You know something has to change when you close the cupboard quickly to avoid an avalanche. Especially when you’re talking about potentially breakable dishes! Today we just might have a solution for your coffee mugs, and you probably have all the equipment you need right in your toolbox.
My mother-in-law, who inspired this post, is so handy with tools. You can see her DIY skills in her flowery kitchen, artfully celebrating the best part of the day: Coffee time.
You will need: Hooks, a drill, possibly a piece of wood, and paint (if desired). If you wish to get fancier in your design, you may need your whole toolbox, but I’m not going there!
- Select your spot to display your mugs. Mark with a pencil, holding up mugs to size the spacing.
- Determine if the spot requires extra reinforcement. If it does, plan to add the appropriate wood piece.
- Insert the screws, using the drill to help you start the hole.
- You may need to use a pliers to flatten the hooks out if the curve is too tight for the mug handles.
- Hang your favorite mugs and enjoy!
I recently helped my sister with some kitchen organization, and we were able to put up hooks for her mugs; (OK… I tried to help, except the desired location lacked a wooden panel to put the hooks into. So, her husband graciously took over and created a sturdy wood piece for the hooks to go onto, and attached the piece to the wall.) Any-hoo, the desired effect was achieved with her prettiest mugs on display, and the rest residing much more comfortably in the cupboard.
A note on kitchen clutter…
I don’t feel the need to keep a lot of dishes on hand for that once-every-five-years dinner party with twenty guests. When and if that should ever happen, believe me, I will be using disposable party dishes. This logic recently led me to purge 2/3 of my mish-mash dishes collection. Whew! (It’s liberating to people like me.)
Even though I’m not much for collecting things, mugs, may be an exception. My rule is that if I collect something, it must be used. I love mugs! They offer many uses, from coffee or cereal to holding flowers or pens; mugs provide entertainment and encouragement by their decorative text and artisticl design; mugs might be keepsakes, each one a memory; and, best of all, while other dishes generally follow a complementing theme, mugs don’t have to match! So, you see, I have convinced myself. If I like the mug, it stays.
Happy kitchen-organizing! Hopefully today’s tip helps!
Cheers! (Raising my coffee mug)