Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday: Curtains

I haven't posted what Works for Me in a few Wednesdays but I had time to do so today and thought I'd share my tip for dealing with unsightly clutter areas, specifically open shelving. I look with envy at magazine pictures of homes with glass front cabinet doors or open shelving in kitchens, baths, etc. I know myself (and my family) too well .... we are just not there and may never get there. So what is one to do when there's a shortage of cabinet space in the kitchen and bath? Well, we created extra storage space using shelving. Actually in the kitchen pictures we took the nook that was designed for the fridge to go in (but it was designed for a Spanish fridge which is small and we have a big old Whirlpool that is too big for that opening) and put an old bookcase in there to give us some pantry space. The problem was that it was never a very pretty sight and it was the first thing you saw when you entered the apartment.

When I finally had enough, I invested in a set of sheets and cut them up to make curtains for the kitchen window and another to cover the pantry opening. They are hung on a tension rod and can easily be pushed to one side to get what I need.

The bathroom only has a pedestal sink so there was nowhere to store anything, except a small shelf above the sink just large enough for the toothbrushes. A friend helped my husband install 3 shelves in the space above the unused bidet. Again it was a losing battle to keep the shelves looking neat.

I recently purchased another tension rod and hung a set of curtains that came with the shower curtain that I bought. I have no window in my bathroom but the curtains were almost the perfect size to cover the shelves. It is a couple of inches short but I can live with that.

So, hanging curtains to cover unsightly shelves works for me. Head over to Shannon's for more great solutions to life's everyday challenges.


reprehriestless warillever said...

That is my kind of tip!

I had bedspreads hung in front of the toy shelves for a while.