Friday, March 15, 2013

Praise Be to Anoia!

Alternately titled: Kitchen Drawer Organization.

For those of you not familiar with Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, Anoia is the goddess of things stuck in drawers (you can read about her here). As they describe her: "Anoia is praised by rattling a drawer and crying 'How can it close on the damned thing but not open with it? Who bought this? Do we ever use it?'" Needless to say I find it amusing.

I think we all have at least one of these drawers. The drawer in which everything ends up but you can't ever seem to find what you are looking for (meanwhile something is burning or boiling over). The problem begins (for me) with the lack of drawers in our kitchen. Something I didn't really think about when we remodeled but am now realizing was a mistake on my part. Drawers are the way to go. But I digress. Here's the issue; this is about the level of clutter I can take in a drawer before I begin praising Anoia.

 Not much in there right? That's about half of my cooking tools that I use on a regular basis.  But look, all of this unused vertical space. 

Of course if the cabinet maker was going to be nice he would have made it deep enough to store things standing up or made two shallow drawers. I should write an angry letter. Or become a cabinet maker.

The plan? Make a second level. I went out to our scrap pile and grabbed some 1x4s I had left over, cut them down to size and slapped some wood glue on them. Like my wooden spoon as brace?

 The ledge blends right in.

I returned everything to its place and then grabbed a bamboo organizer I had lying around.

A whole new level of storage that easily slides back and forth. 
Now I just need to come up with a goddess for perfectly organized drawers.

Even though it has been almost eight months since the kitchen remodel was basically over I am still trying to solve the organizational issues we have. Lot's of DIY projects planned so stay tuned! (you can check out my Pinterest kitchen board to see some of my inspiration).  How do you get around kitchen quirks? I thought my new blog friend The Baroness had a pretty neat solution using thrift store finds.


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