Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
Organize Creative Supplies with a Dishwasher Basket
It was one of those moments when your brain stalls, a low sputtering sound flutters deep inside your skull for a second, and then one of your eyeballs pops out and rolls on the ground.
I had come across a used dishwasher silverware basket at a garage sale this summer, and it was filled with pencils and pens.
My pencil holders have historically fallen into two categories â€“ so lightweight they tip over when full, or so narrow they don’t fit all of my writing implements.
So here we have a small crate designed to hold numerous tall, heavy metal objects, and it has a handle for easy carrying.
So I bought it for 50 cents and it’s enjoyed a spot since on my home office desk.
Fast forward to this week and a new dishwasher being installed in our home. Or rather, my rescuing our old silverware basket from the dishwasher that is headed to the great kitchen in the sky.
My 3-year-old daughter is excited to have a craft supply holder like her dad. It helps her carry what she needs to wherever she’s going to be writing or drawing in our home.
Colored pencils. Colored pens. Paint daubers. Scissors. Rulers. Paper hole punch. They all fit with room to spare. Unfortunately, crayons are too short, but ParentHacks recently pointed out that plastic soap travel holders make great crayon coffins.
One retrofit for the dishwasher basket was needed to hold paint brushes because brushes are so narrow they slide through the holes in the basket’s plastic mesh. I cut squares of cardboard and placed them in the bottom of each compartment. Problem solved.
If this idea interests you, there’s no need to wait until your dishwasher breaks down beyond all repair. Dishwasher baskets sell for $6 to $10 on eBay. Or try thrift stores, or Freecycle, or a Craigslist free classified, or ask fishy questions around the local salvage yard.