Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Pin that I Pinned That I Did

So I saw this pin on pinterest, and I was all OOOOOHHH I CAN DO THAT! Look how easy and genius this is?


(No, I don't own this picture. I stole it off Pinterest. I am not claiming to own this photo)

 So, for the longest time I tried finding where it came from (lots of dead links...) but thought, whatever, seems simple enough! I can do that!

[[UPDATE: I just found  it over at TidyMom. Check out her great hints! She says she found it via A Thousand Words]]

Though the original pin suggested it, I didn't really want to do it under the sink.

1. I hate bending over and digging through all the stuff that is down there (gallons of crap...you know what I mean) &
2. I wanted these up out of reach of the dogs if they were to get under there.

I am one of the few people with a 107 year old house that has the perk of a little cleaning closet in my kitchen. I know. My mother is so jealous. The closet, however, is built around an exhaust tube, so there's a big pipe in the corner. This kind of destroyed the hopes that all the other cool pins I'd seen, like adding a spice or shoe rack, had inspired since the closet is not deep or wide enough for that. There's already hooks everywhere for things like my broom, swiffer, libman, etc. so I have tons of storage for that- but none for bottles. I thought the tension rod was perfect and frankly, genious! I could tighten it between the wall and the pipe and get some stuff up off the floor!

I bought the tension rod at Wal-Mart for $2 and here's what I was left with.



I love it! I'm still corralling all of the bottles to throw up there, but so far, it is much easier to grab things, andddd I've found that it is so much easier to ask Nate to find something. You know guys, they stand there and stare at a cabinet praying something will suddenly attack them. Now if I say, "Nafan, please grab me the Murphy's Oil Soap Spray," as long as I've done my job and put the bottles away, he can find them in two seconds and the world continues to move forward.

Has anyone else done a super simple organizational thing like this? I never would have thought of it, but now that I'm using it, it is kind of blowing my mind.

12 comments:

  1. It's, dare I say, genius. What a fantastic idea. I am insanely jelly of your closet. I do not have a single closet on the main level of my home. The joys of old house love.

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  2. I did this under my sink as well... I found I can only hang 3-4 bottles on it and they can not be full, otherwise it falls down in the middle of the night and makes me think there's a serial killer breaking in through the kitchen window. It is awesome for those lucky few bottles that make the cut, though!

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    1. Few Thoughts-
      Do you have a long rod or a short rod? And is it one that twists tight or one with a screwdriver closure? I think the shorter rod with that you have to screwdrive to be tight would hold more weight than a long one like you'd have to have under a sink. Mine hasn't budged in 4 days with 6 or 7 bottles on it.

      But yeah, Totally gotcha with the serial killer thing. I hear serial killers all the time.

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  3. I don't even think I knew there were more types then "what Big Lots had in stock." I'm going to have to scope out some screwdriver ones, I bet that's what I'm missing.

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    1. lol yeah check it out. It's a tube with a spring and a screw/bolt. You put the bolt to the tension rod is longer than what you want, and then you push the pieces together with the spring and put it into place. It makes it super tight!

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    2. We have a tension rod with our cleaning supplies too :) Great minds, I tell ya!

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  4. You are such a smarty pants! it makes a lot more sense in a broom closet than under the sink. Sadly, my house is wacky and, despite having EIGHT closets upstairs (with only 4 bedrooms), it has NONE downstairs. Nary a broom closet in sight. So I'm going to have to keep bending over and rooting through my under-sink cabinet, I fear.

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    1. awww thanks, Gretchen! That is actually not uncommon if you live in an older home. floor plans used to be taxed by the number of doors, so when they would build they usually excluded closets from the floor plan. That is why older homes have more landings (aka places to put coat hooks!) than newer homes. Our downstairs, as well as my parent's have ZERO closets on the first floor. My broom "closet" is actually a tall cabinet, haha

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  5. hee...our house was built in 1987, so I don't think the builder has any excuse ;). I had "coat closet" as a must have on my list when we bought this house, since we didn't have one in the last house, either. but I guess it wasn't really a must have, it turns out.

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    1. Well shoot! Stupid lazy builders.... I miss having a coat closet... *Tear*

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  6. You are my new favorite blog. I clicked over from YHL (because of your name), and fell in love. Can't wait to see more projects.

    Also, if you have other ceiling fans with ugly ceiling fans? You can actually just flip them over. Usually one side is plain. You can also (carefully) spray paint the blades.

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    1. Thank you so much Tracie! I appreciate that so much. Welcome to the family! Also, great tip on the fan blades. Luckily there are no more awful fans in this house- The rest of them are all white.

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