Written by Jessica Chaffins
READER BE WARNED….You are about to enter into the hidden caverns of our dinky little kitchen. MY CABINETS ARE AWFUL LOOKING and very crowded. So as I have mentioned before, I have to make the most of all the space I can. And I am here to show you, again (I know….I’m a mom, I am entitled to nag a bit), good posture matters. Hopefully between my rig up here and my utensil canister from my previous post, Better Posture, this could help y’all out too.
Ugh…so here we go. Here is my “baking cabinet”, this is where I keep all my muffin pans, cake pans, cookie sheets and so on. And as ya can see, I already do have them leaning upright somewhat, which helps a ton with space for me. BUT now my predicament is when I have to slide pans out that I want, everything shifts and slides. Then comes the process of having to stand it all back up again every…single…time…that I go in here.
I am sure most of you have seen the idea floating around on the internet on how you can use old file organizers to do this job. Well I happen to be the one person on this planet that has searched for them at yard sales and Goodwill with no luck (nope not buying a new one….I’m cheap). But really, should I be surprised? Isn’t that how it usually works? At least for me anyway. So I started running through ideas in my head with items I would have here already….scrap wood? Nope, Jeff didn’t have any scrap pieces the right size for me to use…old corrugated signs, ya know the politician signs on the side of the road? Nope, I already use those for my yard sale signs. OOOHHHH!!! I have those wire frame cube shelf systems. I actually have two sets of these setups in the attic!! Yay, now I am really glad I kept these suckers.
Hot dog….now I can move forward to getting this chaos under control a bit better. I just had to empty out all my loot and kinda organize it how I can keep up with it, nothing special. Before I can do anything, I guess I should double-check and make sure these wire frame sections will fit in here….hate to get going and it blow up in my face. Have done that plenty of times, only took this long for it to kick in. Time to move forward…..
Well after climbing in the attic to get the wire frame sections, as seen with Princess Miranda, I also went ahead and grabbed my cup of push pins from our desk. I will need push pins not thumb tacks, thumb tacks will not be able to grab onto my frame sections and stay stuck into the wood shelf in my cabinet.
Before I started putting in push pins, I rough measured to make sure my sections would be wide enough for each of my clusters of pans. Alright, let me say, I am sorry for the next picture. It is crazy hard to get a good picture with a cheap camera and smart phone to come out….so I ask ya to just deal with it.
When I put the push pins into the upper shelf, I staggered them (I only did 4 for each wire section) to make a zig-zag pattern. When I slide the wire shelves in, I “weaved” so to speak in between the push pins. Creating small braces to keep the shelves upright and keep all my pans from falling over. I probably could have done the same on the bottom of the cabinet, but the actually fit in pretty snug, so I dont have to worry too much about them slipping and just falling down with my pans.
It is funny to me how I get such satisfaction out of this. Just knowing I can go in here and not have to worry about an avalanche of pans. When we finally replace these cabinets, I will definitely have some sort of vertical pieces to hold up these suckers.
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– Sincerely Renee & Jessica