When it comes to home projects, I like simple.
I’m not good at sewing, carpentry, or things with complex steps. So basically, I like to repurpose things in the easiest ways possible.
When we moved into our house a few years ago, I never had a dedicated space for produce that sits outside of the refrigerator. So the onions and potatoes just found a home on a counter in our breakfast nook.
Well, last week I was tired of the clutter. I looked into potato bins, but I really don’t have the extra money to spend right now. Plus, our kitchen is TINY, so I don’t have any extra space either.
So I did what I normally do when I need to find a solution… I looked through my house for items to repurpose. I found some old coat hooks and a few baskets that I thought could work.
I wasn’t exactly sure how to fasten them together, and I wasn’t sure if the baskets would hold. Turns out they did! Even with 7 lbs. of potatoes and 3 lbs. of onions!
So here’s the super quick tutorial. Trust me, if you have a screwdriver and a spot picked out, you are halfway done!
- Find a clear space on the wall.
- Measure the distance you will need between your baskets when they are hanging
- Screw your coat hooks into the wall
- Hang your baskets
- Fill with produce slowly until you find out how much (and how secure) your baskets are!
Done! That’s it!
It’s simple, easy, fast and frugal! I think this DIY cost me a whopping total of $7 (the baskets still had their tags and were $2.50 each, and the coat hangers I got for $1 each.)
Now different types of baskets will be more or less sturdy. Mine were made with pretty heavy gauge wire. If you aren’t comfortable hanging your basket by the wire, you could try attaching it at the handle.
Another thing you may want to use is a liner in the basket so that the onion skins don’t fall on the floor. You could even improvise a with a tea towel or small wash cloth.
Overall, I’d say that if you are not the most confident DIYer, this would be a great first project for you! Plus, even if it doesn’t work out, you still have an awesome set of hooks that you can use to store aprons, pot holders, and other kitchen items.