I have a confession to make. You know how I have been complaining about the lack of cabinet space on my one kitchen wall (if not read about it here)? Well yesterday I finally did something about it. You're probably asking "so what is the confession?" I did the following project because my in-laws were coming to spend the night and I didn't want them to see my horrid wall. Now Jeff has been telling me all week (as I frantically clean the house all day, every day) that they don't care. He's right. But somehow I feel that I need to have a nice house when they have driven all the way over here and are doing all kinds of handy stuff (more about that later).
I spent all afternoon on this project, and it was not little.
Here is the process I went through:
This was no easy task. I have a LOT of stuff. One of my problems is that I like to think I'm healthy, so I buy a bunch of dried beans and grains, and then proceed to NEVER cook them. I have beans since my college days. I can't get rid of them (even this time I just put them back). I keep thinking on day I will eat them. One day I will remember to soak them the day before (they are so old now they need to soak for days) and then cook a fabulous meal of Lima beans and quinoua. The sad truth is it's never going to happen.
Someone come to my house...I need a bean intervention.
I also have a lot of other stuff that I do use. Like my baking stuff, and triscuts (I love my Triscuts, when I went to India I brought them with me, my sister thought I was nuts).
|Random stuff I DO eat.|
|Spices, I have a lot of spices too.|
|And more BEANS|
My kitchen was litterally covered with food. How do I have so much food? It was baffling.
Next I had to clean said shelves...and they were dirty. I don't think I ever dusted these shelves, how could I with so many beans in the way?
Then I had the brilliant idea to cover up my beans, and the rest of my food, with a table cloth I bought but discovered was too small for my dining table.
I attached the cloth to the underside of the second shelf from the top like this:
Now I have a curtain to cover my "pantry."
Now for me this is making do. When you look at it you can tell it is a cloth stuck up there, but it does its job. I come from a family that had floor to ceiling tie-die curtains in their living room, so this is pretty good by our standards. I would much prefer to have the kitchen cabinets Jeff and I got a quote on, but that is not going to happen. At least not right now. So... the shelves look a little better and I can rest knowing the whole world (besides you of course) don't know I have a bean problem.
I even got a little extra space out of the deal for our coffee maker and soda maker (that thing is really cool, maybe one day I will tell you about it).
Under the curtain? It is not SO bad. I have made a place for different items. I added a lazy Susan for the various liquids (vinegar, soy-sauce, oil, etc.) and I got generally organized it all a little better. I can't show you any pictures because I ran out of light. And anyway - I made the curtain so no one would see behind it, so why would I show you? (jk)
One last before and after just for bragging rights:
I'm happy. I'm making do. In these hard times, with school loans looming, this is pretty good.
What about you guys, what do you do to make do? (that's a lot of DOs)