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Quick, what’s one of the easiest and most rewarding DIY projects you can do in your kitchen?
Answer: Install pull out shelves in kitchen cabinets!
I do this for clients all the time, but some of my readers and followers don’t have the luxury of having me come to where they are, so I’m going to show you how to do it yourself. You can even order the supplies right from my site.
It’s frustrating when you can’t get to the back of the cabinet, especially if you are older or have mobility issues.
This gal was worried about the couple of inches that you might lose on the side. You can see she was already using pretty much all of her space.
But just because things are packed neatly like this doesn’t mean they are easy to get to. Trust me, the couple of inches is a good trade for actually being able to get to the stuff and the back of the cabinet.
Making this upgrade is easy. Just measure from the inside of the front frame of the cabinet, or the inside of the hinges if they stick out like these do. Order the size that is the whole number inches closest to your size. If your measurement is 25.5″ wide, then you’ll order 25″ shelves, which will be slightly less than 25″, but will be the right size for your cabinets. Be sure to verify the depth and order that correct size, too. Here’s that link again from my site if you want to order these roll out shelves. I have them in my own kitchen.
It’s just 6 screws per shelf. If you own a drill, you can install these. If you don’t own a drill, I can personally recommend my lightweight, Ryobi Compact Drill Kit .
Once installed, they can hold up to 100 pounds. These are all wood, and can be ordered with a straight front or a scoop front ($15 extra). If you don’t already having rolling shelves on the upper level of your base cabinets, you can order those, too, which come with the extra support and hardware to install it in mid-cabinet.
There’s that favorite pan!!!!
And all of the entertaining goodies that are easy to get to now!!!
Getting to things down low can be a real drag, especially if they are in the back of the cabinet.
Have you been wanting pull out shelves in your kitchen?
I love showing a quick closet organizing project, because it really gives you an idea of what is possible in just a few hours. Maybe this will give you inspiration for your own closet organizing project this season.
This client had several closets that needed attention, but they didn’t need a new closet system. They honestly and truly just needed organizing, using the five steps for organizing that I always use. Here’s what we started with:
With a closet this small, we need all the space to really work, and this isn’t cutting it.
This is the organized closet after. Look…FLOOR!
But that’s not really impressive. We also organized the second closet including shoes, boots and hats.
We switched out seasonal clothing and put it in a third closet, the cedar closet.
That’s three closets, four seasons, three levels of the house.
So how long did this all take? Less than 3 hours.
The best part? The client donated some lovely but unworn items to her favorite charity, The Career Wardrobe. Did you see my pictures on Instagram from last week’s event at their Wardrobe Boutique? She also sold several lightly used name brand purses and made just about as much money as she paid to work with me. So it was a win all the way around!
Does this give you some inspiration to organize your closet?