Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Magnets on the inside of cabinets

Remember that tuna can project a few weeks ago? Admit it: You were wondering what I did with the lids. I knew it.

I use a seven-section pill container for my vitamins. It had a reserved place in a corner of one of my kitchen cabinets, but I kept forgetting about it because it was tucked away, out of sight.

I wanted a place for it that I'd always be able to see, but I didn't feel comfortable leaving something personal (and perhaps dangerously attractive to children) out in the open.

The solution was to glue-gun magnets to the back of the container, and stick it to.... something metal.

The "something metal" was the tuna can lids.

I washed them well, and lined their potentially sharp edges with glue from the glue gun. When the hot glue dried, I used leftover 3M Command strips to attach the tuna can lids to the inside of the cabinet door.

(I didn't want to do anything that would ruin the cabinet door. The clothespins in the picture are also held up with leftover command strips. I put them there to hold in-use recipes.)

(I'm a big fan of those Command Strips. The package with hooks usually comes with extra adhesive strips, which I save for projects like this. I've even used these strips for a friend's seasonal rental apartment, where nails were prohibited, everywhere, including in the shower and to attach mezuzot firmly to the door-frame for a season. They stayed up all summer and removed completely with a single stroke.)

This has worked really well. The tuna lids are very thin, so the combined width of the pill container fits in the gap between the edge of the shelf and the cabinet door. I was able to put them up higher than the children's unaided reach.

The best part is, I haven't forgotten to take my vitamins since setting this up, three weeks ago!

UPDATE: This project works well inside a cabinet, but if you want something more aesthetically appealing, try cutting the metal into shapes and/or painting, as described in this post.

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Jendeis said...

What a great idea! Go you on taking your vitamins!!

Unknown said...

That truly IS a great idea. I like the clothespin idea too a lot.

Juggling Frogs said...


Thanks! It's amazing how much easier it is to do this, when the vitamins are in plain sight. I was making it too difficult for myself before this.

Posting about taking the vitamins also helped. After posting this, there was a morning I almost left to bring the kids to school without taking them, but ran back in to the house to swallow them quickly, rather than making me a liar on my blog!

Accountability matters!


Thanks! The clothespins are great for recipes, and also for holding an open sugar packet in plain view, so we know which one is open (and thus don't open a second.)

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RTA Cabinets said...

I should say that was very creative of you. You we're able to make used of those lids. Aside from saving money out it you we're also being able to saved Mother-earth.. Well done!

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