Leveraging Under-Utilized Space {Tackling the Mail Problem)

If you're like me, you have a spot in your home where crap just seems to always pile up. This crap pile is usually made up of 40% mail, 40% random papers, and 20% other stuff. In my house, our kitchen island is home to our pile o' crap. I don't like the pile o' crap. It gets on my nerves. 

As I was walking by our island the other day, it dawned on me -- I have a perfectly under-utilized nook that would be perfect for hiding my pile o' crap.  Can you see it?

It's riiiiiiiight here.

I immediately added "hanging basket organizer" to my hunting list. My "hunting list" a list that I keep in my phone of all of the ideas, crafts, projects and corresponding supplies and measurements I would need to make a spur-of-the-moment purchase anytime, anywhere. And....it helps me stay focused when I need an extra boost of will power against an impulse purchase.

I found this rustic wire basket at TJ Maxx. I had originally planned to hang this basket with Command Strips (I didn't want to damage the wood). But, I didn't have any Command Strips in my possession and I quickly realized I could actually drill into the plywood underneath the granite instead of the cabinet. Win-win!

I made two labels out of leftover card stock, labeling one basket "Mail" and the other "Crap."

Look at all of that glorious CLEAN counter space! Let's see how long I can actually keep it that way!

Do you have under-utilized space in your home? How could you use that space to create an efficient organizational system?


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  1. I am so glad I am not the only one with a pile o' crap. I am going to do this when we move! :)

  2. This is awesome!!!! Now where can I put this!!


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