. . . wonderful drawers. They organize the “stuff” behind cupboard doors!
When we moved to this house, my friend Candy made a suggestion that I thought was a good one about organizing storage space.
So, I bought plastic drawers to organize space in several places in the house.
In a cabinet in the kitchen. The large drawer on the second shelf holds spices. The two smaller drawers on the third shelf hold baking supplies. (btw, I know the tops of the smaller drawers look like they’re drooping, but they just have rounded fronts that make them look that way in the picture.)
Even though it’s not a drawer, this is a little two-shelf unit I also added in the space at the bottom of that cabinet to hold wraps and bags. One of my sisters-in-law likes to tease me about my life-time supply of these products. It’s true. I get to the grocery and forget which ones I might need, so I buy some, just in case.
In a cupboard in the bathroom, we have three large drawers. I’ve never had a bathroom cabinet that wasn’t perpetually messy, but the drawers corral the messiness and make it easier to find things!
So, this week, in my slow, slow progress in spring cleaning, I took on the space under my sink.
I had already decided that I would apply the “drawer technique” in this area now. So I bought two small drawers, because they had to be low enough to fit under the pipes. (I do think I’ll keep my eye out for a large, flat drawer that could replace these two — better use of the space, and more substantial. I can always find somewhere else to use these two, if I find one.)
When I tried them, I could tell that they were probably going to slide around, so …
I looked around for items I could use to stabilize them. I had a small blue basket that had been used for storage in this space before, so I put it in the back to discourage them from sliding backwards. Then, I also needed something in the bottom to help keep them in place. What I decided I needed was some of that rubbery, waffley stuff, but I didn’t have any on hand. But, I did have this mat that was made out of it in the fruit drawer in the refrigerator! So, I used that. I’ll get another one for the frig next time I think of it — it was needed worse in here right then!
And then I put eveything back. Done. Better!
By the way, I talked to Candy the day after I did this and told her I had been mentally thanking her for suggesting using plastic drawers for organizing things when we moved here. She acted surprised and said actually what she had been talking about was a metal system with drawers that replaces shelves in a cupboard. Hmmm. Well, Candy, you still get the credit, because this is what I thought you meant!
And now, on to the closet! (Do you sense I’m putting off the closet? You’re right.)