Confronting the Junk Cabinet

Before deciding to paint the cabinets {which I still haven't done... I'm making myself finish the walls first.} I briefly considered open shelving. I especially liked the stark contrast of white dishes against a dark backdrop, like in the image above. However, I am not one to tolerate a lot of visual clutter. Open shelving would require discipline, consolidation, and {most dauntingly of all} confronting this:

Most people have a junk drawer. I have a junk cabinet. It used to house #10 cans of food storage, but they were so heavy they broke the supports for the shelf. {Now they're stationed in the awesome new food storage pantry my dad built for me!} It's a HUGE cabinet. It's actually twice as big as what you see here- it continues to the right, and is extremely inconvenient to access.

Its unusual shape confounded me. It could fit a lot, but it was so hard to get to. So I fell into the habit of just stashing large odds and ends in there. After a trip to Home Depot {shelf supports} and Ikea {storage boxes} I spent an evening organizing and ended up with this:

Now it's my hosting and entertaining center. I have cake stands, serveware, silver chargers, and my ice buckets nestled inside. The boxes house candles, candlesticks, tableclothes, napkins and placemats. The furthest corners of the cabinet are utilized, yet they hold things I only use a few times a year, thus solving the problem of accessibility.

So, despite ruling out open shelving, I ended up consolidating anyway! Win-win.


merelyLooking said...

Oooh! Very pretty! Doesn't it just make you want to have more parties? :)

Phoenix Peacock said...

There always seems to be at least one drawer or shelf or something that just refuses to stay organized... although the kitchen is the ONE room that I am really good about being organized in.


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