If we want our children to learn how to participate in household chores, we have to make it easy for them to help out, and we are always looking for ways to make the kitchen more kid-friendly. So we love how Sharilyn at the blog Lovely Design has created a special kitchen drawer for her daughter Adelaide's dishes, cups, and cutlery.
As anyone who has ever tried to wrangle kids' dishes can attest, it can be a challenge. Try as you might to keep everything neatly stacked, stacks have a habit of toppling over, leaving cluttery space-wasting messes all over your cupboards. Sharilyn solved this problem by handmaking custom-sized boxes to fit neatly within the drawer.
Says Sharilyn of this process:
I arranged all the items in her drawer functionally, and measured all the space that each type of item would need. I measured out how high the boxes would be, and started in by making one box, placing it in the drawer, than the next, then the next (to make sure the measurements would work out) I made 7 boxes in all, and lined their bottoms simply with a few cut out paper towels which I can replace easily if they get messy. These boxes all fit together perfectly in the drawer, and it is so satisfying to open up it and have it so pretty and organised!
Sharilyn shares her template for making boxes on her website, along with more photos.
Related: Tips for Organizing a Refrigerator and Freezer
(Images: Sharilyn Wright)