We’ve had amazingly beautiful weather this weekend and while I wanted to get outside and start on a few projects I’ve been planning, I had to do a little bit of spring cleaning first. I think we are going to have a yard sale this spring, so I spent my weekend going through clothes, shoes and stuff in general to start setting aside some goodies to get rid of.
I tackled my kitchen this morning, scrubbing it from head to toe. I also brought all of our cookbooks out of their home in the highest cabinet of our kitchen and found an easier-to-reach spot for yours truly. My hubby is 6’2″, but I’m only 5’5″ and can’t reach the tops of our cabinets too easily.
While I was tidying up our kitchen, I kept stumbling upon chip clips. Seriously, I think they are reproducing in our cabinets when we go to bed at night. We have a few that are magnets, but they fall off the fridge on a daily basis. We also have two sets of novelty clips — birds and moustaches 🙂 They are adorable, but they are ALWAYS in the way. So I took 10 minutes to create a creative solution to this ongoing problem that I am sure a lot of you have, too.
First of all, measure your cabinets from top to bottom.
Mine were about 27.5 inches tall. I wanted to make a a strip of fabric to clips the clips to, but I had to be careful to make it the right length — if it was too short, I’d drill through the thin part of the cabinet. That wouldn’t be good.
After measuring, I popped into my craft room to find a fabric to use. I chose a navy fabric with hints of the green in our kitchen.
I cut the fabric a few inches longer than I needed, then ironed out all of the creases.
Next, I folded each side into the middle, creasing the two edges I planned to “hem.”
Once my creases were good and firmly in the fabric, I used hem tape to secure booth flaps of fabric down.
I ironed the finished strip and headed back upstairs.
Next up — drilling holes! I was a little nervous about this since they are cabinets and would SUCK to mess up… but it worked great. I found four short screws and predrilled four holes in my cabinets.
Then I added the screws. I started at the top and when I got to the bottom I had a few inches of extra fabric.
I cut the fabric so it was about a half an inch from the edge of the cabinet. Then I secured it to the cabinet door with two screws.
Time to add our ever-growing stash of clips!
All in all, this took a whole ten minutes to do and will keep our cabinets shelves and drawers clear of clutter!