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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fruit Basket Organization

I started off this year with lots of good intentions {aka New Years Resolutions}. I wanted to get my house organized, and I wanted myself and my family to start eating more healthy foods. It can sometimes be really easy to plan these kind of things...but the follow through is often really difficult! One of the first places that I wanted to start my organizing was the kitchen, specifically our fruit bowl! For years we kept a medium sized bowl on our counter where all of our various fruits mingled together. The bowl worked pretty good for the first few years when the boys were really little and it was mostly Jason and I eating fruit {other than the enormous amount of bananas that the boys ate when they were babies}. But as the boys got bigger they started eating WAY more fruit which meant our fruit supply started to outgrow the bowl. Plus Jason hated that the bowl took up half of the island, and I hated that when the bananas and apples hung out together the bananas always got brown faster!
I considered a few different ways to organize our fruit. I had seen a cute under cabinet storage idea on Pinterest, and I even thought about those retro hanging wire fruit baskets. But neither of those really worked with our space. I came across these baskets one day as I was browsing the aisles of Target, and I knew they would be perfect for holding our fruit!
I picked up three baskets, brought them home, and got Jason to figure out a way to hang them on the side of the cabinet {these are actually meant to be stacked up, but they work perfectly hanging too as long as you can rig up a way for them to hang because they don't come with hanging hardware}. I love that I took a basically wasted space and added storage to it. Our fruit baskets also look great right across from the boys Magnet Board that I added to the end of one of our cabinets a few years ago too.

So far the new baskets are working perfectly! Our counter tops are clear of fruit {though I can't say the same about dirty dishes and various papers}, and the different fruits don't have to mingle and make each other go bad too soon! 
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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great solution, Kelli! I had to laugh when you mentioned the hanging wire basket, b/c my mom still has one. She uses it to hang snacks from, which never get eaten. We all tease her about it. I love your baskets!

Foursons said...

Good idea! I wish I could get my boys to eat fruit. *sigh*

Myya said...

GREAT idea! I NEED to find a way that I can make this work in my small kitchen. The fruit on the counter takes up so much room & when the apples & oranges are in the fridge the girls don't ask for them as often.

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Carrie said...

That's a great idea! My kitchen needs MAJOR organization! I wish we were better about eating fruit, maybe having something like this would help! I love it!

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