Tackling My “Refrigerator Basket”

This month I have been working on reorganizing my kitchen (as a part of Laura’s Organizing Round Up, but I intended to work on it at this point anyway.)

This week I tackled the project of making a basket for the top of my refrigerator. I had two open weave plastic baskets up there (like miniature laundry baskets) but I decided that whereas see-through baskets are usually preferable, in this case I actually want an opaque basket. It’s all a part of the bigger picture and it will all make sense when I get to the point of writing my “Round-Up” post.

Originally I intended to go to the Dollar Tree and buy a new basket for the top of my fridge (love the DT!). But then I walked into my bedroom and saw this:

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Somebody gave it to us and I didn’t really like the fake flowers in it but I did see potential for the basket so I hung onto it. Aren’t you glad I did? 😀 Unfortunately, the Styrofoam was hot glued in the bottom of the basket so first I had to spend twenty minutes a few scraped knuckles do this:

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And then I decided to line it with some spare fabric I had (also free, included in a big tub of spare fabric from my costume-designing mother-in-law), so then on day 2 I did this:

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And viola! There’s my new refrigerator basket!! On day 3, I cleared the top of my fridge and put a handful of selected items inside the basket up on top and put all the other things away in their homes (or the trash can, whichever that may be.) It looks so nice up there. You’ll see when I do my “Round-Up” post with all areas in my kitchen that I’m decluttering and reorganizing.

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MamaNut
MamaNut
February 12, 2008 12:02 pm

Awesome job on your basket! I tried using your idea for a basket of my own and let’s just say yours looks far better than mine… 😀 I think I’m gonna take out the fabric and try again… Thanks for the GREAT idea!

Niki
Niki
February 12, 2008 2:14 pm

Great idea for the basket!!

Melanie
Melanie
February 12, 2008 3:04 pm

I love it. This is a great idea. I need to organize the top of my fridge too.

Stop by my blog to see my first Tackle It Tuesday.

carol
carol
February 12, 2008 4:51 pm

Great job!
I love your idea of a basket! I may have to borrow that one for myself.

Laura
Laura
February 12, 2008 6:39 pm

Now that’s what I’m talking about!! Love it 🙂

proverbs31
proverbs31
February 12, 2008 9:34 pm

Thanks! I decided that since you see my fridge when you walk in my door that I need something that holds AND hides the things I want to keep on top of my fridge – rather than displaying them like, say, a clear tote or something. 🙂

Wait ’til you see how I organized the INSIDE of it. 😉

corrin
corrin
February 13, 2008 10:21 am

great job. we have a catchall basket in our counter that we couldn’t live without.

Heather
Heather
February 13, 2008 3:36 pm

Way to recycle that basket! Sounds like a great solution to the top of the fridge problem. Great job! :o)

Momma Knows
Momma Knows
February 14, 2008 12:24 pm

A basket!? *smacks forehead* Why didn’t I think of this!!?? What a great idea!
Now to go find a basket that will fit on the top of my fridge…

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Daisy
Daisy
February 12, 2008 11:46 am

Great job on the basket. Can’t wait to see the final pics!

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