room in everyone’s home that can benefit the most from some serious organization . . . the Kitchen!

I have a large cookbook collection, I decided that it would make more sense to store the cookbooks in the kitchen where they get used, so I lined the top shelf with over 100 cookbooks.

Also, our cabinets go up 9 feet in the air, so sometimes I needed a little help reaching the top shelf, we installed pull down shelves made by Rubbermaid, a really quick and easy solution.



A couple of cork tiles, on the inside of the cabinet door beside the stove, holds recipes I find and plan on trying, if it’s a good one it goes into the recipe book, if it was bad I throw it out.


 I always found it difficult to organize pots and pans. I had them nesting inside each other which ended up scratching their surfaces. We found these organizers at Lowes and they’re awesome. They keep everything tidy and easy to access.
My Tupperware cupboard was always in disarray. We had 5 different types of containers, none of which stacked up nicely together. We finally invested in the same glass containers and now they stack up easily, no more hunting for a lid.
While I love to cook . . . sometimes the answer to what’s for dinner is Take-Out. I used one of Martha Stewart’s plastic pockets to hold our take out menus inside of our pantry cupboard.
And speaking of the pantry cupboard, we have deep pantry cabinets so to take advantage of all the depth we installed pull out shelves for our dry goods. The shelves were around $15 each and totally worth it. Underneath the baskets we store our baking goods. I use simple plastic containers from Ikea, BPA free of course.
And lastly, our knife/Spice Drawer. I’m a stickler when it comes to knives, they need to be SHARP. A great knife organizer is so important. I’m also a stickler for clear countertops so an in-drawer spice rack was a great find for us. The labels are from Staples, they are part of Martha’s new line.
Moving out of the kitchen now, I recently organized my desk cupboard. I figured since it was totally covered up, and it was mine (no husbands allowed) why not make it PINK.
Another area of our house that is always in desperate need of organization is our mudroom! A simple shelving system from Home Depot, or a inexpensive bench from Ikea, makes a world of difference in a small space.
And finally the super easy organizer, that has made my morning routine 10 times easier . . . these jewelry organizers we made out of Cutlery Trays and Cup hooks.
I hope you enjoyed our Organization Home Tour! Please pop by and say HI, you can find us at
A BIG Thank You to the 11 Magnolia Lane girls, Amy, Christy and Terry for having me on today! I’ve never done an organization house tour before . . . It might be my new favorite house tour ;).

I will be back soon to show some of my newly organized spaces, many of which were inspired by Ashli. We are so thrilled she came by 11 Magnolia Lane and shared here today. She has so much more on her Blog, so stop over and visit her.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day… I am heading up to celebrate my belated birthday with Terry and share Mother’s Day with my Mom and I can’t wait.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Ashli’s organization skills are phenomenal! When I am stuck trying to figure out a way to organize something I know I can always count on Ashli’s archives to find a solution. So glad to see her featured.

  2. I am a big fan of Ashli’s blog. She has such great taste with such a budget friendly approach. I myself am trying to implement some of her fabulous ideas in my home. I might drive the hubby crazy with “Oh look at what she did now hon!” But I am loving her website.

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