IKEA hack

October 14, 2007

Gadget, Journal, Lauren

Deanne once asked if our kitchen was always clean, and the answer is ‘no’. Our house is always in a state of quasi-messy, and I guess it’s a good thing that we take lots of photos for this site in the kitchen – it shames me into cleaning the counters. Speaking of cleaning, I’ve been thinking that it would make a lot more sense for me to keep my sugar by the coffee maker, since that’s when I use it the most. Having it mounted on a shelf or something would make it easier to clean the countertop….. and then it hit me. Brad gave me a bunch of cool stuff from IKEA a while back, and there were some magnetic canisters I couldn’t find a use for. A drill, a little modification, and here we go!

Make sure the hole is up.

UPDATE: For use, take it off the fridge:

It would be awkward to tip the whole fridge.

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13 Responses to “IKEA hack”

  1. Deanne Said on:

    Fabulous! I love finding new ways to organize stuff! And Ikea has such cool stuff for organizing stuff. (sorry for all of the technical terminology)

    I need to take more pictures in my house, and maybe that will shame me into wiping things off more regularly. (…probably not! tee hee!)


  2. Brad Said on:

    You should fill one of the other ones with arsenic and have Lloyd shuffle them every night. It would be a good wake-up exercise in the morning as you decided which one was sugar. The adrenaline rush alone would be as good as a cup of coffee!


  3. Karla Said on:

    What are you going to do come ant season to keep them out?


  4. AQuek Said on:

    Thought it was a mirror at first, then I wondered how a mirror would help there. Then I see the bigger picture. So those are sugar. I still don’t know how it works, even with a little hole on the top. If you turn it downwards, wouldn’t sugar spill everywhere and mess up the whole counter?


    • Lauren Said on:

      I have to take it off the fridge and pour it (hole down), like a regular sugar dispenser, then put it back on the fridge (hole up).



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