Wouldn’t it be nice to have really organized kitchen cabinets? You know, the kind you wouldn’t be ashamed of if your mom started opening them up looking for salt?
It’s time to work on making this dream a reality. The brilliant DIY project below can help transform your canned goods cabinet into an organized area you’d actually be proud to show off. No, seriously.
A lot of us try and put our canned goods away neatly, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily stay that way. With the busyness of cooking or moving cans around in search of what you need – things can get messy.
Associate Editor at The Family Handyman, Elisa Bernick, is here with a solution for keeping your jumbled cans organized. The secret? Wire closet shelves.
Measure Your Cabinet
The first thing you’re going to do is measure the inside of your canned goods cabinet(s). This way you’ll know how long the shelves should be.
Cut The Shelves To The Right Size
This is very important. You’ll actually be cutting the wire closet shelves 1/2 inch shorter than the cabinet length.
To cut the material, Elisa recommends using either a hacksaw or bolt cutters, which she says:
“Literally, you can cut it in a snap.”
Install The Bottom Rack
This shelf won’t need any extra installation tools. Elisa points out that you should just be able to wedge it right in.
In the video, it shows that her shelf is slanted downwards. This actually plays a huge role in the project’s design.
Now, if you’d like a top rack as well for your cans, there are a couple of extra steps. Elisa explains what to do.
“Predrill two screw holes into the back of the face frame of your cabinet and then install your screws.”
There’s something extra to keep in mind when it comes to the screws.
“Now make sure you leave about 3/4 inch of screw hanging out because that’s what your rack’s gonna sit on.”
Install The Top Rack
Elisa demonstrates how to get the top-shelf installed. Simply move the rack into the cabinet and let the upper-end slide all the way towards the top, and let the bottom end (with the lip) sit on the screws. The top will then wedge into place.
It’ll look a lot like the bottom rack, with the rack slanting downwards.
The last step is adding in your canned goods.
Ready to see Elisa’s new kitchen cabinet? Voila! It’s very organized-looking with the clever design.
One of the biggest benefits is that you can see all your canned goods at once – which would make it easier when searching for your food items. No more knocking cans over. Instead, you can just grab and go.
With how busy people’s schedules are it’s important to find ways to save time, all without spending a lot of money either. The Family Handyman is known for helping homeowners make improvements on a budget.
“Our mission is to serve do-it-yourself homeowners with engaging, user-friendly and practical ways to improve and maintain their homes and yards. For homeowners who want to tackle home improvement themselves, we give expert step-by-step projects, useful buying advice and clever ideas for making projects easier, cheaper and faster.”
These brilliant shelves for canned goods could just be your first step to more organized kitchen cabinets. Wouldn’t mom be so proud?
Watch the video below to see Elisa’s simple demonstration for yourself!
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