That feeling when you take a pile of stuff and impose a beautiful order (however transitory) upon it ...
(Regrettably, I don't experience this moment of ecstasy when imposing order on, say, a pile of dirty dishes in the sink. Much of life would be smoother if I did. Finding a better way of organizing the plates in the cabinet, though: that'll do it every time.)
Last week, my friend Gama Bautista, a wonderful craftsman in our church, installed the cans cabinet I had commissioned him to make:
It is on a hinge, so it can swing open, with a wheel on the bottom so it rolls. It fits perfectly in a strange, useless little corner of our kitchen. It has beautiful smooth joins. It is just the right size for cans, and has rods to keep the cans in place. I want to hug it and kiss it and name it George.
Because I was able to put the cans and other dry goods stuff in the new cabinet, I was able to reorganize the pantry closet. This closet is the only real storage in my house. My house has two other closets and they are both so small that a clothes hanger can't hang straight if you put it on the clothes rod. Here's how the pantry was mid-organizing. (I forgot that I needed to take a "before" picture.)
So, for a before picture, picture the shelves evenly spaced, piled with food, dishes and miscellany. The trashcan is full of wrapping paper and gift bags.
I moved the shelves up so that they were just as high as they needed to be to put my dishes, supplies, and wrapping paper on.* I got rid of the decorated trash can, a bread machine with no paddle, and a chocolate pot. (Actually by "got rid of" I mean "put out on the curb" so if you fancy that trash can, just come on by.) Moving the shelves up meant that I cleared up some space, so I took the bins in this closet:
And this nook in our bathroom:
And I put all those bins in the pantry! I fit 6 bins under the shelves and stacked 6 bins against the opposite wall.
Vive le organisation!
*Rearranging the shelves like I did, putting them all near the top, did make the shelves much less stable. If I was putting these shelves in a spot where people would be walking by them, maybe brushing against them, I wouldn't have risked this. But I think it's safe in the closet, and also having 6 heavy bins underneath helps stabilize it.