This is a blatant love letter to Elfa shelving. No, they're not paying me.
At my last house, there was a tall, skinny broom closet next to the refrigerator. A total waste of space, because who needs a whole closet for a broom?
Mr. Elfa, bless his heart, has apparently been crawling through all our old American suburban homes with a tape measure. What a clever devil.
From among the many configurations of shelving with slide-out basket drawers offered by this company, we managed to construct a tall, skinny shelf unit that fit perfectly inside that dumb closet. As if he had designed it that way (and I suspect he did).
Voilà, it became our pantry. Drawers for dried pasta, dried beans, a whole bunch of other this and that.
I loved that shelf unit. I wanted to take it with me when we moved. (I technically could have; it was free-standing furniture and it was mine. But I left it for the lucky new owners.)
So, we moved into a place with a totally different kitchen layout. Worst of all was the anachronistic "deskette" at the outer edge of the cabinetry, where presumably Mrs. Homeowner 1963 would write her thank-you notes and pay her bills.
Horrors. Underneath that one-drawer desk is so much wasted space. You know? Because I'm not parking a chair there, just to push some furniture into the gap. No, I want to use that space.
Mr. Elfa to the rescue.
Now, this time it wasn't easy. Most of the kitchen shelving from Elfa is either too short or too tall for utilizing that odd space. But fortunately, now the company is offering a rolling file cart which is exactly the right height. (Hm! Office furniture for the kitchen "office." Heh.) And! It comes in two widths. I needed one of each width, a 14" and an 18". And they just fit, side by side. Ohmygod.
The shelves are "assembly required," but they are so sturdy and intuitive, everything simply came together. So to speak.
Today I loaded the drawers with beans, rice, pasta, and my ridiculously large collection of salts. (I will never have to buy salt again, as long as I live.)
I'm feeling rather elfin.