This is what my baking center looked like after the holidays. Really. I didn't mess it up for dramatic effect. Every time I opened it, something fell out or got stuck. This is so unlike me. I just kept thinking I would get around to it. Well, this weekend I finally did. The funny thing is it only took about an hour from start to finish. Of course, that doesn't include the trip to the store to buy the containers...
The first thing I did was take everything out of the drawers. I was surprised to find so many duplicate items, but that's what happens when you can't see what you have.
I pulled out the drawers and cleaned them out. Yuck! Then I lined them with some cute shelf liner that I found at the dollar store. My shelves are 18"x13" and the paper was 18" wide, so all I had to do was make one cut and install. Lucky me! I just followed the instructions on the package.
I put the drawers back in and got down to business.
Now about those containers...
I've seen all kinds of cute containers online that people have said they got at the dollar store. My trip to the dollar store was not very successful. Aside from the cute liner, I got nothing. You see, my drawers are pretty small, so I wanted to use every inch of them. I decided I wanted square or rectangular containers that would fit together closely. The only place I was able to find them was a a higher end store that specializes in containers. While they didn't break the bank, they weren't exactly cheap.
I measured the cabinets making sure to get width, depth and height of each space. I then made a list of the items I wanted in containers and headed to the store. I was able to lay it out in the store to make sure everything fit.
When I got home, I started filling the containers and labeling them. I want my daughter to make me some cute labels, so in the mean time I just used clear packing tape and a marker.
In no time at all, I had everything back where it belongs. No more duplicated items either!
I love it! I'm not sure it's normal to be this excited about a clean cabinet.
I'll keep you posted...