Dun dun duuuuun.
We have one. The cabinet we rarely open. Or when we do we open it real quick-like, throwing the item inside and shutting the door fast so the rest of the stuff doesn’t fall out. I didn’t always have a cabinet like this – it started in the past six months or so and it just got worse with each month.
Well, it was time to address it. This is when I find blogging to be so funny -- showing the insides of my cabinets for the world to see:
The really messy insides. But sometimes seeing someone else take care of a mess spurs me on to take care of mine, so that’s why I share.
The first thing I needed to do was address the top of the cabinet – it had become our dumping ground for the past couple of weeks. I address piles by making them into smaller piles instead of putting individual items away one at a time.
That one goes to live on the island where other random stuff goes, till I decide to address that whole area. One thing at a time people.
I tackled the actual cabinet last night while I listened to The Bachelor finale (he’s a gem). I moved the alcohol down to the basement and was left with this:
Well, and a few things that I had already put back in. The items in the boxes are going back to the store. Except maybe the herb keeper – does it work? I’m waffling on that one.
I took the extra crock pot down to the basement because we only use it for parties. A couple of the items went to other cabinets – you know…where they belong. :)
The long stuff like the platters are too wide to fit into our dining room/library built ins so I keep them in here. When I stacked them up it felt like it was such a waste of space. They barely took up any vertical space:
I took measurements and went out the garage and cut some scrap wood down:
The wood is 20 by 16 inches and then I cut some “legs” to four inches tall.
I just screwed the legs on:
Be sure to use a drill bit first before drilling the screws so you don’t split the wood!
I slid it in to the cabinet and it was a perfect fit! The longer platters fit great underneath and it’s sturdy enough to hold the others on top without a problem:
I was quite pleased with my quick little DIY shelf, especially considering you can buy wire and wood products for just this purpose:
My scrap wood stash pays off again!
Here’s the cabinet, blissfully purged and organized:
Do you have a cabinet that you open real fast? Or even better – that you can’t close all the way? Uh huh.