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Cork Isn’t Just for Wine Stoppers

Who knew?

Okay, well I guess I already knew that since doing the floor research for our kitchen (did you know they make cork flooring?)… and I suppose I’ve owned a bulletin board or two in my life.  But really, up until recently, my favorite cork only came in a bottle.

A few weekends ago, however, I tried a fantastic DIY project I found over on YHL.  That couple is so inspiring!

See, I’ve never been great at organization.  Back in third grade, my teacher had to call my mom because I never brought in any homework and my parents never responded to any notes that went home.  So my mother came into school with me one day to check my locker, and lo’ and behold!  There, crammed into every nook and cranny of that small, metal space, was at least 7 months worth of homework, notifications, and permission slips.

It was my filing system – my filing system from whence nothing ever returned.  I still utilize it today in some spaces.

But I digress.  Like I was saying, my kitchen was completely eschew with sticky notes strewn with phone numbers, favorite recipes stuffed in junk drawers, and shopping lists scattered about like so many dust bunnies.

Case-in-point (don’t worry, I’ll spare you the photo of my junk drawer):

Kitchen Clutter

Say “hi” to the cookbooks I never use!

Little did I know with this sticky-note-in-the-cabinet-door situation, I was very close to discovering the solution (if only I had been born a wee bit craftier).

Then YHL came into my life with their cabinet cork board.

This is so easy, my friends!  I could still make it happen after 2 glasses of wine.

You will need:

12″ x 12″ Cork Tiles (I found mine at Target in the bulletin board aisle).

Cork Tiles

They come with the mounting tape, but I opted to use 3M Command Mounting Strips because,  having used it before, I was positive I’d be able to remove the tiles if the mood struck without causing harm to my gorgeous alder cabinet babies.

Mounting Strips

And, if you’re feeling extra frisky, go ahead and get yourself some colorful push pins.  Sure, any plain-old tacks will do, but the colorful ones make me happy.

Thumb Tacks

That’s it!  That’s all you need to complete this incredibly inexpensive project.

Next, because I have a small indent inside my cabinet doors, I had to cut the tiles to fit inside.  Simply measure the space in your doors, and then transfer that to the tiles.  I had 8 1/4″ to work with, so I measured that distance across the top and bottom of one of my tiles and put a dot at each point.

Measure Cork Tiles
Measuring Cork Tiles

Then I drew a line connecting the two dots.

Measure Cork Tile

Just cut along the line… and viola!

Kitchen Cabinet Cork Board

I put a piece of the command tape in each corner.

Testing it out…

Kitchen Cabinet Cork Board

I was originally going to fill the inside of the door in its entirety, but I ended up waiting to see if I could find something magnetic on which to stick my magnetic grocery list (see the side of the fridge in the first picture).  Unfortunately, after no such luck, I had to improvise.

*Note:  I’m sure I could’ve found some type of sheet metal, but I didn’t care to work with the sharp edges (let’s face it – I’m lucky the hubs trusts me with the scissors).  They also sell magnetic strips at various places, but my objective was CHEAP, so those were a no-go.  I did actually find these really cool magnetic pin board tile thingies at Target in the same section as the cork tiles, but they were significantly more expensive (and not as easy to hang without causing damage).

SO, I ended up with this:

Kitchen Cabinet Cork Board

I’m not sure I’m crazy about the whole shopping list-clipped-to-the-chip-clip-hanging-from-the-3m-command-hook look.  It’s just not as neat and tidy as the one over on YHL.  Maybe I’ll turn the whole thing into a cork board, if I ever get back around to it.  The great thing is that for around $5, I was able to get 5 cork tiles!

Anyone know what I should do with the rest?

Get Your Filthy Paws off my Silky Drawers!

Since remodeling our kitchen, I have decided that drawer bases (aka. base cabinets with drawers instead of doors and/or pull-outs) are the best. thing. ever.

I can now store my empty food storage containers with the lids on.

Kitchen Drawer Tupperware Organization

Now that I’m embracing this whole domesticity thing, you have no idea how much pleasure this gives me.  It gives me the kind of pleasure that used to require a battery.  And I’m not talking about a dust buster.

I no longer have to pull heavy plates down from the wall cabinets over my head.

Kitchen Drawer Dinnerware Organization

My utensils, plastic wrap and storage bags?  All conveniently near the food storage containers, dinnerware, and refrigerator.

Kitchen Drawer Utensil Organization

And I no longer need to crawl inside my cabinets to reach my baking dishes, pots, pans or their matching lids!

Kitchen Drawer Bakeware Organization
Kitchen Drawer Pots and Pans Organization
Kitchen Drawer Pots and Pans Organization

Finally… finally… no need to lift the spices one-by-one to read the labels.

Kitchen Drawer Spice Organization

And the cooking utensils aren’t collecting dust in a container on the counter!

Kitchen Drawer Cooking Utensil Organization

There’s an added bonus, you say?  Maybe one of the best parts I’ve discovered about these huge storage drawers is that they really don’t require expensive interior dividers.  All it took was some cheap cabinet liner from the dollar store, and viola!  Instant organization.  The plates don’t slide around, and the spices don’t roll and spill throughout the drawer.

Who knew this could make me so happy?

Looks like I might need a little travel adventure to put things back into perspective…