If I had drawers in my kitchen, I would concoct some sort of drawer with dividers so everything would be easy to grab, like this bad boy:
|I couldn't find a source for this? Anyone know where this is from?|
Since I lack drawers, I have found the best place to store my containers is above the fridge. But this cupboard is actually really deep! Every time I put clean containers away I just shove them in the front and the older stuff moves to the back. Kind of a problem because I can barely reach the back, even when on my stool! This means the tiny containers and lids are always impossible to get.
Not to mention I also just got myself a stoneware dish (that I made my bread in!) and I wanted that dish to be stored up here.
I had some ideas about installing a rolling drawer in here, but I knew that would be a lot of work and expense! I don't have a power saw or even access to a place that sells wood, so I cannot even begin to tell you how big that small job would be!
Then yesterday I was walking around the Winners at Dufferin Mall (which ALWAYS has empty shelves in the home decor section- do they ever stock it?) and I stumbled upon this!
Clearly they intend this to be the type of drawer you install under the sink, but I knew it would be just the right size to corral my containers and add a bit of extra storage with the shelf. It was $19.99, which actually seemed quite reasonable to me so I picked it up and carried it home.
Every thing now fits in great! The shelf was taller than I expected (I thought I could store my large containers on top) but it was the perfect size for the Pyrex dishes (I stored the big containers behind my new stoneware). Everything now has a place up here and it should be so much easier to find the right size container and lid now.
I also cleaned out my collection and found two lids that didn't have matching containers! Weird.
I know organization is a big New Year's resolution this year, so please leave me a comment with how you are cutting down on the clutter too!