Hiding the Kitchen Clutter
I am quite thrilled with my kitchen; it was renovated over two years ago and I wouldn't change a THING about it - I love love love using it. The only thing that was missing from it was a message centre or place to keep notices, tickets, adorable kid drawing, etc. Our stainless refrigerator doesn't take magnets, which is fine with me - believe it or not I am a fan of clean lines and lots of space. However, the piles of paper were growing and driving me nuts, so I picked the lesser of evils and hung this metal board from Ikea on the front of Dad's cabinet. While it did corale the bits and pieces, I didn't like that it marred and obstructed the beautiful cabinet, that it bonked the door every time you opened or closed the cabinets, and that it never looked tidy.
When I saw Lindsay's post about glueing cork to the inside of her cabinet door I knew she had given me the perfect solution. So I happily took down the clanging metal board and filled in the holes. Then I picked up the cork tiles at the dollar store and cut them to fit the door. I was not as diligent about holding them together as I should have been, so there is a bit of a gap at the middle, but they make my heart so happy. I have since completed the whole door and cannot recommend this system enough - thank you Lindsay!
Now the cabinet can shine in all it's glory, and this corner is so much cleaner. I took some of the junk that had piled up away from there - it's funny how clutter attracts clutter, isn't it? How do you all manage it?
(Sadly that lovely orchid has now shed all the blooms and doesn't seem to be doing well - anyone out there an orchid whisperer?)