Sometimes I’m embarrassed to open my kitchen cabinets. There is a cabinet specifically that is the one place where all my junk mail, coupons, and bills end up. As hard as I would try to keep it clean, eventually I would end up having a pile of old mail, ads, coupons and everything else.
I was cleaning this particular pile when I realized, I could do better. I have tried a junk mail basket, tote, drawer and every other type container to control junk mail build up. Each time I have failed. I have finally found a way to organize everything AND have a clean cabinet and counter top! I am calling it the cabinet organizer.
As usual, I don’t like to spend money if I can make it myself. So I was looking at the inside door of my cabinet thinking how can I use this space? I have always taped important receipts and documents here for use in the future. Now I just needed a way for it to hold more items.
Here’s what I did. I grabbed a mismatched laminated place mat and cut it to the correct size. I got my super handy packing tape and taped it to the inside of the cabinet. Next I grabbed my pack of chalkboard labels that I grabbed from the dollar store. Now I have a super fun pocket that all my important mail and documents can sit in. I would be careful how much you stuff in the pocket because tape isn’t meant to hold a too much. For me, though, it is the perfect amount of space to hold the current bills, coupons and receipts I need. No more crowded cabinet, no more being ashamed to open them in front of friends. Make the pockets big or small it’s up to you!
Since this worked so well, I made pockets ( using another place mat) in one other cabinet using colored duck tape to secure it. Both the clear tape and colored duck tape have held up and I am sure you can think of what will work for you. Instead of a place mat, I am sure you could use any type of card stock paper. This has really changed how I organize. I have my important bills and current coupons handy but they don’t build up like they used to. Now I can finally say “I don’t have a junk mail pile”!!