- Category: Lifes HOWTO
- Created on Saturday, 12 April 2014 20:00
Edited by Donna Eagleman, Laura, Maluniu
Are small paperclips, screws and other “chatchies” constantly in the way? Need a better organizational system but can’t seem to find one? You don’t have to suffer with discord in your home when you could create a special organizational system that involves storing your items in small jars that can be housed underneath your cabinets.
1Locate an area in your home for your space saver set. Consider setting up your space saving jars in a laundry room or even the garage cabinets. You will be permanently adding this set to a cabinet so make sure you don’t damage expensive or new cabinetry.
- Find a well-traveled area or an area that is easy to access.
- Make sure the cabinets can support several mounted jars underneath. If the cabinets are damaged or have poor support, consider using a different cabinet.
2Separate lids from each jar. You will be affixing the lids to the wooden block.
3Line wooden block with lids. Before you make it permanent, map out where each lid will go on the block. Make sure you have enough room to screw and unscrew each jar once the lids and system is put in place.
- Trace each lid in the place so you can keep your map in place once you begin to glue the lids.
4Glue lids onto block. Add several dollops of glue to the top of the lid and then hold in place on wooden block.
- Allow several hours or overnight to dry. While the glue will most likely hold in place within minutes but you will want to wait in order to ensure the lids don’t come unglued.
5Mount wooden block underneath the cabinet. Slather wood or industrial strength glue on the back of the wooden block. Working quickly affix the wooden block underneath the cabinet and hold in place.
- You may need to hold block in place for several minutes to ensure it remains in place.
- Consider purchasing or picking up a few wooden blocks that measure the width between your cabinet bottom and the countertop. Slide those blocks in place to hold the glued block in place and provide a lengthy dry time.
6Fill jars with items and screw in place. Once wooden block has completely dried, remove supports and use jar system as needed.
- Paint the bottom of each jar a different color for easy item identification (i.e. the pink jar always holds thumb tacks and the purple jar has paper clips).
- Instead of gluing jar lids into place, use self adhesive magnets to hold jars in place. This works well with lighter items.
- Take measurements underneath the cabinet before selecting the right wooden block.