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Most wedding gifts will end up in a box in a basement or garage after a few years. But there’s one staple of the registry that always seems to stick: food storage. Julia Marcum still has the Rubbermaid containers she and her husband, Chris, received 13 years ago on their big day – you could say it’s love. “They’ve just been this constant in my life,” says Julia. Like most of us, the couple behind design blog Chris Loves Julia had racked up some with the company’s classic red lid, which definitely stood the test of time but didn’t necessarily match the style of their new North Carolina home.
Eighteen months ago, the pair were contacted by Rubbermaid to create a new color for the brand’s stackable and interlocking EasyFindLids, and they came up with a fresh, light blue-gray hue that pairs well with their taupe cabinets. and their dark green island. “I’ve worked so hard to make our home a place where we can feel calm, comfortable and comfortable,” Julia shares. “And honestly, even the little things that we surround ourselves with affect that.” Over the past year, they’ve thought of all the little things, like putting two panel dishwashers on either side of their sink. Then there are all the clever storage tricks they’ve adopted. Ahead, seasoned renovators share four moments of built-in organizing that totally changed the game.
The Lunch Packing Station
The Marcums have dedicated an entire lower drawer to their new Rubbermaid collection, and it’s conveniently located right across from the one that houses special compartments for bags of various sizes. “That way I can easily put the things for the girls’ lunches straight into their boxes,” says Julia. And no, it’s not a custom creation – you can get the same bag organizer on Amazon for $40.
Refilling the trash
When Stoffer Cabinetry, the couple’s cabinet designers, asked them about their previous kitchen problems and what they wanted to be more organised, Julia immediately replied: garbage bags! “We have these slide-out bins…why am I looking for a new bag somewhere else?” she says of her thought process. So they incorporated a corner into the back of the drawer to put a bag holder in – that way no one ever forgets to put a new one in the box when they pull out a full one. “Thank goodness,” she said, laughing.
The other cover holder
In addition to neatly storing her Rubbermaid lids (she’s a proponent of separating bases from tops), Julia also has a dedicated drawer for her pots and pans lids. The space has narrow, angled shelves inside, so all the tops stack and slide neatly into place.
Chris’ favorite part of the kitchen? The slotted drawer that’s dedicated to “all the knives he’s gaga about,” says Julia (it’s another addition from Stoffer Cabinetry). We agree: it looks neat.
This article originally stated that the lunch bag drawer was located above the Rubbermaid drawer. The lunch bag drawer is actually located across from the Rubbermaid drawer. We corrected the statement on June 14.
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