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more kitchen organization
I'm hoping we can pull this one off... but it's trivially easy, so I'm hopeful.

We have this small cabinet in the wall of the kitchen that used to hold an ironing board. You know the type -- it folded up into the cabinet, like a Murphy bed. It no longer holds an ironing board; it's just this unused cabinet in the wall.

We also have a suboptimal spice storage situation. We have lots of spices -- cooking type stuff from his collection, and baking stuff in mine. My stuff is in some boxes in the back pantry, and his is on a pan on the back of the stove. Neither of us can ever find anything.

See where I'm going with this? There's room for lots of small stuff in that cabinet. It's at least 4 feet high and 4-5" deep. All we need is to paint the interior white and install some shelves. I was going to put a tall cabinet there for appliances, but I think I'll get something to put on the other side of the kitchen, in front of the window.

I'm excited. This will make life SO much easier. (And it was all darkwolfie's idea. He rocks.)

i feel: excited excited

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msmemory From: msmemory Date: February 20th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, good idea! (Besides, storing Wolfie's cooking spices that close to a heat source can make them go stale sooner, so moving them into the little cabinet will be a very good thing.)
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 20th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC) (base camp)
My mom had an entire wall of shallow cabinets like this in her old house -- it was incredibly useful. It's also the only part of the kitchen that the new owners left alone.
helwen From: helwen Date: February 20th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You might also want to get some lazy susans for the shelves so you can put more spices in but still be able to get at all of them easily. Dollar stores sometimes carry cheap ones. I'd do it at least for the top shelf, where it'll be harder to see what's in back.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 20th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Unless they make lazy susans that are 4" in diameter, the cabinet isn't deep enough. Remember, this used to hold the ironing board. :-)
helwen From: helwen Date: February 20th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Ah, very small! In which case, if you can stack them two deep, maybe a block of 2x4 in the back of each shelf, to raise the back row up for easy visibility. If not that deep, then your project is even easier :D
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 20th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, there are no shelves in there as yet, so I'm thinking taller stuff goes up top, like the cooking spray and vanilla extract. The top of the cabinet is no higher than the top of the door next to it, though, so I'm not that worried about losing stuff up there.
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