A recent column about my commitment to organizing my kitchen prompted a huge response from EC readers. I am happy to report “mission accomplished!” After reading an email from K.T., I was really touched. I think I’ll follow her lead and offer my help to a few people I know.
FROM PILES TO LUXURY SUITE. My kitchen is pretty well organized, but Mary’s kitchen challenge got me thinking about my elderly, ailing mom’s home. She is stuck in her bedroom, almost buried under mountains of stuff. With her blessing, I dove in and organized as Mary recommended. After about 20 woman-hours, I presented her with a beautiful, clean, inspiring bedroom, walk-in closet and bathroom. We call it her luxury suite. She loves it, and I feel so good having helped her. Now I have a place to sit when I visit. I’m thinking of heading to her kitchen next. K.T., email
A TOILET’S FRIEND. My toilets get a buildup of mineral deposits, and I’ve spent hours on my hands and knees with a pumice stone or fine grained sand paper. Now I sprinkle a little Bar Keepers Friend in the bowl, give it a good swish with the toilet brush, and let it sit until the next flush. I do this weekly, and the toilets are sparkling white, with no effort. Jean, California
MAKE YOUR OWN FOAM. I bought one bottle of good quality foaming hand soap. When it ran out, I refilled the bottle with diluted regular liquid hand soap. The foaming action is in the pump, not the liquid. Marci, Georgia
COOKING OIL SPOUT. When I open a new bottle of cooking oil, I take a sharp knife and cut a small triangle out of the foil safety seal. Then I poke a tiny air hole on the other side of the opening. This works great, and I don’t worry about pouring too much oil. Norma, email
FRENCH-VANILLA TOAST. One morning, I wanted French toast but didn’t want to get out all of the ingredients. I noticed my French Vanilla coffee creamer and decided to mix that with my egg. Voila! Great French toast with little bother. Jean, Florida
SKATEBOARD MOVER. I use an old skateboard to move heavy things when I’m by myself. I can push things where I need them without straining myself. Karen, Virginia
ADD A SHELF. Most upper kitchen cabinets come with two shelves, placed equal distances apart. When I’m setting up a kitchen, the first thing I do is remove the shelves from the cabinets. Then I start at the bottom, placing items where I want them. I install the next shelf as low as possible, leaving enough room to remove items with ease.
Generally, there’s a lot of room at the top of the cabinet for another shelf. I buy shelving and the little shelf hooks at my local home improvement store. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the additional space I’ve created in my cabinets. Sandi, Virginia
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