Not only is this an eyesore, but it takes up precious counter space in the Kitchen. So I set about the house looking for an unused space that could be dedicated to corralling our clutter. I hit the jackpot in the Breakfast room, and I've even started a few of the projects!
It's not a big corner, but definitely big enough to create an organized landing spot. My first idea was to have our contractor build a corner cabinet that matched the Kitchen cabinets. Then I came to my
I was psyched to find this pre-made corner shelf! It already matched our chair rail, both in color and edging, so all we had to do was hang it. My handy neighbor drilled the hole for me. Everybody needs a handy neighbor with a large tool collection! TWSS
With the horizontal space in place, now it's time to make use of the vertical space...the wall. First up is an easy upholstered memo board, using a $5 Ikea corkboard, fabric swatch from my stash and a glue gun. Just wrap the board with the fabric like you would a present, but using hot glue. Then I screwed a D-ring directly in the back of the board (make sure the screw doesn't poke through the front.) Yes, TWSS again.
Finally, we need a charging dock to hold the constantly growing collection of gadgets. You can find them everywhere from Ballard to Pottery Barn, but they are bulky and pricey. I wanted neither, so I made my own! Using the Ikea $10 Cable Managing Box, I placed a power strip in the bottom, plugged the cords in and threaded them through the opening. The devices sit on the cork top while charging. I love it's simplicity, and compact 13" x 5" size.
We are well on our way to having a new nook, and with only $40 spent! Next up is combing the house for more organizational resources, and most likely hitting up Martha's new line at Staples. I also hear Container Store is having a sale. Dangerous places, but I'm willing to take one for the team.