In my quest to make my kitchen function better, I tackled two little areas which have been driving me crazy lately: backpacks and drink bottles. Both of these upgrades were easy and (since I already had the materials) free!
Here’s the before shot of our bare kitchen wall. I’d left it bare deliberately bacause this is a walkway from the front door to the back door and I didn’t want to clog up the passageway with anything. See where the kitchen cupboards are on the right hand side? At the end of the cupboards I’d hung a couple of hooks for the kids’ backpacks (forgot to take a photo so you’ll have to use your imagination). This worked well when #1 started school as there was plenty of room for one backpack. When #2 started school things got a little crowded on the hooks but we managed it. This year #3 got a backpack for playgroup and the whole hooks-on-cupboard situation has gone to shit. There just isn’t enough room at the end of the cupboard to fit three backpacks (no matter how hard I kept squishing them onto the hooks!).
I admitted defeat and hung three hooks on the kitchen passageway wall.
(You can catch up on my horrible experience of painting the French door here.)
Moving the hooks from the cupboard to the wall freed up valuable real estate at the end of the cupboards again, so of course I immediately filled it with something else. I scavenged a couple of wire baskets that I’d been using elsewhere (one was on my mitre saw table and one was in the pantry).
After cleaning off the sawdust, I hung the two baskets on the end of the cupboard to become a drink bottle station. There are five people in our family and we each have our own water bottle. This means that every day there are numerous water bottles on the kitchen bench at any given moment, which drives me utterly crazy. No matter how clean the kitchen is, the drink bottles make it look cluttered every day.
There you have it, two quick and easy kitchen updates using hooks and baskets – two of my favourite storage solutions! If only all my problems were fixed so easily (I’m looking at you, messy tupperware corner-cupboard).