7.31.2013

Operation {Re}Organization: Kitchen Cabinets Part 3 {The Details}


I hope y'all have enjoyed the inside look (literally) at my kitchen cabinets this week. (See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) I've still got a couple of areas to tackle including the deep, dark recesses of my under-the-sink corner cabinet, but I need to grab a couple of items to help it function better so that may take a little while longer to do :).

Today we're zooming in on some details of this project. These are the little things that I hope will keep this space organized and more functional than it was before. Let's start with a little project I previewed yesterday - something I'm calling my cheap frugal version of the pull-out cabinet drawer. Like I mentioned yesterday, we're renters, so I'm not about to invest in expensive additions to a kitchen that's not ours. I used a little creative, outside-of-the-box thinking to come up with something that functions similarly to those cabinet drawers.

Take a look...


It's basically a movable shelf liner with a little tab on the end I can pull out to reach the contents in the back of the cabinet.

Here's how I made it:

I started with some old, heavy-duty laminated place mats I had been holding onto, but don't use anymore because they have my old monogram on them.


When I placed two place mats next to each other, they pretty much matched the depth of my cabinets exactly (score!).

So I grabbed some clear packing tape and taped them together along the long edge. I put a piece of tape on each side of the place mats so the joint wouldn't flex too much.



And that's it. So simple, yet so perfect for what I needed!

To go the extra mile and make them easy to use, I took a short piece of packing tape and a little washi tape to add a pull tab so that I could easily pull the place mats out from the shelf and grab the contents in the back.


(You can ignore the dings and scratches on the table - comes with the territory of being an old farm table!)

To make the tab, I tore off a piece of packing tape about 4 inches long, folded a portion of it over and put the sticky sides together leaving an inch of the sticky side exposed so I could stick it to the underside of the place mat. Does that make sense? Sorry, that's a lot of the word "sticky" in one sentence. I finished it off with a piece of pretty blue washi tape on the edge that sticks out and wrote "pull" on it with a pink sharpie. Yep, sometimes you need to be explicit with instructions.

Since they're laminated and stiff, they slide in and out easily, which helps me reach contents in the back of the cabinet.


So far they've worked really well! I made three of these movable shelf liners total, and put them in the cabinet under the pots and pans and baking pans/casserole dishes.


There are a couple of other helpful organizational items in this cabinet including an old drying rack that I repurposed to hold pot lids and smaller wooden cutting boards (right side of the top shelf), and a magazine file to corral my Silpat baking sheet liners. You can also see that I added some washi tape labels to the doors so that you can see what's on each shelf at a glance without getting down on the floor to see what's in the back area of each shelf. It's the little things, right? :)

For the lazy susan cabinet, I actually made a list of the contents on each tier, as well as a list of all the items on the floor of the cabinet. This ensures that everything goes back in its designated spot and we don't end up with a mish mash of stuff piled all over that annoying thing.


Maybe I'll type up these lists someday to make them prettier. Maybe. (That's what I call a very low priority item though!)

I think that'll about do it for the details on this project. Did I miss anything you were curious about?

Hope y'all have a great day!

---------




Looking for a unique baby gift? Take a look at my new line of onesies from CSW Designs! Choose your animal, color and pattern (chevron or polka dot). Perfect for the little ones in your life.


Pin It!

23 comments:

  1. Great ideas! Very practical! I have such a hard time with kitchen organization, myself!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Really great idea! Pinning it. This will go a long way to help the mess that is my kitchen cabinets! Thanks for sharing at all Things Pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Supplements can help your dreams of having your own product come alive. manufacturing private label Supplements offers a wide variety of custom formulation services including liquids, capsules, sprays, powders, and more.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I read your blog very carefully and I appreciate your content a lot of informative content you have added and must keep it up. I recommend people to visit the website where you buy the latest fashionable cosmetics products
    JojiMerch

    ReplyDelete
  5. First, I appreciate your blog; I have read your article carefully,
    Your content is very valuable to me.
    I hope people like this blog too.
    I hope you will gain more experience with your knowledge; That’s why people get more information.
    how to earn money from blogging

    ReplyDelete
  6. thanks for sharing this amazing post i like it. Vlonebrand

    ReplyDelete
  7. Harry Styles Official Merch Store For real Harry Styles fans. Get Amazing Harry Styles Hoodies, SweatShrits, Tshirts and more. UPTO 50% OFF
    Harry Styles Merch

    ReplyDelete

  8. thanks for sharing this amazing post i like it.Tyler the creator merch

    ReplyDelete
  9. I found the most beautiful and fascinating one. I am really extremely glad to visit your post.legends never die 999

    ReplyDelete
  10. great post thanks for sharing keep up the good work its AMAZING juice wrld merch

    ReplyDelete

  11. i am thakful to sharing this amazing post


    Kimono Dress

    ReplyDelete
  12. I've proper selected to build a blog, which I hold been deficient to do for a during. Acknowledges for this inform, it's really serviceable! juice wrld merch 999

    ReplyDelete
  13. This website has very good content. Thank you for the great article I did enjoyed reading it, I will be sure to bookmark your blog. It is really very nice and you did a great job Feel free to visit my website; 먹튀검증

    ReplyDelete
  14. Excellent information Providing by your Article thank you for taking the time to share with us such a nice article. Feel free to visit my website; 바카라사이트

    ReplyDelete
  15. I think this is an informative post and it is very beneficial and knowledgeable. Therefore, I would like to thank you for the endeavors that you have made in writing this article. All the content is absolutely well-researched. Thanks Feel free to visit my website; 바카라사이트

    ReplyDelete
  16. Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely feel this web site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the info! Feel free to visit my website; 토토사이트

    ReplyDelete
  17. I am very glad to read this article. I appreciate your work and inspiration. I also recommended my friends at
    mensslippersmaker to explore this domain.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I feel extremely cheerful to have seen your post. I found the most beautiful and fascinating one.mens marvel dressing gown I am really extremely glad to visit your post.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Excellent and wonderful blog. You have done nice work mensleatherjackets but I say this is perfect. Keep hope for the best.

    ReplyDelete

If you enjoyed this post, have a question, or just want to say hey, please leave a comment! I read each comment and love to respond (usually by email), so check your inbox if you don't see a response below!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Blogging tips