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A Project! – Pull Out Trash Can

What’s behind Door #1???

Yesterday my son helped me revamp our ‘trash can stuck in a cabinet’.  It is now a Pull Out Trash Can!

Fancy, huh???

I was SO excited that we were starting the project that I didn’t get any ‘before’ photos.  But here is a shot after we have taken off the cabinet door and are in the process of measuring to position the sliders.  To start, I measured the depth of the cabinet and trotted over to my Home Depot to buy some drawer slides that attach to the sides of a cabinet.  Mine are 22 inches long.

To start, I measured the depth of the cabinet and trotted over to my Home Depot to buy some drawer slides that attach to the sides of a cabinet.  Mine are 22 inches long.

We used the extra shelf from the cabinet to make the top of the pull-out.  We drew the opening size for the trash can and Scott used the jig saw to cut out the shape.  Underneath we attached a box that hold the rails.  It now slides in and out so easily.  I love it!!!

 

Thanks to Scott for all of his hard work!

 

If you decide you might want to make your own Pull Out Trash Can, check out this great website.  Lindsay has easy to follow instructions and photos of each step along the way.

I have decided that doing these little projects puts me in a happy mood.

Who would have thought that throwing away trash could be so much FUN!

Organization: The Key to Happiness?

My friend Julie reminded me that when I was filling out the About Me page I forgot to mention my addiction to organizational paraphenalia.  And she’s right!  When we were young(er) and our homes were full of little boys that could make messes faster than we could clean up, I would frequently state that I was SURE that organization was the key to happiness.  Not in a ‘What is the meaning of life?’ kind of way, but in a ‘How can I possibly lose my vaccuum in this small house?’ kind of way.  Now that the boys are grown, I don’t say it in such a desperate way but I still stand by the idea that having an organized space can be good for the soul.

I am a defeated perfectionist.  If I can’t get things done perfectly, I tend to not get anything done.  Bad, I know.  This trait leads to times of chaos in my house!  I have all kinds of plastic bins and containers but all of my stuff sits arranged in PILES all over the floor.  UGH!

So, it is wonderful to have super-organized people in my life!  My sister and my friend Peggy come to mind.  =)

Here is a bit of magic that Peggy performed in my Indiana home.  She was cracking the whip, getting me organized, and it was AWESOME!!

I used the room for laundry and crafts.  In the corner you can see my stained glass organized into shoe caddies.  These worked perfectly for smaller pieces of glass.  On the bottom, shelving (meant for shoes) were turned on end and used to separate larger sheets of glass.  The old metal table was perfect for cutting fabric or folding laundry.

The white cabinets are perfect for hiding LOTS of craft supplies and the long countertop gives plenty of space for both cutting and putting together stained glass projects.

The cheerful yellow walls and Mary Engelbreit theme made the room a very happy place!