Kitchen Space Saver

My advice, if you care, is when buying a home to purchase one with the biggest kitchen you can find.  My next post will be find the biggest laundry room but I digress.  No matter what you think about a kitchen it is never big enough especially once you start having a family. 
 We purchased our home ten years ago thinking it was a temporary move and after 2 years we would be out. Ugh so didn’t happen and our home has a teeny tiny kitchen.  I don’t mind the lack of cabinets as we have narrowed down the items we need and use.  Storage in the attic is fine for pieces we only take out at parties. 
Anyway, what I HATE is the lack of counter space.  I wish we had a place to put a little desk in the kitchen so I can plop the mail down, school projects, do some work.  I wish there was enough room for all the “junk” we need counter space for; a cookbook, fruits, veggies, oils, coffee maker, blender etc.  Over time we have organized, quite effectively, I might add but we still have too much stuff! 

yuck, just clutter, too tiny whiney

If we have more kids we won’t have enough room for a bigger table, an extra chair at the counter, more cups, plates, bowls. 
However my handy hot husband has found a way to clear some of that clutter.  He is down stairs cussing right now but I know when he is finished it will be wonderful.  I looked up baskets to hang underneath the cabinets but nowhere could I find the proper depth, only 11 inches, without special ordering them at $80 a pop. 

Get it Hubby

What is he finagling?  File wire baskets in silver and he had to buy pipes and cut and drill them to the size he needed for the sliding tracks.  Of course the smallest size anyone sells for tracks is 12 inches and we needed 10.  OK so boring I know but it is important to give him credit. 
I have posted pictures below of the after and one picture that I need help with!  Our home isn’t very cluttered or messy but there can ALWAYS be a better way.  Now that most stuff is off the counter the girls can spread out further with art projects and eating.  I won’t hear the constant fruit dropping on the floor because they are playing with it.  I won’t have to constantly move the fruit platter, or hear the girls fighting because they are touching each others stool. 

only about $10 bucks baby!

ahhhh all that clear, clean space. much smaller toaster, no baskets on counter, just lovely

clutter free since 10:30!

Now this is the cabinet I need help with.  I have no idea what to use it for and I know there is a brilliant solution.  It is above the microwave so there is a big ugly plug in there and it is only about 10-11 inches deep.  When the girls were little I had arts/crafts in there but that has outgrown this space.  We had special toys, then platters  but I’ve move that to the attic.  So any ideas?????  I’m open for anything!

wasted space, what shall I do with you?

6 thoughts on “Kitchen Space Saver

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    • My husband “created” it because we have such small cabinets. We bought silver file baskets and he got long L-brackets which he cut and fit one into the other to create the sliding effect. He used zip ties to hold them together. they are awesome because custom drawers were almost $300. This, aside of his time, was about $40.

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