I officially love the door organizer. But, now with the magnetic knife addition and some re- organizing, I really, really love it. I’m seriously considering open kitchen shelving in my future home. It makes putting things away so simple. Here’s the door with it’s new arrangement…
Here is the original how to organize a kitchen on a door post. A side by side will make it make more sense. You know that silly game in the back of People magazine where you try to spot all o the differences between the 2 photos? Well, here’s my crafty version : )
Fun game, right? ha! There were lots of little tweaks on the ol’ door, but here are the main ones:
- magnetic knife strip
- take out menus in the wire caddy- we love the easy access
- re arranged the measuring cups, pot holder, wire baskets, hooks to fit in the magnetic knife strip
The magnetic knife strip was the reason for all of the changes. #7 on the make this kitchen usable list was clean out the dresser. The knives were floating in the dresser. Dangerous, I know. We like to live on the edge here in casa de Dorobek. Basically, we have one drawer and silverware won it over. That drawer can’t even hold a regular sized silverware caddy, much less 6 extra steak knives and the fancy cutco knife my parents got us for Christmas. So, we stored them in the free dresser Andy acquired, right next to pans, tin foil, zip locks, take out menus, and other random kitchen necessities. See for yourself…
The door got a little clearner with out teh knives and take out menus… but it’s not perfect yet. Anywho, the magnetic knife strip comes in 2 sizes at out Bed, Bath, and Beyond (this is where we had a gift card)… 12 and 18 inches. Since we used a shutter door, our magnetic strip only had a few hanging options versus using a solid wood door where you could hang this sucker anywhere. Knife strip options for our door:
- At the very top of the door (where I’d already hung all of my command clear hooks and gadgets)
- In the middle of the door (where the frame and command clear caddy lives and since they’re knives we thought higher was safer)
- The strip had to be 13-14 in to fit perfect across one side of the shutter (could not find one that size)
- Or we had to hang it on the diagonal
Diagonal won out. Plus we liked how it emphasizes the yellow paint line. I helped Andy trace the holes, and he drilled that bad boy into our door.
This picture basically just proves we’re nuts. Andy is drilling, and I am taking a picture while holding the vacuum to suck up the drill mess.
With knife strip secured, I stuck the knives on and moved everything else around.
The kitchen to-do list is slowly but surely getting tackled. Here’s what’s left:
Research and buy new dishes (I had no idea there were so many kinds… stone ware, fiesta ware, Corelle, porcelain, bone ware!)(more on that here) Container for bag spices in the large food cabinet Container for Tassimo pods to clear out the bottom shelf of the small food cabinet A home for pot holders and kitchen towels (possible a wall storage system?)(door organizer!)
- Deal with the random stuff on top of the cabinets- eeek, that’s a big one.
Get rid of/ organize random stuff next to dresser Clean out and organize the dresser (Got a good start on this one, thus the half cross) Buy and mount a paper towel holder(more on that here)
One last look at the whole door since I think she’s so cute…
Anyone tweaking any projects at the moment? It’s amazing how adding one little thing that takes 10 minutes, can make such a difference.
Comments & Reviews
I love how cheerful those look and the extra storage. I have some of the shutters and was trying to decide what to do with them.
Malisha Mishel says
Wow! That’s really a nice idea! I was in a crying need of such a kitchen organizing idea. Hope I got it and hope to do perfectly like yours! On the way to start! 🙂
Genius idea. Love this way. Now i want to have an old door. Haha, gonna try this door organizer DIY out.
Annette Wyper says
That is adorable!! What a great way to maximize space! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
Susan Gay says
I love it! Function meets art!
Very cool kitchen organizer. I love how the diagonal of the knives goes with the diagonal in the paint. I never would have thought that displaying a bunch of kitchen stuff could look so good.
sandi magle says
I couldn’t help but think of a storage solution when looking at your doors. With 1″x4″ wood frame behind those doors—you could have a whole wall of storage in less than 6″. We opened an interior wall in an old house and built shelves on the studs and then put spare doors over it…for much needed food storage. 1×4’s are perfect for canned goods and flat boxes. But very cool idea for an apartment or someplace where you cant build storage, thanks, Sandi
LOVE THIS THANKS FOR SHARING ON CRAFT SCHOOLING SUNDAY!
Such a creative way to deal with most used kitchen items! Love it. Pinning and tweeting to share. Thank you for linking up with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!
I really like this idea! I’m moving into a small apartment and this will help in storing everything! Just curious…do you think think command hooks would be able to hold up pots and pans? I would like to use it as kind of a pegboard substitute. Either that or I might drill into the door and put hooks in them for hanging pots and pans.
Jamie Dorobek says
If I were going to hang pots and pans on it I would probably drill hooks into the door 🙂
Cheryl K says
This is brilliant!